In a rare sit-down interview, soap icon and eight-time Daytime Emmy winner Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) chats with host Paolo Presta in the latest edition of Presta’s online talk series A Spoon Full Of Paolo direct from Geary’s dressing room at General Hospital.
During their chat, Geary further opens up about his reasons for leaving General Hospital at this point in his career, how he feels his last tape day might go down, and later Paolo puts Geary through his paces and asks him to give a sentence about some of his most famous on-screen female partners including: Roseanne Barr, Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Jane Elliot, and Genie Francis. Below, and of note, are some of the more interesting soundbites from the interview!
When asked about his decision to leave GH, Tony shared with Presta: I have been thinking about it for ten years actually, ever since I found the city where my heart is in Amsterdam. I have never felt as comfortable, or as authentic as I have felt there. It’s a perfect fit for me; the city and I, and the people. I always felt one of the reasons I became an actor is that I did not feel at home in my skin, and not comfortable with the people I grew up around, and it became a sanctuary for me to live in my imagination. In Amsterdam, I find that the whole city is a playground for my imagination, and I feel very comfortable there with people. So when I found it I thought: I love my work, I love this character, I have enjoyed so many benefits of being able to live on two continents for the last twenty years is an amazing gift that the audience has given that to me. I am very grateful for it, but there comes a time when you reach a certain age … I am going to be 68 at the end of May … and I have had serious spinal operations – two of them over the last two years – and so I realized after the second operation, my time was not infinite on this planet, and I have loved my life. It’s time to take the benefits of what I have gotten from 37 years on this show and 50 years of being an actor – and I just decided that now is the time. And it was synchronicity that they had just given me this incredible story of the dark side of look fighting with the light side, and the incredible anniversary show wrapping this character up so beautifully I thought, that I just didn’t think there was much better we could do.
When asked if Tony will get emotional on his final tape day at GH, Geary shared: I hope not … I hope not. I hate to see actors indulge in that, but you know, it’s difficult to say. I begged them – my executive producer Frank Valentini who has been wonderfully supportive about my leaving the show begged him, “Please don’t have a cake and please don’t bring everyone in and have a goodbye.” But Frank kind of said, that it’s not fair to everyone who wants to say goodbye, and I thought I could sneak out the fire exit and disappear into the night … it’s not going to happen! (Laughs)
Presta’s series talking to some of entertainments biggest icons, which always at it’s heart is about living your dream and making them come true, got an extra special bonus from Geary who addressed the camera to instill in all of us to live out our dreams in a very touching message and moment from the greatest actor of the genre.
Now watch Tony Geary on A Spoonful of Paolo below! Then, let us know your thoughts about what Tony shared on his reasons for exiting GH, what he had to say about some of his former and current leading ladies, and if any of us are prepared for Tony’s final tape day on GH!