2011 General Hospital Fan Club Event! News
General Hospital Fan Club Coverage.
Monday, July 25 2011
2011 General Hospital Fan Club Event! Coverage
York, McCullough & Thompson (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
The General Hospital Fan Club Weekend
brought the majority of the cast together at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California on July 23 for the Main Cast Event. The afternoon, which saw Kirsten Storms (Maxie) being followed around by cameras for her reality show
, involved a Q&A and the opportunity for fans to meet the cast afterwards for photos and autographs.
Soaps.com was there as each cast member was called up to the stage one by one. As expected, Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (Jason) received the loudest cheers, with Bruce Weitz (Anthony) coming in at a close second. The fans apparently love them some crazy Anthony Z. John York (Mac), who it was noted is enjoying his 20th year in Port Charles, moderated the Q&A in his spectacularly loud paisley pants by asking each actor one question.
The following are a few highlights from the day, which entertained the running joke of "Are you Sonny's kid and who is your mom?" Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) responded to that question by quipping that she was actually Sonny's next love interest. Maurice pumped his fists in approval.
Steve Burton was asked where his, as well as his character's favorite vacation spots were. While his personal favorite destinations were revealed to be Maui and Nashville, he joked, to the crowd's delight, "Jason's? Does he care? I don't know. Does he remember? I don't know. His hair doesn't change. Does it matter?"
Julie Marie Berman (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
When asked if he watched his own scenes, Maurice Benard (Sonny) replied, "I used to watch all the time, but it got to me. Lately, I haven't been, but I will start up because everyone is kicking major ass in the show right now." This response was met with thunderous applause.
On the topic of preparing for love scenes, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) joked that when paired with her physically impressive co-star there's not much she can do, musing, "What is even the female equivalent of Scott Reeves [Steve]?" She went on to share, "My mom saw our first love scene. He took off his shirt and I got a call from my mom the next day. She goes, 'I don't know Lisa. I don't know. He's just…he's awfully…fit
.' [laughter from the crowd] My mom's the most uptight woman in the world. That was the best she could come up with. So there's really nothing you can do at this point."
Blake Gibbons (Coleman), who thought John York's pants were "sexy and hot," was asked what his favorite scene from Jake's was. He replied, "My favorite scene just happened this week. Monday and Tuesday with the lovely Carolyn [Hennesy, Diane], Nancy Lee Grahn [Alexis] and [John York]. It's coming up. It was fun." John was in agreement.
As York started to run out of questions for the cast, he jokingly asked Aaron Sanders (Morgan) if he worked out more to prepare for upcoming love scenes. Steve Burton helped John out by informing him that young Aaron was working on getting his pilot's license. He doesn’t even have his driver's license yet.
Maurice Benard (Lori Wilson/Soaps.com)
When it was Sean Blakemore's (Shawn) turn, York started, "Being surrounded by all these Caucasians in Port Charles…" Laughter from the audience interrupted him, but Sean quickly cracked, "I feel like one of the family. Guess who's coming to dinner!" On a more serious note, Sean said, "My experience has been phenomenal. I have been embraced incredibly since day one…Hands down, and I'm not just saying this because I'm on the show. Because I speak truthfully. Hands down, this is the best soap. The most incredible actors."
John Ingle (Edward), who received a standing ovation from both the fans and the cast, was asked, what was the most memorable thing to happen in the Quartermaine mansion? He recalled, "So many of those Thanksgivings, because we always ended up with that stupid pizza. [laughter] One time the dogs ran through the dining room and the props turned the whole table upside down and ruined the turkey and mashed potatoes were all over the floor. And we had pizza. We always had pizza because it cost much less than doing a dining room scene."
Wrapping things up, John York introduced "General Hospital's" executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. Addressing the fans, she said, "Thank you for your time. For spending your money to come here. For the hour you spend watching "General Hospital" every day. We need you more now than ever. I cannot tell you how much we all appreciate your being here and your support. We love you and we thank you."
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- Lori Wilson