General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Doubles Down in Support of ‘Mike’/Nina: The Whole Storyline Is a ‘Challenge That I Like’
We get it. A whole lotta viewers on social media are solidly against the plot that’s given Sonny a new lease on life. Us, though… we’re digging it — and so is Benard.
General Hospital leading man Maurice Benard is not known for his poker face. When he’s “meh” on a storyline, you can tell. And when he’s into it, fughedaboudit — he’ll tell you himself. Take, for instance, the polarizing plot that’s paired him with fellow Emmy winner Cynthia Watros as amnesiac “Mike” and Nina.
“I don’t know what’s in the water at General Hospital lately,” he tweeted on June 21. “Lately, my scenes have been… ” Well, judging from the roller-coaster emoji with which he concluded that sentence, we’re going to guess that he means… thrilling?
— Maurice Benard (@MauriceBenard) June 22, 2021
As will happen, fans of Sonny and Carly jumped in to express their… let’s say reservations about the new couple. But that only added fuel to Benard’s fire. “When actors get into a new storyline, the job of the actor is to do everything he can to make that storyline work,” he explained. “This definitely is a tough situation, and that’s a challenge that I like.”
And at least a few members of the audience were willing to give Sonny and Nina a chance. (Hey, did anyone really think that Sonny and Carly were ready to become the Steve and Audrey of General Hospital?) As Serena tweeted, she was “looking forward to see[ing] how this [unfolds]. Love the chemistry with you and Cynthia.
“I could ship ‘Sina’ depending on [how] it unfolds,” she added.
What say you? Is there any way you could get behind Sonny and Nina? Or is it Sonny and Carly or bust for you? On your way to the comments, stop off at the below photo gallery, which revisits former General Hospital baddies made good — including, and this may shock you, both Sonny and Carly.
<p><strong>How Bad Was She?</strong> Once a mercurial mean girl, Maxie cast herself in a JV production of <em>Dangerous Liaisons</em> by offering to sleep with Logan Hayes if he’d schtup and break up with her nemesis, Lulu Spencer. (How times change, huh?) Worse, Maxie became so hooked on Lucky Spencer during his battle with drug addiction that she swiped pills for the married man to keep him high on her. <strong>And Now?</strong> To say that Maxie has matured might be the understatement of the millennium. She still makes mistakes, sure, but strives every day to be as wonderful as the woman late husband Nathan West saw in her.</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was He?</strong> When first we met the future godfather of Port Charles (and <em>actual</em> father of half the town!), he was a second-string mobster running a strip club at which he seduced an underage Karen Wexler, got her hooked on drugs and lured her on stage to shake her moneymaker as Carrie the Schoolgirl. <strong>And Now?</strong> Why, Sonny’s not just a well-respected “coffee importer,” he and <span style="text-decoration: line-through">henchman</span> personal assistant Jason Morgan are the only people in Port Charles who can solve a crime or bring down an <em>actual</em> villain. And if you ever want to know if you’re in the wrong, just ask his wife…</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was She?</strong> When the former Caroline Benson hit Port Charles, she had just one thing on her mind: revenge against the mother who’d abandoned her. So she seduced away Bobbie Spencer’s husband. In her free time, the vixen passed off A.J. Quartermaine’s baby as loverboy Jason Morgan’s. Why? Because ew, nobody wanted to raise a kid with A.J. <strong>And now?</strong> Carly considers herself the moral compass of Port Charles. Do something, <em>anything</em>, and she’ll eagerly judge it — <em>and</em> you. Never mind that her lavish life is one of crime. Husband Sonny Corinthos is a “good” mobster, don’t ya know?</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was She?</strong> Originally, unrequited feelings for the nefarious Cesar Faison drove Obrecht to behave like the kind of doctor ordinarily referred to as “mad.” If she gave a shot, it was as likely to be from a pistol as a needle (and even in the latter instance, odds were 50/50 that she was administering poison!). <strong>And Now?</strong> We’ve seen Leisl’s heart and the countless places it’s been broken, by Faison, by the loss of son Nathan West, by her at-times-tenuous relationship with daughter Britt Westbourne. More than anything, now we want to see her love and be loved. That’s your cue, Scotty Baldwin!</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was He?</strong> Even before the erstwhile Theo Hart was introduced, we’d been trained to shudder at the mere mention of his name. And no sooner had he made his entrance than he’d revealed why: In short order, he took enough hostages to form a soccer team, “fatally” shot nephew Nikolas and, just for good measure, put a bullet in Kevin Collins. <strong>And Now?</strong> Somehow, passing off Sasha Gilmore as lady love Nina Reeves’ long-lost daughter softened us toward Valentin — to the point that we’ve come to view him less as a Big Bad than a big softy.</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was She?</strong> Let’s just say that if you were a man with money, you wouldn’t have wanted to cross paths with Sam prior to her arrival in Port Charles. The consummate con artist picked up aliases and rich ex-husbands the way you or we might cat hair when visiting that one friend’s apartment. (You know the one.) <strong>And now?</strong> Though Sam spent years drinking the Kool-Aid that convinced her that true love Jason Morgan’s career as a Mafia enforcer should spark no crisis of conscience, she eventually left him as well as Port Charles’ criminal underworld to play detective and raise her kids in an environment in which they were less likely to be used as leverage against Stone Cold.</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was He?</strong> Well, he’s always had… let’s say “issues,” many of them involving seeing how far he could bend the long arm of the law before it broke. (Oh, if only he were a mobster!) At his worst, he plotted to rob the patrons of the <em>Haunted Star</em> on its opening night, then used a blaze at the Port Charles Hotel to convince Internal Affairs that he’d gone up in smoke. <strong>And Now?</strong> Scotty’s more of a rascal than an actual bad guy. He’ll always have that mischievous streak in him, but if he stirs up trouble, it’s likelier to result in a good time than jail time. For viewers, anyway!</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was She?</strong> The femme fatale was initially a martini-cold Mafia princess capable of snuffing out a life without breaking a sweat (RIP, Connie Falconeri), then picking the perfect patsy to frame for the crime (sucked to be you, A.J. Quartermaine). <strong>And Now?</strong> Ava has suffered — to the nth. Through cancer. Through being burned almost beyond recognition. Through the loss of daughter Kiki. Through a whole “latte” threats from Avery’s babydaddy, Sonny Corinthos. So at this point, we figure she’s pretty much earned… if not a <em>clean</em> slate, one with enough blank space on it to make a few new mistakes.</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was He?</strong> Pretty much as bad as a psycho <em>could</em> be, what with the homicidal tendencies and the kidnappings and the letting Sam McCall think that he’d raped her and all. Basically, if a character declared, “Muahaha, <em>nobody</em> could be eviler than me!” Franco was the person who’d swoop in and say, “Hold my beer.” <strong>And now?</strong> Against all odds, when Franco was murdered by Peter August in 2021, we wept. Not from relief but actual sadness. Because once Franco was free of the tumor that gave him the worst kind of killer instincts, he became a devoted husband to Liz Webber and father figure to her boys.</p>
<p><strong>How Bad Was She?</strong> Upon emerging from a years-long coma, Silas Clay’s wife was a little “off.” By which we mean that she was so <em>very</em> off that she sought vengeance on Ava Jerome by inducing labor in in the onetime “other woman” in order to claim her baby in place of the one that she herself could no longer have. <strong>And Now?</strong> A bit of therapy, as well as a sweet romance with Franco Baldwin, transformed Nina into a card-carrying protagonist. Though she never did <em>quite</em> shake that vindictive streak; just ask Carly Corinthos, from whom she kept “late” husband Sonny as payback for daughter Nelle Benson’s demise.</p>
Previous in NewsGeneral Hospital’s Finola Hughes Shares the Loss of a Doggedly Devoted Family Member: ‘Thank You for Being Such a Love for My Children’
Next in NewsGeneral Hospital Exclusive: Genie Francis Shares Her Opinion of the ‘New’ Laura — and Reveals Why ‘I Can’t Say “Oh, Luke!” Ever Again’