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Zachary Garred Interview: Playing The Most Despised Man on General Hospital … Levi Dunkleman!

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When Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) returned home to Port Charles after her eat, pray, love adventure to find herself again, she brought with her self-help guru Levi Dunkleman.  From the moment Levi hit the screen, the GH viewing audience took an instant disliking to the character! (It took a millisecond!)  But as we have seen, it was all for a purpose.  No one is supposed to trust the pontificating of Levi and his outlook on life.  In fact, there is something going on with him and this week, as Maxie and Levi’s shotgun wedding nears, the story begins to unravel, especially after Friday’s clues which saw Felicia’s (Kristina Wagner) Aztec jewels come in to play.

On-Air On-Soaps had the opportunity to catch-up with the Australian born Zachary Garred at last weekends GHFCW 2014, (where he also appeared in public for the first time with his new shorter hair cut) to get his thoughts on: all the vitriol coming his ways from fans of the series, how he has intentionally shaped his performance of the character to become the most despised character on the ABC soap opera, his thoughts on working with co-stars Kirsten Storms and on-screen nemesis, Ryan Paevey (Nathan), and to get a tease of what is to come as Levi’s story kicks into high gear!  Now, before you throw things at you computer screens … check out our chat with Zachary G.! 

To put it mildly, there has been quite the response and reaction to the character of Levi Dunkleman by the GH fans!  What do you think about that?  And how do you go about playing this despicable character?

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ZACHARY:  It is a great response and a helluva response, and you play him with conceited conviction, because he believes everything he is saying.  When I first got cast, GH executive producer Frank Valentini said to me, “Do not play the cliché hippie angle because that’s already there.”  He’s right.  If you do that it’s fun, but it really does not have much consequence.  But if you play it with that sort of duplicitous angle underneath it becomes really infuriating.  People out there know guys like this!  And to play somehow who is quite underhanded and duplicitous is something totally different than one might expect to see with a character like this, but it’s a lot of fun.

Literally, the second day you were on the air the fans were screaming: “Who is this arrogant SOB!  Get rid of him!  Send him back to Australia!” (Laughs)

ZACHARY: I know! (Laughs) When I started acting I think I was like 15 or 16 years old when I had just my first audition. The response you generally want to get is that you just want people to have an opinion on the character, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s good or bad.  If everyone liked the characters … you wouldn’t have some of the greatest movies in history!

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Did the powers-that-be tell you once you landed the role that you would be playing such a pompous jerk?

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ZACHARY: No, Frank just said don’t play cliché! General Hospital’s head writer Ron Carlivati, and the team that write Levi, really do a good job at giving me material to work with. The fact that Levi is juxtaposed against the gorgeous genetically spectacular Nathan (Ryan Paevey), who is like the All-American hero, works for the character too!

You mean Nathan AKA Ryan, or as he is better known now as #SOB (hash tag  Shirt off Boy)? (Laughs)  And speaking of shirts off, you’re on-screen entrance on to GH was in nothing except a towel!

ZACHARY:  Maxie’s apartment is hash tag “Shirt off Apartment”! (Laughs)  It’s a clothing optional space! (Laughs)  And my first scene was in a towel and I had just come from doing a play where I was naked on stage, so that was not much of an issue.  Actually, having a towel on was a bit of an improvement!   I worked with Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Ryan Paevey on my first day here, and they are both such beautiful people, and very generous actors and they are so welcoming and warm.   When you walk on to GH, and on to a set that has been around for 51 years, you are talking about a TV show with lineage … and for somebody like me who had never done a soap before, it was a little daunting!

Wait! Weren’t you on the Australian soap opera, Home and Away?

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ZACHARY:  I did Home and Away and that is our lineage as well, because some great people went through like Naomi Watts and Chris Hemsworth.  Our soaps are so different.  The pace you guys shoot out here is incredible, and the following and the fans is phenomenal; and with Home & Away there is a lot of location shooting too. So theirs is a very different kind of set-up.  When I said, I hadn’t done a soap before; I meant I had never done a “proper” American style soap opera.

How is Kirsten Storms to work with?

ZACHARY:  She is a gem! The thing about Kirsten is: for someone her age she has so much experience in this industry, and as actress so many mediums.  I am very lucky to have been paired up with Kirsten and Ryan in story, and Ryan was fairly new to the show when I came on too.  So we are so lucky because the fans love of Maxie, and Kirsten is such a beautiful, sweet, funny person. We all get along like a house on fire away from work.  We hang out at Kirsten’s place with her and Brandon Barash and their daughter Harper as well.   So to have the camaraderie as well off-screen it helps at work.

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This coming week on General Hospital, Levi’s story begins to reveal itself as Levi and Maxie’s wedding draws near!  There are so many rumors and so much speculation out there about who this guy is connected to, and what he is really doing with Maxie and in Port Charles.  What can you tease about what is about to go down?

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ZACHARY:  There is SO much going on!  We had a huge week shooting the other week and it’s going to be exciting besides the physical differences that you witnessed (Zachary referring to his now short hair).  It’s going to be a really, really interesting couple of weeks on-air.  It gets deeper, and deeper, and deeper, and deeper!

So, Mac Scorpio (John J. York) really despises Levi!  He has had him pegged from the beginning.  What if turns out that Mac is really Levi’s father?  Oh, the irony!

ZACHARY: Oh!  If I could wish to be the son of somebody it would be John J. York (Mac) who is wearing a white pink checkerboard sort of golf pants right in front of us! I love him.  Actually, that is the kind of guy I would like to have as my dad.

But, could Levi be the illegitimate son of somebody?

ZACHARY:  I am the son of somebody … and I can’t say who.  (Laughs)

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What did you think when GH told you, the name of the character you would be playing was “Levi Dunkleman”?  Did you say, “Wait?  Are you kidding me?  Is that really the name of my part?” (Laughs)

ZACHARY: (Laughs) I loved it, because he sounds like a hopeless bumbling chef:  “Oh, Dunkleman you have done it again,” like that kind of a guy.  When Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) keep saying it, we always laugh about it. They will go; “Dunkleman ….West!”  It’s like a kind of a standoff between these two enemies!  If the fans don’t like Levi enough, just wait!  Ron Carlivati said, “Let’s stir them up a little bit more.” And I am like “Good mate, keep poking that possum!”

So, who is Levi Dunkleman?  Who do you think he is connected to?  Do you despise the character of Levi?  What do you think about Zachary’s comments on his take on the character?   Weigh-in below!

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rebecca1
rebecca1

I think he’s adorable. LOL…I do!

First, he’s right. He’s had to go against Nathan who is spectacular looking…who plays Mr. Perfect…heart of gold, loyal to a fault…who most of us have come to really like, love…be crushin’ on. 😉

That in and of itself requires a lot of self-confidence. And the irony is, as I always say, in “my” opinion…he’s quite good-looking too. I know if I met a guy who looked like him with that Aussie accent I’d be smitten! But I digress.

So he’s taken a lot of flack from the fans and he’s hangin’ in there and working his craft. Once again as I post I haven’t seen the latest episode which I think reveals his true colors…but…I’m looking forward to seeing where this story leads, who he’s related to, is he really good or evil or redeemable…and who, if anyone, he eventually gets paired up with.

I like how he came across in this interview. Down-to-earth and gracious. Hope he gets enough fan support that they keep him on the canvas!

Amanda
Amanda

I agree with you, Rebecca, I like Zachary too. I mean, I don’t like Levi (well, sometimes I do), but the actor is great in the part. A lot of fun. I’m glad he’ll be stirring up the pot more!

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

He is a little better as a thief but hasnt won me over…sorry…i dont blame the actor…he does come off as a nice likeable guy but his character is still annoying to me…maybe that will change and if he is son of fluke…i said maybe…lol

Shay
Shay

“Dunkledaddy!” LOL….Great coinage of yet another dunkleman-inspired word, jimh!!!! And it’s no wonder that you forgot about Frisco being Maxie’s father….that’s the way the showrunners want it! The only time they deign to bring it up is when Mac or Felicia besmirch his character as a deadbeat dad!

Shay
Shay

Well, yes, Mr Garred certainly cleans up well!!!! (And he seems a charming enough chap in real life!) Now just put Levi in some Brooks Brothers garb and give him a personality revamp to the right/new name and the transformation will be complete!!!! All along I was hoping that the “Dunklemeister” was a front and that underneath he was a far more heroic and upstanding character than his first impression suggested ….I guess we shall soon find out???? Perhaps an undercover agent of some sort???? That would be cool…far better than a villain’s offspring, particularly since you just know “Dudley DoRight” (aka Nathan) will most likely be a Cassadine, so we already have that territory covered!!! Having said that, I concur that ZG did a superb job of “being Levi”…..but he was truly irritating and unlikeable, so I do hope that his time as an agitator is soon to end. His story, like so many on GH, has been dragged out far too long, and it has become quite frustrating….especially with Mac being his usual ineffectual self when it came to handling this annoying nature-boy….all along I kept thinking that Frisco would have put up with his nonsense for about a minute, then called his bluff and tossed him out….it seemed rather ridiculous to me that Felicia didn’t at least call him, his and the ex-chief cop’s enmity aside, to get the dirt on Dunkleman!!! (This did concern THEIR daughter’s welfare, after all!) But that is but another inconsistency that is par for the course these days…each and every plotline appears to have huge holes in logic! Anyway, once again—miracle of miracles—we kinda, sorta agree, rebecca1!!! Is there some type of “harmonic convergence” going on that we have not been made privy to???? Hah….. ; )

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

I kind of wish Levi was Holly’s son or maybe Jimmy Lee’s or Holly met Jimmy Lee and had an affair with him but Levi doesnt know he is Jimmy Lee’s son and a Quartimaine but i quess they already did that storyline with Holly/Luke/Ethan…if he’s Max’s that would make Levi and Maxi cousins so if they slept together that would make my stomach turn…unless Max and Robert arent blood related but still…maybe he is flukes or Jerrys or maybe he’ll be Madelyns or Tracys somehow…i hope he is tied to the Quartimaines but he still needs to become more likeable first!!!

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

Sorry Shay…im an idiot…i forget Maxi is Friscos daughter(i seem to always think Robert is her dad) so she wouldnt be related to Levi if he was Macs(goofed, and said Max) son and since Mac said he cant stand Levi, he probably will turn out to be his son…next will his mum arrive in PC to cause Mac and Felicia trouble if Mac is his dunkleDaddy?

CeeCee
CeeCee

You pretty much said what I have been alluding to all along. I don’t think I could ever bring myself liking Levi. Sometimes it is difficult to separate the character from the actor, once an antipathy develops. I enjoyed his interview, though. He seems cool.
I agree when you so eloquently say that some very important and poignant facts just take a misconceptive turn. I never forgot that Maxie is Frisco’s. The same can be said about Michael when everyone refers to him as Sonny the Slick’s son. AJ was literally pushed out of the picture and then some. I just don ‘t get the fascination with Sonny. I never thought he was that great of an actor. Just my opinion, people. I suppose it’s because I don’t like slimy, short, little men with dyed, slicked-back hair. I won’t be surprised if this post is not shown. Hah!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I dont really care who Levi is. I just want him exposed and gone from Maxies life, Nathan is her man.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Not to mention the aspect that his character is low hanging fruit when it comes to culling the bloated cast. I just don’t see Levi as a long-term resident of Port Charles. No dig at the actor, for sure.

Christy
Christy

I agree! Too bad the ICE man wasn’t real. Jamil Walker Smith (Agent Scribner) was listed as being on GH twice in July. I only remember him once tho.

he looked so familiar to me… took me a while to figure out he was on Stargate Universe. Funny there were several rumors going around that he was going to play Tom Hardy’s bi-racial son, Tommy… obviously they were wrong.

I figure he, the character, was hired by Levi to impersonate an ICE agent, or else works with him to steal the jewels.

kathy
kathy

No to someones son. If I have to guess I would say Sly to KLuke’s Bill Ekert

Miou07
Miou07

I adore this guy! Yeah, his character is despicable, but I can’t help but be interested. And I love the acting chemistry between him, KS and RP. I really enjoy all three of them together. Plus, the guy seems to be a down-to-earth funny person. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.

su0000
su0000

yahhhh!
I love love love the da` Dunkleman !!!

and luvin RC for this
” If the fans don’t like Levi enough, just wait! Ron Carlivati said, “Let’s stir them up a little bit more.” ”

Keep it coming!! awesome !

GO!! DA`DUNKLEMAN.. !!!

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

We can wait and still get nothing…lol

Patrick
Patrick

Oh, jimH… you are wicked and funny at the same time

YES

this triangle stirs

Maxie ,.. is to be beamed… starring admiration with… cute as a button… she’s Mac’ daughter… love her scenes with mom Felicia… so…

if this stretches her acting chops… outside of Spinelli… I’ll go their

this trio… of Maxie, Nathan, and Levi

is OK

I like the trio mix… of will they or won’t they… it’s a vibe that stirs real
it’s that good… as the obvious physically gorgeous Nathan… VS … hidden agenda Levi.. came in first… but Nathan.. gells

it’s a cant’ lose situation

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yahhhh, su0000. Shut my mouth, Hippie gone vegan is really grabbing my attention. I am very interested in what’ll happen next. But. Something really drastic has to happen for me to like him.
I like all the ideas everyone has…especially the idea that he could be Mac’s son. What a twist that would be. Also Shay mentioned his being an undercover agent. What if he were sent to PC to clean the town of all it’s miscreants. That REALLY could redeem him in my eyes. But, I still think he is a bad guy working for Fluke or for Victor.
Are you from Minnesooootaaahhh? Yahhhhh?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Its miscreants…not it’s. Sometimes we have no control over these tablets.

kathy
kathy

Wish there was a delete button. I meant fake Luke.

su0000
su0000

OK-

The best casting of a GH character this year is = Zachary Garred / Levi Dunkleman!!

The best new character this year = Da`Dunkleman ..!!

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

If that is true, I’d hate to think what the worse character would be…lol

Shay
Shay

For 2014, that would be “Gross-alie!” Closely followed by “La Nina!” But of course, for the worst of all time, well, jimh you already know who gets my vote there!!!! ; )

su0000
su0000

heyyyy
Da`Dunkleman has pizzazz, he rocks~~!!

((better than Olivia, for sure 🙂 lol

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

Now that Bad, Bad Levi is starting to show more of his true colors, im beginning to like him a little…

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

Frank said dont play cliche? How about tell the writers not to write cliche? PLEASE Leave-i Dullkendork…well, he has picked up a little since he is there to steal Felicia’s Aztec but cheap looking jewelry that he has apparently now stolen from a day player and most likely sold or pawned it(cliches there…lol) so he can take Maxi on a lengthy honeymoon to keep her away from Nathan as long as possible…Meanwhile, since GH loves SiFi how about a storyline where this meteor falls on PC destroying all the sets except the Metro Court and killing off half the cast…lol…this way with PC destroyed by the writing…oops, i mean meteor…that leaves only the Metro Court standing all survivors must live there until PC is rebuilt…this way having the remaining cast all living under the same roof may hopefully and finally connect their stories together…lmao!!!

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

Also, does almost every show have to have a topless man and does Alexis have to act like an animal in heat everytime she is with Julian…where is the romance???

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I thought the same thing after the Julexis breakup – would have been far more compelling if they had just shared a passionate kiss. Not so cheap.

Shay
Shay

Amen to that, jimh! Like that last mess of a sexual mash-up between those two on the living room floor….mercy! The developmentally-arrested Alexis is so overcome by her unabated (HRT-induced?) libido that she will pathetically accept any and all excuses from her mobbed-up mister just so long as he keeps her in the afterglow. It has become completely predictable and banal!

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL, jimh. She has been nubile for a long time, so Julian brings the cougar out of her.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I just hope I will still have that much fire and energy at that age..LOL

Harry
Harry

Jim! Yes, while I applaud the idea of a fifty something year old woman getting her grove on, they act like this is the first time Alexis has let loose. How many times have we seen the buttoned up Harvard Law School graduate unbutton her blouse, fan her overheated feversih face and give into the bad boy as if she were being kissed for the very time. (Great, now I have Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” serving as my ear worm of the day). Why, I knew Alexis before she was a virgin. And enough with the exposure of the great abyss that is Alexis’s cleavage. When Spencer disappeared I surely though they’d find that boy in that horizontal crack.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Don’t get me wrong…I thought that that Zachary Garred dude was TOTALLY sincere, humble and down-to-earth in the interview. But…sad to say but I STILL CANNOT STAND his GH character Levi. No Way. No.

Sorry.

SZima
SZima

Agree! Like the actor, hate the character. But then, how many characters have come on that were hated at first then became well liked?
I’m NOT hoping that’s the case with this guy because there are already too many male characters in this age-range and not enough women for them. Dinkleman can go, and the sooner the better!

Mark
Mark

He’s the reason I stopped watching

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

It does make it hard to hate him as much after reading articles like this one! He is doing a spectacular job with the character, but if they want to keep him around he’ll need to be redeemed or revealed somewhat! Looking forward to all of it!

su0000
su0000

yes! looking forward to a lot more of the Da`Dunkleman !!
but–
ohh geezus with the ”redeeming” ..
I like the bad boys.. all this need for redeeming ruins great characters ..

I really do not like when a soap and its’ characters into a love-in ..

Long live the Da`Dunkleman !!!

Harry
Harry

Dunkin Doughnut fan seems one doughnut short of a dozen

Tim
Tim

Since Levi is so interested in the Aztec treasure,I wonder if he could be connected to someone from Felicias past?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

The long lost son of Felicia’s boyfriend (who betrayed her) – Peter I believe his name was…

Shay
Shay

I was thinking the same thing, Elizabeth! (Or maybe Colton Shore?) Either way, I don’t find either Felicia or her tacky jewelry to be of interest. The only thing that ever made her notable in my book was her connection to ex-spouse Frisco….without him she is just bland, bland, bland!

Tim
Tim

If I remember right,Peter was shot and fell off of a waterfall,but his body was never found,and we all know what that means.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmm. Good point, Tim. Maybe this has been the reason for his befriending Maxie and coming to PC all along.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t even remember her before Frisco…but I’m sure I was watching! That’s just sad…

I’m very disappointed in Felicia this time around. I used to like her…she had the same whiney voice which was and is still annoying…but I liked her. She was strong, adventurous, clever…had a good head on her shoulders…but ultimately she too left her children. Beginning of her downfall. It’s funny. Everyone’s unhappy with Robin leaving Emma and Patrick, but it seems may of the female characters have left their families for high adventure…either of their own accord or under coercion. Anna left Robin, Felicia left Maxie and Georgie, Bobbie gave up Carly, Carly left Michael because of postpartum stress, Laura’s left Lulu numerous times…

Felicia is barely around…courtesy of Ron & Co. But when she is…she doesn’t seem to know her daughter at all. She’s gullible, believing Levi from the start, she’s victim to his “charm” and his interest in her Aztec heritage and she seems oblivious to her daughter’s doubts. And…I don’t find her particularly nice to Levi. Mac is the much better parent here…

rebecca1
rebecca1

correction: she’s not nice to Nathan…not Levi!!!

Mark
Mark

Love him!! Every story needs an antagonist! Soaps are about love triangles! I fell in love with Tracy Quartermaine back in the day! I am in love with Levi Dunkleman today! I predict he is Mac Scorpio’s son! I’ve said that after the first one-on-one with Mac and Levi.

Garred does an amazing job! He is should be very proud of himself with the fact his character is hated so much! Bravo!! I hope he’s here for the long haul!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I was just looking at his pics for this interview. When all is said and done…he just makes me smile/laugh… I LIKE Dunkledude!

Harry
Harry

I think if they gave him a makeover–cut his hair, stopped with the horrible tank tops, I could grow to like him.
I don’t blame him for being used like a cheap piece of plot device.

rebecca1
rebecca1

He already cut his hair…though I actually liked it long. And I don’t know why people are commenting on his body…I think he’s got a great build.

But, hahahha..cheap piece of plot device. Let’s see where he goes from here…

Dan
Dan

I figured from the word go that Levi was gonna be someone’s long lost son. When all else fails, and the writers wanna get over a new character, tie him to an established character as a family member.

Everyone is speculating on the obvious Aussie connections with the Scorpio or Jacks families, but what if the Australian accent is put on? Maybe he’s really Scottish making him Duke Lavery’s long lost son, lol. It could be anyone. Maybe he’s a Quartermaine!

I haven’t liked the character, but I do have to admit, they’ve gotten me intrigued with where this is all headed.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Uhmm, Dan. Anything is possible in soaps. But, I can personally tell you that a Scottish accent is very discernible and most difficult to hide, or even try to mimic another accent. That is a fact because my family is Scottish and even after decades of living in U S, the accent is still there…alive and kicking.

Harry
Harry

Cee Cee, forgive my going off topic but are you watching Outlander? (It is fantasy fiction so it’s somewhat related to the soap opera genre).
It’s great fun and clearly favors the Scottish rebels.

CeeCee
CeeCee

No, Dan. I have not watched the series, as yet. I have a brand new baby and an impish 5-year old who thinks he has one over me.. LOL. Whatever minute I can steal, I am posting and watching soaps. But, I am very familiar with Gabaldon’s novels. My Gran does watch, though…anything to do with her beloved Scotland is worth gold.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Harry, I realized my mistake as soon as I sent the post. Sometimes , I write in a hurry. But, I re-posted with my apologies to you. But the post did not appear. Sorry, again…the post was meant for you.
Believe me, Harry, I have my moments of lucidity. Why do you think my kids are 5 years apart? Besides, my mother has been here helping out. I’m spoiled.
I must ask Gran about those tea leaves…lol.

BARBARA T LOVES ONE LIFE TO LIVE
BARBARA T LOVES ONE LIFE TO LIVE

WHO KNOWS MAYBE NINA AND SILAS DID HAVE A BABY AND EVIL GRANDMA GOT RID OF HIM, LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Are you saying that Levi could be Nina’s and Silas’ long, lost baby, Barbara? If that’s the case….too old.

Harry
Harry

Wait, am I Dan? All I can think of is Alex Forrester from Fatal Attraction saying,”I am not going to be ignored, Dan.” Does that make me Alex.
In any case thank you for answering Dan’s questions. I can’t believe you manage to post so eloquently when you have a new born baby and a five year old.
I wish you could watch it with your gran. I wonder if she read Levi’s tea leaves if she could predict his future path.

BARBARA T LOVES ONE LIFE TO LIVE
BARBARA T LOVES ONE LIFE TO LIVE

I GUESS NOT CEECEE, I WAS TAKING A WILD GUESS, I THINK HE IS TO OLD TO.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

He’s a Cassadine or long-lost Jerome; I just hope he leaves the canvas soon! I cannot stand the arrogance of the character, and his constant need to be in everyone’s business. There has to be a reason he doesn’t want Maxie getting her daughter back, and why he has such a strong disliking for Nathan, who also needs to leave the show. They both are like watching paint dry: boring and lack of emotive expressions.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Maybe he’s Jerry Jax’s son…that could explain his evil ways…

CeeCee
CeeCee

True, rebecca…Jerry’s, Fluke’s, Victor’s etc. anyone of those nut cases could be his father. What if Levi and Nathan, the gorgeous, are brothers?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Makes ZERO sense to the story and those he’s going after; why would Jerry Jax’s son go after Maxie and Felicia? He’d be going after Josslyn and Carly.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Scott. ZERO? (CAPS NOTED).

Well, let’s start with the obvious.

They’re both Australian.

They’re both duplicitous.

They’re both dangerous.

Jerry is a fortune hunter. Last we saw him he barely escaped Port Charles. Perhaps he’s enlisted his son (back story to come) to steal the fortune.

And he would never hurt Joslyn or Carly; he actually cares for them.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s a brain teaser, Scott. One that has me banging my head against the wall. Why, indeed! There are so many possibilities as to why Levi is so against Maxie getting her baby back. At first I thought that it was because Maxie would lavish Georgie with attention which would take away from Levi. Then I thought that a baby would be an encumbrance not fitting with his plans to whisk Maxie away ….but why? This is where I get stuck. What does Maxie have that Levi, or whomever he is working for wants?
I agree with Shay when she made the observation that Felicia should have called Frisco that their daughter was getting married in a hurry. I am sure Frisco would have gotten on his white Charger (horse) and run Levi through. LOL.
For the life of me I can’t figure it out…I’m at an impasse, and it’s driving me crazy.
Scott, your question is worth asking and I am dying to find out what Maxie has to do with all this.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t want either Nathan or Dunkledude to leave the show! Two welcome additions for me. Love Nathan; one poster had said somewhere he’s the nicest character in Port Charles and I agree (although Sabrina is quite the sweetie too.) They’ve given him quite a few people to interact with and he always comes off sincere.

Yes, CeeCee, names have been tossed around as to who’s his daddy…LOL…and maybe the Aussie connection to Jerry Jax would be too obvious but it would make sense to me. Don’t see him connected to Fluke…maybe associated with Victor but not his son. I think it’s great that GH has our interests piqued enough to ask these questions!

Michele
Michele

I can’t stand Levi. I would like to slap him right across his smug face.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Michele…YES…THANK YOU!!!!! And…I would L-O-V-E to give you a hand (as in helping you)!!!!! Hell…girlfriend…you and I can B-O-T-H take turns in slapping that MORONIC Levi…LOL!!!!! Yep.

Joseph
Joseph

He is Fluke’s/Jerry Jax’s son.

aria
aria

i hated the guy, he was introduce around the time GH was unwatchable, and introducing new characters we didn’t want to see, but he’s grown on me, as a character one loves to hate. plus people keep complaining how the newbies take all the airtime, well, it looks like this storyline coming up with Levi involves The Aztec stroyline that introduce Felicia decades ago, so i hope its good and will involve Kristina Wagner in this story.

Andy G.
Andy G.

The GH audience will be shocked to its core when it learns Levi’s biological father is . . . Richard Simmons (which means his obnoxiousness is genetic).

shrona
shrona

Andy G.- you’re making me laugh and gag at the same time. I don’t think I can take any more stupid scenes with Richard Simmons and his sprayed-over bald spots.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

How do you know that is true or not. I haven’t heard that Levi’s father is Richard Simmons . Which I don’t particularly like. He is too hyper.

Andy G.
Andy G.

Susan M., my post was a form of communication commonly referred to in English as a “joke.” Your inability to perceive that dismays me.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow!!!!!

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

I said that myself about Levi around when he first showed up…that his parents are Richard Simmons and…Daffy Doodle, the clown that appeared for one episode back in the 80s…dont know if you watched back then but that episode deliberately delayed the return of Laura by 1 episodes but i loved the suspense…great minds do think alike Andy…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

All I need for entertainment are your posts, jimh ….and Harry’s.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Well, I didn’t know it was a JOKE! And don’t put me down for that ANDY G. Get my drift. No need, for the snide remark. I will avoid you in the future.

Patrick
Patrick

I started laughing… as soon as I saw Levi

is he another messiah

the token virtue of choice

LOL

Maxie fell again

her eat love pray sojourn escalated to this?

would Levi stimulate more than…. “Nathan”

will Maxie backtrack and take the obvious Nathan… or stick by… Levi, the stalwart, with gamesmanship ploy

it’s amazing how much we root for Kirsten Storms

Phil
Phil

Now, I am interested in this story! We all know that Nathan and Maxie are end game, thank God! I think I will enjoy the story playing out!

DonnyGH
DonnyGH

I HATE HATE HATE Levi, but I knew from day one that I was supposed to. And I am okay with that. I love the villains on the show, Helena, Ava, Obrecht, Faison, Jerry, Nina, Heather Webber (my fave), Fluke, Faith Rosco, Anthony and Claudia Zacharra, etc., and I have a feeling that once Levi drops the hippie dippie granola routine, and cuts that hair, he’ll probably be incredible. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heroes and anti heroes, most of the time… sometimes, I just can’t connect. Levi just raises my blood pressure, and I know that’s what he’s supposed to do. Great job from a great actor at playing a terrible character!

shrona
shrona

I am so glad to read what a nice, down-to-earth guy ZG is because Levi annoys the CRAP out of me. I am the mom of an 18 year old vegan man who thank GOD is not a Dunkleman! Happy about the short haircut too!

GHfan
GHfan

I felt like Levi had Maxie brainwashed from the beginning… but it kind of made sense with how much she has been through and how much self-loathing she has and with Spinelli gone, her true love…aftershe betraying him in one of the worst ways possible. She must not have been able to trust herself with anything. Then along comes this cute Ausie guy who seemed to have all the answers……. but he took advantage of her and he was clearly controlling of her!! Some of the Levi stuff was REALLY funny I am keeping those episodes lol.. and as a vegetarian, I loved his passion for animal rights so I was hopping that Levi wouldn’t be ALL bad lol……I can’t wrap my mind around how a vegan animal rights activist can be so bad..:( 🙁 But it has me intrigued!! lol I can’t wait to find out how this all plays out. 🙂

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I can’t stand Levi. He has been stringing Maxi along. He doesn’t care for her one bit. And that hair-do is awful. He is such a liar. I find nothing interesting about him. And he has the Aztec necklace. I don’t want Maxi to go threw this farce of a marriage. I don’t like his character at all. I hope he isn’t going to be on GH on a permanent basis.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Maxi belongs with Nathan NOT Levi!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Susan…Y-E-S…THANK YOU!!!!! More and more, I like the way you think!!!!! The fact that Maxie is so into that Levi chump says to me that Maxie clearly has NO RESPECT for herself at all!!!!! Most of all, if Maxie cannot and/or will not open her eyes and realize that Nathan is THE MAN for her and N-O-T that annoying idiot Levi…then Maxie (IMO) has NO TASTE AT ALL when it comes to men. I’m sorry but I gotta call ’em as I see ’em. Yep.

Take care, Susan. And have a good one.

Peace.

Christine M
Christine M

For a while, I thought he might be a secret Quartermaine…son of Jimmy Lee Holt.. now the Aztec thing…who knows?

Amanda
Amanda

I like Levi and the actor, and I hope they keep him. I’d love for him to be Mac’s or Robert’s son. Also, he could be a new love interest for Sabrina, Britt or Kiki, or perhaps Brad.

Christy
Christy

I figured when he first showed up on the set, that he’d be temporary… he’s just lasted longer than I’d like. Took a while for them to reveal the aztec jewelry is his motivation for being in Port Chuck. So I suppose he thinks that he kills his bride or his brides mum that he will get his hands on the aztec treasure?? I remember Felicia having other jewelry of her grandmother’s long ago… this green set she had lately is all new to me.

I hope Nathan and Mac figure things out quickly! The sooner Dunkleman is gone the better!

and then poor Maxie will realize she is still a failure at doing the right thing, and worse at figuring out who the bad guys are in her life!

carolyn
carolyn

Jerry Jax is his father!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I see a lot of names that SHOULD be brought back. Colton, Jimmy Lee, Julia Barrett, Brenda. Come on RANK [Ron and Frank!] cut the crap, and bring back some GH history! See you later Levi, Sabrina, Jordan, and TJ.

su0000
su0000

lol
geeez did you ever think that perhaps they moved and have no need or want to return to GH
Too may believe all who are no longer with GH want to be, again , not true..
Sheezuz blame
Ron and Frank for everything..
Now, right now, new history is being created.. like the old bones lie in peace..:)

Timmm
Timmm

Your right, PC is riddled with crime! I dont blame RANK, they saved GH. I thank them BUT, they are driving the car and I wish they would travel down some old roads every once in awhile.

andrea
andrea

this man is a very good actor because he IS the most despised character on GH!!!! I hope he doesn’t take it personally. These GH fans are very passionate. I think hes probably Macs son & that should set up a very good story!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my poor Nathan. I want to get my hands on lashless eyes Levi and eject him from the GH set…lol…except I’m 5′ 2″ and barely 100 lbs. Lol

Ces
Ces

This guy is SO annoying and unattractive. His teeth creep me out and that stupid hair too!! Be gone ….

Does Maxie have to marry everyone? Geez. Talk about no growth.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Hes an imposter.

Mary SF
Mary SF

As long as he isn’t a vampire– I’m cool

jayne george
jayne george

I kind of like Levi, just because he’s different and it’s always fun to have a new and different character that you love to hate. Lol

azliam
azliam

From what I’ve read lately, a lot of people seem to believe that he is really Sly Eckert. I guess I could see that. Would rather him be Sly than related to another newbie.

mk
mk

He is either Victor’s son (making him Nathan’s half bro) or related to Felica’s Ex, Peter Harrell.

Linda
Linda

Levi is a real scaliwag but ZG is a great actor! When he first emerged as a character from Australia, I thought he may have some connection with Jax. We will have to wait and see what happens.

Doe
Doe

Hey, Michael. Great interview with Levi. I also disliked this character the minute I saw him.. But, as the soap progressed, I realized this is a very excelllant actor and the writers have created a very annoying character that will go down in history, according to most of your viewers, I cannot wait to see the next incarnation!.!

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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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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

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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