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THE BRADFORD ANDERSON INTERVIEW – GENERAL HOSPITAL

bradfordMain.jpgGeneral Hospital’s Damien Millhouse Spinelli, better known as “The Jackal”, also known as actor Bradford Anderson, has been a scene-stealer for quite some time now on the long running ABC Daytime soap opera. Working alongside “GH” veteran Steve Burton (Jason) as his partner in crime, “Stone Cold”, no one in the town is safe from his “Spinelli-isms” (nicknames for the shows characters). The loveable charm that Bradford brings to his unique role, as a geek who solves crimes via his uncanny and savvy computer skills, has landed the actor in soap infamy! In fact, Spinelli rates high as one of soaps most recognizable characters, something it has taken other actors and their alter-egos years to pull off.
But what about Spinelli’s current on-screen love life? Will he end up with his “Maximista” who shows signs of interest in Johnny Zacharra? Or, will he somehow be paired with the female version of him, Winifred? In this new On-Air On-Soaps chat, Bradford reveals his sentiments on some of the confusion and plot points that he feels may be tough for fans to swallow if the powers-that-be aren’t careful, and working with his favorite on-screen partner Steve Burton. We also go a round of “Spinelli-isms”, which at one point I just tapped out…out of confusion! Always a completely entertaining interview… here’s Bradford!

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MICHAEL:

One of the recent plot points that was quite upsetting is that Spinelli sees his “Maximista” (Maxie) kissing Johnny? What happened? What’s going on there?

BRADFORD:

He just walks in on them kissing on the docks. He had been there earlier and had lost his PDA on the little wooden bench that resides on the docks, and sure enough, there they are kissing. It’s a mixture of hurt and anger over what they are doing to his friend Lulu, too. I am sure 75% of it is the hurt he experiences from it. So the way it first came out was, “How could you two do this? I mean really! We are two people who care about you. Don’t you see? Don’t you see what you are doing, not only to me, but to Lulu?” I think Spinelli is just in awe of how they seemingly care little about the people they say they care about.

brad_kristen_top.jpgMICHAEL:

The audience feels bad for Spinelli, because we see him not quite connect with Maxie the way he seemingly wants to. He loves her, right?

BRADFORD:

Yeah, I think he does, and who knows if they are soul mates or not? But there is something about each other that makes them able to bring out the best in each other, most of the time. And, that by itself is pretty neat. They may not be a perfect pair, but there is something about that. (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

I loved the little SOAPnet Christmas promos with you and Kirsten Storms (Maxie)! They were really funny!

BRADFORD:

Oh, those were really fun!! It’s been really neat that our two characters caught on, because it has given Kirsten and I other opportunities to do promotional stuff, and what not. It’s fun to be a part of a popular couple, as it were. I never knew I would
be part of a popular couple, but the funny thing is we are not even a couple. We are a popular non-couple!

MICHAEL:

What about Winifred? When they said to you, “Bradford we are going to bring on a geeky girl character,” was your first instinct to go, “Are you kidding me?” Or, “Oh, cool?”

BRADFORD:

brad_confusion.jpgThe initial storyline was not what it turned out to be. The initial idea was this girl Winifred was an FBI agent who was putting on this character to get into Spinelli’s inner circle. That is how they were going to get information. So, there were actually scenes written that when she was with Spinelli she ‘talks the talk’, but then there were scenes where Winifred comes to Maxie and says, “Look! Don’t get in my way. I have a job to do.” Then there were scenes with Maxie and Spinelli going, “Oh, my God! She came over to my house. She does not talk like that at all, and she threatened me.” When Senta Moses (Winifred) and I did those first scenes, everybody enjoyed what happened and they were all like, “Oh, my gosh! She is great. We have to do more of this!” So then they kind of dropped the fact and the idea that she was putting on that persona. Then the producers and writers thought, “Well, what if she was just like that?” That immediately became slightly problematic, because there were scenes that were already written where some of the onus fell on Kirsten to try to make sense of the dialog that had been written to support the previous take on the storyline.

MICHAEL:

Yeah, I was confused. I thought wait a minute, is Winifred putting this on, or is she a geek head?

BRADFORD:

Right! That scene I just mentioned where she said, “Look! She came over here and she threatened me. She is not who she says she is,” we had to shift things a little bit in playing that. So, now Maxie had to be a little nervous about her, but more subtle. So we went with that. She is exactly like Spinelli, and I think it’s interesting at times, but there are not many places we can go.

MICHAEL:

So, she is a geek? Final answer?

BRADFORD:

bradSenta.jpgSo, what ended up happening is she is the female version of Spinelli, which at times I think can be really fun and really interesting. What I was nervous about is that I know Spinelli is a lot to handle, and having two Spinelli’s they might begin to hate both of us. I think as it is now, her being in love with Spinelli and him not needing anything from her, is tough. It’s tough to have active scenes where Spinelli is oblivious to Winifred, when there is not a whole lot for Spinelli to be doing in those scenes. He is supposedly oblivious to her feelings right now, but down the road I am not so sure how that will work. I am not sure what they have in mind. Senta is a really talented actress and we enjoy working together. It will be interesting to see what happens, but the initial concept of, “Hey Look! We can put two crazies in the same room and just watch them,” I think it was cool for a couple of days. Now there has to be something that actually happens, or it’s going to just drive people crazy!

MICHAEL:

Ok Bradford, let’s run though the infamous “Spinelli-isms”? Let’s begin. Tell me who “The Unworthy One” is?

BRADFORD:

“The Unworthy One” was Logan.

brad_johnny.jpgMICHAEL:

“The Valkerie”?

BRADFORD:

Carly…

MICHAEL:

…And then who else? Take it away!

BRADFORD:

Well, the “The Mob Prince” is Johnny Zacharra, and “The Demented One” is Jerry Jacks, “The Unhinged One” was Anthony Zacharra, and “The White Knight” is Jax.

MICHAEL:

And who is Samantha? Didn’t her “Spinelli-ism” change?

BRADFORD:

Well, she was initially “The Goddess” and then she was offended that I called her “The Goddess”, and she felt I was objectifying her. Of course, Spinelli was horrified that he thought he offended anybody, so “Fair Samantha” is Sam, and “The Original Blonde One” is Lulu, because she used to be “The Blonde One”, and Maxie used to be “The Bad Blonde One”. And of course now, Maxie is “Maximista”.

MICHAEL:

So, here you are handed a script for the day and you have to say a bunch of these. How many times in doing scenes does this get twisted-up for you?

BRADFORD:

You know it’s funny, it happens sometimes. I am trying to think of certain names that I have mangled, but it doesn’t happen too often, because generally they are pretty clear-cut. I mean, “The Original Blonde On”; that’s pretty straightforward and there is nothing too crazy that doesn’t fit with their characters.

jason_spinelli.jpgMICHAEL:

Do you and Steve Burton (Jason) laugh a lot?

BRADFORD:

We do, but not over nicknames.

MICHAEL:

He is your bud on the show, right?

BRADFORD:

Well, yeah. I would say the times we find each other amusing is not really what happens in a script. It’s usually when, we as actors are connected in a scene, and then something that is unplanned happens and kind of catches us both off guard. When they say, “Cut”, that’s when we enjoy ourselves, because we realize something came out of something we just did. Either we think we are clever, or Steve thinks I am stupid. Of course, Steve is doing it in good humor, and it’s usually when I put a twist on something at the end of a scene. And he will go, ”Gosh, you are so stupid!”

MICHAEL:

Spinelli just recently found out that Jerry Jax is alive and he was instrumental in discovering about the siphoning of money from Ian Devlin’s account. So, will he become more active in the current plot of finally getting the truth to Sonny and Carly about Claudia, Jerry, and Ian’s involvement in Michael’s shooting?

BRADFORD:

We had seen actions on Ian Devlin’s account, so I tracked that down and found out that Jerry Jaks had been doing this. I assume I will be instrumental in the next phase, because people can’t seem to find or locate anybody without Spinelli’s help. With Jerry Jaks, for example, he is either in the hotel, on the docks or at the diner. There are three places you can really look in Port Charles to find anybody! I mean, where do people go in Port Charles? They either go to Kelly’s, The Metro Court, or the docks, or maybe a random place in the park, or I guess, we could throw in a random warehouse, too. I mean there are only a few choices.

MICHAEL:

Are you aware of the enormous popularity of Spinelli? You have to be, because he is such a different character for the soaps that has caught on like wildfire with the audience.

abcfanevent.jpgBRADFORD:

When people recognize me they always have nice things to say, and whenever we go to events, I always have a good time at them.
I am assuming they are having a good time, too. Whether they like my character, it’s kind of about that we are all having a good time. I mean, I don’t think I have had any death threats lately. So, in that sense I think I am doing Ok. (He laughs) It’s wonderful to hear nice things, and its good news in these tough economic times that I have a little job security. I just go to work and have a good time every day. I guess people recognize that, and that is great.

MICHAEL:

If you were to say a few words to describe working with Kirsten Storms, what would you say?

BRADFORD:

She’s hilarious! She’s incredibly talented, and she has such good humor. We have so much fun together, and she is a pistol. She really is! She has a lot of fun energy. The most fun actors to work with are the ones that when you are in a scene, that it’s exciting that anything can happen with them. But, you also trust them enough to know that nothing is going to happen to completely throw you off. You feel safe, but also that it could go in an adventurous way. So, it’s safe, but fun.

MICHAEL:

Of course, all these years many feel that Sonny and Jason are the true super-couple of “GH”. Do you think Jason and Spinelli are the true super-couple?

BRADFORD:

You know, I have heard people say that… and hey, any pairing with Steve Burton is good. So get rid of Sam. Get rid of Elizabeth! (He laughs)

bradford_forward.jpgMICHAEL:

I mean, they work so closely together that we should really call them a “Super-Team”!

BRADFORD:

Well, yeah. One of the reasons I enjoy playing the emotional turmoil of the chararacter is being able to talk to Jason. So, for Spinelli to be able to talk to him about stuff creates really fun scenes. As much as Jason pretends he doesn’t care about Spinelli, he does. I think when Jason says, “He doesn’t care,” that’s just because he feels uncomfortable. For a while I did not work with Steve. Now we are starting to work together a fair amount again, which makes me very happy.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part Three: Trouble Looms For Ava, Cameron’s Heartfelt Song, A Liesl & Franco Duet

Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the third installment of the Nurses’ Ball 2019 and this time there were several musical numbers to discuss, as well as story points moving forward.

Obrecht was back and in her full glory and that meant great news to GH fans to see Kathleen Gati appear on the Nurses’ Ball stage again.  However, Dr. O brought with her a friend, none other than Franco Baldwin (Roger Howarth) who joined Frau Liesl in a rendition of the Barbra Streisand/Barry Gibb duet “Guilty”.   The combo, obviously a play on how they do bad things to others (or have), and they have nothing to feel guilty about!  Then, there was that drop the mic moment, literally!

Cameron (William Lipton) has shown up at the Corinthos’ home to give Josslyn (Eden McCoy) a video message from Oscar (Garren Stitt) that he was holding on to per Oscar’s dying request to give to Joss.  Before he leaves, she asks Cameron to stay and watch it with her, but he tells her she should do this alone.  Later, Josslyn watches the video on her laptop.  Contained in the video is Oscar saying how grateful he was for their time together and that he hopes she will lives life to the fullest, starting with singing their song at the Nurses’ Ball.   Next, Josslyn comes down the stairs of the house in her gown ready to honor Oscar and she heads out to the ball.

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When Joss arrives, Cameron is now taking the stage.  William Lipton performs a song he wrote called “North Star” against the backdrop of emotional images of the friendship between Cameron, Josslyn, and the late Oscar.  (You can watch it below.  It was one of the highlights of the ball thus far)

Lipton took to his Twitter account after the outpouring of kudos and support after his performance aired expressing: “Thank you so much for all your kind words for the song Cam was singing at The spotlight should be at the GH writers who inspired me to write this song. Their words in the script were so beautiful.”

Ava Jerome also took to the stage as the marvelous Maura West performed “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” as only Ava J. would do! A sultry chanteuse is this Port Charles bad girl, whose night may go from a cool performance to a nightmare now that a gloved figure has knocked out Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), which only leads to one conclusion .. serial killer Ryan is back.  Will Ava get her vengeance and kill the guy, or will someone else?

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Elsewhere in story, Finn (Michael Easton) proposed to Anna (Finola Hughes) on-stage at the ball, and though it was a typical bumbling clumsy moment from Finn, it was all the same endearing, especially when Anna says “yes” to his proposal.  Later, the two spend some alone time where Finn explains why he chose the ring he did; harkening back to when she was blackmailing him in Europe (It was a Monaco blue sapphire he chose, and Monaco was the place where they started their unlikely pairing).

Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) tries to warn Sam (Kelly Monaco) about Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), but her parents Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) come to her aid, and then Sonny once again threatens Shiloh.  Later, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) gets a call from Diane Miller that Nina (Michelle Stafford) overhears.  On the call, Willow mentions her baby’s father is in Port Charles.  Nina learns Willow had a baby, and Shiloh looks at Willow.

Laura (Genie Francis) and Curtis (Donnell Turner) are rescued in Canada, and Laura calls Kevin’s cellphone but it goes to voice message to warn him about Ryan heading to Port Charles.   Meanwhile, Curtis calls Chase (Josh Swickard) and tells him that Ryan Chamberlain is alive. and on his way to most probably the Nurses’ Ball.

So, what musical number did you enjoy the most on Tuesday’s Nurses’ Ball?  What did you think of Anna and Finn getting engaged?  Shiloh overhearing the news about Willow?  Josslyn receiving the video message from Oscar to perform at the ball? Comment below.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part Two: Cameron and the Llama, Anna’s Speech, Chase Dazzles

On Monday’s episode of General Hospital, it was day two of the annual Nurses’ Ball, and things kicked-off with the opening number by the GH nursing staff, (except Elizabeth) performing the classic hit “Best of My Love” by the Emotions.   After the number, the drama started to unfold as the GH Nurses’ Ball always intersects storylines with the event.

Scott’s (Kin Shriner) plan goes awry when he opens Lucy’s (Lynn Herring) hotel room door hoping to find her making out with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), but only Kevin is there, as Ava (Maura West) figures out what Scott has been up to.  Kevin and Ava are continuing their ruse to try to lure Ryan out of hiding, but seem to be enjoying each others company more than they admit.

When Mike (Max Gail)  and Yvonne (Janet Hubert) arrive. they show off the engagement ring that Mike gave to Yvonne, which Finn (Michael Easton) sees and realizes that is his engagement ring to Anna (Finola Hughes) that he has been looking for.  Finn talks to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and they come up with an emergency plan to get the ring back, which goes off without hitch by Finn giving Mike the fake one Robert (Tristan Rogers) had.

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Watching the ball at home, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) is with Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth), and Kris flips out when she sees Sam (Kelly Monaco) with Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) at the festivities.  Meanwhile, Peter (Wes Ramsey) lowers the boom on Shiloh telling him that Molly (Haley Pullos) will be doing an expose on “Dawn of Day”.  At the same time Jason (Steve Burton) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) hatch their own plot to nab Shiloh, and are setting up surveillance cameras at DOD.

Backstage, Cameron (William Lipton), who is ready to perform solo finds Lucy’s llama. and in the most touching moment of the episode has a heart-to-heart with the animal about losing Oscar.  William Lipton throughout the episode was terrific.

Now we come to Anna and Robert.  Anna wants to set her ex straight by telling him that she will always love him, but she wants to marry Finn, and she doesn’t know what he is up to … but to stop it – since it appears Robert is trying to be the interloper in Anna’s romance with Finn.  Later, Finn tells Robert he has his ring back and will propose to Anna

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Next, after a rousing intro by Lucy, Chase (Josh Swickard) performs “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay and brings the house down and brings his gal, Willow (Katelyn MacMullan) to the stage with him to dance and finish the musical number.

As the episode comes to its conclusion, three plot points emerge:  Kristina shows up at the ball ready to confront Shiloh, as Sam looks horrified.

Cameron shows up to the Corinthos’ home to talk to Josslyn and convince her to come to the ball with him and perform, because the song is a duet, and he says to her that he has a message from Oscar to give her.

Lastly, Robin could not make it to the Nurses’ Ball this year. The annual moving speech falls to her mother, Anna to deliver about surviving and living with HIV (touchingly delivered by Finola Hughes).  Robert says he will join her on stage, because Robin is his daughter too.  From the sidelines, Robert and Finn start to watch Anna’s emotional speech,  Robert finally tells Finn he better make Anna happy. but knocks him in the arm in the process.  Finn drops the engagement ring and it ends up at Anna’s feet onstage.  She looks to the sidelines and sees both men.  Can she figure out who just proposed?

So, what was your favorite moment from the second installment of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2019? Comment below.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part One: Nina’s Red Carpet Arrival Commentary And Locking Eyes With Jax

On Friday’s first installment of the 2019 GH Nurses’ Ball episodes, it was red carpet time in Port Charles as all of the most famous and infamous residents got dressed to the nines and to impress.

This year, Nina Cassadine (Michelle Stafford) is back for her on-camera hosting duties covering the arrivals on the live-stream, but is joined by Crimson’s New York fashion editor, Sydney Val Jean played by guest star Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy.  And as you’d expect, these two fashionistas battle it out at times on the carpet for attention.

Throughout the arrivals, and through this episode, this one really belonged to the talents of Michelle Stafford, who through her comedic, romantic, and dramatic timing, made for some of the best moments.  In a surprise, when Nina begins to choke after interviewing Peter (Wes Ramsey), Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Lulu (Emme Rylan),  she excuses herself and ends up outside where Jax (Ingo Rademacher) appears and offers her some champagne.  The two seem to be clearly smitten with each other! Nina accepts his drink, and thanks him, and then goes back inside to her hosting gig, while Jax looks very intrigued by Nina.  Previously, Nina gave a major kiss to Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) when he appeared on the red carpet.

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Some of the more shocking …. or interesting red carpet arrivals included: Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) showing up with Sam (Kelly Monaco) on his arm, and then getting into words with Sonny (Maurice Benard), who tells the cult leader that family means everything to him and that there is nothing he wouldn’t do for the people he loves.  Shiloh is convinced Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) will come back to “Dawn of Day”.

When Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn (Michael Easton) stroll down the red carpet, they get distracted when a dapper Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) shows up, clearly intent on wooing back Anna, to which Anna looks caught by her feelings for both men while Finn is pissed at the game’s Robert is playing.  Later, Finn confronts Robert about his ring.

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Everyone was shocked when Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) showed up arm and arm with Ava Jerome (Maura West).  We later learn that this is an attempt to smoke out Ryan, who Ava believes will show his face at the ball.   Lucy (Lynn Herring), the hostess with the mostess, comes up with a plan to get Kevin away from Ava, not knowing they are not romantically together and tries to, perhaps, rekindle their romance up in a Metro Court hotel room.  Meanwhile, Scott (Kin Shriner) wants to get Ava away from Kevin, so he heads up to Lucy’s room with Ava to show her and to catch Kevin and Lucy together, but we don’t know what they saw when the door opened!

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Meanwhile in Toronto, Canada, Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Laura (Genie Francis) come to realizing they have been tied up and there is a gas leak in the cabin.  Laura realizes Ryan is trying to kill her in an explosion just as he was supposed to have perished in at the fun house years ago.  It appears Ryan set a trap for Laura and Curtis and fled the scene.  The two extricate themselves before running from the cabin just as it blows up!

Back at the ball other notable couples have arrived from: Chase (Josh Swickard) and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), to Michael (Chad Duell) and Sasha (Sofia Mattson), to Franco (Roger Howarth) and Liz (Rebecca Herbst), to the GH nurses crew.

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The episode ends with an announcer telling all the guests to take their seats as its just about showtime!  And of note:  Is the opening title sequence music changed to a new theme for GH, or is it just for the Nurses’ Ball episodes? That’s one of the buzziest questions today.

So, what did you think of the red carpet arrivals?  Michelle Stafford’s performance?  Jax meeting Nina? What do you think will happen next with Ryan?  Comment below

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