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Ryan Paevey On Departing General Hospital: "The Decision To Leave Was Mine"

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It’s a five-hankie day and more on General Hospital, as viewers had suspected Detective Nathan West has been written-off the show, thus signaling the departure of Ryan Paevey.

Paevey had played the part for the last four years.  During a live #AskGH tweet session with fans this afternoon, Ryan let them know that the decision to exit the long running ABC daytime drama series was his, not a decision by the powers-that-be.

In his tweets, Ryan revealed, “Okay guys, so to get this one out of the way early… for now, yes, Nathan West will be gone.  The decision to leave was mine. @valentinifrank and I sat down to talk as gentleman, and while he was disappointed, he gave me a better send-off than I ever could have asked for, and I will always be grateful. Cut the guy some slack, his job is hard, and thankless.”

Later he added about his final scenes on-camera with his co-stars, especially his on-screen lady love, Kirsten Storms (Maxie): “My death. We all cried….it really felt like a goodbye. After four plus years, your relationship with people goes beyond just dialogue on a set.”

So, what do you think about Ryan’s exit from GH as Nathan West? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Aria
Aria

Going to miss mr. fine as hell, and it will be sad if the character is killed off , they could’ve recast, take out the hankies I know I’ll be balling.

Kim
Kim

Just watching when Nathan flatlined…my heart is broken. I wish they just would have put him in a coma, but reading all the spoilers, I guess this is it for his character. So sad. I wish Ryan the best and look forward to seeing more of his work. I love his Hallmark movies. Good luck!

Jess
Jess

What Hallmark movies did I miss?!?!

rose
rose

Jess…Hallmark movie is “Unleashing Mr. Darcy.”

Rita
Rita

Ok Ryan will truly be missed on GH , I LOVED watching him with Maxie, and their love story. Wish he wouldn’t have left :(….. sad !!!!
Now Maxie with his baby NO NATHAN UGH don’t like this at all !!
Hoping that the WSB Just has people thinking he’s dead and he’s just hidden away for a bit and returning hmmmm would be nice ♡♡

Icolyn
Icolyn

I was sad when I watch GH and see Nathan’s dad shot him but he wasn’t dead at the time but when he died it was sad and especially with Maxi . Tonight at his funeral it was sad like it’s real and after everyone started to cry it makes me cry too like I’m at a real funeral I’m so sorry for Maxi and her unborn child I hope they could find someone to be with her as Nathan when her child is going to born

Lisa Mobasher
Lisa Mobasher

Another of his movies on Hallmark, Havest Love .. ❤️

I just watched it …

Danny Parker Jr.
Danny Parker Jr.

It’s A Very Sad Day For All Of Us GH Fans

Margaret
Margaret

I cried the day he was shot, I just knew he would pull through . When he died, my heart broke. I cried so hard, it scared me. The day of the funeral, I cried again! He was the best person on the show. I will miss him so much.

Linda
Linda

Omg I bawled my eyes out. I am going to miss him good luck to whatever you do Nathaniel.

Susan S. Baldwin
Susan S. Baldwin

I cried too! I will miss him too! Good luck in whatever you undertake!

Charlisa carson
Charlisa carson

I cried so bad like i really knew the man

Patsy
Patsy

GH will miss Nathan…. or does Cesar have him in some remote location already on ice only to return at a later date??? Ryan is soooo adorable and hot at the same time! I hope to see him starring in another evening show or on the big screen sooon. He has the talent and unlike other good actors he is a 10 plus to look at.. yummm

Brenda Carlisle
Brenda Carlisle

He is in the movies on the Hallmark channel

Sandi
Sandi

He was in a Lifetime Movie.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I watch GH after I get home from work each day. My sobbing has gotten progressively worse as the week as gone on. The last scene with Maxie & Nathan was so raw and beautiful. You felt as if you were with them. Great acting. I’ll truly miss Ryan. Great acting, seems to be a really great guy to men & women and just to mention the obvious; SO Hot. I know he has to look after his career and needs challenges, so I wish him well, but gads . . . His will truly be a tough act to follow. Bye Ryan. XO

Dede
Dede

I am so sick of these story lines. Killing off a character when the wife is pregnant. More depressing story lines. I’m done. Good bye year fan just lost. Maybe they should RIP for this soap also

Chris
Chris

I agree. I have watched GH for 50+ years and I am heartbroken to see Maxie expecting and now losing her husband. He will be missed

Marcia
Marcia

The whole show is getting out of hand. Loosing too many main characters. I am afraid this will be a rating loss. Sure hope they rethink some of the decisions they have made in the last year.

Lynn
Lynn

Dede, you are not alone. I watched my last GH episode that day. The show has become too dark and depressing to watch any longer!

P Jackson
P Jackson

Good luck young man! You will be missed.

Lavinia Redfearn
Lavinia Redfearn

It broke my heart to see him die…It was so unexpected…I wish him the best!!!

Theresa Simpson
Theresa Simpson

I am truly heartbroken over the departure of the sexy Nathan West why why now when he and Maxie we’re so in love and expecting the first child
The two of them was everybody’s fairytale come true what would a baby and Maxie do now without Nathan

Shelly Weldon
Shelly Weldon

He was such a kindred spirit and likeable guy. There was definite chemistry
With he and Maxi. It won’t be the same without him. I’m really kinda sad
And angry that they let him leave. Seriously, thinking it’s not worth watching when such a vital character like Nathan West leaves. You should do SLK
you can to bring him back. Maybe write the storyline
that in order to find out who the other son is of that crazy Cesar
that Nathan had to fake bring dead. Seriously bring him back soon or I will have to not watch it anymore!
Shelly

Iris
Iris

I too hope they decide that he is in hiding to help catch all of Cesar’s people. Still time to fix this mess.

Jamie L White
Jamie L White

I cried like a baby when Nathan died he should have never left the show that was actually May 1st guy that Maxi had been with for a long time Lulu and Dante Nathan and Maxie Carly and Sonny are my favorite couples it’s sad that Nathan left and he had a baby on the way I hope someday they bring him back like they do most of the characters

Juanita
Juanita

Just watched the funeral tears won’t stop
Going to miss him with Maxie

Adele
Adele

Going to miss him. He is so nice I liked him also in Hallmark movies.

Dede
Dede

Sorry but the show is going down hill. 41 yrs gone. Finally had a great story line, just because the other Jason is back does not make the soap batter. Shame on you writers for killing him off, something else could have been done to leave room for possible new story line or replacement. I’m finished. Thank you for 40 years, but maybe time to put this soap to rest.

Maria
Maria

🙁 I’m so sad its so sad! Unless you cast someone as kind or kinder to Maxie and yes, HOT there will always be a void. It seems most of the time love doesn’t last. Good luck!

Michelle
Michelle

Sad to see Nathan die. Hate to see them dragging out the Anna-Henrik-Drew-Jason-Valentin debacle. Glad to see Maxie’s sister comfort her. Touching scenes. With all of the real life police deaths it was truly emotional but nice tribute too see Final Watch Call. God bless our first responders serving and protecting with honor.

Natalie
Natalie

I am completely saddened to read and watch this! I love Ryan’s work and his character Nathan West! For me it is about legacy, and having married Frisco and Felicia’s daughter Maxie makes it extremely hard because I like to have family members of P.C.’s most important families in town. Nathan and Maxie were my daytime couple since Robin and Patrick left! I know that GH was Ryan’s first job, he is very talented, and like many actors want to try other things. I just wasn’t expecting it so soon! I have watched in two Hallmark movies and look forward to others. I am disappointed in some fans who have been rude to Ryan on his departure. I personally, do not want a recast and hope that by Ryan’s comment that Nathan is gone for now means he is open to returning!! Good Ryan, you will definitely be missed!

Jackie
Jackie

Nicely put. His Hallmark movies are awesome. I expect no less from a talent such as his. Ryan, goodbye, FOR NOW…….best of luck in all future endeavors, but PLEASE, reconsider and come back. Take it from a fan of GH since the beginning (thank you Grandma!!), if anyone can bring characters back to life believably, for the most part (look at Robin and Jason to name two), its Frank Valentini. God bless you whatever you decide.

Lydia
Lydia

Omg I’m so upset loved his role, i actually cried, it was horrible for Maxi! I agree please bring him back

Kimmy
Kimmy

I think it terrible he left. Maxie and Nathan were th best part of the show. There love story was the best

Maria
Maria

Yes as Jason did!

Donna
Donna

Wishing you good luck in your career move.. But honestly,I will miss you.. You have become part of my life everyday. It might just be an hour, the days your on,but after 4 yrs, you have become a part of my hourly family,lol..Who will ever take your place,like no one..Maxie will not truly love anyone else..You will always be her true love. You helped Maxie grow into a great person..I can’t see anyone else..Not even Spinelli, and I love him too.. Good Luck,Ryan! I’ll be watching Hallmark…. I’ll be seeing you!

Jess
Jess

I feel the same way Donna!!!

Ryan( Nathan west
Ryan( Nathan west

Why did you have to go.

penny robinson
penny robinson

I agree with Donna also. You played an awesome part. Best of luck in what ever you do! You will be missed for sure!

Gram
Gram

Big mistake killing off Nathan; BIG
Spinelli not a match for Maxie, if that’s where they are
going with this. And no Nikolas, another huge mistake.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

A classy man.

A fine actor.

Definitely a looker.

Nathan and Maxie were a fun and interesting couple.

He will be missed.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…very, very well said, Brother!!!!! Thank You.

Later.

Tammy Saunders
Tammy Saunders

It stink’s!!!!! VERY GREAT ACTOR, BUT IT WAS HIS DECISION!!

Patrick
Patrick

that really does make it easier…. THIS STINKS never the less…

Ryan Peavy – you were born gorgeous

you made more inroads than you know

this 4 year ride… The audience loved it… all that matters

you shared scenes with 3 of the best plus Dante

Michelle Stafford
Kathleen Gati
Kirsten Storms

how I wanted Ellie Trout (Emily Wilson) to be brought back… just for you

Darnella
Darnella

Please bring Nathan back!!!!!’

Lisa
Lisa

Plain and simple …kinda devastated.
I didn’t know he was leaving til I read it in spoilers last week.
But I wish Ryan well.

Mary SF
Mary SF

It took some time to warm up to him and the character Nathan, but over time he won me over and I will miss him on the show. His final scene was very touching– wish him the best–

Elaine hemenway
Elaine hemenway

I hated it. So sad. Best of luck on your next endeavor. See you on Hallmark channel.

Jessica
Jessica

I’m really sad to see Nathan go. I know nobody can ever replace him but why do that to make (Kristine storms) she doesn’t deserve that at all! Very sad…

Jill
Jill

It is a good send off, but I hate to see him off the show. The characters are great together. Lots of tissues the next few days. I do wish Ryan the best of luck in his future endeavors and hope to see him in more Hallmark movies, etc.

rpm
rpm

How long before he is on days!!!!!!!!!!Carlivati get it done

Steve
Steve

Ryan left to sew his oats outside of daytime.

And again, Ron doesn’t control hiring at DAYS, that’s Ken Corday, the EP.

Richard
Richard

We have enough shirtless men at DAYS. Ron C cant have them all. As much as he would love that tho! LOL 😉

Louise
Louise

Why why why – New Adventures, r u going to Europe what’s the story? So sad your such Eye

Mateo
Mateo

Ryan Paevey is a good guy. He has grown as an actor most definitely. I know it was his decision to leave but Frank Valentini is not really focused on saving actors such as Ryan. He is too busy trying to build up on his investment with the JM character. I wish Ryan much luck in whatever he does after GH. Watching him leave the show was hard. No he wasn’t a central legacy character but he fit a special place in the canvas of GH. I don’t care for the direction GH has gone in as of late but I still support them. Good luck Ryan.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Ryan’s acting has improved over the past six months. I am going to miss Naxie. I don’t want Nathan to die. Maybe TPTB will put him in a coma for at least a year.

Alan
Alan

Nathan’s exit today was rather meh. You could see it coming from a mile away with everyone going in to see him and tell him how much they loved him. And jeez — the show couldn’t afford to have Mac and Felicia there for their daughter?

On a side note, no matter how grave Faison’s injuries why weren’t there guards outside his room? Oh yeah, because then Jason couldn’t just walk in. Hey — I think I’m starting to get the hang of this “don’t ask logical questions when you watch GH” thing…

brian
brian

“don’t ask logical questions when you watch GH” too…that is the fun of watching a soap !

Timmm
Timmm

AND, with all the crime in PC, he should have never been on duty without a vest!

Dzzdee
Dzzdee

No! !!!!!!!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

It was a five-hankie day, certainly. An exceptional, emotionally charged episode of General Hospital. Ryan Paevey, to me, comes across as exceptionally kind, genuine, sweet, funny-and such a fine specimen of a man. I read his tweets and watched and cried and wished he were staying and Maxie was leaving. No idea he made jewelry, and he made some really kind statements regarding Frank-perhaps allowing people to see things from another perspective. I was not impressed with Maxie’s performance throughout this tragedy. Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford were exceptional. I get really angry with things they do on this show-then an episode like today comes along and knocks it out of the park.

Shay
Shay

Kathleen Gati never disappoints, Phyllis! She is the most phenomenal and sadly, under-utilized, talent on GH! More Dr. O…..STAT!

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

Much as I love Ryan, as Nathan, they should not have killed Nathan. Love the character and Ryan has done a wonderful job. But they should have had Nathan go on assignment, go get FBI training, WSB training, witness protection, whatever something instead of his. Then they should have replaced him (as used to be done all the time.( Then when Ryan was ready to come back, he could come back and it would not be a stupid back from the dead storyline.s Actors often decide after having a good role on a soap, that it was the best job they ever had, regardless the character ws wonderful and should not have been killed off. It used to be they routinely replaced actors when they left. I’m sure this was a wonderful send off for Ryan, and I’m glad he’s happy. He seems like a great guy, and boy is he the most handsome guy I’ve seen in years. I can think of only him, the actor who played Robin’s husband, Patrick, and the actor who played McDreamy who are that handsome. But by doing this so he couldn’t come back, or it was lazy writing. or a stupid idea. Between this and what they did to Genie, I’m about done.

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

Exactly, Ryan may have originated role and was good but not on that long or that big of a role that another actor could not take his place. If they could replace the actress that played Babe on All My Children and the actress who originated Lulu and many others on soaps then they could have gotten a different actor to play Nathan West.

Brenda Carlisle
Brenda Carlisle

I agree just say so and so is now playing the role of Nathan West. We know it’s not real life. Nathan needs to be there for his kids birth the character deserves that.

Natalie
Natalie

I commented on another page Lin that you had wonderful ideas for ways Nathan could’ve been written of for awhile! Why must it be a death? I would have even accepted Nathan trading places with Maxie and him going with Faison to only escape or be rescued later. Ryan loves action things and is always looking for more, so why not give it to him in storylines? I think Ryan wants to explore new avenues, but I just hope that he will return to GH sometime!

Patrick
Patrick

I – am – REALLY – hoping

his death was staged… for the protection of his wife and unborn child.

after all… they had tht intimate – beautiful -talk.. Nathan got to feel the baby move.

he said I love you … and seemed to drift off

heart pull and tug… maxie looks on .. “Nathan”

fade out

BEAUTIFULLY DONE

doesn’t matter how many times we’ve watched scenes like this. “Nathan”

I want that preventive measures are being taken… surprise even the audience and … he returns … for his wife and unborn. this would erupt the whole audience

Sue
Sue

I think with Nathan dying off GH will never bring him back. And then again it was his decision to leave. Now with Jason back I don’t think it would be a good idea. However, they never showed Jason dead. I wonder since Nicholas and Morgan’s body were never found if either one of them will return. Nathan will be missed. Please don’t let Maxi lose the baby!

Judi
Judi

Why can’t they recast? This stinks! I might quit watching GH. And why can’t Faison ever die? I’m sick, sick, sick, of him always coming back.

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

I completely agree. Exactly, Ryan may have originated the role and was good but not on that long or that big of a role that another actor could not take his place. If they could replace the actress that played Babe on All My Children and the actress who originated Lulu and many others on soaps then they could have gotten a different actor to play Nathan West.

Charday
Charday

Sorry to see him go, now maybe Maxie can leave, too. Her storylines have been pointless for years.

We’ll see Ryan over on Hallmark Channel (Home & Family making jewelry, tv movies, etc.).

Steve
Steve

Maxie isn’t going anywhere. Lots of story ahead this year.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, Kristen is sweet but she always gets lumped into silly stories with no juice! Time to go!

Brenda Carlisle
Brenda Carlisle

Good I love Kristen Storms and Maxie has grown up thanks to Nathan he has grounded her.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m going to be sick about this for a while

WHEN WRITERS STINK – when production value tank

what is the ONE key factor the audience always had, when all else failed.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT – it was fun watching you make it on your own. LOVED IT

Patrick
Patrick

I – did not – see this coming

Nathan and Maxie with their child. WOW

this family was building… 3 generations of MUST HAVE

sorry to see you go

the excitement was swelling… seeing Aunt Nina, Aunt Britta, grandma Leisl. WHY ?

I am going to miss

MJ
MJ

Sad to see him go, but why kill him off? The odds are good the actor will eventually return and we have to sit through the same old storyline explaining how, why, and if the actor is playing the same character…which by the way usually lasts for months. Can’t the writers be creative and write the character out while he’s still breathing? Cheers!

Timmm
Timmm

The death will be fake and the WSB will have him in hiding until the baby is born.

Gigi
Gigi

I hope so!

Chris
Chris

Please do not kill off Fason, even though I like Heinrich….I want Jason and Drew to find out the truth. I will miss Ryan, us women have crushes on him, love watching him on the movie channels…

Chris
Chris

Sorry my reply to Timmm was not suppose to be there, my computer does what it wants, I hadn’t finished my reply and was reading your response. I guess my computer got tired of waiting.

Toni
Toni

Devastated! Will miss him,

Barbara
Barbara

Ryan aka Nathan I have watched you from your first day on GH. I loved you immediately your presence, personality, so handsome and with each passing day your acting was so real and believable! I said …this guy is amazing! Then, when you and Maxie fell in love that sealed the deal. Watching you both together, it really felt that you weren’t acting and you were a couple! That’s because your acting is phenomenal!! My heart breaks for Maxie and your baby that will never know their loving, loyal and dedicated Dad. I will be so upset tomorrow along with all your fans and your family on GH! Ryan, I wish you much luck in your future endeavors and I know you will land a part in a movie or movies with your talent. I’m sorry to see you go, but you will never be forgotten by your loyal fans !! It won’t be the same without you by Dante’s side! I think of your Mom and Nina so sad! Well good luck Ryan!! GH won’t be the same without you!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’m not really torn up about this. Nathan was never one of my favourite characters, and while Ryan’s acting has improved slightly since he first joined GH, he was still very stiff and awkward, and failed to bring the character to life for me.

This entire last year did absolutely no service to the character, with the ridiculous and very annoying Ask Man Landers story. Hopefully this means we won’t see Amy ever again, since she only seems to be on screen whenever Nathan is involved.

And maybe Ryan’s exit will also signal Michelle Stafford’s exit, and they can use the additional money to bring back Genie Francis. Total mistake letting her go, especially when Laura is a legacy character, a daytime icon, and was in the middle of a major story. I hated the about-face they did with Alexis suddenly taking her place.

Shay
Shay

Great points, Jimmy! You have managed to cover my three least favorite characters on the current GH canvas…all of whom are quite unnecessary and easily dispensible with no genuine attachment to the true roots of Port Charles…Amy has been a complete annoyance whose storyline was beyond ludicrous, Nina has never fit-in anywhere no matter how many efforts to shoehorn her into other people’s business and Alexis is, well, Alexis! To sacrifice Genie’s beloved, top-notch Laura in order to hand this—-at best—— third-rate character an even higher profile than she has ever deserved is an absurdly ridiculous and massively insulting decision.

Steve
Steve

The Man Landers storyline was bad, but only existed because of Kirsten’s leave of absence. It wrapped up rather quickly once she returned to a full time schedule (and Jean P retired).

fginaspy
fginaspy

First GF and now RP. Still not watching since hearing of GF departure.

Shay
Shay

At least, Ryan chose to leave….unlike Genie!

Little Sage Flower
Little Sage Flower

This is a very bad idea on General Hospital writers. They need to regroup and rewrite the scripts. At times these writers and producers can come up with some dumb plots. WE ALL LOVE NATHAN WEST, can you somehow resurrect Officer Nathan West??? I know you can, so put on your thinking caps and start thinking of a way.

Patrick
Patrick

he was neither near the top echelon… nor – NOR – did he spiral.

He stood among the cast relevant.

WHEN – this stupid show – focus’ on the Corinthos Clan.. Yeah, he chose to leave… he was SUCH a welcome respite.. when the show DID DOLE out the rest of the cast. the rest of the cast is a dream.

I will focus on Frank Valentini agenda to continually feature :

Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Drew / Michael / Nelle /Finn / Franco. JUST 9 actors out of… the cast as a whole… are missed…. we are given the Corinthos clan who are not good actors.. with any depth or meaning…

so yes… Nathan and Ryan meant a great deal. A great deal of zeal zest and meant something.

Nathan – AND – Laura impact the show that much more.. because we see so little of them in comparison

this show is leaking and is severed to a great degree… that , TPTB MUST be DEALT

Natalie
Natalie

I too, am tired of the mob and Corinthos family taking up a lot of time in PC. The Corinthos family is not a legacy family. The Quartermaines, Spencers, and Scorpios are. For me personally, Maxie and the Jones family are extension of the Scorpios. I loved Frisco and Felicia in the 80s and was upset they killed Georgie off. GH was Ryan’s first acting job and I think in his mind he was going to pursue other endeavors once his contract was up, but the Ask Man Landers could have pushed him further. It was a ridiculous storyline and I am sure they needed to use Nathan somewhere with Maxie in Seattle. Ryan wants to try some action roles, and I just imagine he would have loved being on GH when adventure was really high!
Best wishes Ryan, but please be open to a return!

Gigi
Gigi

Agree! He is the hottest actor on daytime! I will miss watching him every day. I hope he will be in movies, but it isn’t the same! Best of luck to him!

k/kay
k/kay

Good luck god bless and if Frank had set down with Genie and told her this is why we think everybody would have said ok ? Best to you

Jimh
Jimh

he can come back in the future and do the two Nathan’s story-lol

Tonia bowen
Tonia bowen

It sad I feel for Maxie .. I’m hoping that they bring Nathan back maybe he’d just gonna be in a long come or in rehab. Wishing you all the best you are a great actor. I’ve watched a few shows w u in them and you rock it. Hurry back..

Sally
Sally

I don’t want to see Nathan’s character to die, we have too few good upstanding characters, and he was it. What a fine specimen of a man! Nice job on building your character, and best of luck in your future. I will miss Maxie & Nathan.

hwnmana
hwnmana

Guess I’ve been so caught up with school, did not notice things like Maxie’s parents not being there. Just a mention from Bobbie. Yeah, shame on show for not having them there. But the cast looked genuinely sad, I thought they were all vieing for Emmy’s, I can believe their tears may have been for real. It’s hard to say goodbye to a coworker you admire, even when it means better things for the person.

rebecca1
rebecca1

First…I have a total crush on Ryan Paevey. LOL; me and almost anyone who’s ever laid eyes on him. I “fell” for him the same time Maxi did…when he first walked into her apartment a few years ago. As for his acting? I enjoyed him right from the beginning. Though it was somewhat “clipped”yet there was just something genuine (a word I’ve used repeatedly regarding him) that came across the screen to me. There have been other good-looking actors…of course…who isn’t in this industry, but Ryan just really hit a chord with me.

Through the years that clipped delivery smoothed out and his manner, demeanor, warm look, sweet smile just emanated goodness. I know the Man Landers story wasn’t appreciated by many on this site (not sure about the general consensus) but one of the reasons it worked for me was BECAUSE of Ryan. His portrayal of the handsome, humble guy with a heart of gold just made that story incredibly endearing.

I was so disappointed when I heard people say he was leaving; seriously thought they’d put Nathan in an endless coma until/if Ryan wanted to come back. Perhaps they still will? Perhaps he didn’t die and is in a coma? Is it a ruse to keep Nathan out of harm’s way until Faison is truly dead? Still hoping until the definitive word comes in. Even then, if he is really dead, I’d welcome a “soap resurrection” should Ryan ever want to resume the role.

Definitely effected me. I thought they’d end today’s episode as they did…that emotional wallop when an unresponsive patient revives long enough to say I love you and then…

Broke my heart. Loved Nathan. And, to you, Ryan, thank you for bringing Nathan to life and making me care what happened to him.

Patrick
Patrick

three upheavel of my senses

1 warm look, sweet smile just emanated
2 Definitely effected me
3 Broke my heart. Loved Nathan

he stood out and brought all the recipe for heart beat
yeah, I’m emotional again

rebecca1
rebecca1

pass the tissues…big hug. 😉

Natalie
Natalie

I agree with you Rebecca! Crush at first sight!! I agree with you saying the Ask Man Landers story showed the kindness and genuineness of the character, but I think overall it was just a story to give him because Maxie was gone. No real meat to it. And from all my years watching soaps, the “meat” is what the actors are after. Ryan is looking to challenge himself.

I was hoping the rumors weren’t true. Ryan was quoted as saying, “Nathan West is, yes, gone for now.” The tweet is now unavailable. So I hope and pray that means he is open to a return! Could also mean a possible recast.

I am truly heartbroken, but think this storyline has given Kirsten an opportunity with her acting. Some may not like it, while others think she knocking it out of the park and heading to a possible Emmy nomination.

Nathan is definitely one of the good guys. I was actually hoping he would be in a coma for an indefinite amount of time. Another thought I had was he would trade places with Maxie to save her and the baby and go with Faison. Nathan then could escape or be rescued. The latter would bring some action in.

Ryan, thank you for making so many of us fans care so strongly about our soap!

Patrick
Patrick

I am still floored and bowled over on how Kirsten STorms brought a whole new level of maturity and reigned in emotions…

she stunned me.

Hello KIrsten
emmy nomination absolute

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Natalie…

Yes; I read that tweet as well. Not sure if he inadvertently gave away what’s to come…that yes he WILL be back at some point or there will be a recast…or if the character is dead and he was told not to give misleading info.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Ugh. Really moved me. So well done and yet it made me incredibly sad. I still marvel that our emotions can be so effected by fiction. But I guess that’s the whole point! 😉

Patrick
Patrick

I thought about this – again, last night.

outside of the fab 4 plus Drew. and a few more. who are featured so often.

the rest of us, the audience . LOST 3 beloved couples.

Maxie and – Nathan –
Kevin and – Laura –
Kiki and – Dillon –

for comparative measure – Frank continues to feature : for wasteland

Sonny and Carly
Drew and Sam
Michael and Nelle
Finn
Jason

they ^^^ have no depth or meaning. sure pull out Drew… otherwise… these characters will always REEL empty

I am going to miss seeing Nathan
I am going to miss watching less of Kevin
I am MISSING dearly Kiki and Dillon

I don’t know… when people ask to trim the cast… it’s not going my way

which only adds to my ire over his focus and lack of direction

Gigi
Gigi

Agree Rebecca! Very well said! He will be missed!

Gigi
Gigi

I meant Natalie! Sorry!

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

I have been watching soaps for most of my life. Most of the time I can predict what is going to happen. Example, I guessed who Hendric was about 2 weeks before it was revealed. The departure of Nathan I did not guess however. I am so disappointed. Well here is my pitch that can bring him back from the dead in the future if the powers that be and the actor have a change of heart. The death is faked to fool Phason and keep Nathan safe from him and his jealous brother!! Either Maxi knows or doesn’t for her own safety. I think it’s doable. Soaps have brought characters back from the dead with worse explanations than that. I always joke with my mom whom I watch soaps with that after all these years I can practically write them myself, LOL!!
Well I will cry even though it is only a show. I wish Ryan Paevey well in all his future endeavors. Never say never—-he can be brought back!!!

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

Now are they going to wind up making Anna Heinric’s mother some how??

pamela kelley
pamela kelley

Additionally, I hope they do not make Maxi lose the baby. And once Phason is gone, either by death, jail or escape then Frank Valentini can bring back Genie Frances. The exits will free up the money needed to pay her salary. I believe she is gone to free up the money to pay the actor who plays Phason. When he is gone and the departure of Nathan West that will free up the MONEY!!!

Crystal
Crystal

Very sad don’t think i will continue to watch you could have replaced him rather then killing him off very very disappointed

CHERYL SIMPSON
CHERYL SIMPSON

I KNOW ITS TERRIBLE THEY KILLED NATHAN,PLEASE KEEP WATCHING,GH AND DAYS ARE BOTH THE BEST 2 SOAPS OUT THERE. B AND B NEEDS TO BE CALLED THE LIAM AND STEFFY SHOW

Vicki
Vicki

That is what I said today Crystal ! As I was crying my eyes out and yelling at the TV … NOOOO Don’t let him die ! Bring him back alive !!! I can’t believe they let him die ! Poor Maxie ! I was also so upset that they brought Jason back only to have Sam stay with Drew ! Jason & Sam loved each other so much, now she’s moved on and doesn’t seem to care how much he is hurting !!! They keep getting ride of the good characters and keep the bad ones like Scotty, Franco ( I am so tired of he and Elizabeth’s story line ( you know it’s not going to last ) They should have gotten ride of the character Amy instead of Laura again !!! ( Amy’s always whining when she talks ! ) There story lines are tiring ! I loved Nathan and Maxie’s she finally gets pregnant and they have him die ! Really ? Can’t they ever let anyone be happy ? !!! I have watching GH since the day it started ( shows my age ! LOL But l’m done ! I wish Ryan the best and look forward to seeing him in more Hallmark movies, but wish he wouldn’t have chosen to leave GH. Poor Maxie ( Kristen )

dolores
dolores

Wishing him well as he moves on to explore other venues, however, would have been nice to keep the character role open – perhaps just having him disappear for long term rehabilitation in another country would be more acceptable than death by Faison. Hopefully, we will not bring him back to show as another character BUT would be nice if they had to fake his death until Faison and Hendrik is dealt with to keep Maxie safe – BUT I don’t write the scripts— if I did – would have left the opportunity open— just in case – there would have been no harm or foul in doing that.

Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie

Ryan Peavy. You are amazing. I am so sad to see you leave. I have watched you since the day you came on the show. Maxie has had it rough for years. She finally has a man she really loves and a baby on the way, and you get killed off. What is up with these writers. I have been watching GH for 50 years. I cried watching the episode today. I wish you well in your future endeavors but they could have just put you in a coma. Go do some movies, then come back and wake up. Lol Good Luck. I will love you forever and see you on the Hallmark Channel.

CHERYL SIMPSON
CHERYL SIMPSON

I AGREE WITH YOU,I WANTED THEM TO BE HAPPY,KIRSTEN ALREADY HAS PROBLEMS WITH D

CHERYL SIMPSON
CHERYL SIMPSON

HER HEALTH AND ITS NOT FAIR TO MAKE HER CHARACTER GO THRU GRIEVING.I’VE LOST TOO MANY FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YRS. GRIEVING TAKES ALL YOUR ENERGY AND LIFE AWAY FROM YOU,I WANT MY STORIES AS AN ESCAPE,NOT AS A REMINDER

Tivette
Tivette

NOOOOOOO…..RP you cannot just die…TPTB have to leave you in a long coma and recast you with another actor because Maxie HAS to have a father for her baby.

You will he sorely missed, but maybe you, like Burton, will one day come back!? One can dream! You are an amazing guy who really did grow the part and will be greatly missed!

Brandy Merkel
Brandy Merkel

Noooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Nathan has to come back he fought so hard for him and Maxi. He has definitely made the show better. Please have Ryan Paevey come back.

su0000
su0000

All actors– when written out or leaving by choice want the most coveted exit to go out in a BANG and not in a WHIMPER.
Ryan got the BAMG exit 🙂 happy for him..

Debra m
Debra m

I will miss him. It took awhile but the character of Nathan grew on me. Ryan has grown as an actor and he sure was nice to look at. Wishing him all the best in his future career endeavors. Today will be a very sad episode. Maxie, Dr. O, and Nina, have all been stand outs.

Fanny
Fanny

U can tell Ryan is a walking billboard that reads kind & genuine….

Jeanne Osbahr
Jeanne Osbahr

Wish him the best. Great actor.

Pg
Pg

This soap opera will be very boring without Nathan. He’s my very favorite and plays a vital role. Don’t know how much longer I will continue to watch without him on there. Why didn’t you kill off Fasion instead. Time for him to go bye bye for good.

Pg
Pg

Nathan was my favorite person on the show. The show will totally be lacking without him. Sorry he decided to leave. You should have killed off Fasion instead. Its time for him to go bye bye for good. Not sure if I will continue to watch anymore without him on there. The plots are quite boring lately.

dmr
dmr

A classy, and fine actor. I enjoyed Detective Nathan West. His character actually had character. I didn’t care for the pairing of Nathan and Maxie; however, I always liked Nathan, he was a standpoint guy and I think TPTB did a great job with his send-off. Unfortunately, many fans have boycotted the show due to the Genie Francis debacle, “parking lot Pete” (Wes Ramsey) being given a front burner storyline over many vets, and a host of other issues. It’s too bad that the mob continues to run amok in Port Charles, nepotism ranks higher than longevity and legacy, and the viewers are dealt a bloated cast (who can’t act) with boring storylines.

Christine
Christine

Did anyone else catch this….quote from above….for NOW, Nathan West will be gone….I am focusing on the now part….maybe he will be back….GH does tend to do this with popular characters

Patrick
Patrick

“the SHOCK” is still ON

it’s their : “…for now, yes …” etc

it’s still shock obsorbers for Maxie

that child w/Nathan.

I was ready… w/Aunt Nina; Aunt Britta ; grandma Leisl.

Rodd
Rodd

I’m very saddened by this. I liked Nathan and Maxie together, the friendship between those two, Dante and Lulu, and his relationship with Dr. O, Nina and Amy. It will definitely leave a hole on the canvas.

Of course, it’s even more jarring because of the debacle with Genie being disrespected.

Diana Petersen
Diana Petersen

I am Very Sad to see Ryan leave the show. I wish he hadn’t died right in front of Maxi. I understand he wants to move on to bigger things but he could have left in a way to make it possible for him to return. Maxi hasn’t had the best of luck with men, and now this. Very Sad to see him leave. I Wish Balentine would Disapear, not Nathan. You will be missed!!

General Hospital

Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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