A Chat with Tyler Christopher about his General Hospital Fan Club Event
With the planning for the annual General Hospital Fan Club Weekend well underway, I thought it would be interesting to talk to our very own Prince (Tyler Christopher who plays Prince Nikolas Cassadine) about what he has in store for his fans. I even managed to get a little General Hospital scoop from him as well.
Soaps.com: First of all, congratulations to you and Brie on the pregnancy! What an exciting time for you. Humor us for a minute, will you? Is the nursery underway? How is Brie feeling?
Tyler: The nursery just needs furniture and we are ready to go. Brie is feeling great and getting bigger every week. She hasn’t been sick once so far.
Soaps.com: Tyler, it sounds as if your event at the annual GH Fan Club Weekend is pretty different from all the rest. With a raffle, live auction, 50/50, a chance for a fan to act an actual GH scene with you and even a comedic host it almost sounds like a trip to Vegas. Do you find that you usually attract a pretty fun group?
Tyler: The bar at my event always helps the fun factor. The fans can get pretty loose when they want to.
Soaps.com: Money raised from this particular fan event helps to support the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company of which you are a part of, right? You’ve set up a good balance it seems, between the stage and your work on daytime. That was deliberate I assume?
Tyler: All scripts start on the stage. I love doing theatre outside the show because it breaks up the monotony of playing the same character every day. I find that while doing a play I feel reenergized to go into work at General Hospital.
Soaps.com: The theatre is currently doing plays that were written by the author of “Moonstruck” and stars Sally Struthers. Do you find that the economy has hurt ticket sales much?
Tyler: The economy hasn’t hurt ticket sales…the idiot who built Los Angeles is hurting ticket sales. It’s so difficult to get anywhere that I think people just feel it’s too bothersome to get in their cars and go see a show.
Soaps.com: Let's talk about General Hospital for a minute. You've told us before that having Nikolas with Emily for so many years was a bit frustrating because normally soap characters change partners more often, and now Natalia's back as Rebecca. Do you find that with her playing a very different character it helps keep things fresh for you as an actor?
Tyler: I think that Natalia being gone for a year has breathed life back into the couple. Although I agree that the couple needed a break, I am happy that Natalia is back.
Soaps.com: We all felt a bit ripped off by Helena's very short, yet characteristically cryptic, visit. Do you have any idea if she'll be back in the short term to pay off that "certificate of birth' cliffhanger she left us with?
Tyler: Helena will always be back. She’s one of those characters who needs to be around to stir things up, so look for her again soon.
That sounds like a spoiler to me my friends. For those of you who are considering the annual pilgrimage to Southern California this summer for the fan club weekend, be sure to include Tyler's party in your roster. It takes place on Friday July 17 from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Tickets are $65 and your check or money order (payable to Sheri Evans), should be sent to Sheri Evans, c/o Tyler Christopher Event, 4315 Coldwater Canyon Av. #12, Studio City, CA 91604. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Here's a little taste of a previous event that included Sebastian Roche (Jerry Jacks). Enjoy!
Be sure to come back with lots of stories to share!
- Julie Clark Robinson