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The Laura Wright Interview – General Hospital

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Daytime fans, and those of General Hospital, are watching this week the riveting and heartbreaking drama of the life and death of two infant children and their parent’s worst nightmare.  Elizabeth and Jason’s biological son, Jake, has been injured in a hit and run and then pronounced brain-dead following surgery.  Carly and Jax’s daughter, Josslyn, became gravely ill and was diagnosed with Stage 5 cancer in both her kidneys.  That sets the stage for the unthinkable… Carly asking her dearest friend Jason for Jake’s kidney to save Josslyn.  The fallout from this and the ramifications will be felt throughout Port Charles, and with the families involved for quite some time.  And yet, there is still another question to be raised.  Could Carly actually have been the driver behind the vehicle that took the life of Jake?

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Laura Wright (Carly) for the inside scoop on the drama that unfolds for Carly and all the people in her sphere in the days ahead.  But, we also talk to Laura about her powerful performances, one after the other… throughout Michael’s rape and trial, Carly’s exacting revenge on Dante, her feuding with Brenda that culminated at Brenda and Sonny’s wedding, and so much more.  If ever a Daytime Emmy should be on her radar, it’s this year.  Will the Academy make another huge mistake and fail to nominate Wright?  Or, will this be the year she gets her due?  Read what Laura had to say about her Emmy chances, and the reel she chose for the competition!

Direct, fun, energetic, a bundle of wild controlled energy, and being an
emotionally raw and available talent… make Laura one of daytime televisions
greatest treasures and one of our favorite actresses in the genre today.
Here’s what Ms. Wright had to say about it all!

MICHAEL:

The story about Josslyn and Jake is such an emotional roller coaster.  What did you think when they told you that Jake was going to be in a hit and run and die, and that Josslyn was going to become gravely ill and need a transplant?  Did you think, “How can they do this to little kids on TV?”

LAURA:

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I don’t care about that kind of stuff, because it promotes good story.  Those are the stories that work, and you want to sit there and cry! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

I know I do! This storyline is so reminiscent to the classic BJ/Maxie storyline of the nineties.  Would you say that is a fair comparison?

LAURA:

Just like the BJ/Maxie storyline of the 90’s, I am turning on the TV to cry.  I think it’s updating that storyline with different people with different fallout.  I was taping some scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and you can just imagine how heart wrenching they were.  I just looked at Steve when I found out about this story and went, “Oh, my God, Steve.”  And he went, “I know.”  You know where we go when we are given these types of scenes.  I just thought about, “Great, those aren’t going to be fun to do.”  However, it’s very much kind of bizarre for me.  I did one scene and people told me it was great.  It’s kind of really sick in the head how much I enjoy those kinds of scenes! (Laughs)   I don’t know why I am able to do that, and I very much can do those types of scenes with Steve.  I feel very safe as an actor with him.  I feel I can do anything with Steve. There is a trust there with the characters as well as my relationship with Steve, and working with him as an actor that allows me to be free emotionally.  Steve has been so welcoming of me in this role. He has been 100% supportive of me as an actor so that I can play these types of emotional storylines with him.

MICHAEL:

And the kicker is; that Carly thinks she is one of the candidates or suspects that ran down little Jake and decides to go tell Jason!

LAURA:

Yes, those were also really tough scenes.  Carly chooses to go to Jason with that, which I think is an interesting choice, because I think most people would run for their lives.  She chose to go and went straight to him.  Those were interesting scenes, because you really did not see them coming.  For me, we shot a lot of emotional stuff with a chunk of actors.  There was a lot of emotion flowing in that studio for quite a few days from quite a few actors.  I wasn’t really reading ahead and I really wasn’t trying to project ahead.  So I did not really see that coming.  I mean, I had heard about it, but I did not necessarily think how emotional that was going to be.  They turned out to be amazing for me.  So I hope the fans will enjoy them.

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MICHAEL:

So would you say or confirm that this is a ten box of Kleenex debacle?

LAURA:

I do.  It so engulfs so many different people that I absolutely think that you are going to want that nearby. When people tell me they felt that way after watching Michael confess, well please; this is going to do that to you 100%.  Not that Michael’s scenes weren’t, because they were…and Chad Duell (Michael) killed those scenes but…

MICHAEL:

I have to interrupt you to tell you that those scenes were at the top of my list for you as well, when I heard you received a pre-nomination for a Daytime Emmy this year. Not to mention, you had so many fantastic moments in 2010, it must be hard for you to choose from.

LAURA:

Clearly, I have picked the wrong tape year after year!

MICHAEL:

Some of your cohorts and I have said that we have to get you in the Lead Actress race this year…

LAURA:

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You know what is very, very difficult; it’s finding an entire show. The year before last year I thought I was a shoo-in for Michael getting shot, but then I went, “Well, I guess not.” (Laughs)  It’s so funny.  There are times you get frustrated and then there are times when, and I really mean this, if I were to be nominated, that would say that I should be there and someone else can’t be.  I don’t feel it’s my right to say I belong there before someone else does.  I don’t.  I think there a lot of actresses in daytime who work just as hard as I do.  It’s all about story you are given, and what you do with it.  Everyone’s job is just as important to them as it is to me.  I really do believe that, absolutely.  Do I want to be at the Best Actress luncheon they have the day before the ceremonies?  Yes, also because I love all those actresses.  Hey, I want to hang out with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) and Maura West (Diane, Y&R, Ex-Carly ATWT)… I love them. They are my two favorite actresses.  Maura is so great and such an amazing actress. When she won last year and Michael Park (Ex-Jack, ATWT), I just loved it.  I could not have been more thrilled.  Would it be nice to win?  Sure. Would I finally feel I am up there with the people that I adore?  Sure. But it really hasn’t affected my career on the flipside.  I think I have the best character in daytime television, quite frankly.  I justify every insane crazy thing Carly does.  Some people think I am crazy.  Some of the actors I talk to will go, “You are going to do that?” And I go, “Absolutely. It’s my job to make it work.”

MICHAEL:

To me, it’s like you just go for it with a “take-no-prisoners” approach. You are truly spellbinding in all of these types of scenes!

LAURA:

And sometimes I score, and sometimes I don’t, but you know what?  It’s been a fun ride.  There isn’t anything I can complain about.  I could complain that I work too much, but hell, a lot of people wish they were working as an actor.  So I can’t really complain on that level, and get a lot of sympathy. (Laughs).

MICHAEL:

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So, the episode that I thought you should submit included the scenes where you say goodbye to Michael before he is carted off to Pentonville, after being convicted of murdering  Claudia.

LAURA:

That was the episode that I submitted!  So let’s keep our fingers crossed.  I picked it because I loved the scene at the beginning with me and Steve where I am storming out and he says, “You pull it together.  You be strong for him.”  And for me, those emotions were so real.  I don’t worry about make-up or if I look pretty.  If I were hearing that my son is going to be taken away, or sitting there in prison, I would not care about the running mascara, or the big red runny nose, or that kind of stuff.  Some people were like, “Laura, you are awful ‘cry-ee’ in those scenes.  Like, your face is red, etc.”  See, I like that because I think that tells the story.  I think it’s more distracting for me when I watch an actress cry, or wake up from being asleep, and her face looks perfect and her hair is combed.  That kind of stuff drives me crazy.  I like the rawness of those scenes, and I like the scenes with her son Michael, where she says, “You are going to get through this. You are going to be strong.”  You see, I have a tag at the end of the show where I have pointed a gun at Dante.  And if you watch the episode, I should have shot him, as far as I am concerned!  And I don’t mean that in that way.  I just mean how cool that would have been, and if you are going to pick up the gun with the hatred she had toward him, and this “screw him” attitude, I have no problem justifying her hatred towards Dante.  I have no problem justifying her position that Carly can’t stand Abby.  I have been told by mothers that Carly should back off.  And I am like, “Wait! Really?  Who is your kid datin’? (Laughs)  I have more issues with the mothers that are going, “I think Carly should leave Michael alone!”

MICHAEL:

Laura, what do you think about what Chad has accomplished?  He has stepped into the role of Michael Corinthos just beautifully!

LAURA:

Oh, my God!  I could not love him more.  He is such a joy to watch and to work with.  I love him.  He is the nicest kid and he is so awkwardly funny. Chad is very honest and real, and there is no ego about him. And Andrea Bogart, who plays Abby, is exactly the same. You know, we have so much fun working together.  It’s good fun.  And when we have places to go emotionally, we go.  When Chad as Michael told me, “Mom, get out” when he was with Jason, I mean, those scenes were just awesome!

MICHAEL:

I thought it was amazing that even though Carly felt so strongly about Dante and those who wronged Michael, when Michael admitted he was raped, there she was being momma bear holding him.  As a viewer, you knew she was going to be either strong for her son, or she would go into, “Carly histrionics”.

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LAURA:

I loved that, but I wasn’t crazy about the whole gun thing afterwards.  I had a hard time with that, so I tried to down play it…. “You know, you do deserve to have a bullet put in your head, but Michael deserves my attention more.”  I really had to down play that, and I wanted to kind of do those scenes with a: “I hope you think about this every night before you go to bed.  Because you are the reason that this happened, and so you living for the rest of your life with guilt, is OK with me.”  It was more matter of fact then a stunt.  It is the reality of the situation that is so much more powerful than any crazy antics she could do at that point, and the enormity of what this kid had to endure, is basically the bullet. I wanted that to ring true. You know, there are some scenes you try to get through quickly and you hope that nobody notices, and they are awkward.  I guarantee you that is for every writer and every actor.  When you think of daytime, and we do five shows or more every week, we are not going to get it right every time.  And, you are going to have a writer going, “Wow, did I write that?”  And you are going to have an actor going, “Wow, that was a tough day for me.”  I feel comfortable saying that, and it’s no offense to anyone, but I just know that everyone has had those days.

MICHAEL:

So here is Carly again, and another one of her children is in peril, and this time it’s Josslyn.

LAURA:

Wait till you see how cute this little kid is!  She is pretty darn adorable.  I mean, you do have those moments where we are talking to a doll, and you know it’s a doll, but all you see are our faces and you never see the kid.  But, the moments we did get to use her, she was pretty fantastic.

MICHAEL:

Josslyn is diagnosed with cancer in both kidneys, and when we find this out, what is going on in Carly’s mind at that point?

LAURA:

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“You have got to be friggin’ kidding me?”  What?  What do you mean?  She looks healthy, she looks great, what do you mean?  What do you mean, she has kidney cancer?” And you have to think, and I am only guessing, but my son had a heart condition when he was born.  He was on heart medication for five years and then had non-invasive heart surgery to fix it and he is 100% fine.  He will never have issues with it again.  But, there is still that moment when the doctors are telling you what’s wrong, that you almost hear nothing. Then you go into this mode of, “Just tell me how to fix it?”  I remember that was the case with my son.  For Josslyn, chemo is an option, but not really, because the chemo could kill her.  So the best-case scenario is to have a kidney transplant, and that is rare for children, as another child has to die for this to occur.  There is a long list waiting for a donor, etc.  And all that is happening to little Jake, being in the hit and run, and then being pronounced brain-dead.

MICHAEL:

How are Jax and Carly through this?  I read one of Ingo Rademacher’s (Jax) tweets that he will be on GH but with much less airtime.  How will that impact your on-screen relationship?

LAURA:

I don’t know, and I think it was only a certain timeframe he was referring to.  Daytime people work more or will work less. There used to be a time in this medium when you were front-burner or back-burner.  Quite frankly, I loved it back then because I could have a life, and that makes the fans want to see you.  I mean they have to be sick of Carly by now, barking around in everyone’s life everyday! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

You are one of the most utilized performers who never goes away! (Laughs)

LAURA:

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I am one of the most utilized and I am OK if they use me less, so I don’t know if Ingo’s statement came from frustration, or if it’s true.  I know my schedule is light for a few weeks, which I am very happy with, but in a month, I could be working five days a week, and so could Ingo.  So I don’t know if we know what is going on. There have been some shifts that work in the way they are writing it differently, and trying to use smaller casts in a day. You get done earlier and save money.  I think quite frankly it makes for a better story that way.  If you have less people in, than you have longer scenes, and you have really good character-driven scenes, and that is how the soaps used to be told. This is the first show I have worked on where they use certain people all the time, and that was never the norm for daytime television.

MICHAEL:

So with Jossyln being in dire straits, does it reunite Carly and Jax, or are they still at each other’s throat?

LAURA:

Neither, right now. They are very united on how they love their daughter and how they handle this, but the characters are not back together.  I don’t think they are telling that story yet.  I do think it will happen, but I think they are going to tell some other stories first, and then we will get there.  Last week I had some scenes where I work with Ingo a lot in a very nice way.  I know there is lots of talk about me and this Shawn guy on the Internet.

MICHAEL:

Yup, that is what I wanted to ask you. What about Shawn the bodyguard, played by Sean Blakemore, and Carly as an item?

LAURA:

I don’t know. You will see me on-air with him a lot more in the next few weeks.  But again, it’s nothing at all romantic.  I don’t know if they are going to go that way, and I don’t know if they know.

MICHAEL:

Would you be cool with the pairing if it were to happen?

LAURA:

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Of course!  Please, but there has to be a story.  Do I love Jax/Carly? Yes, I do.  And do I love working with Ingo?  Absolutely. But there has to be a problem there.  Happy is not a story and fighting over the underwear drawers is not a story.  It is not a daytime story. Look, I love being the Rachel and Ross of daytime with him, because we have so much fun bickering and playing, but if they can’t make that interesting I would love for them to have us on the run, or some kind of spy stuff, and Carly gets jealous and tries to take over. You can be funny and play funny, but only that can last so long.  Like any great daytime couple, they might just want to break us up.  And that is very hard for me to think about, because I have only been with Ingo since I started on GH.  So it is very hard for me to think of someone else to work with, as I have a very comfortable working relationship with Ingo.

MICHAEL:

I think it would be interesting to see Carly with a new man!  Somebody she has not been with over and over and over again!

LAURA:

And what is also interesting is why would she want to be with someone.  Sean is a great guy. He is good actor, and super funny.  He comes to work prepared. We have a good time working together, but I am telling you, we have had nothing romantic on any level at all.

MICHAEL:

Are you not playing that underneath as your sub-text in scenes with him?

LAURA:

No, actually I am trying to play 100% against it, because I want it to come from a real place.  I don’t want it to feel forced or telegraphed, because then it is not interesting. You know, when Ingo and I first worked together, not much of this was scripted in terms of we kind of flirted in the scenes on our own. I went upstairs and I said, “Why don’t you put Carly with Jax?  He is this… and this. .and… he is taller.”(Laughs). And they go, “OK”.  And within a couple of weeks they started the love story.  I have had a great time working with Ingo, and how it came from flirting and playing. You could write a really interesting story with Carly and Shawn, because of how we are working together right now, and it could turn into something, but it has to come from a real place.  I have been doing daytime a long time.  I am a fan of daytime television and it’s the journey of the love story that is interesting.

MICHAEL:

Right, not once the couple gets together.  That is the kiss of death on daytime for characters….marriage! (Laughs)

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LAURA:

Yes, of course, and that is why I think they are struggling with what to do with Jax and Carly.  Believe me when I tell you, it’s just as difficult for our writers Bob Guza and Elizabeth Korte, because Elizabeth loves Jax and Carly.  She is like, “They are so awesome and romantic.  And, they are the most romantic couple we have on the show.” She said, “Because Jax is such a knight in shining armor with Carly, we believe your knees buckle every time you are around him. And, you guys have been together for six years.”  We make it funny, cute and charming, but this is Carly we are talking about.  She has to lie, cheat, and have sex with somebody.  I am Laura Wright, who is an actress, and I do want to do fun things. I like playing Carly for a reason.

MICHAEL:

There are major moments in the Jake/Josslyn story that the characters have to deal with and grieve, during this horrific situation.  One huge scene is that Jason goes to Elizabeth to ask for Jake’s organ to save Josslyn.  And then I hear there is a huge scene between Carly and Liz!

LAURA:

Yes, Jason goes to Elizabeth and she is extremely angry. Then she comes to Carly, and it actually is a really great emotionally heavy scene.  Just thinking about it now, I have tears in my eyes.  Becky Herbst (Elizabeth) was great.  Let me tell you this was a long tape day.  We did all the Jake material in the morning, and then we shot finding out about Josslyn having kidney cancer at ten o’clock at night.

MICHAEL:

And they don’t bring in Jackie Zeman (Bobbie) at all for this?  I mean, in light of the historic BJ story and that Bobbie went through something similar, and being Carly’s mother… this is very odd to me.

LAURA:

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They do not. Well, of course, it’s weird.  I don’t know why, and thank you for bringing that up.  I never really worked a lot with Jackie.  Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun had way more interaction with her than I have had when they played Carly.

MICHAEL:

Well, you could see the mother/daughter relationship between the two of them back then.  We don’t get to see that anymore.

LAURA:

There is nothing going on. I have worked with Jackie only a hand full of times. However, I do get to work a lot with Tony Geary as Luke and that has been great.  We have so much fun working together. God, he makes me laugh. He is fantastic!

MICHAEL:

Tony is the best of the best.  In his performances, he is so natural and effortless to me.

LAURA:

And you know what is great about Tony that I think makes him so good?   It’s that when he has a break from GH he goes to Amsterdam. This guy does not go to events, or worried about getting his face out there.  He doesn’t care and he doesn’t need that to fulfill his ego. Tony cares about the day’s work and the body of work he does.  He has never been anything but amazing and respectful to his fellow actors.  He only wants to make the scene better. If you want to make changes to it, or sit and talk about it, or you are struggling with something, he is right there to talk about the scene and offer any advice he can give.  And to be Tony Geary and to be Luke Spencer in 1981 and to work with this man now, I am like, “Wow!”  He is an actor.  I have so much respect for him that is endless.  I enjoy every day I get to work with him.  He is such a giving actor, and there is no judgment and there is nothing but support and wanting it to be as good as you can make it.

MICHAEL:

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Since Bobbie is MIA, is Luke there for Carly through this ordeal?

LAURA:

He actually is in his “Luke way”.  You already saw why Carly and Luke are around each other when certain developments happen.  Great Carly and Luke stuff coming up! I also had a couple of great scenes that were really odd with Jonathan Jackson (Lucky).  But, they were amazing!

MICHAEL:

Another standout performer!

LAURA:

You know, when you work with these people you feel like you are in their home.  It is just so real.  You get all of your energy going because we are taping so much so fast, and have so much dialog, and it’s hurry up, and do more in less time. There are certain actors you get on set with and all of a sudden it feels like it slows down, and you take a breath, and the scene happens.  And it probably happens faster than any other scenes, because you are just so present and the dialog flows and it happens.  Jonathan is one of those actors that when you are in a scene with him, you don’t even know the cameras are there. You are just so transfixed.  When Carly has a scene where she shows up in Lucky’s apartment, I felt like I was in Lucky’s apartment and we were having a full-on conversation.  He again, is one of those actors you feel comfortable and relaxed with.

MICHAEL:

Of all the scenes in this story arc, is there one of yours that we will see in the coming days, that you feel is a knockout performance from you as Carly?

LAURA:

I know what I remember. The one that stood out to me is when Carly had to ask Jason to ask Elizabeth for Jake’s kidney to save Josslyn, which means removing him off life-support.  That was pretty rough, and I don’t think Steve and I even talked for awhile after we shot the scene.

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MICHAEL:

Steve Burton delivers some of his best work with beautiful moments and quiet understated work.  We have already seen a few days of this on-air.

LAURA:

It is just heartbreaking.  I had a scene with Chad, too, that you hope they turn out as good as they feel to perform them.  Again, everyone stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.  Even Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) shows up, and there are only four or five scenes she is in, and she is 100% there.  She was supportive and running lines, and with a long day of emotional stuff, that was so helpful and I loved it.

MICHAEL:

And then “Franco” contacts Carly in the middle of all this!

LAURA:

Yes he does! You know, I was there the day James Franco shot those scenes which were a couple of weeks before the Academy Awards.  I was watching him on set doing the scenes and I was laughing.  I mean it was happening at not a funny time in the storyline, but he was funny.

MICHAEL:

Did you watch him co-host the Oscars?  How did you feel he did?  I had some issues with him during the telecast.

LAURA:

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I had heard that things that were planned were cut. And so I don’t know, but I love him. He is really a nice guy and we have fun together.  James is a cool and totally bizarre with all his artistic stuff that he wants to do, but he is like an actor.  I think the first time he was at GH it was a little weird, like, “Dude, what are you doing here?”  Then, he had people following him around because he was making a mini-movie.  But then, the second time he came it was awesome.  He came in and gave everybody hugs and I said to him, “We just can’t rid of you, huh?”  And he goes, “Nope!”  I had a couple of different scenes with him and the director would come down and give us notes. Then James would turn to me and go, “Do you agree with that note?” And I would say, “Not really.” And then he would say, “I didn’t like it, either.”  And I said, “I don’t think they are going to make you do anything you don’t really want to.”  What was cool about this was he talked about this as if he was an actor on a soap just for a couple of days, and he didn’t want to disappoint anybody.  And you are thinking, “This is James Franco, a nominated performer for an Academy Award coming on to General Hospital, and he gave a damn!”  He really listened to our directors and questioned back just like we all do.  In daytime, we all have those types of conversations on set.  I found him to be very real. When he came to tape this time, I was in the hair and make-up room.  He walked in with a big hug and gave me a kiss on the cheek.  He is like an actual recurring character on GH now!

MICHAEL:

Where is Sonny in all this drama, with Josslyn and Jake and his buds, Carly and Jason?

LAURA:

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He is on his honeymoon with his crazy bride, Brenda.  Carly’s new BFF…NOT!  It is so funny.  Brenda tries to bridge the gap between them in some scenes coming up, and that is all I am going to say.  Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda) and I could not stop laughing!  We barely get through some of our scenes together, because we are laughing so hard, especially with what I have to say to her half the time!  I just think Carly always gets to say the stuff that everyone wants to say, but nobody has the balls to say it!  Kimberly McCullough (Robin) said to me once, “I just can’t believe the things you get to say to people.”   I go, “I know.  I think I am just going to start my scenes out by saying to the actors, ‘I’m sorry.’”

MICHAEL:

Did you enjoy the never-ending taunting of Brenda for everything she was “supposedly” hiding?

LAURA:

I did enjoy them, and I was also happy those were over.  It was a long time of taunting her.  I can’t tell you how many times I had to say, “Can I cut that tag?”  I kept saying, I am the happiest person filming Sonny and Brenda’s wedding, because the moment I stand up at the wedding then my responsibility is over.” (Laughs) It was so funny.  Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) kept laughing at me as he was standing there going, “You can’t wait for this next scene!”  I go, “Nope. Can’t wait!” (Laughs)  And in every scene I tried to drink it in. Carly would be hammered at this wedding!

MICHAEL:

In closing, what would you say the impact of the Jake/Josslyn storyline means for Carly, in a broad stroke?

LAURA:

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For Carly, she is very grateful for the gift that Josslyn has received, but with the worst outcome for her best friend.  It is so bittersweet.  Saying that doesn’t really explain it right, either. Why does Josslyn get to live and Jake can’t?   It’s just awful.  It’s hard to be happy and rejoice and be grateful, when it is only happening at the cost of another child and another life.  I think the storyline is a powerful one, and there are great performances that come out of it.  Then, there is major story that comes out of it, too. You will see some great stuff coming up. Tune-in and bring your hankies! Hey, that is why we watch soaps. You either want to fall in love or cry.

MICHAEL:

There is nothing like a good cathartic cry when watching a soap to release what ever may be going on in your own life.

LAURA:

You know, you are so right.  When you think of all the big moments in daytime history… it’s going on the run, it’s a big wedding, it’s death and someone dying.  It’s life, and told in a much bigger way, but it’s really about life’s highs and its lows.

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Heidi
Heidi

Love her and loved the interview! Thanks Michael!

Lynn Robertson
Lynn Robertson

Brfore Jake was even pronounced brain-dead I tweeted that I REALLY hoped this wouldn’t be a repeat of the “Maxie gets BJs heart”. I mean…it’s been done. Yes, it WAS a long time ago, but it was a classic. To copy it is…well….like I said, “Been there, done that”. Other than that, the story has been heart wrenching. I had to take many breaks. Awesome actors!
(In loving memory of my son Jason)

Doe
Doe

I am so drained from the last few days of GH. THis has been one of the best stories in a long time. I literally have been in tears, for the most part because of Jonathan’s performances. I don’t believe there is a better or more solid actor. The whole cast ,especially Laura and Steve, have ben phenomanal. You just can’t keep it together over the suffering Jason is going through. Once again, he comes to Carly’s rescue by asking Lucky to donate Jake’s kidney to Josslyn, when Elisabeth couldn’t do it. I think this story has affected every fan of GH. Your interview, Michael ,with Laura is very revealing, showing her strength and smarts about getting good story and knocking them out of the park. Some may hate her and others will realize this is a formidable woman who continues to show how talented she really is. Loved the interview, Michael, as always….Have to brace myself for tomorrow’s show……

bentley
bentley

Love LW’s sense of humor. She is also very powerful in the emotional scenes. I have always wanted Carly and Jason together. Their connection would make for a great romance.

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Allison
Allison

This interview really turned me off of Laura Wright. I realize she has her preferences with a pairing but allowing your own personal opinions to get in the way of the story being written for you is very unprofessional.

eiwcakeff
eiwcakeff

I always say this but I loved her as Cassie(GL) and was so happy about the carly recast but I agree with you–she comes off as totally inappropriate in some of her comments. I think she’s a good actress but seriously there is way too much of Carly on GH.
I suppose a sense of humor helps in scenes like this–I don’t hold LW responsible for anything on GH and she must be doing a great job if she gets people so riled up about her.

Doe
Doe

Allison, were you looking at the same interview that I was? I thought Laura was very honest and talked very positively about her fellow actors and complimenting them all on their working together. The interview was all about her because she was the actor being Interviewed. She anwered Michael’s questions openly. She has been a force to be reckoned with on GH. That is her role. So many things revolve around her. We are not supposed to like her on many storylines, but if you don’t like her, it means she is doing the job the writers wrote for her. She is damn good and that’s why she is usually involved in a lot of important episodes.And she will fight for her children. I go along with that. I enjoy watching what she will do next. This recent story must have been horrifying to experience. So, let’s all sit back and experience this momentous event together!….I thought this was a great interview, Michael…

Kim
Kim

Great interview! In my opinion, Laura Wright is the best actress in daytime.

kay killgore
kay killgore

I like Laura Wright however she is the 4th actress to play Carly, I feel she has done a good job in making the role her own! However just so she will know by the way I originally majored in Speech & Drama and changed to business! In the BJ? Maxie storyline the scene where Krisitina Wager/Felicia fell to her knees when she found out it was her nieces heart can never be duplicated and the great Brad Maule/Tony bedside scenes with BJ listening to her heart beat for the last time. DAYTIME AT IT’s BEST!

Aulene
Aulene

I am extending a big thank you to the writers of the GH storyline regarding Jake Spencer.
Although I am disappointed that James Nigbor (Jake Spencer) is being written off of GH, I am very thankful to the actors who delivered this storyline. The story was well delivered by the cast. I wept with for two solid days with Steve (Jason), Jonathon (Lucky), and Rebecca (Elizabeth). The chemistry between Jason & Lucky was truly powerful.
Laura’s (Carly) did not disappoint me either. Her delivery was just as passionate as always. She surely knows how to play the part of a loving mother. It was gut-wrenching to watch her not only in grieve with her best friend (Jason), but also fight for her daughter’s life at the same time.
I have been a loyal watcher of GH since the Luke & Laura days, and will continue to be loyal to GH. I predict that GH will be going home with a whole lot of Emmy’s
FANTASTIC ACTING, FANTASTIC ACTING!!!

Takiyah
Takiyah

Last night, I caught up on GH and was devastated to learn of Jake’s death. I sobbed and had to pause the video throughout to compose myself. I love GH, but I do feel that this is a repeat of the Maxie/BJ’s heart storyline. In addition, I think we should have learned of Josslyn’s condition earlier.

eiwcakeff
eiwcakeff

I am not a Carly fan however LW pulls off the character but when she came on I thought they would finally stop with crazy Carly and let her mature some–I mean sometimes her craziness is funny most most times it’s destructive to her and all in her vicinity.

My main complaint is that this should be about EW and her loss of a child, not jm. He actually had very little to do with the final decision it was Lucky and Elizabeth that made the decision, all he did was make her mad. The writing has made it seem like this was thrown together, taped and all backs slapped in one day–so not right for this type of story.

I think LW will be around for a long time to come and I also think she would be great in some comedic scenes, something Gh doesn’t do very often.

great interview Michael

CeeJay
CeeJay

Laura’s a terrific actress and has made the character of Carly her own for sure! I am a huge fan of CarJax and my wish is for them to remain together. I don’t want her and Sean to hook up in a romantic sense. She has it so good with a caring and wonderful man who loved her and married her…and let’s not forget she was a package deal with her children, and Jax welcomed them with open arms too.

Jeffrey Moree
Jeffrey Moree

It is so obvious that carly is in love with jason the writers should just put them together.. I think it is funny at how possesive carly is of jason.

Em
Em

Laura Wright… her sorry excuse for “acting” in this storyline falls painfully short of and is not worthy of being compared to any performance delivered by those in the BJ/Maxie storyline. She wishes she were as talented and professional Kristina Wagner or Jackie Zeman!

Karena
Karena

It seems that the writers might want Carly to move on and that’s fine if that’s what is going to happen, but please allow Jax to move on too. It would drive me crazy if Carly gets to explore relationships while Jax waits on the side. If they want to end CarJax, then let them both move on and allow Jax to find someone as well. Great interview, thanks!

dominicsmythe
dominicsmythe

Dear Michael, YOU are an excellent interviewer! I enjoy this sort of long format interview and hope it can continue…

I like that Laura Wright is opinionated and direct, but she comes across as quite self-aggrandizing and arrogant. Not a mean-spirited arrogance but arrogant none the less. She compliments herself, sometimes shockingly so like calling herself half of a “Supercouple” or the “Ross and Rachel of daytime.” Both are quite a stretch! She also states plainly that she performed well in several scenes! Truth is, she was the least impressive performer in the Jake storyline. Her biggest problem as an actress is her arrogance, which shows in every scene. Laura Wright does have some skills; she’s a solid actress and some moments are really good. But she comes on too strong, without an underlying layer of nuance or subtlety. She can hold her own in scenes with heavyweights in terms of having presence… but not by acting chops!

I really appreciate how Laura does not talk badly about co-stars, a la Carolyn Hennesy and Kelly Monaco! She truly values GH’s ensemble cast and that can only improve her game.

After reading your interview, I did like Laura Wright more than before. But everything I don’t like about her was also confirmed. I’ll say it again: the best actors on GH are Tony Geary and Jonathan Jackson. The most overrated actor is Maurice Benard (how many “you knows” can we take?) and most underrated is Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo. Vanessa has been spot on in her comedy scenes with Jason and Spinelli and has brought all her character’s history into her return. It’s Maurice and bad writing that have lessened her starlight.

Michael, I know you’re partial to some and not others, but please consider giving Vanessa her due. She has been nominated THREE times, won once and gets better and better with time.

Lucy
Lucy

Laura Wright is funny but I can’t stand Carly. Carly is never satisfied

Tabby
Tabby

Laura Wright is an amazing talent! I think she gushes about Steve way too much, but other than that I loved everything she had to say. She is very aware of her character and even perceptions of her character, but she is still authentic and plays it 100%. Keep doing it, Laura.You are my favorite Carly. Also, I LOVE that Laura is confident and not afraid to show it. That’s what’s wrong with women these days. They make too many apologies and are afraid to be who they are. Laura just is herself, no filter, and she is confident in her ability…as she should be. Those who find it arrogant, well, that’s unfortunate. She is just a strong woman with self-confidence…nothing wrong with that. I found her comments about Jax and Sean interesting. I must say, I do disagree with Laura about Carly and Jax. They’ve been together on and off for SIX years and *to me* have had no real impact. Meaning, I’m not pulling for them and I’m not pulling against them either. That’s the PROBLEM. I should feel strongly one way or another but I don’t. It’s’ the B-word, boring. It’s TIME for something/someone new for Carly as Jax will never truly accept Sason and Carly will never leave them. It’s been the same argument for six years. I hope they do give Carly and Shawn a shot, or someone else. I’ve never thought Carly and Jax should have happened but I do understand them capitalizing on Ingo and Laura’s chemistry, but it’s time to move on. And as a “friends” junky, they are definitely NOT the “Ross and Rachel” of daytime. Anyway, great interview Michael. Laura Wright is amazing as Carly and she gave an open interview. Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right, and to have to fight for something…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The evil-eye necklace!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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