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Zachary Garred Debuts On General Hospital! What Were Your First Impressions Of Levi?

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Maxie’s back, which is great news for General Hospital fans to finally have Kirsten Storms (Maxie) return to the ABC soap after her maternity leave.  And on Wednesday’s episode, Maxie brought someone back with her to Port Charles, none other than the new character of free spirit Levi!

And that ushered in the first on-screen appearance of actor Zachary Garred, who as Levi, first appears half-naked in a towel, and immediately had some friction with Nathan (Ryan Paevey), who was surprised to see Maxie home (since Nathan has been staying at her place) and with some stranger no less!

Later, after Levi dispenses advice to Nathan to forgive his mother Madeline (Donna Mills), after the detective admits to Maxie and Levi that he arrested his mother and that his mother killed his sister, Nathan leaves quite angry.

When the scene picks up later, there is a sweet exchange between Levi and Maxie, and they kiss! Watch the first GH scenes featuring Zachary Garred after the jump!  Then, let us know what were your first impressions of the character of Levi?  Were you surprised he kissed Maxie?  Weigh-in!

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ethel
ethel

it’s just too soon for me to tell anything about him yet except i love his accent!

FAS
FAS

I agree, however, as much as I admire his buff chest, why could he not have been introduced in a more normal setting? This scene, his aura and philosophy are sort of …. Ohmmmm…..FAROUT!!!! Lol…

Shay
Shay

LOL…Maxie’s apartment is beginning to look like “Chippendale’s Central!”

james
james

Need To Bring Back Burton…….. Enough Said…

mfarris70
mfarris70

Totally annoying guy but that’s the point. Maybe he’ll turn out to be a con artist and Maxie will abandon her newfound peace. Why exactly did he come with her to PC? Where will they fit into the existing stories?

Lin
Lin

I totally Agree. Nothing about him makes me want to welcome him.

SZima
SZima

He was just noise in the background far as I’m concerned. He’s not needed in an already over-bloated cast.

FAS
FAS

I really think you are on the right track, SZima

Timmm
Timmm

Waste of time. To me he is another Spinelli like character Maxi can bounce her stupid ideas off of and then screw him over. Why the hell not use GH’s characters we all know and love first. Frank? I’ll remind you. Mac, Felicia, Kevin, Lucy, Scott, Anna, Patrick, Bobbi, Duke. Where has Duke been?

Lin
Lin

Amen!

su0000
su0000

GH is being written,– somewhat– , in telenovelas style..
One or two main stories play out to the end then one or two different stories are highlighted..
ALL will have their stories and yet they all remain in the back and still around in their stories and in the main stories here and there..
the actors get free time to do other projects, they like that, and we can get highly involved in one/two main stories instead of jumping around in and out of many stories..
When Patrick’s story starts it will revolve mainly around him and his peoples and whatever is happening in his life and with whomever is involved..
(is the way I’ve been seeing it..

Tsuds
Tsuds

I am loving it.. they are good storylines and keeps me interested.. great job GH

Timmm
Timmm

You make a good point about the story telling. However, why couldnt they then write around Steve Burton? He would have stayed on the show if he could have come in and out of Nashville. Remember, he “Retired” to be with his family. I’m sure he has his quality time now with his schedule at Y&R but GH could have done the same thing. I think Frank and Ron want to create THEIR own characters and lay the legendary GH characters to rest.

Erick
Erick

If they’re laying the legendary GH characters to rest, how come they keep bringing them back? Lucy, Scotty, Kevin, Anna, Duke…. Fair point about yet another new character, but if they’re laying the legends to rest they wouldn’t bother to bring them back…. Just my opinion….

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

I feel he is a temporary filler until Maxi and Nathan become a couple…

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

For reasons unknown to me, he kept reminding me of Richard Simmons…annoying!!! lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

Shhh they might hear you and actually bring Richard back on to be his father. But yeah I do see a resemblance of sorts around the eyes. Poor guy. lol.

Rodd
Rodd

OMG! I thought the same thing and just wanted to punch him. The character is so annoying. I’ll have to wait, though, and see how he develops.

Johnny
Johnny

this character is going to get REALLY annoying REALLY quick…oh wait, he did that within his first three spoken lines on the show. Has Ron Carlivati EVER heard of things like subtlety, and subtext?? We don’t need to be slammed over the head with the fact that this Levi is a tree-huggin, earth lovin’, bottle recyclin’ guru. We can learn these things over time. Given the time-honoured tradition of Carlivati introducing new males nearly naked (the Ford brothers on OLTL, etc), of course Levi made his entrance in a towel. This was to let all viewers know that Levi is hot, first and foremost. UGH. He seems to be an energetic, engaging performer, and there is potential, but tone him down, and don’t make him ALL about his quirks, which nearly ruined the character of Spinnelli. No one is weird and quirky ALL the time. It has to be balanced with some character, not just caricature.

etypical
etypical

I love everything you said, couldn’t agree more.

Lin
Lin

I never thought of what you mentioned about introduction of men in towels are his modus operandi. Who would suggest to a total stranger under those circumstances to forgive right away? I am as tree hugging as anyone, that doesn’t mean you’re an idiot. Why why not introduce the character in such a way that people like him regardless if he has some unusual characteristics? Why make Maxi look like an idiot again to have chosen an idiot for her friend? This is one reason I’m not such a big maxi supporter like a lot of people. She acts like an idiot a good portion of the time. I was hoping should come back more mature . Due to local news regarding the horrible crash into a daycare I may have missed some scenes with this character but what I’ve seen were poorly written and a bad beginning.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I read he’s only on for a few months…Maxie may wind up with Detective West ala mutta’s son.

rebecca1
rebecca1

still wishing for an edit button…so to add and respond to the question…he was on too briefly for me to make an assessment. and while he’s normally my “type”…and I love the accent…not many guys can shine (physically) next to “Detective West.” Sorry but that man is a looker!

I’m holding judgment on this new cutie til I see more of him.

FAS
FAS

There are so many American cuties….why are these Aussies constantly bring flung at us? Americans need jobs…let’s keep it red, white and blue, and take care of our own first. …..yes?

FAS
FAS

I look forward to just fix my eyes on the screen , simply genuflect and adore Ryan/Nathan/James…I’ll take all three. Lol…my boyfriend isn’t too happy about this infatuation. Lol.

FAS
FAS

Levi may be with us for a few months, as you say, but we just got a glimpse of his true nature. He is manipulating Maxie for some reason. He definitely does not want Nathan around….yep, he’s a baddie……and, only pretending to use his “spiritual being “as a facade.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Could be FAS…he may be getting darker but for some reason he’s getting better looking in my eyes as well! Now if he would just quit being so freaking annoying! LOL…

Shay
Shay

Yep…there is definitely something totally sinister lurking beneath the sunny, euphoric facade of Ginger Granola Guy…almost like what you see with a cult leader! Definitely some sort of hidden, devious agenda there….that being said, he looks like the demented lovechild of Richard Simmons and Carrot Top, with a touch of “Chucky” tossed in for good measure!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know FAS…I have a thing for accents. Love British and Aussie accents…loved Luke’s “son” Nathan too! ( And don’t get me started on Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Jude Law, Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Simon Baker, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Stuart Townsend, Gerard Butler…not to mention our beloved Robert Scorpio, Duke Lavery and Jax!) Errrrrrrr…but I digress.

Ya. I have a thing for accents. Sigh…

Jeff
Jeff

Too early to tell, but he looks good in a towel:)

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Not good enough… Nathan brings it…

Not lovin him at all…. I can see Maxie with Nathan…real spice there…

FAS
FAS

Oooh, YEAH !!!!!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

No more new characters…too many vets need air time. I like the idea everyone gets a chance but Maxie can find her way single a little while…the new character annoyed me with his dialogue. Not sure I see Maxie and Nathan (James) as a couple

Ces
Ces

Very annoying. Just glad to have Maxie back though. Hopefully this Aussie is short-term!

Mika
Mika

It cracks me up when people complain about new characters are introduced. These additions are staples of keeping soaps alive. Many of these so called “veterans” were once new characters being introduced by whoever was writing at the time. If new characters weren’t introduced you never would have any of the characters today and the soap would have died with Steve Hardy.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Agree. I can also tell that after having characters like Carly, Michael, Patrick, Emma, Sabrina, Anna & Duke on front-burner status for a few months, they are trying to give the actors a break by having them on less. Then other characters, like Luke, Tracy, Julian, Alexis, and now Maxie are coming to the forefront. It’s good to cycle characters like that because then the actors don’t get burned out and the audience won’t get bored.

Mary SF
Mary SF

My first impression was I didn’t like the character at all. Hope he isn’t on for too long.

Christy
Christy

my impression of him is: he’s temporary. gotta be.

jennifer
jennifer

I love his accent.

Mama
Mama

Don’t know. Not all of us watch the show the day it airs.

Some of us have busy schedules and watch it on OnDemand (moi!)

su0000
su0000

We only saw him for a few minutes, so much to come, not ready to judge..
I like the accent lol
He might well turn out to be an interesting guy..
But to judge him so very quickly is asinine 🙂 .. lol

Nathan and Maxie would be a horrible couple…
I’m giving Nathan time to explore and later on find a girlfriend..
He has a messed up head now and in no position to get involved with anyone..

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Not thrilled about a newcomer with no clear ties to anyone. Ilene Kristen is a phenomenal actress we all know and love, with strong ties! Would much rather see her or any GH vets that are backburner too often! Yes, love the accent, but that’s it. Nothing personal, just wrong time, wrong place.

Jimmy
Jimmy

It’s funny, one of Levi’s lines was “I must learn to keep my big mouth shut sometimes” which is exactly what I wished he did after rambling about the shampoo. If this is how things are going to go with this character, I can already tell I won’t like it.

Nemi Denise R
Nemi Denise R

If Zachary Garred character is a good influence on Maxie I say keep him around because she gets on my last nerve.

Dee
Dee

Very annoying. I dont think he goes with Maxie at ALL. Not sure if I like him or not.

mike
mike

Don’t like him already.

heidi
heidi

So happy to see Kirsten/Maxie back she could bring anyone with her… wish it was Spinelli!!! Need to see a bit more… initially I thought he was annoying.

Bearzy
Bearzy

So glad, Maxie is back! 🙂

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Maxie is going to be a bit ZEN for a while… something the character no doubt needs based on her past story… she needs to move out of that apt and all the memories…hope she and LULU can work things out..maybe she will bring back some spice with LULU that girl is a dud now…

dmr
dmr

Lulu is a total dud! Dante and Lulu have no heat or spark anymore.

FAS
FAS

That’s because Lulu is wearing a halo, for the moment.

Jeff
Jeff

Since when are men in towels a bad thing lol.

Charday
Charday

Can’t argue with that, but GH has too many characters that need storylines to keep adding new ones.

diana
diana

Don’t care about his character put Maxie with Nathan James

Elhu
Elhu

I find him appealing, and immediately felt his “Spinelli type” presence, which is fine with me, as I loved Spinelli, and I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

aria
aria

first impression, not good, who knows with time, but as of now , i found him annoying, pointless and waste of airtime.

Jimmy
Jimmy

precious airtime being wasted on him (and Nathan, for that matter – can’t stand him!) instead of using the vets more: Lynn Herring, Jon Lindstrom, Kin Shriner, Jane Elliot, Kristina Wagner, John J. York… well, hopefully Mac will be on screen more now that Maxie is back. But still, Levi is pointless.

dmr
dmr

I agree and just posted something similar to what you both said. Let’s see the veterans more, please.

Cat
Cat

Yet another newbie? Why? I’d appreciate more vet action and SL’s already in play. I don’t care for SL’s being drop kicked so another can start. The show feels very disconnected. Too many players on the field IMO. This new dude? Too soon to tell but first impression…not so good. I just pray he’s a better actor than cardboard Nathan. Good abs can only take them so far!!

dmr
dmr

I agree and just posted something similar.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I think it’s too early to judge the character of Levi.Plus since it’s been reported he’s only going to be on for a couple of months and maybe up to when Maxie repetitions the court to get to see her baby.Then Maxie’s story could move in a different direction.However until then Maxie does need a story.As for Levi it could turn out his motives regarding Maxie may not entirely be innocent.I also think the show will eventually pair Maxie and Nathan up but right now it’s too soon for that to happen.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Levi makes Nathan look much better by comparison. If that’s why they brought him on, congratulations! At least Nathan has shown he’s capable of doing the right thing by arresting his mother. And, the fact that it’s tearing him up inside indicates he’s somewhat normal. What is ironic about my comment is that I probably do all the things Levi likes – recycle, volunteer, try & give back to my community. He is just so smug & obnoxious about it that listening to him made me want to shove all my newspapers & plastic containers into his know-it-all face. Man, I can’t stand people like that!

Max
Max

No offense to the actor but I do not like this character at all. Maxie needs better then this. I couldn’t even watch his scenes.

Jimmy
Jimmy

They say first impressions are everything, but after Levi talked about the shampoo and the Philippines, I just fast forwarded through the rest. He and Maxie don’t seem right for each other. I would love for Spinelli to come back and be with Maxie and their child. I hope he doesn’t stay around long, I already don’t like him.

dmr
dmr

I agree. The scenes were such a waste of air-time.

FAS
FAS

Oh, good idea, Jimmy. If Spinelli comes back, then the chances of a Maxie and Nathan pairing become null and void? Maybe? Lol

su0000
su0000

Too funny..
Nobody even knows what type of character Levi will turn out to be..
or know of his back story…
Yet they hate him… silly lol

((hope those so quick to judge never sit on a jury LOL …

I have no interest in him at this point in time but do not dislike him..
there is a reason for him being cast, so I’ll wait for it ..

judy
judy

I don’t like Levi!

ERIN
ERIN

I really Like the new Levi character, he’s mellow, calm and sweet, who could deny the accent also? Maxie needs someone like him in her life and the towns been so intense and stressed they need to chill a little. I really hope they keep him around,.always good to have a positive person around !

Shay
Shay

Loved his Aussie accent, not so much his “watermelon” persona.

Sandra
Sandra

I’m kind of intrigued and willing to give him time to see how his character develops. I don’t think he’s a good match with Maxie though.

dmr
dmr

Another useless, recurring character with no ties to Port Charles. We haven’t seen Patrick in weeks. Have hardly seen Anna or Duke. The funeral for AJ has not been aired. We haven’t seen Monica and Tracy discussing AJ’s death or his funeral. This is what happens when the writers introduce us to more characters; they lose sight of current storylines and we lose focus and interest. I do love Alexis and Julian. Love Maura West as Ava; she has chemistry with everyone she interacts with on the show. Like seeing Ric, again, too. Can the real Luke please return?

the brother
the brother

Ethan’s buddy? Jerry’s henchman? Robert’s son? Mac’s offspring? Doc Ewen’s estranged bro looking to avenge his sibling’s premature death?

lanie
lanie

I have to say I find Levi and his brand of drivel is annoying. If general hospital is making some political green statement I will gladly stop watching.

NG
NG

Get rid of him. So annoying.

Betty Sue
Betty Sue

I strongly agree with many others. The minute I saw Levy, he pissed me off. I actually thought the guy was wearing a wig. His complexion looks totally washed out…he’d probably look much better as a woman wearing makeup…AND the guy can’t act!!

cindy
cindy

I guess I have to give it some time but at the moment I am not loving him.

erikisst88
erikisst88

I can’t deal with another annoying character! He is not hot or is his accent cute or sexy. Please get rid of this guy.

Det. West is super hot. I am down with a new storyline with him. Much more so than the recycle guru.

Diane
Diane

To many characters already on GH that don’t get enough airtime! First impressions, annoying accent and a ridiculous hairstyle.

FAS
FAS

Rebecca1…please stop…lol. You’re killing me. But, I get it…that’s how I feel about Ryan/Nathan. What’s that song of Elvis that nonna listens to? Oh, yeah…ONE NIGHT WITH YOU…..just kidding, I think.?!?! I’m a good girl. Really!!!!

Scott
Scott

I didn’t like him, he’s like the poor mans Spinelli, when Spinelli first started out, and he’s no Spinelli

Little JZ
Little JZ

The infatuation with the necklace leads me to be he is an Aztec treasure thief. West will catch him and go to work for the WSB like Maxie’s father. Heartbroken twice.

HobokenLucy
HobokenLucy

I love the new characters like Levi and Nathan West. LOVE Sabrina, Felix. Return of Maxi is much awaited. I’ve watched GH for 37 years and I almost never comment online. I realize I have to be more vocal as a fan. I HATED Spinelli when he first debuted but quickly grew to love him. I almost went nuts missing him when he left, and I’m thrilled he’ll return, even if only temporarily. I feel bad saying anything bad, but I really dislike Lulu. I think it was a complete miscasting from the get go. I’m shocked that GH would cast someone so different from the last actress. I don’t see a shred of the character of Lulu, and its a disaster. I remained quiet because I thought it was such bad casting that it wouldn’t last. The actress is fine but this character is one hundred percent not right for her. And finally ( I’m gonna let it all out here since I’ve commented online only once or twice before since the year 2000!) I am SO GRATEFUL that they have so many of my old favorite actors back on the show. There is NOTHING in the history of television like the comfort of these people who have been there to distract me from the real sorrows in life, or to make me laugh or appreciate my joys and blessings. Its a unique thing that doesn’t exist in film, theater, music or literature. Its Shakespearean and kitsch and everything in between. The people who dont understand this are the people who simply never watched a soap with any consistency. It is something I can never explain to a non-soap viewer. Thanks for your website. We soap fans need to mobilize and I realize, be much more vocal.

Betty Sue
Betty Sue

Once again, I’ll say LEVY MUST LEAVE. The producers of GH are really starting to make me wonder….now, about the love triangle between, Emma, Spencer and Cameron…really??? REALLY??? I may stop watching GH altogether. Lame storylines are one thing but are they KIDDING???

Mary
Mary

Jason might be the thing that keeps GH alive.

Stacey
Stacey

I just don’t like this levy guy. Who would
think that this guy fits well with Maxi?
What is his purpose anyway? Please tell
me that he’s NOT here to stay.

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WATCH: GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn, James Patrick Stuart and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford In ‘Soaps In Quarantine’ Episode 1

Leave it to General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) to be enterprising, and creative and providing social commentary at this time in our new reality.

Grahn has teamed up with her former GH Now partner, comedian and podcast host, Kaore Bonell for what looks to be on-going You Tube series, while we are all at home experiencing social distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the first episode of the series aptly titled, “Soaps In Quarantine” Nancy and Kaore welcome GH’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and The Young and the Restless Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) as their very special guests.

Topics are wide-ranging, and entertaining from some interesting tidbits about their soap characters and their individual times on different soap operas, to if they have each gone to the grocery store and what they are experiencing from items being MIA and flying off the shelves and more.

As you will see, the actors and the hosts all Skype-in or Face time in which is something we all can do to be within each other’s “comforts zones” while being isolated at home.

Check out “Soaps In Quarantine” episode 1 below and let us know what you thoughts of it via the comment section below.

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General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor Talks ‘Being Brando Corbin’

This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has set Port Charles newcomer Brando Corbin (Johnny Wactor) up with a mechanics garage for a place of business, that has left Brando concerned, but also thankful.

Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

Since making his debut in the recurring role of Brando back in January of this year, in a short amount of time, Wactor has already displayed that he has solid leading man, and soap anti-hero potential, something that always serves one well amidst the romance, intrigue, and suspense of the genre’s storytelling.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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