Ingle & Cook (Deanna Barnert/

Fans poured into Van Nuys, CA for the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend frenzy! was on hand for the main event, which was the General Hospital Fan Club Cast Luncheon Saturday, July 24, and just about everyone from Port Charles showed up.

The weekend was also broken up with smaller events, where fans got to hang with Maurice Benard, Jonathan Jackson, Rebecca Herbst , Ingo Rademacher, Steve Burton & Kelly Monaco, Julie Marie Berman & Dominic Zamprogna, Laura Wright, Bradford Anderson, Lisa LoCicero, Brandon Barash, Blake Gibbons & Megan Ward, Derk Cheetwood & Carolyn Hennesy, Tyler Christopher & Ronnie Marmo and Greg Vaughan & Sebastian Roche. There was also a Scrubs Event, hosted by Kimberly McCullough & Jason Thompson, and a chance to rock with Jonathan Jackson’s band Enation.

“I love going to the smaller events, because it’s more of an intimate interaction with your fans, but I like meeting everybody that keeps us on the air at the big event,” Brandon Barash told when we caught up with him in the green room. “I’m ready to get the party started!”
The big Saturday luncheon was, of course, the place to see the whole Port Charles crew at one time, but it’s also when the Port Charles crew got to feel some major love from a packed room of fans.

“It’s always great,” John J York told “Half of the room, if not more, I know and see all the time. Right now, everyone is hoping that I’m going to survive. Yes, Mac does survive surgery. I told them I’m getting a strawberry colonic and everything will be fabulous when it’s over.”
Newbie Chad Duell was excited to be at his first “GH” Fan Weekend. “None of us would be doing what we’re doing if it wasn’t for the fans, so I love that everyone’s here and hope everyone has a great time.”

The consensus is in and for the record, we had a great time! The afternoon got underway when John Ingle introduced the cast one by one. Then it was time for a Q&A session and with York taking over as MC, things got pretty silly.

When a fan asked Laura Wright (Carly) how she cried so easily, she pointed to onscreen hubby Ingo Rademacher. “I work with him!” Wright quipped. “It’s not easy. I’m in therapy every week! No, I just get sad. The scene is usually sad and I can’t expect you guys to be emotionally invested if I’m not. I just go for it.”

Julie Marie Berman was asked how she gets herself out of those emotional scenes, but the Emmy winner got caught spacing out and had to admit she wasn’t listening to the question. “She doesn’t listen to the first half of any of the lines that comes out of my mouth,” onscreen beau Dominic Zamprogna teased.

After apologizing, Berman admitted her secret to letting go was in the commute. “I have a long drive home and a good play list that gets me back to normal,” she explained.