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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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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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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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GH’s Rebeeca Herbst and Cassandra James ‘Day of Silence’ Challenge In Support Of LGBTQ Students

On Tuesday, General Hospital via their social media accounts posted an important video  message and challenge to their viewers and colleagues featuring Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Cassandra James (Terry)  This coming Friday, April 12th is the day when the initiative  “Day of Silence” will take place for many LBTYQ students in their classrooms.

The annual day spearheaded by GLSEN is a student-led national event to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment.  During it, students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students

In story on GH, the character of Elizabeth’s longtime friend, Terry, is transgender, and is played by trans actress, James.  In addition, GH has been shedding light on the bullying of  a young boy through the storyline involving Elizabeth’s young son, Aiden, who is experiencing trouble from his fellow students at school.

GH expresses these important facts and their challenge in the video: “Nearly 80% of LGBTQ students experience verbal harassment in school. This silent video is in support of youth & all those organizing the on 4/12 in their schools – we challenge you to make a video & tag 3 more friends!”

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students.

For more on the “Day of Silence” check it out here.  

Watch the video of Herbt and James below.  Then let us know, will you be standing with them on April 12th and LGBTQ Students who have been harrassed or bullied? Will you make a video and be part of the challenge? Comment below.

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