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The Anders Hove Interview – General Hospital

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It took Anders Hove and On-Air On-Soaps to meet up through a very special Skype session via Denmark and Los Angeles, to bring you this one-of-a-kind interview with the man behind supervillain Cesar Faison of General Hospital!  For more than a year now, fans have learned that it was Faison who was the initial brain trust behind kidnapping Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough) and faking her death … all to win the love of his obsession, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  But as we have learned, there is more to the story with Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche) and Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) having had their own vested interests in this plot to keep Robin away from her loved ones.

In probably one of the most freakish, twisted, and enjoyable tales ever to come down the pike at General Hospital, Faison has donned a prosthetic mask pretending to be “Duke”, while Obrecht has donned a prosthetic mask pretending to be “Anna”.  And while this duo seemingly enjoys one-upping each other, and fighting amongst themselves, evil lurks within their hearts and minds. (Although, Faison truly and deeply is in love with Anna!)  Add to that, the fact that Faison has a growing family now that GH head writer Ron Carlivati linked Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) to be the bio-child of Faison and Obrecht, and it looks like Faison’s evil legacy will linger on in Port Charles no matter if he is away from the canvas, or on it!

As GH fans have just seen, Faison dressed up as Beetlejuice for Halloween, while Robin wandered off to the General Hospital Halloween party in costume and saw Emma!  Will Faison finally pay for his crimes against the Drake family and Anna?  On-Air On-Soaps spoke to Anders Hove this past week, which was shortly after he wrapped his most recent episodes at GH!  So, what does Anders think of working again with Finola Hughes and Kimberly McCullough?  His new on-screen partner, Kathleen Gati?  What does the future hold for Faison?  The answer to these, and more, are contained in our chat below.  One thing is for certain, Anders is nothing like the character he portrays on your TV screens, a mark of a truly gifted actor.  He is a kind, appreciative, sentimental man who possesses great charm.  And now … here’s Anders!

MICHAEL:

We just saw you as Faison dressed as Beetlejuice on the General Hospital Halloween episodes!  How did that choice come about for Faison’s costume?  Do you think he struck terror in people?  Poor Leslie (Denise Alexander) fainted!

ANDERS:

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Indeed, I was Beetlejuice! (Laughs)  I must say, you do what is given, but I had fun.  He’s not that scary.  He’s more like a clown.  As usual, it’s very fast.  You get your script and your costume, and you go out there and do what you can.  There are some sort of scary scenes with Duke (Ian Buchanan) trying to take Faison down, while I am running around in this Beetlejuice costume.  I think it’s pretty funny, actually!

MICHAEL:

I interviewed Finola Hughes (Anna) and Kathleen Gati (Dr. Obrecht) together, recently.  I said to them, “What is it like to work with Anders Hove?”  And Finola related, you are the most surprising actor to work with, and it has been so great to work with you again.  So, what has it been like for you to work all these years later with Finola … and to play Faison’s obsessive relationship with Anna?

ANDERS:

The only thing I can say is; it’s such a pleasure to work with Finola.  I have known her for so many years.  Now to come back to GH ten years after, and then this year, and meet her on stage, it’s like we had never really been apart.  She gives me a lot of freedom in what I am doing.  Finola allows me, and does it herself, to improvise while we are doing the scenes, not by changing the words, but we give and take a lot in a good sense.  We give some juice to the scene, which is the true pleasure in working.  I owe her a lot in the sense that, she was really the one who taught me the craft of doing the soaps.

MICHAEL:

In the scenes where Obrecht was pretending to be “Anna” in the prosthetic mask, and then the real Anna confronted Faison while he was still at Steinmauer Maximum security prison, your reactions were priceless!  I think that is why you have made Cesar Faison into one of the greatest soap villains of all-time.   The audience never knows what to expect from him, and often times his reactions are very sarcastic!

ANDERS:

Yes, he is sarcastic.  But he also stands by what he is doing.  He does not have any moral issues about it.  It’s also for the good of getting close to Anna, and for him, his way of understanding what love is …is so twisted!  He will go, “Yeah, sure.  I took your daughter to get closer to you.  What would you expect me to do?” (Laughs)

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MICHAEL:

What did you think of the scene where Faison asked Dr. Obrecht to put on the “Anna” mask to have sex him with? (Laughs)

ANDERS:

(Laughs) It was a lot of fun.  There again, it was like, “Put on the mask. What’s the problem, dear?  Just do it.” (Laughs)  When you play it as a matter of fact kind of thing, and an every day occurrence, it has its weird outcome.  But I loved it.  I’m pretty sure Kathleen liked it too.  It’s nice for me and Faison that if everything breaks down, there is a Kathleen and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt).  I don’t even know if Obrecht is Faison’s wife.  I don’t think she is.  I think they just have this weird relationship of which, a daughter was born, which was a great surprise to me.  Kathleen actually emailed me before I came out to Los Angeles this time around, and told me about my on-screen daughter!  It’s nice to have a family around in Port Charles, when I am not there.

MICHAEL:

Who would have ever thought Faison would have an extended family?  Now you have Britta and Liesl!  The chemistry between you and Kathleen reminds me of the great villains of the original Batman television series.  There is so much in-fighting going on between the evil-doers! 

ANDERS:

I like the in-fighting.  I like that he is almost the underdog in his relationship with Obrecht.  He has to look out!  She can, at some point, turn everything against him.  If there is ever anything more in store for Faison and for Obrecht, I am looking forward to seeing what that would be.

MICHAEL:

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How does the taping schedule work when you are flown over from Denmark to tape episodes of General Hospital?  I assume you tape a bunch of episodes at one time and then leave?  I bet there is a big part of you that wishes you could stay longer each time, as much as the audience does.

ANDERS:

I think I taped around 17 shows this time around, and I don’t know how they are going to spread it out, but they are going to spread it out for quite a while.  Beyond that, it’s nice to come in and have a sort of fast-paced storyline.  It gets the excitement going, and then I leave. Though, I would not mind hanging out in Los Angeles for awhile, but that has yet to be seen.

MICHAEL:

When you and Kimberly McCullough (Robin) came back this time to play out the story of Robin’s return, the ratings have never been better in recent years.  GH has had some of their highest numbers in more than two years, in particular in key demos.  This storyline has become must-see viewing for television audiences.  What can you say about working with Kimberly?  The two of you have such a long history of Faison kidnapping that poor gal!

ANDERS:

It’s so nice to hear about the ratings.  The scenes way back then in the 90’s … when I look at Kimberly … I realize I am hitting 60!  And it’s not something that I think about on an every day basis, but back then, she was a little girl sitting in the classroom when she wasn’t on stage.  Now, I am working with a woman, and that is something you can only experience on a soap (having a character grow up before your eyes).  It’s wonderful to work with Kimberly.  Without getting too sentimental, it’s also sort of touching to follow a person like Kimberly, and her career, and to watch her grow up.  It’s a nice feeling to have that history with her, and Finola too, for that matter.

MICHAEL:

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In 2013, you have been tormenting Robin, wearing the “Duke” mask, and so much more.  You must have had a good laugh in between takes with some of these outrageous plot points?

ANDERS:

Yeah, we do have a good laugh between scenes, but it is wacky!  It is weird. What we are doing many times, at least regarding my storyline, is to really stretch it, but I really believe this can only happen on a soap.  It’s a soap trademark as far as I am concerned. But we do have a good laugh, and why not?

MICHAEL:

After the Halloween episodes are completed, what’s in store for Faison?  Will he perpetrate more skullduggeries … or will Faison soften around the edges because of his love for Anna?  Better yet, what would you like to see happen?

ANDERS:

I think you will be seeing me for another month or so, for sure!  What we touch upon in this storyline a little bit is the past of Anna and Faison, when she was working with the WSB, as well as working as double agent.  And, if they want to look into that past and those secrets that are buried there, then there should be room for some more stories, for sure.  I guess there is a lot of stuff in that part of the storyline that could be used against Robin, and for that matter, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers).  I think Finola’s character has some secrets that could come out, and not specifically to the benefit of her character, and that would give Faison some room to maneuver whatever he is up too, and it’s usually bad.  I think there could be a story where Finola’s character would be in a situation where she had to use Faison, either to lie, or cover up her past, to survive. 

MICHAEL:

During your return this time as Faison, do you have your top two favorite moments, or scenes?

ANDERS:

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Yes, I would say meeting Finola and Anna.  I always think that is the best and nothing beats it, and that might be for sentimental reasons, I don’t know.   I really truly enjoy working with her and it’s very safe.  Getting along with Kathleen is wonderful as well, and meeting Ian Buchanan!  And that is another wonderful and funny thing about working on a soap.  I really only have known Ian for a year, but I feel like I have always known him in a sense that he is always been a part the story, whether he has been on the show, or not.  There has always been this “Duke”.  I had this one scene where Faison had taken him down in the cellar, where I really treat him bad.  That was one of my favorite scenes, because as an actor, Ian let me do things.   He plays along, and what happened, happens.  It is a great feeling as an actor … feeling that confidence from your counterpart.  It’s very rewarding.  Another great thing for me has been meeting GH executive producer, Frank Valentini.  Frank is so much hands-on with everything.  He is so direct and clear, and no BS, in his direction and in his comments.  He gives you huge freedom when you work that you have this support from the top.  And it’s not that he is on the floor constantly, but this feeling that someone is watching over you, if something should glide to one side, or the other.  It gives you a freedom.  He gives the actor a lot of responsibility, and you feel secure.  I think that’s very important, especially when you work these very hard schedules, which we have now as compared to 25 years ago.  We sometimes do sixty plus scenes a days, and back then, we did half of that.  It’s a grueling schedule, but people are holding up. There is a tremendous support on the set.  It’s important and a very good feeling.

MICHAEL:

Why do you think the fans have taken to the character of Faison?

ANDERS:

Because, he is so twisted and out of control, and also because he is quite emotional.  His whole body is filled with contradiction and thoughts.  He is hard to read even for me sometimes, but overall, he is genuinely in love with Anna, and that is his passion. Faison is passionate, and he doesn’t’ give up.  He has a line this time around, “Anna is his reason for living,” and that could be the headline for his character!

MICHAEL:

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How on earth did you end up in this role … hailing all the way from Denmark?

ANDERS:

It was an audition like any other, but the beauty of it is, I believe I was the first character that GH casting director Mark Teschner took in!  We had a very good session.  It took forever to get that part.  I went back four or five times, and I had to be approved by ABC in New York.  Maybe, my accent had something to do with it too, I don’t know.  I just really hit it off with Mark.  I had some try out scenes with Finola which must have turned out as well.  It was a long process.

MICHAEL:

What do people in your real life say, such as friends or family members, that have seen your portrayal of Cesar Faison?  Do they go, “Oh, my God?”

ANDERS:

Yeah, I think so. (Laughs)  A lot of them do, because it has nothing to do with me as a person.  I do have a temperament though, but certainly not to the lengths Faison has.  I am getting old and sentimental, and I don’t think Faison is there at all. 

MICHAEL:

Would you like to comeback for more episodes of General Hospital?  Faison needs to keep avoiding the law … and continue to be the super villain of soaps.  You just never know when he might drop in!

ANDERS:

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I would love to come back to GH.  I adore working there!  It’s such a joy to go in there in the morning, and do the blocking, and then go up, and pull your guns and shoot away, and just hope it works out.  And if it doesn’t, Frank will be there.  It’s very American. You don’t have that kind of work in Denmark, or anywhere else.  Where in the world do they make an hour a day of entertainment?  It’s very special.

MICHAEL:

So, your hope is the door is always left open for you, because even if they did “kill” Faison, he apparently is never truly dead.  He apparently has nine lives! (Laughs)

ANDERS:

Whether I am coming back or not, it has always been a big part of my life, and it has given me a bunch of good friends that no matter what, I will always have them.

MICHAEL:

As things heat up during November Sweeps, what’s ahead for Faison?

ANDERS:

I would say there is a very bumpy ride for Faison ahead, while I don’t think they will kill him (or at least I hope not), it’s going to get pretty damn close.

MICHAEL:

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We certainly hope he somehow gets his comeuppance for kidnapping Robin!  He has caused such heartache and pain for the Drake family!

ANDERS:

If he’s going to make it out of this one, he’s going to have to be clever!  And I hope he does, because I miss the sun in L.A. terribly.   It’s dark and stormy here in Denmark.  

MICHAEL:

What did you think when you saw there was going to be a prosthetic masked “Anna” in the script, and it would be revealed it was Obrecht underneath it?  Faison got a dose of his own medicine, which I thought was brilliant, since he pulled the same stunt on Anna wearing a “Duke” mask!

ANDERS:

That is the thing about Obrecht … you never really know what she is going to do. I think it’s daring and fun that they would pull the same trick on Faison, and he fell for it.  So, he is not totally sure about what is going on around him constantly, apparently.  I loved it.   I think the scenes where Finola was playing Anna playing opposite “Anna”, were fantastic.  I think she should submit that for the Emmys.

MICHAEL:

Will you submit yourself for the Daytime Emmys this year?

ANDERS:

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I don’t know.   I think I am too humble.  I find it so strange.  I would rather just be nominated than having to put myself up for anything.

MICHAEL:

We have all enjoyed your performances so much, and speaking for many GH fans, they absolutely love to hate you! (Laughs)  You have been so fun and incredible to watch.

ANDERS:

Thank you so much, Michael and you have to send it back!  Give my love to the fans; they are the people that keep the show on the air, and thanks for that!

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Please tell him he must submit for an Emmy!

Absolutely; he deserves an Emmy!

Well, if he doesn’t submit himself, I hope his agent does. Hopefully Frank Valentini submits a reel for him on the sly because it’s rare for a “villain” to be both hateful & loveable simultaneously, with the audience rooting against him while wanting to see more of him. Is it so wrong to never want him to be in proximity to Anna’s family, but to want to see him babysitting in his mad scientist laboratory? I can’t figure out how that would work. But, I want to see it!

Clap, clap, clap — great performances. Love the scenes with Baby Ben (Cesar)….they are very natural and real. He has great chemistry with Dr O, Britt, Anna, Duke, Robin, and Baby Ben….love him! Hope to see him back after this stint.

Awesome interview with Anders! So great to hear he’s open for more GH. Let’s get him over here ASAP. Love his portrayal of Faison. He’s one of the best actors on daytime, period.

I want more Faison and Dr.O…

I used to completely despise this guy. Who didn’t. The way that they have written his this time around kills me and I cannot stop laughing between him, his daughter and Dr O, I am in hysterics. I know he is still horrible but somehow misunderstood. I love Ron’s writing in every aspect. I am a Cartini fan to the max.

Everything you said…i agree 100%!!! I hope Faison plays the towns Santa…that would be a hoot…love what FV and RC have done with this show…cant wait 4 the next episode!!!

He would be an awesome Santa with some padding of course! That would be a great twist to have him come back and masquerade as Santa… if only for Spencer and Ben/Cesar out on Spoon Island… better would be outside of Kelly’s or the Metro Court!!! He could even get Anna to sit on his lap with Emma and Robin!!!

what is going on currently… is a treasure…. it’s emotional… heartpounding elevating, transcend

it’s mystifying the talent we witness… and jump right in to… and ride with

I hear you, Nancy!!! I wasn’t a previous Hove fan either….but this time around Anders’ delightfully demented demeanor has been divine….along with Kathleen Gati’s leering lunacy as Liesl! As “Faibrecht,” these two have become GH’s “It Couple” of the decade!!!! Their sniping and snarking is a symphony of smug superiority….whenever they appear together, you just know the game is once again about to begin!!!! And the casting of KT as their offspring “Britta” was absolutely inspired! She really looks like she could be their daughter….she shares the same eye shape and nose with Anders, not to mention the voluminous mane!!!! And her fiery eyes and frosty airs she clearly inherited from “Mutta Dearest!!!” A perfect amalgam of “Faibrecht!” Never want to see this ferocious family broken up…they are simply the most entertaining thing to ever hit Port Charles!!!!

What a great interview. I think this may be the first extended interview I’ve read with Anders Hove. It was very interesting to hear from the man behind such a classic soap character. He’s been tremendous on GH and I hope they can work out a way for him to be on the show more in the future. Thanks for doing this, Michael!

Faison is GREAT enough said

Thank you so much Michael!!! You really delivered!!!

Thank you Anders for taking the time to give this fun interview for all of us… your fans!!! We want you back many more times or for much longer!!! You must… or Frank must… submit your scenes for an Emmy!!! How fabulous would it be if you won… you already have won in my book!!!

Thank you so much Anders for your fabulous work this stint on GH and for all the times over the years!!! I have to say these groups of shows have been my favorite of all of yours. You have added so much to your character this time and I believe it is not just due to the writing… maybe with age and time away? You have added a level of humanity, humor, passion, intellect, cynicism, and something hard to explain… but it seems to be paternal or familial feelings to your performance. Possibly out of your having a family unit… strange may it be.

You were sheer perfection as Beetlejuice and you as Faison, share being misunderstood with Beetlejuice!!! You were delightful with the children in any of your scenes! You comedic and wacky antics with Dr. O on Spoon Island while dressing up as Beetlejuice were truly delicious to watch!!! I was so hoping there would be a way to keep you on Spoon Island for a while and hope that it had some affect on you even after your Beetlejuice costume was removed!

I loved all of your scenes with Anna and you really do play your love for her very well!!! We all know that is what drives you… even when you are being villainous! You also are so much more dimensional than many of the villains and I love that you play his intelligence and his being well read and his overall complexities so well!!!

Your scenes with Robin have been a delight too… you are walking a fine line between caring for her as someone you have known for years, being Anna’s daughter and being your captive that you want something very specific from. Much of it has been the writing and yet you made it work so well and we know that deep down you care for Robin! Possibly a new obsession…?

I am very happy to hear you enjoy and have fun playing Faison and that you will gladly come back… we want you back!!! Thank you again for being a favorite actor and character on our beloved GH!!! Thank you for taking the time to share with Michael for us!!!

Michael… forgot to say… great interview and excellent choice of pictures to illustrate what we have seen so far on this visit from Anders!!! Thank you again!!! Hope you told him to check out your site and see all of the many great comments he has on this very fun visit to GH!!!

What A Sweet Man! He and The Oldies ( as we call them) has me watching for over 30 yes! I was so happy they changed writters…There were more actors that needed job’s

What a fabulous read! Thanks Michael. Anders sounds way more grounded than Cesar – but we DO love to hate Faison! I agree with others though, he is SO funny this time around.

I have loved the character of Faison for years now. I love the Anders keeps coming to play him everytime that he is asked to come back. I hope that we see more of Faison and Anders in the years to come .

Anders is very emmy worthy this year along with Kathleen Gati and Finola.

what a neat actor and a neat interview!

1. intelligent
2. provocative
3. genuine appeal

earnest answers

cares about his craft.. no matter the art’form.

i’m just giddy and ecstatic about the current helm and production… that I’ll root for whatever makes GH tick.

all things that transpired ala Britt… have been superlative.

Dr. O
Faison
Ben
Nicholas

and as posted…. culminating in the re-union of love lost, rekindled, and passion. Patrick/Robin/Emma.

how telling and revealing it is to share what it takes – to act: (and this is happening on GH)

“…It is a great feeling as an actor … feeling that confidence from your counterpart. It’s very rewarding.”

I loved his response, when MF… asked him his two favorite scenes… that whole paragraph was excellent.

another fun pundit if you will…. for those of us in our 50’s… this is the one trait I don’t mind:

“…I do have a temperament though, but certainly not to the lengths Faison has. I am getting old and sentimental, and I don’t think Faison is there at all.”

the getting “old and sentimental”… it’s touching

Here, Here:

“…Where in the world do they make an hour a day of entertainment? It’s very special.”

isn’t it grand and something…. Here. thank you…. everyone and all.

on FIYAH! GH – & – DAYS

for him to acknowledge Frank Valentini so genuinely…

“Thank you: Michael Fairman”

Fans alike: celebrate and remain vigilante – this stuff is TOO GOOD.

The “Love” personally and professionally is across the board….

Finola Hughes

Thank you so Much.

what a Treat

I love Faison. Faison and Obrecht literally make me laugh out loud. The two actors are a great comedic team. Love seeing Anna, too. I would much rather see the Cassadine Crew wreak havoc (and comedy) on Port Charles than nuMorgan and Kiki. I love seeing Nik, really like him with Britt, and I love Ava and Derek/Julian!

I LOVE Faison & Obreacht as much as I used to LOVE Luke & Laura! Please keep him on the show! He is so unique and truly one of the best actors on TV or Film for that matter!

P/S Does anyone know where I could get an autograph picture of him? I just love him so much!

I truly enjoyed reading this interview. Anders seems like such a sweet man, and, of course, he’s quite talented and fun to watch. Faison, Dr. O and Britt are my new favorite troublesome trio. I hope they keep bringing him back.

I love this man – he’s just amazing. Thank you Michael for this interview…

Thank you again Michael!!! This was such a GET and I am surprised there are not more comments! I appreciate what you must have gone through to set this up and again this is one of the best GET’S to have gotten.. getting an interview with Anders!!! I really hope FV and RC will have him back many times!!! Faison disguised as Santa at Christmas would be ever so sweet!!! Please!!!

I loved this interview! Faison is one of the best if not THE best daytime villans, and I have enjoyed seeing Faison and Obrecht on GH, both should nominated for Emmy consideration this year. Faison as Beetlejuice was inspired and having Lesley faint was a hoot!

having Lesley faint was a hoot!

LOL… that was the funniest part…. ok 2nd to Faison’ Beetlejuice.

and… kudos to pure magic in the 2-3 day trick or treat gala affair….

1. GH starts with Lesley fainting
2. and ends, for me… with Britt’a and Liz headlining further treat over Nicholas
3. and in between…. the cat and mouse interplay with Patrick and Robin

FAISON.
Having missed watching 2+decades of GH, and only returning to it (via DVR) in Feb 2011 when OLTL was cancelled, I missed the entire story of Ana, Scorpio, Faison, etc etc back in the 80’s and 90’s.
So the FAISON character is NEW to me, and I’m thoroughly enjoying this evil, mean and obsessed-with-Anna (enough to kidnap her daughter for almost 2yrs after a lab-explosion)… FAISON the master criminal is FUNNY and sharp witted. The Faison & Olbrecht love-hate-despise relationship. Brit aka Britta by her mom, is actually becoming sympathetic after being a scheming BRITCH for so long… with those 2 looney parents, no wonder!
Love the zany plotlines and threading together OLD established stories with new ones. Bringing on the seasoned (more my age) characters has been great watching or story telling by the ex-OLTL team.

Love this actor. I wondered what his accent was, now I see he’s DANISH.
He’s fabulous! Great interview and the many comments left by other fans of this interview are very entertaining too.

I have never seen a better actor when it comes to the complex creepy/hilarious kind of character that is faison. He is so believable its hard to picture him as anything else. I dont think anyone else could ever pull the part off the way Anders does. Great job and he does deserve to be nominated.

Anders is a delight to watch as Faison. Let’s hope he’s not killed off this time and will, along with his gal Obrecht, be returning to make further problems for Port Charles residents. This go around he reminds me of a great Danish actor Ove Sprogøe, a popular movie and theater star, who’s unforgettable as the leader of the notorious “Olsen Band”, a group of want-to-be criminals who amused movie goers for many years. I wish Hr. Hove the very best!

What a great actor.I don’t know of anyone else who could play Faison the way he does.I hope the character comes back and soon.

Love Faison.. !!!

I’m always excited to watch his stories!!!!

Loved the performance…miss the man:( Hope to see him again on GH.

I think if the folks who nominate the actors don’t nominate Anders for Best Supporting Actor, then there is something drastically wrong with them. I wish Anders would make the US a second home. After all, his wife is from Cincinnati, OH, and, therefore, his in-laws are here in the US. His wife’s name is Ann Crosset. She’s a dancer. Lastly, I love men with long hair and Anders has just that.
Yours, Susan

All My Children

Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue Makes Her ‘General Hospital’ Debut: What Were Your First Impressions of Natalia Rogers-Ramirez?

On the Monday, February 26th episode of General Hospital, former All My Children favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos), made her first appearance in her new recurring role of Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia Rogers-Ramirez.

In key scenes, as Kristina (Kate Mansi) and Blaze are happy after spending the night together, Kristina is in for a shock when she is still in bed and the door opens and Blaze’s mother, Natalia strolls in seemingly oblivious to walked she just walked in.

Natalia announces, “Alison, Mommy’s here!” Then, Natalia looks over and sees Kristina in bed and both women are a bit startled. Kristina introduces herself to “Mrs. Rogers-Ramirez.” However, Natalia corrects her and says it’s “Miss.”

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Next, Blaze walks into the room still in her robe. She is very shocked that her mother arrived in Port Charles much earlier than expected. Natalia wants an explanation of just what she walked in on. It is then, Kristina concocts a story and explains they had a girls’ night, and it got late so Alison let her crash.

Natalia seems to buy into Kristina’s lies. Blaze starts to argue with her mother over the non-vegan sandals her mother brought her from Puerto Rico and her grandmother’s pudding, which she has told her in the past she dislikes. Kristina pipes in that the reason Alison doesn’t like it, is because of the texture and the same goes for avocado and flan. Natalia says she thinks she knows her own daughter.

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Then, Blaze gets more upset and asks Kristina to stay and be by her side. Blaze announces that she and Kristina are more than just friends. We already know that Natalia is from a very conservative background, so we anticipate on tomorrow’s episode of GH, she won’t approve finding out her daughter is gay. Stay-tuned.

So, were you happy to see Eva LaRue back on daytime and now on General Hospital? What were you first impressions of her new character Natalia Rogers-Ramirez? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out the scenes from her arrival below,

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

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The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.

 

In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.

 

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