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THE MEGAN WARD INTERVIEW – GENERAL HOSPITAL

megan-main.jpg“On-Air On-Soaps” sat down with the phenomenal Megan Ward, who plays Port Charles most fashionable citizen, Kate Howard AKA Connie Falconari from Bensonhurst for an in-depth look into the actress and the character she plays. Megan reveals what’s ahead in this pivotal week for Kate, as Carly threatens to ruin Kate’s comeback in more ways then one! Hear the audio, and read the transcript below for all the scoop.

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MICHAEL

So Megan Ward and I are sitting at Café Mauro at Fred Segal’s because where else would I be with Kate Howard?

MEGAN:

That’s right… that’s because we’re ‘fabulous’!

MICHAEL:

Now, where would you go shopping for yourself since Kate is so all knowing with regards to fashion? Are you like Kate anyway, fashion-wise?

MEGAN:

I am, but I described Kate this way, as very ‘uptown.’ She is very ‘business mogul.’ She has learned and appreciates the culture of fashion, and made a career in the business of fashion which is different than the funky fashion of the street. I am much more downtown and more eclectic as a dresser, and more bohemian. Actually, Fred Segal is one of my favorite places to shop. Kate is a little more glossy because she’s walking into board rooms, making multi-million dollar deals and snagging advertisers. She needs to wear their clothes. So she very much appreciates the avant garde nature of fashion, but as a dresser, she is more conservative. She is a grown up, unlike Megan, who is still a child. (She laughs.)
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Do you have any say in what Kate wears on air?

MEGAN:

I am a team player. I really believe in collaboration, and it has evolved greatly since I first started. Originally, Kate’s fashion was dictated to me, in regards to the more conservative look of her clothing. Since I have been there, there has been a change. Now, Kate is dressing a bit more youthful, but it’s still a very elegant, clean line and not flamboyant fashion. If it was my choice exclusively, it would be ‘tune-in to see what Kate’s wearing day’ because I would wear the craziest things. I see it as an expression of pure fashion. Maybe Kate could get hit on the head and think she is Maxie for a day. That would just make my day. (She laughs.)

MICHAEL:

What about how Kate treats her ‘fashionistas’ in training, Lulu and Maxie? She is kind of mean to them, don’t you think?

MEGAN:

I struggle with it. I am generally not a confrontational person, but Kate is. Kate is really trying to teach the girls, how to do a good job. There are deadlines. Those girls are mess ups and, to some degree, they deserve it, but you like them. So, you really don’t want them to get yelled at. You never really see the back end as to why Kate is bossing them around. You don’t see what it takes to run a magazine. You don’t see the cutthroat nature of the business and the demands of issues being turned around on deadlines that someone needs to perform.

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kate-maxie.jpgMICHAEL:

The film, “The Devil Wears Prada” starring Meryl Streep, is this what the character of Kate Howard on “GH” was inspired by?

MEGAN

I think so, but “The Devil Wears Prada” was inspired by a real person, Anna Wintour. Now, I don’t know if she was an Italian girl from the Burroughs, but I think what’s interesting, for me, playing the part is, Connie wanting to be Anna Wintour, like I want to be Anna Wintour. It’s life imitating art. I am actually trying to take on this posturing and attitude that comes with the job description. On my first day of work on “GH,” I had to march in there and demand to use the phone from Sonny Corinthos. I was a little nervous doing it with no rehearsal.

MICHAEL:

Did you know Maurice Benard (Sonny) before acting with him?

MEGAN:

I had read with him. I knew he was a big deal, but I did not know. I really did not know the degree of the expectation, and that was good, because it is very intimidating. If I had known how fast production went on soaps, I don’t know if I would have taken the job. It’s just so foreign to me. Now I am accustomed to it, and I actually thrive on it.

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Did Maurice ever throw you in a scene?

MEGAN:

Sure, he does. You never know what he’s going to do. What’s great about Maurice is he is active and present. He really knows who he is and what he wants in a scene, meaning, what the character wants in a scene. So, as an actor you can’t say, “I am going to say my line this way, and that line that way.” You have to know what you want in the scene as your character. And, if you know that, you thrive together and do a dance. It’s almost improvisational. You have to be on your toes because Maurice does not always say the lines the way they are written.

MICHAEL:

To get the part of Kate, you read with Maurice in the audition process. What did you come away with from the audition?

MEGAN:

Well, my experience was like my first day on the set. Maurice sat back. He was the king. I did not see the invisible crown around his head (She laughs.), but I knew he would have a part in the casting. I knew he would be the man I would be playing opposite of, and was the lead on the show. So, I went in like a normal audition. We started to read and, after a few lines, he took a pause, and stood up and then he said another line to me, and I said, “I guess I got your attention, huh?” I just went with it. It didn’t throw me, so the more he threw at me, the more I threw it back at him. His face transformed from being very stoic, serious, and judgmental to engaged, interested, and wanting to do the scene again.

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s-k-wedding.jpgMICHAEL:

The wedding dress Kate wore recently in her nuptial debacle was beautiful, of course, that is, before she got shot in it! I really liked how both you and Maurice looked at the wedding.

MEGAN:

“GH” costume designer, Mary Anelli, picked up some stunning and appropriate wedding dresses. I liked them, but I wanted something very Grace Kelly. I wanted something very classic and timeless and fashionable and something couture, and I saw it, and I fell in love with it. I said to Mary, “What do you think of this one?” It’s Italian, and it’s fashion forward, and it just would have been her pick, if she thought we could go a bit more provocative. So we took the more classic, and the more couture one, and we presented them to executive producer,
Jill Farren Phelps. She approved it.

MICHAEL:

The confrontation scene between Kate and Olivia as Kate was just about to walk down the aisle, before she was shot, was some of your best work. How did you feel about those scenes? Did you watch them back?

MEGAN:

I did. Those scenes made me really nervous. Kate is a very complicated character. If you are paying attention as an audience, you value those complications, but if you just look at her on surface value, you have a tendency to judge her. I feel the writers have done a good job by showing the life and the identity she had created for herself, the one she is obligated to inhabit. Leading up to the wedding, she could have made different choices. That’s all part of her story with Sonny. One of the bigger things is that she made this choice to leave her home. She did not have the family support, and she is honest about it. Olivia represented the version of Connie that she felt she wasn’t and that was a person who would stay home. But Olivia does not see it this way.

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olivia-kalce.jpgMICHAEL:

The fight between Olivia and Kate was centered on a piece of jewelry that Kate would not put around her neck.

MEGAN:

The whole thing was, Kate wanted the necklace, but it didn’t go with her dress. The problem was not that it didn’t match, or was ugly. The problem was Olivia never respected her choices and for accomplishing something
great.
That was a family fight
about Kate not feeling Olivia
respected her and Olivia feeling
that Kate disrespected her family.

MICHAEL:

How has it been working with Ingo Rademacher as Jax and Maurice as Sonny?

MEGAN:

Ingo is a doll. Maurice is great too. They are very different. Mo is dark and brooding and he is a bad boy, who you want to make good. This is every girl’s fantasy and he puts that into Sonny. Ingo is fun-loving and carefree and does not take anything too seriously. He rolls with the punches, and he has a very positive attitude. They are both little boys by the way! (She laughs.)

kate-jax.jpgMICHAEL:

I really like Kate with Jax. Now this week, she and Jax seem to take their friendship to a new level, but things are not what they appear. What happens?

MEGAN:

On paper, they look right together, right? They are a perfect couple. They are successful, social and cosmopolitan, and lead this certain kind of life. But what’s interesting in this circumstance and their relationship is that it had been easy and comfortable. They get on each other about their choices and their mates. Here, they found themselves where they are saying, “I told you so,” to each other. They are a bit drunk. In their wisdom, they think, “This means we’re single,” because of Sonny and Carly, and they end up commiserating. They are at Kate’s fabulous house where she has lots and lots of champagne. Then Sonny comes over and they have a big fight. Jax keeps Kate from running after Sonny, and another bottle of champagne gets consumed. They say, “Let’s not think about what’s wrong,” and then one thing leads to another. Do I really need to fill in the blank for you? It’s sexy. They think they are alone and they are not. Carly is there and she is not happy.

MICHAEL:

How did Carly get into Kate’s house?

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MEGAN:

No one apparently locks their doors in Port Charles! Carly discovers them and she has a gun, but doesn’t use it. Instead she dumps a bucket of water on them. The scenes then become about Jax and Carly, and about, “Why did you do this?” Kate keeps interjecting, “This is my house,” and it basically ends with Carly swearing revenge on Kate.

MICHAEL:

But this is just the tip of the iceberg! Later in the week, Kate throws sort of a comeback party for herself for her peers, to let them know she is still a vital fashion ‘mover and shaker’. However, then all hell breaks loose, thanks to a vengeful Carly.

MEGAN:

Jax leaves Kate after their evening together, and then tells Kate, “We need to worry about Carly.” Kate says, “What am I going to do about Carly?” Then Jax sees Kate at the office, and says, “You know, we need to worry about Carly,” and Kate says, “What I am going to do?” Kate is planning a party for herself. Poor Kate, right? She put everything on the line. She lost her job at Couture for Sonny. She has started a new magazine. She got shot twice because of Sonny. Her wedding was a disaster, and it was a public humiliation in a business that is very competitive. So, she decides, “Look at me. I am out of the hospital, and the magazine is fabulous,” thanks to Maxie. Whether she wants to admit it or not, she knows that Maxie has helped her greatly. So, Kate has this big party and flies in her peers to Port Charles. Carly thinks it’s more important that she humiliate Kate. She tries to hit Kate where it hurts the most, and gets a dress just like hers. She then gets Kate stuck in an elevator so she is late to her own party so Carly can “wow” all the guests before Kate arrives. Carly steals her thunder, thus, ruining Kate’s chance to remind her peers that she is still an important woman in fashion.

MICHAEL:

What do you think about the dynamics of the powerhouse opposing forces that are Kate and Carly?

kate-carly.jpgMEGAN:

When I first came on the show, I thought Carly and Kate would become friends. Little did I know that would never be possible. I think it’s an interesting relationship if they choose to explore it, because in some ways they are similar. They both made something of themselves. They both stand up for what they want.

MICHAEL:

But Kate is very much about being in control as opposed to Carly.

MEGAN:

The thing I like about Kate is that she pretty much is an upstanding person. She is very much in control and not messy. Of course, that is Carly’s nature, which is great. Kate is really a grown up.

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MICHAEL:

I hope they don’t change Kate into the villain.

MEGAN:

I think there is a point where Kate can only take so much. I think we are at that point right now. She may not always do the right thing. She is so up against the wall and she may need to lash out to get out of the corner. I would not be surprised if we see more circumstances with her making controversy just to rebuild who she is.

MICHAEL:

When Sonny proposed to Kate on one knee in Bensonhurst, she turned him down. Both you and Maurice were fabulous in those scenes, by the way. What was the rationalization for her walking away and leaving him destitute on the street?

MEGAN:

Those were really hard scenes for me to do, because I did not want that to happen that way. I believe in romantic love. I believe wholeheartedly that Kate wanted to say, “Yes.” At the time, there was story being generated that there was a big reason why she could not say, “yes” to him. Things had changed over at “GH” during the writer’s strike and since then, a lot of things have happened. A secret had come out, that her cousin had a baby with Sonny. That was not the secret at that time. So, I had to play something else, that was, she was holding a truth from him.

MICHAEL:

How did you feel about the shooting of Michael Corinthos?

dylan.jpgMEGAN:

I hated it. I thought it was awful, because I am a mother in real-life. I have two children. My son looks very much like Dylan Cash (ex-Michael). So, it was tough for me. But it’s soap opera and I understand why we do have these tragedies.

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MICHAEL:

You watched soaps before you were on one, correct?

MEGAN:

I did. I watched “ATWT” since I was nine years old.

MICHAEL:

Who is your favorite actress on that?

MEGAN:

Well, it was Martha Byrne. I wanted to be Lily Snyder like nobody’s business. Now, I watch the show once a week and I miss her. At the same time, I want to encourage her to do something else. The political surrounding of daytime has gotten very complicated. The actors have less and less control over their own jobs and careers, and Drake Hogestyn (John) and Deidre Hall (Marlena) over at “DAYS” being let go, blows my mind.

MICHAEL:

I hear you also like Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda). She is a legend, you know.

MEGAN:

Elizabeth Hubbard, Lucinda, isn’t that fabulous that ‘divas’ still exist? Please interview her. I want to hear and read it! To me, the most interesting interviews and actors on soaps are the ones that have been around forever. The stories they have! I mean Leslie Charleson who plays Monica Quartermaine on “GH” was working one day, and I just ‘hanged’ in the make-up room. I was ready to go on set, yet, I wanted to hear the stories. That’s the fun stuff. I hear stories about Tony Geary (Luke), and how much he has been through in life and as an actor. They are the best stories!

MICHAEL:

Have you worked with Tony?

MEGAN:

I have had one scene with him, and one line. He’s awesome. And in the one moment, I was like, “Yes. I am yours. What do you want from me? Yes.” Tony’s got it! He’s the man. But Tracy Quartermaine is truly my hero on the show. Jane Eliot, what an actress! If, Kate could be one ounce of that…. Oh my God! Kate could be the junior Tracy Quartermaine, were Kate given the right circumstances.

megan-nancy.jpgMICHAEL

I always got the biggest laugh when it first aired, Kate’s catch-phrase of her alter ego, “Connie Falconari from Bensonhurst.” I laughed about it for so long. Did you think it was funny?

MEGAN:

Yeah, I did not think much about it till my first day on the set, with everybody pronouncing incorrectly, and then pronouncing it in a way that could not be on broadcast television. In fact, we had to redo some takes because it was not pronounced within the guidelines of decency. (She laughs.) I don’t know whether it’s Constance or Constanza. (She laughs.)

MICHAEL:

Megan, you have such ardent fans. We hear you are doing a “Kate takes Manhattan” fan event in the New Year!

MEGAN

Yes. On Sunday, January 18th, 2009, I am having a fan event in downtown Manhattan called, “dim sum and then sum” at the Chinatown Brasserie in the Koi Lounge. It’s a brunch, and you can find info on it at www.Meganward.tv. I had to have a fabulous event, at a fabulous restaurant, at a fabulous location, just to suit Kate. So it will be fun. I was going to go for a week to the Big Apple, but I can only go for the weekend, because I have a big story taping in January.

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MICHAEL:

What can we look forward to from Kate in 2009?

MEGAN:

What I hope for Kate in 2009 is that someone loves her back. She makes some friends. She puts Carly in her place, and she finally gets married.

MICHAEL:

Do you think Kate’s ultimate guy is Sonny?

MEGAN:

I do, and in my subjective personal opinion, I think they are fabulous together because they make each other better people. sonny-kate.jpg

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What Does Franco Have Planned For Peter … The Ultimate Revenge?

This week on General Hospital, the story picks back up on the night of the double-wedding debacle for Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Peter (Wes Ramsey), and Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn (Michael Easton).

Last week’s Friday cliffhanger saw Franco (Roger Howarth) taking a crowbar to Peter’s head and knocking him out after realizing the voice in his head was that of Peter’s.

Meanwhile, Maxie who is in the hospital trying to ensure the safety of her unborn baby with Peter, is getting an earful on how far his deception has gone, and from all the people she knows and trusts.  Now, Anna (Finola Hughes) comes to see her God-daughter in the latest promo from ABC.

But the twist that many may, or may not, have seen coming is that Franco has taken Peter and tied him up which looks eerily familiar from when Franco’s mind-mapping took place and he was turned into Drew.

With Franco’s growing brain tumor, what is he capable of doing to Peter? Will he exact the perfect revenge on the guy?

Watch the latest teaser below.

Now weigh-in: what do you think Franco will do next? Share your theories in the comment section.

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GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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