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WATCH: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Nominee Reels! Will It Be Geary, LeBlanc, Miller, Or Thompson Who Takes The Gold?

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Four of the finest actors in the soap opera genre will duke it out for one of this year’s biggest awards at the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys to be broadcast live on Pop on Sunday night, April 26th starting at 8PMET/5PMPT.

General Hospital’s Anthony Geary (Luke) and Jason Thompson (Patrick) will vie for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series prize against The Young and the Restless nominees Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and former Y&R cast member (now on GH), and the defending champ in this category, Billy Miller. (Ex-Billy Abbott)

Geary has won seven times previously, which is a Daytime Emmy performer record! Christian LeBlanc and Billy Miller have each won three times, while Jason Thompson had never been awarded top honors.  Could this be his year? Or, will it be the one of the other gents turn to give an acceptance speech?

After the jump, watch the incredible nominated work of these four talented actors via the reels they submitted for Emmy contention. Then weigh-in: Who do you think deserves to win on Emmy night based on the reels? Who would you most like to see take home the gold? Let us know!

Anthony Geary – Daytime Emmys
Christian Le Blanc – Daytime Emmys

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Lin
Lin

Tony Geary’s clip (while this has nothing to do with his acting ability) shows how ridiculous is it to believe this dissociative identity disorder storyline. It was 2 different people. But his acting was terrific. This can not be a different identity. That’s not how it would have gone down with an alternate personalty.

Lin
Lin

I forgot, we have no reason still to understand what Luke’s alter ego would have against Sonny. Nonsensicle. The acting is brilliant. But makes no sense that the Fluke is Luke.

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

Does his alter really need a reason to hate Sonny…as Luke he had no reason to hate Sonny who is a friend but as the darker Fluke he hated everyone his good side Luke liked and cared for-his family, Tracy, and Sonny—thats his dark side thinking—when you have any sort of mental illness you dont think rationally…your thought are different and you dont act like you normally do…he had no reason to hate his family and Tracy but because of his mental condition as Fluke he simply thought he hated them…same for Sonny and everbody else he liked!!!

AJQ
AJQ

Yes, it was two separate people, Fluke was not Luke’s alter at the time that was shot. We know that now, we knew it then. The scenes were intended to clearly indicate that Fluke was a separate person. And TG did a masterful job in his portrayal, signaling to the audience exactly what he was supposed to convey, that Fluke was a different person; an imposter who assumed Luke’s identity.

Fluke physically left Port Charles that day. He obviously stopped off at Miscavige to pay a visit. And there he found Luke, drugged up. If it was all in his head, where did this confrontation take place? Did he actually, physically go to Miscavige to confront himself? Why would he have free reign of the place, to be able to use an empty room to do this? What would be Fluke’s/Luke’s relationship with Miscavige if it was all in his head? If he was a different person and assumed Luke’s identity, making a switch there a year ago, then he would have a relationship with the place. (Although that would be hard to explain. How would he have been involved with Heather and her kidnapping Luke? But of course that just shows there were still huge problems with the story the other way, if Fluke was Bill E or someone else).

So now, was all this in his head? Then where was he physically when this confrontation took place? Looking back, would the audience ever be able to look at this as playing out in his head, given how it was presented, shot, directed, written, acted?

Yes acted. Which goes back to TG. A masterful performance, he showed us two separate people, Luke and his double. Give him the Emmy.

Guest
Guest

It is not DID. The writer said it was a Psychotic Break!! TG was great !! I was GH but after watching ALL 4 clips I think Christian deserves the win!!

Omar
Omar

Lin, you are so right..Good acting but since the reveal that Luke is actually “Fluke” with a spit personality, this reel seems so outdated and pointless..Jason should win this year or Christian.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You bet, Lin. Geary’s acting was extraordinary. He did what he had to do….the end product, superb, considering I could not, for the life of me, put the puzzle together. I still can’t. As I have already stated, we all went on a scary, nonsensical (indeed, Lin, as you say) , stupid , long and most audacious ride ( actually an insult to our intellect) .
However, since it is the acting that’s in question and not the story, then TG should win.
I, personally, do not understand why J. Thompson was even nominated…HUH? I just don’t see it. He is as boring as Sam. They’re actually a good match. I see nothing special about his acting.
I love Billy Miller, but, he has yet to impress me as Jake….too sedate…..going overboard there, writers!!
C. Leblanc is a class act. His struggles and fears are potently displayed. I just wish TPTB made him appear like a cancer patient….he looks toooo well to be sick when compared to , let’s say, Maura West.
So, if not Geary, then Leblanc should win.

Jeremy
Jeremy

(Full disclosure…I religiously watch General Hospital & Days of Our Lives.)

After viewing the reels submitted for Lead Actor, my predictions are:

Winner: Jason Thompson (Patrick, General Hospital)

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

JT cries more beautifully than any of the other actors on GH. That even includes Sonny and Michael Easton, whose had some good crying scenes with Maura West lately.

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

Tony Geary…again!!!

Nick D.
Nick D.

Anthony Geary for the win! No matter what you thing of GH, Geary, the Fluke storyline, or the price of tea in China, there is no denying that none of those other reels comes CLOSE to touching his reel. Give the man the award now!

su0000
su0000

OOOHH MY GAWD !!!

Seeing Anthony Geary delivering that scene once again gave me shivers!
—— He is more than brilliant !!
Anthony Geary’s double performances were phenomenal and will never be forgotten !

(Anthony Geary without a doubt will bring home his last emmy !

(everyone nominated were captivating, very good indeed ..
All brought greatness to the screen!

natalie
natalie

All of the reels were very good but the range of emotion the highs and lows that Jason Thompson exhibited with the subtle yet forceful performance is what is going to bring the emmy to him this year. He and Kimberly play off of each other so well he is and always will be golden in my book and in my humble opinion was robbed of several emmys in past years, here is hoping the voters see past favoritism and present the award to a a truly deserving actor. Good Luck Jason!

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ natalie – definitely feeling and think the same as you! Go JT!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I would not be disappointed if JT won, even if I think TG deserves it. TG is the Meryl Streep of daytime tv. He will never phone in a performance. It’s not in his nature. He will always give 110%, & his talent is so huge, just the fact that he’s won before is not a reason to omit him if his work is of such high caliber. But, JT has also been consistently excellent for the past 3 years.

kathy
kathy

i thought all 3 were good but if i had tovote tony geary would get my vote

Dan
Dan

With all due respect to the other actors in the category, and I’m a huge fan of Jason Thompson, and hope he gets the recognition he deserves one of these years, but this year, there’s Tony Geary and then there’s everyone else. Regardless of what you think of the Fluke storyline, this is about the acting, and his performance is far and above everyone else.

He’s gonna need a separate room in his home to display all of his Emmys, and #8 should be coming home this year.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Just when you think Geary can’t get better, he raises the bar another notch….and he’s all by himself! Do people know how hard it is to act opposite thin air? There is no one to make eye contact with, listen to, respond to. You have to do the dialogue beats in your head and make the few takes allowed count so it looks completely natural. It isn’t even an action scene with a green screen. It’s an intimate conversation. Brilliant stuff!

The Substitute
The Substitute

Best Actor Michael Muhney hands down and if anybody had any guts instead of bull he would have been nominated and won! He owned that episode Billy Miller waving a gun and grinding his teeth! Muhney owned that scene!

Chris F,
Chris F,

The actoes submitt themselves for pre nomination. This is the second year in a row MM CHOSE not to submit himself. Who therefore has no guts?

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ The Substitute – I don’t watch Y&R, but I did see see a few scenes between Michael Muhney and Billy Miller from January 2014, and boy would it be a race to the races IF Michael Muhney was able to submit his material along with Billy Miller. With only four slots, the missing name/slot is definitely Michael Muhney. If that were the case, the Lead Actor category would be on fire!

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

After what (seven?!) wins in the catagory, it’s time Geary spread the wealth and withdraw himself from competition (or at the very least, not submit every damn year!) Sure, Geary has AMAZING talent … but Oprah also had an amazing formula with her talk show (as does Ellen) … but after being blessed with a boatload of Emmys, they withdrew from consideration and let others have their day-in-the-sun. (Who would’ve wanted to see her win 25 yrs in a row?!) The same is now happening with Geary; let other equally-deserving actors get a chance … my pick, make it a four-peat for Miller, who is amazing as GH’s Jason, but really OWNED Y&R’s Billy (the role he’s nommed for!)

Dan
Dan

Tony doesn’t submit his name every year. He didn’t submit it in 2010, 2011, 2013 or 2014. He last won in 2012, which he more than deserved for the storyline where he killed Jake, and the heartbreaking scenes were Lucky confronted him about it, and they did the intervention on him.

So other actors have had plenty of opportunities to win during those years.

This isn’t an Oprah situation where she won every year for 5 years straight at one point. Tony isn’t one of those glory hounds that submits his name every year whether he’s done Emmy quality work or not. And to me, if an actor or actress does award worthy work, which he most definitely has on GH over the past year, then it doesn’t matter if they’ve won zero Emmys or 20 Emmys, quality work deserves to be recognized.

heidi
heidi

Tony is mega talented and he did so well with those scenes. Which by the way I did not like. He was incredible. However so was Jason and I hope that Jason will win. I know Tony will… but I hope Jason does!

Agree that Michael Muhney was incredible in those scenes and wish he could have gotten some recognition for his phenomenal talent!

Jeff
Jeff

Geary by a mile; just riveting! Jason Thompson and Billy Miller were amazing also.

Gert
Gert

I am a diehard GH fan but follow Y&R to a certain extent. Tony Geary was exceptional as was Jason Thompson and we all know Billy Miller is great. But Christian LeBlanc reel is the video that brought me to tears. Very well done and on point with what’s real in life.

pinevalleylover
pinevalleylover

Anthony Geary does it again! He’s the winner. Jason Thompson would be the winner if Tony wasn’t nominated. GH has this category in the bag.

mel
mel

Tony Geary !!! none of the others can touch him!

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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