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The Rebecca Herbst Interview – General Hospital

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In a very controversial decision by General Hospital, Elizabeth Webber fell for the brother of her (seemingly) all time love, Lucky.  Hold on Liason fans!  Once Nikolas and La Liz hit the sheets, tables and floors, the young nurse and mother of two and her good girl status, seemed to be tarnished forever.  In the midst of this storyline, the GH powers-that-be also made a startling switch, by firing Greg Vaughan as Lucky and re-introducing and welcoming back to the fold, the original Lucky, Jonathan Jackson.  With Jackson back, the stage was set for this triangle to explode and it has.  Liz is pregnant, (as is Becky in real life!) she is having a nervous breakdown and is trying to rest at Shadybrook sanitarium, but the girl can’t get any peace.  Why?  For starters, her nemesis Helena Cassadine is back and ready to do some pretty hideous things to Liz’s life, or so it would seem.  Then, Nikolas and Lucky are pulled in by the fact that neither knows who the father of her unborn baby is.  Liz is as confused and dazed as ever of what to do, whom to be with, and how to handle the fact that she will now have three children’s mouths to feed.

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with Rebecca Herbst and got all your burning questions answered, or so we hope!  I.e.: What about Jason in all of this?  Is there ever hope for a Liason reunion?  We found Becky to be fun, charming and enlightening on her character’s dangerous liaisons, the men in Becky and Liz’s life (on and off-screen), and after more than 13 years in Port Charles, getting the chance to play an “A” storyline.  Here is Becky front and center!

Listen to the audio:

The Rebecca Herbst Interview – General Hospital

MICHAEL:

Becky, when you learned that Liz was going to begin a fling with Nikolas, what was your initial reaction?

REBECCA:

I was surprised at the moment.  I was told this was going to happen, but honestly, more surprised that it took so long.  This seemed like such an honest soap storyline; with the two brothers, and with Nikolas and Elizabeth being such good friends and all, which provides this built in conflict.  It’s been exciting how it is all playing out.

MICHAEL:

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The recent scenes with Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) where he just laid into you, and those amazing performances, what did you think?  My God, Lucky called Liz every name under the sun!  Do you think she deserved it?  I say, “Hell, yeah she did!” And what did you think of Jonathan’s performance?

REBECCA:

It was terrible, those scenes!  She totally deserved it, so it did not make it that hard for me to play.  All I had to do was listen to Jonathan, and I felt so guilty. So it was easier than I had anticipated.  Of course, Jonathan is so easy to work with that it makes acting come very naturally for all of us.  Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) said we just have to stand there and watch him and Jonathan did it all!  It was amazing.

MICHAEL:

There is an Emmy in his future for that, don’t you think?

REBECCA:

It’s an Emmy for Jonathan for sure.  That would not surprise me.  I knew that was going to come, but I was afraid for a moment that he was going to hit me. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

How is having Jonathan back as Lucky?  And what are your thoughts on the departure of your other Lucky, Greg Vaughan, who was a casualty of Jonathan’s return to GH?

REBECCA:

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I love Greg.  We are great friends and it’s different with every actor who plays Lucky.  I have a different relationship with each of them…and Elizabeth does too, and of course, I am thrilled to have Jonathan back.  We had great chemistry a million years ago, and we have a great chemistry now.  Greg and I are good personal friends, and I do care for him and his wife and children outside of work.  It was hard to hear the news, and selfishly I loved being with him as Elizabeth and Lucky.  I know it’s hard to get a job out there, and it stinks.  You just don’t see the rug being pulled out from under your feet as easily as it can be. 

MICHAEL:

Were you glad to see Liz have a meltdown?

REBECCA:

Yup… her halo came off. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What on earth to you think drives her to do the things she does?

REBECCA:

I think they are hoping to explore that, and little by little figure out what makes her tick that is causing her to have this breakdown. That is the great thing about Elizabeth.  She has a lot of story and a lot of layers to pull from right now.  So, I think we are going to see her start chipping away at things.

MICHAEL:

I am hoping it is revealed that there is something in her past; either with men, being abandoned or abused… something!

REBECCA:

You know, (ponders) you were hoping for that?  I mean that is a possibility.  I think Elizabeth has some major issues, and she has been hoping we could attribute it to something in her past, like some man.

MICHAEL:

Perhaps something happened, and she had not felt worthy or….?

REBECCA:

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She has some serious problems when it comes to men. (Laughs)  She has men in front of her that she wants and then she pushes them away, and then she does really stupid things. Liz does not know why she does it. Then she has babies by all these people she is not married to.

MICHAEL:

Liz is the Port Charles Babymaker!  But in real life, you are expecting your third child, correct?

REBECCA:

I am pregnant in real life.

MICHAEL:

Did they always write your pregnancies into the storyline?  They certainly have this time!

REBECCA:

No, when I was pregnant with my son they covered that up, and that was 8 or 9 years ago. With my little girl, Ella, they did not and that is when Liz had Cameron.

MICHAEL:

When your real life pregnancy came about, what did the GH brass say?  Did they go, “Now what are we going to do?”

REBECCA:

Yes.  Originally, Bob Guza (head writer, GH) said, ”Oh no, no, we are not going to write it in.”  Then within five minutes, he changed his mind three times and said, “I will get back to you.”  Then he said, “You get pregnant really fast.”  And I go, “I know I do,” and he said, “No, we can’t cover it up.”  Then he said, “No, I will get back to you.” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Isn’t it better that you are not covered up behind plants?

REBECCA:

For me?  Absolutely.  Everyone knows… they can see it in my face and everywhere.  It’s easier to show it off than hide behind purses.

MICHAEL:

Do you say to yourself, “How do I justify Elizabeth’s actions and all the choices she makes?”

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REBECCA:

Well, it’s only been this past year with Nikolas where she has been kind of this tawdry! (Laughs)  I also joked she had this constant halo on, even though she had been with several men, and she has babies by guys she was never married to.  And she floats around and maintains that she is this angel.  But, it’s only this past year that her reputation has been tarnished.

MICHAEL:

Ok, clarify to our readers who are the baby daddy’s of Liz’s sons.

REBECCA:

Cameron is Zander’s baby and Jake is Jason’s baby and…

MICHAEL:

And poor Lucky…has not had a baby with you…yet!  Would you want the dad this time to be Nikolas or Lucky, or could someone else in Port Charles be the stud?

REBECCA:

You know, we all joke that Sonny is the father, because at some point he walked by me in Port Charles and sneezed… and that is how it happened. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Right!  Because…. Elizabeth and Sonny are the most fertile people in the city!

REBECCA:

That’s right.  But seriously, it would be a good story either way. You have the complications between Nikolas and Elizabeth right now – he wants it to be his baby, and she wants it to be Lucky’s, because then she thinks she will get him back.  If it is Lucky’s, she thinks they can ride off into the sunset.  There are just so many interesting angles to this. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

MICHAEL:

Who does she want the father to be?

REBECCA:

She says she wants Lucky, but you can’t really believe what Elizabeth says at this point. Remember, she is at Shadybrook!  She is a little crazy right now.  I don’t think she believes what she is saying right now.  She is confused.

MICHAEL:

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On Monday’s episode of GH she actually has a therapy session with Nikolas and Lucky.  What was your therapist Laney thinking?

REBECCA:

I guess Laney thought it would be ideal to have them there!  I am going to blame it all on Laney. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Fire your therapist!  Get out of there.

REBECCA:

I am totally going to blame it on her. We all joked about it and said, “What are the three of us going to do together in a therapy session trying to work out our problems?  No thanks.”  There is nothing that is going to be accomplished, but it was a good scene.  I think there was one scene or two scenes of that, and I don’t think we will ever do that again. (Laughs) I was surprised that the boys showed up for that!

MICHAEL:

What ensues?

REBECCA:

Elizabeth at that point wants to apologize to Lucky, because this whole Nikolas and Elizabeth thing started out as a joke.  Elizabeth just wanted to make Rebecca and Lucky jealous by them seeing us kiss, and then it rolled on from there.

MICHAEL:

Lucky does not want her!

REBECCA:

Lucky certainly does not want her anymore, and she is trying to wrap her mind around that.

MICHAEL:

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OK.  Liason fans want to know if there’s still hope for Jason and Liz?  They do not give up.

REBECCA:

They are incredible, aren’t they?  No other word for them, and they are dedicated and they do not get discouraged, which is amazing.  And it’s been 7 or 8 years of them writing before Steve Burton (Jason) and I had a storyline together. God bless these people!  They put a lot of work in keeping our characters in major storylines.  Without them, for sure, my storyline with Steve would have fallen flat long ago, but they really kept it going.

MICHAEL:

They don’t want Sam with him.  This group is dedicated to Liz and Jason getting another chance at love.  Do you think at this point there is hope?

REBECCA:

I would have said Jason and Elizabeth would never be together quite a few years ago, and Steve said the same thing.  We kept telling the Liason girls, “Stop writing, because nothing is going to happen.  It’s been 7 years… get over it.”  Steve would joke and sure enough it happened, so I will never say never.  Always hope.  There could always be a future.

MICHAEL:

Steve said you are one of his favorites to work with.

REBECCA:

He is such a goofball!  I love working with Steve.  Our families are close, and it is nice working with him.

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MICHAEL:

Do you think with Liz losing it at the moment, that Jason might try to get custody of his son Jake from her?

REBECCA:

You know, he had not tried so far.  I cannot see Jason taking away Jake from his mommy, but you know there are people in Jason’s life…like Carly…. who will try to influence him.  So we will see what happens with that.  But Elizabeth will fight to the death to keep her children.

MICHAEL:

Who do you think is the ultimate guy for Liz?

REBECCA:

That is a really hard question… I don’t know.   I think Lucky and Liz could possibly find their way back.  But, I have no idea what the writers are planning.

MICHAEL:

Don’t the writers tell you somewhat of what is down the road, so you know what you are playing in your scenes?

REBECCA:

The truth is, I am clueless.  Honestly, I do not have meetings with the writers but once in a blue moon.  On those occasions they will say, “OK, this is what is going to happen.”  I find out what is going to happen in the story when I read the scripts and that usually would be two and half weeks ahead of the air shows.

MICHAEL:

But then, if you don’t know the true writers intent down the line, how sure of yourself can you be that you are playing the beat of the story correctly?

REBECCA:

Sometimes we wing it, but it would not be beneficial for me to know right now who the father of the baby is, because Elizabeth right now does not know who the father of the baby is.  So, it can make it a little more real this time.  Sometimes I don’t want to know where she is headed.  But things like…well, they did tell me she was going to have a nervous breakdown, or she is going to end up in Shadybrook, was important for me to know.  So for the month leading up to that, I could work up to her being a little nutty, and things like that are important and they will tell me.

MICHAEL:

How are you playing her “nutty”?

REBECCA:

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She is not the kind of crazy where she is seeing people or talking to people that are not there.  She is just emotionally unstable and cries at a drop of a hat.  She goes back and forth between superwoman to being the best single mom in the world to, ‘I don’t know how I am going to do this.’

MICHAEL:

Constance Towers (Helena) said a very mean-spirited line about your pregnancy to you and then asked the producers to remove it.  She told me she could not say it to a real life pregnant woman.  Do you remember the line?

REBECCA:

I do remember that. The line was “I hope the mother dies in child birth,” and she thought it was so terrible to say.  I am glad she spoke up about it because being pregnant does affect you differently, and for any mother out there who would hear it, it would hit in the gut a little.

MICHAEL:

Helena also told Liz she has so many children to support she should go on Welfare, or something to that affect.  How is working with Constance as your number one sworn enemy?

REBECCA:

She is good at those little comments.  I love Constance.  How can you not love her?She is great!

MICHAEL:

I think Helena is going to switch the DNA.  DNA switcheroos run rampant at General Hospital.  They have for ages.

REBECCA:

People are having paternity tests all the time at General Hospital. (Laughs)  When Helena has her claws involved there is no limit to how far she will go.

MICHAEL:

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How is working with Tyler?

REBECCA:

I love working with Tyler no matter what we are doing.  It was great working with him romantically, because that was a side we had not explored.  And even if our characters are fighting, we had been best friends for a long time. Right now Elizabeth is like, “I can’t stand you, and I want you out of my face.”  Tyler and I play off of each other really well, regardless of what the storyline is.

MICHAEL:

So, here comes a possible real or faux Cassadine heir?

REBECCA:

I know, it could be one kidnapping after another.

MICHAEL:

Do you read the message boards?  Liz’s popularity has surely tanked with her latest stunts!

REBECCA:

I do not.  They can be mean on the boards.  I am sure Elizabeth is not on the top of everyone’s “like” list right now.  I know that.

MICHAEL:

Has anyone said anything to you on the street, or sent something to you out of anger and frustration with Liz?

REBECCA:

I got a letter not so long ago which said, ”How dare you, Becky, for doing this!”  I just thought it made me feel so bad because I did not have anything to do with that and people are so mad at Elizabeth!  But it’s story, and how exciting is this!  There has got to be more to her than writing in charts and answering phones all day long.  She needs something going on.

MICHAEL:

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Do you think she is a good nurse?

REBECCA:

(Laughs) When she is not wigging out!

MICHAEL:

She used to be a good nurse back in the day.

REBECCA:

I know, but now she is too wrapped up in her own problems.  Nikolas told her to leave because he is running the hospital.  He told her that she couldn’t come back there for a while.  And, that she needs help!

MICHAEL:

When you go on maternity leave again, will that be scheduled?

REBECCA:

You know the baby is due in August, but we have not scheduled a maternity leave yet, but we will figure it out as it goes along.

MICHAEL:

Boy or Girl?

REBECCA:

I don’t know yet.  We will find out soon.  I have a boy and a girl already and I don’t care, it doesn’t matter.

MICHAEL:

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What is the best part of motherhood?

REBECCA:

That is a hard question.  Motherhood in itself is who I am.  I love every minute of it, even though my children drive me crazy at times.  I finally feel complete as a person.  None of my jobs has fulfilled me in the way having children has.

MICHAEL:

Was this planned?

REBECCA:

Yeah, we had been talking about it for a while.  We knew the first and second one was pretty easy, because I knew I wanted two and the third one kind of rocks the boat a little bit. With this third one, people look at me like I am crazy.  I always wanted a big family.

MICHAEL:

GH has been really cooking right now.  It speaks to the longevity of the show.  There have been many times it’s been unwatchable.

REBECCA:

It’s kicked in to what it should be.  I have been told by fans that the show is really good right now, and there are times when I know people are fast forwarding through the show. But right now, I am hearing that the people are loving all the storylines on the show, which is great.

MICHAEL:

Do you ever watch your work back?

REBECCA:

Sometimes, I will.  But if I am at home I don’t have it on, because I don’t want my kids to watch it.

MICHAEL:

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Oh no, no… (Laughs)

REBECCA:

They don’t know what mommy does.  I do DVR it everyday.  So, if someone tells me it was a really great show, then I can go back and check it out.

MICHAEL:

You and many stars of GH have dealt with the ebbs and flows with their characters for many years.  How many years officially have you been on GH?  And what do you feel when you are so back–burnered for a long time and you have to just ride it out and wait your turn for story?

REBECCA:

I have been on 13 years.  We know its part of the game.  I don’t think everybody gets so discouraged.  We know that some storylines are better than others, and sometimes we work more than others, and that is how it goes.  Right now, I am really blessed to have a storyline after being here for 13 years, and that is my feeling.  I know it won’t last forever, and I hope it kicks back in again, because I love being here, but we all know how it goes.

MICHAEL:

Say a few words on your leading men: Steve Burton?

REBECCA:

Steve is comical; he can be very serious and very sensitive.

MICHAEL:

Tyler?

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REBECCA:

He too is a jokester, because Nikolas is so deadpanned… and I would say Tyler is the most opposite of his character.  He walks around here with bracelets on and ripped jeans. He is this cool laid-back guy always joking and nothing like Nikolas… which is good. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Jonathan?

REBECCA:

I have such a special place in my heart for Jonathan.  He was the one I worked with right from the beginning.  He is caring and he is so dedicated to the integrity of his character, as are all the guys.  They are all really great people.

MICHAEL:

Do you think we will ever see loving Lucky/Liz scenes again?  Or, do you think now and forever the writers have ruined them?

REBECCA:

I don’t think they have ruined them.  They have taken a different path.  We can’t be the same kids we were ten years ago.  We are adults now, and in the soap world adults have to have baggage and problems.  There has to be issues and this is the way it goes.  We can’t be two adults hiding in boxcars like we used to. (Laughs)

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What is something you want to clear up for GH fans that they may not understand or know about you?

REBECCA:

After 13 years there is not a whole lot that fans don’t know about me.  However, in the beginning and even now, people don’t understand that I am basically a shy person.  The thing I hate more than anything is having to get up on a stage and have a microphone and answer questions, such as at the GH fan club luncheon.  It’s so hard for me to do.  One-on-one with fans I love, and hearing their thoughts and their opinions, and getting to know them is great.  But, having to be on a stage with a mic and having questions asked just about kills me, and I will get sick every time.  It has not gotten easier.  So I am very reserved when I do these things, and people take it as, “Becky has an attitude today” or “She does not want to be here.”   I freeze.  It’s intimidating with the other actors who are intelligent and witty people.  I don’t consider myself to be a witty person like Steve, or so many of them here.  I will be the one in the back of the room who will enjoy their witty comments, but not spew any back out.  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Does you husband, Michael Saucedo (Ex- Juan, GH) watch the air shows when you have a love scene?

REBECCA:

Absolutely not!  There is no reason for him to see that.  I don’t get anyone who does. First of all, he does not even know when I’m doing them half the time.  I don’t tell him. And he is not that interested to the point where he is asking me, “Oh, what did Elizabeth do today?”  He likes to know story arcs, but not day to day what Elizabeth has done.

MICHAEL:

I can only imagine if he saw you and Tyler “doing it” on the air shows.

REBECCA:

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I don’t mention it, because when I get home I am the wife, and the mom, and picking up the kids from school and doing laundry.  We don’t talk about Liz and Lucky, and mostly Michael does not find out about it till after it’s aired.  Someone will say to him, “Oh, I saw your wife rolling around with that guy with that dark hair,” and I went, “Oh, geez, why did you feel the need to tell him?”  Michael then says to me, “How am I supposed to respond?  What do I say to that?”  And that is something I am sure you can never get used to.  So he does not say, “Oh, yeah?  Did she look good?” (Laughs)  So it’s a little awkward.

MICHAEL:

Looks like things are going to be revealed shortly about Liz and the baby daddy situation. What can fans look forward to in the next few weeks?

REBECCA:

Elizabeth has a long road ahead of her, and now she is anticipating finding out who the father is… and I am excited to see right along with her!

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Carole
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Carole

Thank you Michael for this interview. I love Becky and Liz and one of the reasons is her honesty. I was upset about losing Greg but I love the flashback scenes with Becky and Jonathan. I will always be a Lucky and Liz fan first so I hope they get back together.

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Garnet74

Becky always sees like such a nice, down to earth woman and this interview was great. I can’t confess to being a huge fan of her current story, though I’m happy to hear that they plan on delving into her character more, exploring who and *why* she is as well as beefing up her stories. As one of “those” Liason fans, I’d be thrilled to see her reunite with Jason Morgan. The grown up, adult vibe to not only their friendship but their romance was always what made me prefer their love story to any other. She got to be… Read more »

CreamTeam
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CreamTeam

Great comments!
Congrats to them winning the Couple Smackdown!!

Dee
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Dee

I am so glad I had the chance to read and listen to this interview. Becky Herbst is a real sweetheart and although lately I have wanted to throttle Elizabeth more than hug her, Becky instills the character with depth and makes her extremely sympathetic even when her actions are anything but. I’m not a diehard Liason fan, but I am a diehard LnL2 fan. You guys should have never given me back my babies in their original form (nothing ever touched the chemistry between Jon and Becky for me). Now that I have them back or the possibility of… Read more »

Christian
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Christian

Just had to say I agree with every word, Love Rebecca, love her and Jonathan together. Having him back has been AWESOME. Half of the permanent lock felt like it was almost missing. I say half b/c in no way is it all Jonathan. Love JJ, always have, huge fan, but him and Becky just have that romantic chemistry that is off the charts. So hope they make it. I can’t imagine they’d not give Classic LL2 a go, and I also hope the baby si Luckys! I want my Spencer little lady….= )

Kelsey
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Kelsey

Wow! Becky is such a classy woman. I adore and respect her as an actress, a mother, and a human being. She is such a sweetie which is why I can’t help but still love Elizabeth even when I don’t approve of her actions. She also had the nicest things to say about her co-stars. I love how Jonathan has such a “special place in [her] heart.” I love the chemistry between Rebecca and Jonathan; it just looks so deep…swoon <3 Please let this be Lucky's baby!!! LnL2 <3

And thanks Michael for this great interview!!

Heather
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Heather

I absolutely adore Becky. She is just as sweet and wonderful in person as you see in interviews. While I can’t stand the character of Elizabeth right now, I will always be a Becky fan. Just like while I don’t recognize the character of Jason right now, I will always love Steve Burton. I love Elizabeth and Jason together because when they are together their characters have more depth, make more sense, they are stronger and more interesting. I love their romance, passion and family. They are the perfect blend of hospital and mob, danger and family, adventure and romance.… Read more »

Elena
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Elena

I totally agree with you. Hope for their happy reunion in Italy…

CreamTeam
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CreamTeam

It’s funny to hear how she doesn’t like the stage, it makes her nervous. She came of as so cool at SALE. Steve did 90% of the talking but her zingers were spot on and worth the wait. She is witty, don’t let her fool you!! LOL For the record, seeing her at the event made me love the actress more. Now this interview shows again what a thoughtful person she is and how she loves her fans. (and how different she is from her character – with the exception of motherhood) I will forever be one of the nutty… Read more »

Tiffany
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Tiffany

I loved this interview! I have such a girl crush on Becky, lol. I am a Liason fan for life, and Becky said don’t give up hope, and I never will!

LuvnLiason
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LuvnLiason

Hi Michael, Thank you so much for the awesome interview with Becky. First I would like to Congrats Becky & Michael on their soon to be new addition to the family. I absolutely Love, this younglady, she is do talented. I sure hope there’s a emmy nod coming your way too Becky. While I’m not thrilled with the current s/l, I am thrilled that Becky is upfront and center and knocking her scenes out of the the park. So to Becky, just want to say we LOVE and Adore you and I too am a Liason fan and will not… Read more »

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crimsonFan

Wonderful interview! Thank you so much. What a classy lady. Love Becky and Elizabeth. The story she is in right now has been difficult at times, but she has been wonderful. Actually this kind of story is why I watch soaps; complicated, messy, dramatic with lots of fallout. I hope General Hospital surprises me and follows through. Really does delve into the reasons for Liz’s breakdown and lets her come out of this strong and independent. I want to see a grown up Elizabeth in a grownup love story. Anyway it is lovely to see an actress who is so… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Thank you for interviewing one of the most talented actresses in soaps today. Rebecca Herbst is such a classy person and so down to earth. She is doing such an awesome job on her storyline. She’s brought me to tears with it and she’s made my heart smile. I am one of those LIason fans as well and I hope Elizabeth and Jason will find their way back to one another. Steve and Becky’s chemistry is off the charts. They have so much talent and when you put that talent in a scene together, greatness is created. I can’t understand… Read more »

Christian
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Christian

I absolutely loved this interview and love Becky tons! Elizabeth Webber has always been my favorite female character on the show, and I would go as far as to say she’s my favorite character on General Hospital-period. There has always been something about her. She is a porcelain doll, so gorgeous, I also have a girl crush! LOVE her and Jonathan as Lucky and Elizabeth, have since the beginning. There is just something incredibly natural about them, their chemistry is fantastic. When they are on the screen together, I dare not look away in fear of missing something. Becky is… Read more »

eliane
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eliane

Awesome.. we love the character and the actress..

Rose
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Rose

I don’t care for Elizabeth role! From one man to another. Let her just be a nurse!

Katie
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Katie

I listened to your interview with Becky and she’s such an adorable lady! Michael, you are the best interviewer ever! I watch GH just because I love the Elizabeth character (I enjoy other characters, too, but if there were no Elizabeth, there would be no GH for me). Even though Elizabeth makes so many horrible choices, she’s kind of easy to relate to for me because I’ve been a single mom ( I haven’t made all the horrible choices like she, lol). I’m rooting for her to be true to her word about being a single mom, but I’m sure… Read more »

Jessica
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Jessica

I LOVE Elizabeth. I’m so glad to see her finally in a real complicated storyline. I’m loving the Lucky/Liz/Nik triangle. Surprisingly, I like Nik and Liz together. They are sexy. And Lucky and Liz will always be sweet in my heart. I’ll always want Jason and Liz to have a chance at romance and a family. It’s nice to see Rebecca getting ALOT more airtime and having so many scenes with so many great actors like Helena, Olivia, Luke. The storyline definitely has the fans attention. Whether you love Elizabeth or love to hate her, she’s on the fans radar.… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

I Love Elizabeth Webber character she me favorite actress on GH ! We hope Jason & Elizabeth will finally have a chance together again. chemistry between Jason and Elizabeth are Awesome.Jason and Elizabeth did scenes together first time i so happy to see them together play the scenes over again & again!

semaj
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semaj

love elizabeth no matter what she does bring on elizabeth’s next storyline elizabeth rocks

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Just have to say that anytime Rebecca does an interview it always makes me even more proud to be a fan of hers. She is just a very Classy lady!

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I think she belongs with Jason and their child. That to me is the best soapy couple GH has!

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I love Rebecca. What a classy lady. She is so humble and down to earth. I love RH’s scenes best with Steve Burton. There chemistry is just paramount to anything I’ve seen in daytime. They don’t even need to utter a word. I heard that Steve and Becky dated briefly back in the day. They make such a beautiful couple, should be illegal to look that good. I remember Becky when she first started GH, wow has she grown up. She is such a classic beauty, I’d love to have her skin for a day. Liason fans are relentless, and… Read more »

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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!”

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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.

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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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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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