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Taking a picture back at General Hospital on October 7, Scarlett Fernandez couldn’t contain her excitement. “You have no idea how happy this made me!” the 12-year-old captioned the Instagram photo. “I love this place, I love the people, and I love being Charlotte.
“It’s been five years of playing her,” she added, “and I have loved every day!”
The young actress, whose most recent appearance was in March, should be coming back to some juicy material, too. Not only is Charlotte’s father, Valentin, now closer than ever with Anna, but he’s just learned that he’s a Cassadine through and through — which means that Charlotte is, too. (Sadly, mom Lulu remains in a coma.) And the show hasn’t even begun to unpack the fact that Charlotte’s kid sister Bailey isn’t actually any relation to her at all.
Of course, whatever twists of plot come Fernandez’s way, it’ll just be nice to see her in action again, especially after she was so badly injured in a biking accident over the summer. “Wishing this was part of a General Hospital script,” she said in May as she shared a shot of herself in her hospital bed. “Last weekend I was in a bike crash. I had surgery on both arms and stitches on my chin, and I spent a couple days in the hospital.
“Next up, fixing four broken teeth — my molars, luckily,” she added. “Extremely grateful for my helmet, the paramedics, the ER staff, the nurses and doctors at the hospital I was transferred to, the therapy dog that visited me, and my surgeon.”
Through it all, at least she was able to maintain her sunny demeanor. “Not the way I wanted to spend my summer,” she admitted, “but happy I’m feeling better each day.”
While we eagerly await Charlotte’s reappearance, check out a photo gallery that hints at how diabolical she could become with all that Cassadine DNA coursing through her veins.
Saturday, October 9th, 2021
Those who watched yesterday’s September 28, General Hospital episode, may have noticed that little Wiley appeared to have grown a bit bigger overnight. Well, your eyes weren’t deceiving you — SORAS (soap opera rapid aging syndrome) has hit Port Charles again! The role, which was recently played by twins Erik and Theo Olson, is now being taken over by Kyler and Caleb Ends, who once played David Ridgeway on Days of Our Lives, as well as Maxie and Nathan’s son James in 2019.
However, there’s a story behind the recast, as the Olson twins’ mom explained, “I have been dreading the day I would have to write this as I know how many of you dearly love the boys and wanted them to grow up on GH. My husband got an amazing opportunity that required us to move to Paris, France. With only three months to sell everything, pack up and go, we had to say goodbye to this once in a lifetime opportunity.” She expressed her deepest thanks to fans for following “along on their acting journey,” as well as to the “incredible show!”
Castmate Parry Shen (Brad) posted a photo with the twins and said, “There was no way I was gonna let [Erik and Theo] relocate to France this summer without seeing them for one last time,” and expressed how much he’s going to miss the “extraordinarily well behaved, delightful and charming kiddos.” Of course, he’ll never forget the baby switch storyline and stated, “Although I feel like I’m losing ‘em all over again, I’m so grateful the GH baby switch storyline brought us all together and those memories are now forever preserved in TV history.”
We wish the boys and their family the very best in Paris and look forward to watching Kyler and Caleb in the role, which they are “so excited” to be playing.
Now is the perfect time to take a look through our photo gallery of soaps’ all-time cutest kids — and it’s no surprise that Erik and Theo made the cut!
— Amy Mistretta
Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
On Wednesday, September 29, Nikolas is going to look a bit different on General Hospital. Though there are no official details as to why a temporary recast has occurred, we can tell you that Adam Huss will be filling in for Marcus Coloma in the popular role.
Huss alerted his followers on Instagram that he would be heading to Port Charles. “I heard a little rumor that I’ll be on General Hospital this week, getting to play Nikolas Cassadine for a moment,” the actor shared and urged everyone to tune in to ABC “for the juicy stuff!”
He went on to speak about all of the “amazing folks and consummate professionals” he got to work with, including Maura West (Ava) and Kin Shriner (Scott), as well as casting director Mark Teschner and “his amazing crew.”
Huss is no stranger to daytime and has had roles on CBS and NBC soap operas — that’s why he may seem familiar to some fans. In 2006, he appeared as Miguel’s impostor on Passions as well as played Lance, alongside Kimberlin Brown’s Sheila, on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2002 — and first appeared on soaps as a patron on Days of Our Lives that same year.
Huss’ Port Charles appearance couldn’t have come at a more exciting time since Nikolas is currently trying to make amends with his son Spencer while fighting for Ava.
We invite readers to take a trip back in time by viewing our photo gallery of General Hospital memories throughout the years.
— Amy Mistretta
Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
If you’re wondering where Sofia Mattsson’s Sasha has been, the actress is currently on maternity leave, as first reported in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, and will be seen less in the coming weeks.
In June, the actress shocked fans with a big surprise — a baby bump that she managed to keep secret for quite some time. Then in August, she shared the first photo of her new baby boy, who was born on Monday, July 26, with husband Thomas Payton.
One of Sasha’s last scenes were earlier this month when she confided in Willow her fears that Brandon was working for the mob again. Carly stepped in to reassure Sasha that Brando was staying on the up and up, especially when she questioned him and he was evasive. It wasn’t until Carly’s bachelorette party when Sasha learned the real reason that Brandon had been so secretive about his work. He turned out to be the entertainment — the stripper! After he explained that stripping and working in a garage were his side gigs, Sasha was okay with it — as long as it brought him home to her and their unborn child every night.
But Brando’s stripping was the least of Sasha problems… His mother Gladys didn’t take kindly to him asking her to move out so Sasha could move in. As long as she can keep his interfering mother in check, everything should be smooth sailing for the couple. Unless, Gladys gets her wish and convinces her son to take the job that mobster Vincent Novak offered him. If we had our way, Brando would stay as far away from the mob, especially Novak, as possible!
While we wait for Mattsson to bring her character back to Port Charles, have a look at our photo gallery of other soap stars and their real-life kids.
— Amy Mistretta
Friday, September 17th, 2021
For those who watched yesterday’s General Hospital episode, you may have suspected that we wouldn’t be seeing Jordan for a while, and now her portrayer, Briana Nicole Henry, has confirmed that she is leaving the ABC soap.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the actress shared, “I decided it was time for me to move on from General Hospital and I got nothing but love and support from everyone involved.”
In Jordan’s final scene, it was revealed that she had suffered kidney damage and was having renal failure, therefore had to be sent to a specialty clinic in Albany for dialysis and treatment until she recovered. In reflecting on her final Port Charles moments, Henry expressed, “[I] was given the most beautiful send off that left me quite literally shaken.”
In terms of how she felt ending her time in the role, she stated, “It wasn’t until yesterday that it really sank in, as I watched Jordan’s goodbye to her family and knew the tears you saw were real tears between not just colleagues but friends.”
She went on to thank her soap family, that “helped me make GH my home over the last three years,” as well as her fans and recalled, “It took me a while to win you over, but once you saw my heart you made me feel so much love. I hope I brought something unique and honest to your beloved character of Jordan Ashford, she’s one helluva woman.”
We wish Henry the very best in her future endeavors! Take a moment to look through our comprehensive guide to other General Hospital’s exits.
— Amy Mistretta
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
It’s not just General Hospital that can leave viewers gasping — so can tweets from its executive producer, Frank Valentini. On September 13, he wrote that “Ava’s days are numbered in Port Charles — what will her last days be like?”
— Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) September 13, 2021
He wasn’t saying that the femme fatale’s Emmy-winning portrayer Maura West would soon be gone, much less for good. Getting out of Dodge is hardly the same as exiting the show. Look at Maurice Benard, for instance: He hasn’t been “in Port Charles” as Sonny for almost a year, yet we have still seen him on the regular in Nixon Falls as “Mike.”
Nonetheless, fans of Ava and West couldn’t help but worry. “Please tell me ‘Ava’s last days in Port Charles’ is just a figure of speech,” replied Ann. “I know it’s a selfish request, but i will be devastated to lose Ava Jerome when I am still recovering from the loss of Julian.”
This better be temporary. @MauraWest can act circles around everyone. She never fails to give 100%. Seriously is this a joke?
— Diane Spinelli (@DianeSpinelli2) September 14, 2021
Queen Candice told the powers that be, “Y’all can do what you want, but if Ava is killed off or just permanently gone, I’m out.”
NinaS asked the boss hopefully, “Ava is going away for a short while so Maura can go on vacation, right, Frank? We fans will accept nothing other than that!”
Love that character (and actress). Hope it’s just a vacation, she certainly deserves it.
— Kitty Katniss (@convoswithkat) September 14, 2021
“I hope she isn’t really leaving,” shared Book Convos, “and once the stalker story is done, she has no reason not to return to her daughter, her gallery, etc.”
We have a feeling that Book Convos has hit the nail on the head. But we also suspect that when Ava leaves Port Charles, if she actually does, we’ll still follow her as closely as the stalker does. If the show could follow Sonny and Dante to Turkey, it can certainly follow Ava wherever she goes!
Now then, for an update on who’s really leaving General Hospital, not just Port Charles, check out our handy scorecard of all the actors passing through the revolving door.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
It has been quite a while now since Sonny lost his memory and has been holed up in Nixon Falls as “Mike.” Well fans, we may be seeing the character back in Port Charles sooner than you think, given a recent post by his portrayer Maurice Benard.
The General Hospital actor took to Twitter to tease a photo, in character — dressed in one of Sonny’s expensive suits — and revealed, “Sonny soon!” Unlike him seated on a couch in the pic, Benard warned, “And he won’t be sitting down.”
— Maurice Benard (@MauriceBenard) September 8, 2021
Since his time in Nixon Falls, “Mike” has fallen for Nina, who has fallen for him too — even though she knows his true identity and exactly what the fallout could be once the truth comes out. Not to mention, he’s had several near misses with Port Charles residents like Jax and Maxie, who could have easily stumbled upon him at the Tan-O and now, things are beginning to unravel since Jax finally came face-to-face with ‘Mike’ in today’s episode.
Then there’s Peter, who, while back-from-the-dead himself, has faced off with “Mike,” who believes that Peter could know his true identity. Oh, and to add to the drama… Sonny’s wife Carly is about to marry his best friend and right-hand man Jason back home.
So, yes, this would be a perfect time for him to return to the canvas and lay the smackdown on those who betrayed him!
In a recent interview with Soap Opera Digest, when asked how he thinks Sonny would react if his memory came back and he learned Nina had kept him from his family, Benard replied, “Well, he ain’t gonna react well! You can lose your memory, but can you lose your heart? That’s the dilemma there, right? [I] think it’s going to be fantastic scenes.”
We’ll be there for it — and can’t wait!
While we anticipate what is likely to be an explosive return, take a look at our gallery filled with photos of the Corinthos family.
— Amy Mistretta
Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
Add another name to the list of General Hospital characters who have risen from premature graves of late: Charles Shaughnessy — perhaps best known for playing Mr. Sheffield on The Nanny — has stepped into the role of the not-so-late Victor Cassadine, formerly played by Thaao Penghlis.
Proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same, it seems that Victor is still very much in love with Obrecht… despite the fact that back in 2014, she shot and “killed” him. You’ll recall that for a time, Victor believed himself to be the father of Obrecht’s beloved son Nathan (Ryan Paevey). But after a DNA test proved that not to be the case, she shot and killed her erstwhile lover. Why? In order to prevent the truth about Nathan’s dad from coming out. As she told herself (and, by extension, the audience), Nathan’s actual father was someone far, far worse than a Cassadine!
Perhaps now that Victor’s back — and still as in love with Obrecht as ever — perhaps we might finally revisit the unsolved mystery surrounding Nathan’s paternity? Given that Obrecht has recently gotten hot-and-heavy with Scotty, might a new triangle be in the making, or has everyone’s favorite German-speaking former doctor well and truly moved on from the Cassadine?
Meanwhile, no word on exactly why the show decided to recast the part of Victor, although Penghlis is currently doing double-duty, appearing on both Days of Our Lives and its spinoff series, Beyond Salem, which begins streaming Monday, September 6th on Peacock.
Hard as it is to believe, the character of Victor was first introduced way back in 1981 as part of the Ice Princess storyline which saw Luke and Laura attempting to prevent the Cassadine clan from freezing the world (starting, of course, with Port Charles). At the time, Victor’s true love was movie starlet Tiffany Hill, but she eventually turned on him and helped the good guys put the Cassadines behind bars. He would, of course, return repeatedly to bedevil his enemies.
No word on how long Victor will stick around this time. Meanwhile, since we’re discussing character’s coming back to General Hospital, why not check out this photo gallery in which we list some of the ones we’d most love to see back.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
Given how often his name tumbled off the lips of Port Charles’ residents in recent days, it’s not particularly surprising that Cyrus Renault (and portrayer Jeff Kober) are back in action on General Hospital. And while the pony-tailed baddie is currently behind bars, that’s unlikely to stop him from stirring up a whole lot of trouble… especially for Carly and her husband-to-be, Jason!
Perhaps the biggest question is whether or not Cyrus will figure out a way to crash the nuptials. After all, when Soaps chatted with Kober at this year’s Daytime Emmy events, the actor smiled impishly while saying that Cyrus was likely to spend every waking hour of his time behind bars plotting “how to get out!”
While that seemed like a pretty tall order, Kober suggested that perhaps his smooth-talking alter ego could “find religion” and “come back as an itinerant preacher.”
Certainly, Cyrus has more than a little bit of unfinished business in town. Aside from wanting to see Carly and Jason punished for preventing him from joining the Five Families, he’s also got a laundry list of Port Charles locals against whom he’s no doubt holding a grudge. Perhaps not coincidentally, a whole lot of those folks are likely to be at the upcoming ceremony which is slated to join Sonny’s “widow” and her best friend in holy matrimony.
Cyrus might also want to catch up with Sasha, for whom he’d clearly developed feelings (even as he was feeding her drug addiction). “Cyrus is a funny character,” admitted Kober in the interview, which can be seen in its entirely below, “because he’s got a really big heart and he’s just an evil bastard.” Could he be the person whom spoilers indicate catches Sasha by surprise on Friday, September 3?
One thing we know for sure is that Jason will be on his guard. Already, he’s suspicious that Cryus won’t be content to simply sit in a cell and think about what he’s done. (So much for the whole rehabilitation process!) Will September 17th, the day Jason and Carly are supposed to wed, wind up being a red-letter day because the invitations wind up being blood-splattered?
Should Cyrus manage to get a foothold in Port Charles, that will certainly cause trouble for Sonny if and when he gets his memory back. But hey, Sonny’s faced a few challenges before… as we prove in this gallery listing just some of the things he’s had to overcome!
Tuesday, August 31st, 2021
Things are really heating up in Port Charles and it appears one of its super spies could be heading back to General Hospital. Tristan Rogers took to Twitter to alert his fans that he could very well be reprising his role as Robert Scorpio.
“I think it’s safe to say I’m back in the show,” he posted. “Let’s all be positive.”
I think it’s safe to safe say I’m back in the show. Let’s all be positive.
— tristanrogers (@tristanrogers) August 21, 2021
Fans were quick to chime in with cheers of joy, having missed the character. Some even hoped that the ABC soap would return to the Holly storyline. Well, they aren’t alone — we want an ending to that too!
Rogers was last seen in May during the special episode to honor the late John Reilly, who passed away on January 9. Reilly played the role of WSB Agent Sean Donely on and off since 1984 and during the tribute, to which his real-life daughter had a guest role, many of Sean’s friends gathered in County Kerry, Ireland for his funeral, only to start disappearing one by one. In the end, it proved to be a test, set up by Robert, Anna, Robin, Mac, Felicia, Monica and Laura, for Sean’s daughter, who was then presented with her father’s WSB badge.
So, what will bring Robert back to Port Charles? If you were watching today’s episode, it was revealed that Peter is alive and is spying on Maxie in Nixon Falls. Considering Robert and Anna had been at odds over Peter’s redemption, and he was out to prove Peter was up to no good, he’ll surely have something to say to the back-from-the-dead bad boy. Oh, and yes, hopefully he’ll solve the Holly mystery too!
While we wait, take a look through our gallery filled with photos of Robert throughout the years.
— Amy Mistretta
Monday, August 23rd, 2021