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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: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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