“I am not shy about saying that Elizabeth didn’t have any closure.”

As Elizabeth Webber, Rebecca Herbst has seen a lot of people come and go from Port Charles. But recently, she has lost a couple of very important people in her life. Herbst talks with Soaps.com about finding closure after Jason’s (Steve Burton) exit and her reaction to the recent news Steve (Scott Reeves) was leaving the show. She also talks about a cause important to her heart, Smile Train, which is dedicated to providing surgery and care to children around the globe with a cleft lip or palate.

Soaps.com: How long have you been working with Smile Train?

Herbst: It’s been about 10 years now, so quite some time.

Soaps.com: Why is this cause so important to you? How did you get involved?

Herbst: Well, my mother gave me a pamphlet when I was looking for ways to raise lots of money for a charity. And when she handed me this pamphlet, I read it over I thought, ‘Wow, I am so impressed with how this is run.’ And the fact that it is only $250 to fix a child’s smile is absolutely incredible. It is doable. And people are excited about giving that amount of money because they know where it is going and they know it will completely change a life.

Soaps.com: What goals do you hope to help achieve during their Season of Smiles campaign?

Herbst: I am just trying to bring awareness. We are trying to help them reach the goal of 1 million smiles. And to date they have already reached 800,000, so I know we can do it. People just need to be reminded, especially during this time. Even though this is the season of giving, we just need to be reminded that there are a lot of children out there who need our attention and need our help. During Fan Club weekend I raise money for the Smile Train too.

Soaps.com: So how does Liz feel now that Jason is gone? We have not gotten to see her open up too much about it.

Herbst: No, and we haven’t see her really mourn Jason a whole lot either. I have been asked this question a lot and I am not shy about saying that Elizabeth didn’t have any closure. I keep thinking maybe it will happen, but I am not sure. I know that – just from knowing Elizabeth for the past 16 years – I know that she has decided to put one foot in front of the other and move on and be strong for her boys and not end up in Ferncliff.

Soaps.com: That is always a top priority.

Herbst: Yes. But it has happened before!

Soaps.com: Will the lack of closure around Jason’s exit prevent Liz from moving on romantically?

Herbst: You know, honestly, I have a feeling that my opinion and the writers’ opinion on that would be completely different. But it is up to Ron [Carlivati] and Frank [Valentini] how she chooses to deal with that.

Soaps.com: So is there any romance coming up for Liz that you know of?

Herbst: Not that I know of.