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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
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Heidi

Love her and loved the interview! Thanks Michael!

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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)

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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… Read more »

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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

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.

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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
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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.… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

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

kay killgore
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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
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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… Read more »

Takiyah
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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
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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… Read more »

CeeJay
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Lucy
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Lucy

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

Tabby
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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… Read more »

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

Photo: JPI

Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

Photo: JPI

I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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