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Ryan Paevey Cast as Nathan West On General Hospital! A New Hottie Set To Arrive In Port Charles!

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We had heard rumors that not one, but two, hotties were heading to General Hospital, and they are both coincidentally named Ryan! The first being the return of Ryan Carnes as Lucas Jones, and now comes word from none other than GH’s head scribe, Ron Carlivati as to who the other hottie is!

Actor/model Ryan Paevey has joined the cast of the ABC soap opera in the role we have mentioned previously was being cast that of a new detective, Nathan West, who will be working for the PCPD!  The role is contract!  Look for Ryan to first appear on the Monday, December 30th episode!

Carlivati tweeted around the time of the annual GH Holiday Party,  “Look who’s coming to Port Charles…”, and with that, a sexy shot of Paevey was part of the tweet!  Later, Ron sent out a second tweet after all the inquiries as to who the hottie was.  He then added, ”To those who were asking me about this guy, Google Ryan Paevey. #Enjoy.”  

Could Nathan eventually turn out to be a new love interest for Maxie (Kirsten Storms), since the show has teased a new man enters her life?  Or, is it someone else on the canvas who will romantically mix it up with Nathan?  Let us know what you think about Mr. Paevey?

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David
David

Methinks he was cast more for his looks than any acting talent. He has hardly any acting credits but a lot of modeling credits. So is this going to be another example of a person learning to act on my time?

Harry
Harry

Probably, and some of these cookie cutter soap hunks never do learn the craft of acting.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

On the other hand, a lot of them do. Actors-to-be have to start somewhere, and many models-turned-actors say they cut their teeth on a soap. Give the young man a chance…

Caryl
Caryl

I don’t care if he can act or not. This guy is too cute! Lucky, lucky Maxie.

Kelly
Kelly

Are you NUTS?!? Who CARES if he can act! LOL! Besides, if his abs are any indication as to his dedication when attaining his goals, then I’m sure he has the acting thing in the bag! But still, Hubba Hubba Shwing!

theresa
theresa

He is HOT!!

Harry
Harry

It’s OLTL Ford brothers all over again. He probably has two hunky brothers coming to town too. The cast is already bloated with many veterans being underused. GH does not need more fluff.

gino
gino

LOL. I AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENTS. DULL AS DISHWATER. WE DONT NEED ANY MORE NEWBIES, YOU CANNOT ACT. BRING BACK GENIE FRANCIS, AND SIGN HER TO A CONTRACT.

su0000
su0000

Have you seen him act?
or are ya just just stuck in the OLTL past and grumpy?? …lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I dont mind newbies but only if the vets we already have are used…but this show has enough characters…i thought these shows were costly to produce so why keep adding to it?(hopefully he will be involved with Liz!)

Will
Will

I would enjoy watching him and Ryan Carnes cozy up in port Chuck. That said I’d love to see a character carry on an affair with someone of the opposite & same sex. So watching Lucas find out that his boyfriend is hooking up with Maxie or vice versa would make for some 21st century soap fun

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Another newbie from Ron. Same old thing. Tired of his cast, so he writes in someone new. And truthfully, Ryan has an OK face, but other than that, he is nothing in the looks department. Can we start using the cast we have now, or even cast people who don’t look like A&F off the poster. What happened to the normal, average Joes of the world?

Iakovos
Iakovos

You make a point, Scott. Give me the days of a Wanda and Vinnie on OLTL, real people! I think that was always the difference between NYC-based and LA-based soaps. Theater people and talent were not models or beauties. Attractive, yes, but in so many real and genuine ways.

I do wish GH would cut back on some of the “speed plotting” and “cast of thousands” to focus more on legacy characters. Still, the soap is firing well and keeps me following.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Normal, average Joes of the world don’t populate soap worlds. Where have you been?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…we need more average Joes…thats what i like about Coranation Street: there cast of characters look like everyday people and can act!

Beth CP
Beth CP

Excellent observations from all three of you.. For me, the acting is the main credential to be considered when auditioning and GH has always been a soap where yes, there have been stunners, but they’ve also had their share of “everyman” and “everywoman” types in terms of looks and body configuration. And that’s what has made GH a “believable” soap in terms of seeing people on screen who look like people you would see on the street in your home area. Look at the just exited Bradford Anderson.

Yes, this new hire is attractive. Goody for him. We’ll soon see if his acting ability matches the facial and physical prettiness or if he turns out to be another of the “Ford Brother” types this regime seems to have a preference for. As with that sorry trio, I’m really not one who cares to sit and watch another episode of of “Let’s observe this man learn how to act, line by line, scene by scene.” Especially when there are more than enough vets who can be used for story and who are sadly brought out piecemeal.

Linda
Linda

What? Sounds to me like you’re jealous. Ryan is Hot! I don’t care about his acting abilities, he’s Gorgeous!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Um. No. I’m NOT jealous. Ryan is NOT hot nor can he act.

andrea
andrea

Id watch this guy ALL DAY LONG!!!!!

Lisa
Lisa

Amen, sister!!!! Just like nu Petey on nu AMC!!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Not Me! Don’t need him on GH…

Linda
Linda

Well, then don’t watch it! I’m with you, Andrea and Lisa. And Scott, that’s YOUR opinion on Ryan. He has much more than an “okay face”! AND body! However, he hasn’t been on the show long enough for anyone to judge his acting abilities. And sometimes the soaps just want to put eye candy actors on to attract viewers, especially in the summer. I love the story line of his being so attracted to Maxie, who is with that loser and seems to be blind to how ridiculous he is for her compared to Ryan. But to each his own. He’s gorgeous and not all the actors have to have dramatic story lines. They need to put in the fluff to lighten things up a bit from time to time. The one I CAN’T STAND is Michael! How I wish they would end HIS story line or at least get another actor!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

BEST SOAPS: Days and GH tied, best actress: Maura West as GHs Ava but also mention were Eileen Davison, Allison Sweeny for Days, Finola Hughes for GH, Heather Tom for B&B, and Debbi Morgan for AMC. best actor: Billy Miller for Yawn&R…lol. supporting actress: Meredith s. Lynn(Anne) for Days…but what about Kathleen G. for GH?…i do like Mereidith as Anne but Dr.O should at least tie! best supporting actor: John Aniston for Days…finally…he’s long overdue for some recognition! TVguides Micheal Logan is where i got my info.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s no surprise… that the quick witted and funny… bar none… when the writing matches his personality….

John Aniston… Victor… is GREAT!

I hope he submits an emmy reel

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope John is emmy nominated…long before Days i had watched him do a great job as Edouard on Love Of Life and he wasnt nominated for a daytime emmy back then as well…i believe this is his time to shine!

Patrick
Patrick

OH! I love the snappy…. in your face… it’s my parade too

Anne.. LOL… Days of OUR Lives.. Rules!

they really have the best complete cast… that ALL mesh so well together….

slyn
slyn

I personally think Days could use some additions to its cast. They are missing some key components in certain age brackets and in character “type”. I thought they had the right mix circa 2010, but now there are holes that need to be filled.

Jared Bradshaw
Jared Bradshaw

I like RC/FV, but I don’t like that it appears they hire some actors for looks alone (like the vapid Ford trio on OLTL). I like using the existing cast and recurring characters. No need at this time for eye candy. There is plenty of that already.

su0000
su0000

He is not ”eye candy”
He is all that much..
he is good looking but not overly so..
And I see the handsome Ford brothers have a hold you to this day you can not let them go lol

boes
boes

We remember the Ford brothers for the same reason that people remember other disasters – as a warning that it can happen again.
And Ron C.’s fatal flaw is his predeliction to hire and promote prettyboys with no talent. Anyone who saw that happen on OLTL with that horrid trio rightfully has concerns that it could happen again.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

What was wrong with the Ford brothers?? Since when is it a crime to be good looking?!

AJ
AJ

Soap Executive Producers and writers who create a character are paid royalties, so for every character Ron & Frank bring back, that’s a royalty paid to whoever created that character (Lucas, Julian, all the vets). So when you give credit to the 2 of them for bringing people back, you need to understand that they also have an interest in creating their own legacy. At least they’re creating a legacy using veterans as well as newbies. I can’t say previous regimes have done the same.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well the PCPD does need more detectives, right now it is just Anna ( who is the commissioner and should be doing desk work not tracking bad guys) and Dante, (who lets face facts hasn’t been working too much at his job lately). Not sure about hiring a model and untrained actor for the part when there are so many gifted, experienced, and handsome actors needing work– but I get you don’t have to pay these wet behind the ears types the cash a seasoned professional deserves. So yes, imo the department needs beefing up, but would prefer to see a real actor have the role. Here’s a thought why don’t they make Sam a cop instead of a private investigator— I don’t know how this woman support herself and her baby, she has no clients, she could use a real job, unless she super rich and I don’t know that about her.

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

Wowsa! Pre-judgment much! First of all, he hasn’t aired yet. I remember all people had when Bryan Craig was cast as Morgan was a ‘goth’ looking headshot. His appearance was so not ‘goth’. No big acting credits for Craig either but he has more than surpassed expectations, especially sharing screen time with heavy-weights Maurice and Maura. Also, the casting director at GH is not the same casting director that OLTL had. Yes, most are cast on looks, this is a soap after all. Every soap is guilty, some more than others. GH, in my opinion has only had a few clunkers, most notably Lindsay Morgan as Kristina. The actress who was recast as Dominique years ago (Shell something) was VERY green in the beginning but more than earned audience love being paired with Scott and having Lucy have Serena for her as she was dying. Modeling is a great way for most people to start their careers…could help them pay for school, etc. Tyler Christopher did modeling before he was cast as Nikolas. All I’m saying is please don’t lay the I don’t want to watch him learn how to act on my time spiel. GH could’ve cast another model/actor for Lucas but went with using Ryan Carnes again, to my delight! Patience is a virtue and again, Nathan hasn’t aired YET. They know what they’re doing. GH hasn’t been this good in ages and to think it was going to be canceled before Frank & Ron took over is…well…it just boggles the mind. Yes, nothing is perfect but I’m glued to my set now, I barely watched during the decade of decimation that JFP and Guza brought. I have high hopes that Mr. Paevey will be a wonderful addition to the cast.

Wil
Wil

Amen! #cosign

su0000
su0000

I have never seen the guy or his acting nor has any one else who is commenting, bashing the guy.. don’t be so nasty…

He may well be very good and the PCPD is a good place for him..
He is not ugly, so what?? (fuinikunbelievable – hope some never get jury duty..) LOL

boes
boes

No-one else has seen him act because he HASN’T ACTED before, other than ONE short film. That’s it. He comes from the modeling world.
Sure, he could be fine, but anyone who has been watching soaps for the past 15 years, no matter the show, has reason to be concerned that precious airtime will be taken up ONCE again by someone learning on the job, hired solely because of looks.
It’s not like the guy has a body of work to his credit – so far, just the body.
So everyone acting surprised and shocked that people are gunshy after having been burnt time after time after time with underwear models eating up a soap are being disengenuous at best.

Patrick
Patrick

Wowsa!

takes my breath away

drool

su0000
su0000

I looked him up line..
his body is awesome but still I dont see him as overly good looking..
The naked woman in the shower with him seems to like his body too LOL
He will give Dante a run for the gold and make a great cop!
I’m looking forward to seeing him act (fingers crossed:)

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

me too

aria
aria

oh my! pair him with Elizabeth, she needs a hot guy, since they turned A.J into a looser and are giving hottie prince nicolas to britt. Rebecca needs a storyline and a men of her own, no sharing with these other bitches.

Marisa
Marisa

General Hospital is about the city of Port Charles. New characters must be worked into the canvas for excitement. Love the veterans but, even they were newbies at one time. Let’s give Ron a chance to work his magic.

slyn
slyn

I couldn’t agree more. You need new characters to keep things fresh and interesting.

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

Agree, new and fresh blood and oh so good looking

mfarris70
mfarris70

THANK YOU! How boring would the show be if there were never any new characters? ALL of the beloved characters of Port Charles were “newbies” at one time or another and were hated by some long-time fans who thought they were taking the place of other characters. My babysitter couldn’t stand Bobbie Spencer when she first showed up and Laura Webber was accused of “taking over the show.”

mfarris70
mfarris70

Its been said before and seems totally obvious to me– GH is soaring in the ratings for the first time in years. Ron Carlivati obviously knows what he’s doing, even it it is not everyone’s tastes.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Nathan West. Britt Westbourne. Look at their faces. Hmm…

kaffe
kaffe

He suppose to be a cop looking into Silas secret???
And Ava knows about it….Hum intresing…
Now, who you think he gonna be paired with???

Sam??? Um I don’t think so but can you say Lucky!!!!!
Lizzie???? I’m not a Liz Webber fan…but she need somebody(anybody besides AJ)
Britt?? I don’t care for her
Sabrina??? She got so much story line, I doubt it….
Lulu??? But she is married to Dante…but will she stray???hum….
Maxie??? Kristen suppose to be going on Maternity leave soon (he may be for her when she
Comes back
Ellie??? I don’t think so
Anna???…….cougar(lol)

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

Maxie and Lulu I think, they are already pissed at each other and this would just throw another wrench into their strained relationship that would be awesome, Maxie back to her old ways.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Never saw him before.. Time will tell if he even last’s on GH… He isn’t familiar to me..

Shay
Shay

Oh wow…ANOTHER dark-haired hunk to grace the Port Charles canvas…color me amazed! So, “Cartini”….why can’t we have us some fresh new blond beefcake??? You know, a sexy Swede, a beautiful Britboy, maybe an audacious Aussie…or just an adorable all-American???? Makes no difference….just please, “lighten up!” “Let the sunshine in!” ; )

kaffe
kaffe

Go to Y&R if you want that kind of color

Personally I like Ron’s choices

Shay
Shay

Unfortunately, I would also like an actual, intelligible storyline to go along with said blond boy(s)…hence, the Bell soaps are the last place I would look!!!

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

love the choice of Ryan as Nathan West…yummy

Christian
Christian

UGH it doesn’t surprise me anymore especially with the head writer and executive producer from OLTL. They so annoy me with their casting decisions. I I bet they just hire them to look at them all day. And you guys are right they have too many cast members on GH.

OliviaW
OliviaW

Please give Nathan West to Sabrina she needs a love interest and a surrogate father for her baby, who would not place them in jeopardy with his line of work! And Carlos is such a loser and I am finding it hard to understand why he wasn’t dispose of, when the opportunity presented itself in the warehouse. I promise, no one would miss his character!!! Fans of Robin tried to make him a good catch for Sabrina when she returned but Sabrina deserves better. Do not cause a riff between Dante and Lulu in he middle of them finding out about their son. AJ and Elizabeth still have the chance to work things out especially when the truth comes out about Ava Jerome (A.J. the initials Connie wrote in her blood). Maxie is going on her maternity leave and she needs togo off and be with Spinelli and her baby when the six months are up. Really wasn’t feeling Ellie after she interfered in the whole Dante-Lulu-Maxie-Spinelli stoyline. Therefore, this only leaves Sabrina as a logical love interes for Nathan West, I think this would bring a whole new dimension to Sabrina’s character that is exciting in comparison to be Patrick’s glorified babysitter/baby’s mother. It will keep Patrick and Robin from attempting to go after the baby like Patrick tried with Brit.

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

Maxie or Lulu for Nathan would be a great ride to watch

Caress
Caress

This guy is soooooo beautiful….is he real? I’m in heaven just watching him, acting or not.

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

agree

Eve
Eve

Love the new hunk. Looking forward to seeing who he gets to mix with.

Angela
Angela

He is so very sexy!! I hope him and Maxie does hook up.

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

agree sexy and would love to see him with Maxie but wait maybe Lulu oh what a web that would be

Neofish18
Neofish18

THANK YOU GH!!! Another hottie to look at in 2014!

Neofish18
Neofish18

Yummy! Thank you GH for both Ryan’s!! Looks like 2014 is going to be a bumpy ride!

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

agree yummy and that voice so sexy

Talia
Talia

Ok first, he is good looking.but please he’s not the best looking guy. Just because a guy is hot, doesn’t mean he can’t act, he can. Wow, take a chill pill! Let the man do his job! Ladies stop drooling over him. Sexual harassment goes both ways. From the comments I read, you are all acting like he’s your possession. Watch the show, it’s for Entertainment purposes only, or are you going to be like the viewer who sent presents to Luke and Laura’s Wedding. Chill!

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

well we have seen him act now and he is quite good, give the guy a chance, hot, can act. win win

JMilDot
JMilDot

Just stumbled on this blog, and while I understand many are skeptical of anyone whose main experience prior was modeling… Ever since the first day Josh Duhamel walked in to AMC as Leo DuPre… I expect/assume the best (and THEN, am frequently disappointed… LOL!!). So far, while we haven’t seen much of him – I’m cautiously optimistic. I thought his scenes with Maxie were really good!! (Of course… Kirsten’s acting reminds me of the old Randy Jackson/American Idol comment about “singing the phone book.” ) I thought Nathan’s interaction with Anna fell a little flat, but honestly, I fault the writing more than the acting for that being pretty dull. I look forward to the possibility of “Naxie,” or “Maxthan,” or whatever… LOL… but knowing it’ll be a few months before she’s back… I’m curious who might be the “filler,” in the meantime…??

Sonya Marks
Sonya Marks

he is hot hot hot hot hot hot hot hot hot hot

Trent
Trent

This boy’s acting ability is non-existent. Yes, he’s a pretty face but omg it is painful to watch each and every scene he’s in. I love my GH, such an amazing cast of old and new talent. But lord, wipe this one off the canvas ASAP. I knowww there’s a guy out there just as attractive with the acting chops to back it up and the ability to hang with such soap greats! This is my plea to Valentini and Carlivati. As far as everything else, keep on keeping on you two. GH diehards couldn’t be happier with stories and characters.
Love,
Trent

Bionic2018
Bionic2018

First of all I can honestly say I have a PS3 and he looks just like this other guy nathan, and even though I am agay man I was glad he put on a shirt today I know hes hot but I look at acting skills. As for Lucas I can telate exept for having hair and being so muscular.

mjl
mjl

i thank nathan and max be dateing some day. they are roommates first . they are friends first. and hope they date.

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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