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Tonja Walker Shares The Moment She Pulled Up To GH For The First Time In 26 Years!

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Those that are over the moon that Tonja Walker is returning to General Hospital got to witness the first leg of her journey home to the daytime drama series this afternoon. Walker shared via a facebook video the moment she pulled into the ABC Prospect Lot where GH is filmed.  She told those who were watching her video how excited she was to be there again and related it was the first time in 26 years!

GH fans have been abuzz as to exactly what role Walker will be playing when she debuts, although their is high speculation she may be returning as the “dead” Olivia Jerome.

She told her fans in the video that she wanted to thank them for all of the years, and years, of writing and calling to get her back on GH. Walker related that whatever God wants to have happen, will happen.  Whether she is supposed to stay at GH,  or even if she is not suppose to stay at GH, that is OK, too.  As Walker says, she views her return as “A great opportunity”.

Tonja was at GH for a wardrobe fitting, which means taping new episodes is not far behind!  Watch Tonja’s video after the jump. Then let us know what you thought of it, and from On-Air On-Soaps, WELCOME BACK TO TONJA!

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Omar
Omar

Love her!!

She was good over at GH and she was awesome over at OLTL..Surprise she did not get an Emmy while @ both shows..Welcome back!! Hope is for a a long run..I am salivating possible scenes with Ava, Anna, Carly and Sonny!!!!

Dylan
Dylan

I think this actress is awesome. Her return has thst buzz factor that soaps lack right now. However…she was redeemed back in 1900. I HATE when soaps bring back “good” characters as dark or evil, and GH is the worst offender at bringing back beloved fan faves as mere shadows of themselves. I will give this one a pass because the man whose love changed Olivia…..Felicia’s cousin Colton…is long gone. And as a manipulative mob momma…she could have been faking her short period of goodness. Or…even if she redeemed at one point 26 years is enough to re harden everyone. Another mistake soaps make ia bringing a performer back as a look alike. Bring her back as Olivia…warts and all. If written right…this could be a very exciting time for GH. In my dreams…it would end with Julian, Ava, and Sonny dead….tbereby removing the “Mob As Good Guys” stain that has dragged this show down for 20 years! But I know that will never happen!

Dylan
Dylan

I meant she was redeemed back in 1990! Not 1900!! Lol…sorry Tonja!

Kevin C
Kevin C

I remember Tonya being on Capital…I am impressed with her just from this post on Facebook. Tonya, you seem to be a kind person and I love your comments on your Facebook video…wishing you the best and GOD bless.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Julians return from the dead sister who is back to take down Julian and maybe she is responsible for the bomb in Julians car…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Balls of fire—could Olivia really be alive? I would be excited to find out she is but it would also make me wonder if duke is really still alive too since she was obsessed with him all those years ago. If Olivia is still around, she has to be beyond angry at Julian if he really killed the man sh loved. This could bring some good story!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I mentioned this before…but maybe she’s been in hiding and has been living with her son…Griffin! (And then she “died” again…oar so she made Griffin think)…and he’ll soon find out his mother’s criminal ways…she could be out to avenge Duke. Okay…far fetched? On GH…maybe not. 🙂

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Either way, I am happy Tonja Walker is back with us. Loved her the first time around on GH and thought she was great as Alex on OLTL. It would be so cool if tey were able to have her be Olivia and Alex doing a dual role. I’d tune in to see that!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I never saw her as Olivia Jerome but didn’t Julian supposedly kill her? Should be interesting…from what I’ve read she was obsessed with Duke…if they slept together who knows…maybe she’s Dr/Father Griffin Monroe’s son with Duke. I did love her as Alex on OLTL. Either way, I agree…should be interesting! Oh…Happy New Year James… 😉

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Can’t wait. Let the games begin!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes–with some strong writing! She can be a bit over the top–but doesn’t that characterize GH of late? LOL!

Joe
Joe

I’m so glad she’s back. I met Tonja years ago at a GH weekend event. Love her! Hope she’s playing Olivia Jerome again.

David Isner
David Isner

Can’t wait to see who she plays but I have a hunch she will be Olivia Jerome

aria
aria

i can’t wait to see her on air. its going to be fun!!

Patrick
Patrick

(1988–90): General Hospital as Olivia St. John
(1990 – 10’s): One Life to Live as Alex Olanov (Role: 1990–97; 2001–02; 2007; 2009; 2011)

I; do not know… her, career

what I do know… is how beloved… Tonja Walker is

with fans… her peers

dang ! she looks good

whatever it takes… to detract from the Sonny and Carly show

have at it

whatever it takes… to flesh out the Jerome family…. as fans have , given rise

scenes between Julian, Ava, and Olivia. let the reign begin

OR

the January 3rd ep – Valentin and Nina get married and consummate their vow

their was so much sex… lovemaking… wallaw wallaw MORE PLEASE

I bring you… the new core family GH need focus

The Cassadine Empire rise

even , Lulu said it right… as she told Dante…. at the mere mention of spending time together for New years or whatever… she told Dante… Charlotte looked at her like she may as well have had a face full of wart…. Mamma smurph SINK.

I GIVE YOU… the new reign supreme of core value… the Cassadine

@GH … DO NOT EVER… again… show SONNY and Carly ewh… making love
what production value… YES YES YES

Valentin and Nina
or tired dismal failure… Sonny and Carly

I protest: that if @GH is merely bringing on Olivia… or whomever Tonja Walker is: that this much lauded actress.. be given TIME … not just a walk on.. to prop

give this lauded actress who cares.. and is a serial juggernaut… an act

GIVE yourself a let… when you hire actors… who have solid presence

HINT HINT: Nicholas / Morgan / Sabrina / Dr. Joe / Paul… who solidify this genre

what was wrong with the Baker brother?

you suck @ times

this beloved actress … with all her presence… cared about his genre as a whole.. and fans do not forget

Patrick
Patrick

OK… I digress : January 4, ep

SAW va va voom Seth Baker swag @ General Hospital…. Kevin Spacey ; no ?

dang

followed by; Valentin and Nina… all afterglow

then the show as a whole… spiraled

Sonny and Carly and Michael and Nelle… buzz kill

not to mention … Finn and Hayden…. LOL…. why ? GH; WHY ?

Patrick
Patrick

ya know

Anna getting all hypnotic and all…. IS fearful about some thing

????

I suppose even back then… Valentin found Anna enchanting and such… but… he certainly isn’t acting out for fearing for his life…. nor is he scrambling to “hide” any thing.

so who knows what this bright light is shielding…. a dropped watch

OK Anna… you’ve been warned… no harm shall come to Valentin

or GH loses what little they have on the canvas to appeal to

Patrick
Patrick

I”ve had it with Ms. centerfold and entitled

I was SO LIVID with Sam… as she just had to know if Alexis is OK.

LOL… Alexis , not wanting to be bothered… is any one bleeding or dying ?

Sam … what an abysmal waste… acts so entitled and barges her way through… with both her parents…. well – F – that… no parent puts up with that

piss off Jason and Sam… you can move any time now

with two pivotal characters that the audience does not root for or find value

Jason and Sam definitely NEED TO MOVE out of Port Charles

no personality… they lack so much charisma… seeing these two in matching leather jackets … LOL oy it’s dullard syndrome happening all over these mob characters

GH needs to hire Curtis and Hayden as the new hot about town sleuths. these two have so much going for themselves and each other. only way Hayden can be salvaged… she’d be getting so much more in the sack.

PS : what kinda name is Rudge…. no matter…he’s super sexy

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

So those were n TW’ hands we saw wearing Victor Jerome’s ring in yesterday’s final scene…..hmmmmm

robbie
robbie

Wasn’t able to view the video, but I am so excited for her return! What’s one more back-from-the-dead character. LOL I love the crazy gals of Port Chuck, namely Heather and Olivia J!

mike
mike

Should be a fun run.

JMER
JMER

If this is a return to some of the best flavors of Classic GH and putting the Jeromes, Cassadines, and Corinthoses back in their proper place in history pre-Guza then I am all for it. It would be great for this story to be about Anna and Duke, which is who Olivia interacted with most. Seriously tired of FV and the execs at GH making the show all about the baddies and driving fans away. It’s OUR show. We are the audience. We love the characters. All they have to do is let them be written for. I’m expecting this all will happen someday. Will it be Jan/Feb? We shall see. The show still seems to be controlled by this outside force that foists these evil characters on it which is the exact opposite of how it was designed to be and why it’s much less popular than it could be.

Timmm
Timmm

I’m glad she mainly credited God for returning to ABC over Frank Valentini. Some actors get the two confused!

JMER
JMER

Haha, no doubt and it took an act of God for them to hire her, as a Classic character, so she got it right.

Angel
Angel

She’s probably going to play Olivia but by another name this time. I can’t honestly see there being two Olivia’s (or any name) on one show. We do remember Olivia Falconeri who is still currently on contract with the show, no!?…it just ain’t right. I’m still excited about Tonjas return tho

Ghlover
Ghlover

The other Olivia has no purpose. If there is a choice to make, lets all hope it will be Olivia Jerome

blake
blake

Great news, I hope she’s back at Gh for good. I’ve always liked her at OLTL and was glad when they brought her back towards the end.

Robert L
Robert L

So excited for what’s coming up with her!

Dan
Dan

I starting watching GH in 1993, so she was a little bit before my time. But everyone I know that was watching when she was on as Olivia is very excited. A friend that has been watching a long time told me, just wait until she has scenes with Maura West, it will be like two forces of nature colliding, lol.

She has an established history with the show, not just another pointless new character with no ties, which I like. Definitely very interested to see what happens next.

A lot of intriguing reveals should be coming in the next few months, with this story, the story of who Valentin really is and his connection to Anna, the story with Nelle and who she really is. Everything that has been going on for the past few months seems to be building up to some really cool stuff. The writing on GH has been very strong from around September on, in my opinion.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

I am so excited about the return of Tonja as Olivia.

Can’t wait for the scenes with Julian, Ava, Anna, Lucy, Griffin.

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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