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WATCH: GH's Maurice Benard Talks Life In Front Of The Camera & Behind It On OPRAH's: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Last night, General Hospital star Maurice Benard (Sonny) appeared in a follow-up interview and segment on OWN’s Oprah: Where Are They Now? The popular actor has been very public over the years about his battle with bipolar disorder and how it has affected his personal and professional life, at times.

In this newly aired segment with Benard, the cameras take you on the set of General Hospital where Maurice reveals even though he plays a tough guy mobster, growing up he was always the guy who would stand up for the underdog.  Later, the cameras sit down with Maurice and his wife Paula and their four children for some spirited conversation.

Finally, Maurice discusses his bipolar disorder and his latest film, The Ghost and the Whale which addresses the issue through the main character played by the soap star!

After the jump, watch three clips from last night’s Oprah’s: Where Are They Now? with Maurice! Then, let us know what was your most favorite or most touching part of Benard’s segment?

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I for one knows what he suffers from…ive struggled for years with off and on irritablitity, mood swings, night cries and overwhelming sadness, depression…in my younger years ive attempted suicide it got so bad(too much detail to why i went there)…and many threads ago i had an episode which im certain many commenters remain aware of…i had a lot of family issues and medical crises(just recently two more family members ended up at the hospital one was serious but this happen after i had that episode) so i got so upset i lashed out on my soaps and got some nasty hurtful replies for it…none apologized but i moved on from that…winter is when im at my worse but with help one can find there is hope…stay positive if you can which is difficult when too much happens but getting help often works!!!

Donny
Donny

Jim kudos to you, you are such a nice guy and very open. I admire your honesty and openess, my sister suffers from depression and is also bi polar. She finally is on the right medication, but sometimes she gets nasty with our family, because my sister wants to be left alone. Last night she visited me, and she told me that she loves me very much. We cried together, and she told me thank you for being by my side and not judging me, GOD bless you jim, Also I love reading your comments on this site. Some of them are hilarious, and you make good funny predictions in whats going to happen on our soaps. Take care jim.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks, you perked me up and i really needed it!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hurt for you, jimh. I have never gone into a deep depression, but I went through the “winter blues” with this last pregnancy. For some reason, I just hated winter. I felt aches and pains all over…mostly psychological.
It is so weird because it is October and I already dread winter, something which I had never before experienced. It isn’t as bad as last year, thank goodness, but I am so afraid I’ll feel those weird pangs again. I am lucky to have a loving family and friends around.
I knew about Maurices’s bouts with deep, clinical depression….really sad…but, he is coping with it. His character on GH aside, I wish the actor the best.
And you, jimh. You’ve come this far…it only speaks of your strength and endurance…much love.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Strange, me too is dreading winter and its just the beginning of October…Jan to March is my usual winter blues months…recent family health scares might have been the cause for me to experience it earlier but i usually love this time of year of fall colors, apple cider and pumpkin pie…hopelfully ill get through it…actually watching soaps is helpfull now that my shows have improved and i find them more entertaining of late…thanks for the reply!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Well Jim, I enjoy your posts and it is brave of you to be so open about your struggles. I hope and pray you remain upbeat and realize that you are important to people and people on this site enjoy your sense of humor and insight. Stay standing, Timmm!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks Timmm i enjoy yours too…this site has been a Godsend…thanks to Micheal Fairmen and all of you!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks Donny, CeeCee, and Timmm for your kind words…its people like you we need more of…it meant a lot to me and i love you all for it!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

jimh…You’re never alone and people are always thinking about you…just write your way through the lows and always know tomorrow will be a brighter day!

su0000
su0000

I come from a family of Psychiatrists..
(try growing with a mother who sees through you and a father who can tell all.. Mental health was monitored always with that look, you might know the one lol .. :
Anyways.. now is time for a group {{{{{{HUG}}}}}}} 🙂

Tea
Tea

Maurice’s segment was amazing, wish it was longer. I loved the family stuff the most. They are very inspiring to those of us who has mental illness in our families. Thank you Maurice for all you do!!!

Jules
Jules

I’ve hated Sonny for over 20 years. He’s always been the worst part of the show for me, along with his cohorts Carly and Jason. Nothing about this character is redeemable.

But I have always loved and have had so much respect for Maurice. He is generous with his fans and fellow actors, he speaks so thoughtfully and honestly. His candor about his mental illness is remarkable and truly brave. Of course, we know where he’s been all this time, but it’s nice that Oprah gave him a segment.

Charday
Charday

Agree with you 110 percent about the Sonny character.

su0000
su0000

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I and a million others have always love the Sonny character !!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I wish him the best with his movie, and hope it gets a good response. Mental illness & depression has been in the forefront of many news stories lately, with Robin Williams suicide and high-profile crimes being perpetrated by people who needed, but didn’t receive, treatment. Bringing more attention to it can only help IMO because for so long, people have been written off as “crazy loons” because their problem is “all in their head.” Even if someone becomes more compassionate to those with PTSD, bi-polar syndrome, or depression, that’s a step in the right direction.

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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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