I didn't even notice this so JJ and abs shouldn't be calling her aunt.
I am posting here because I was thinking is this her new role as "aunt" to the younger set. Like Maggie was the den mother and housing for the younger set a few years ago now "aunt Hope" is in the scenes with the troubled newer actors someone they can talk to about their love lives, the drug abuse??
I rather like her just being Hope(lessly) bewildered mother of Ciarra.