On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, there could not have been a dry eye in the house if you were a longtime fan of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough), and their daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer). Viewers watched as the Drake family said farewell to Port Charles to start their new life in California. With that, it not only meant the final GH episode of Jason Thompson (who is now on The Young and the Restless) but for now of Kimberly McCullough, and talented young star, Brooklyn Rae Silzer.
In touching scenes during her final show, Emma watched as her parents remarried, then says goodbye to her beloved grandma Anna (Finola Hughes), and more. In real life shortly before Thanksgiving, Brooklyn finished her final scenes that aired today with her longtime scene partner, Jason Thompson. Together as Patrick and Emma, the actors created a unique and special bond, and relationship.
Tonight, following us watching the episode, we hopped on the phone with this little scene stealer to get her thoughts on the big Scrubs ending, her time at GH, her relationship with Jason Thompson, how she hopes she will come back to the show for a visit and even a storyline that she thinks would be quite interesting for a return! Taking her final bow (for now) with On-Air On-Soaps, here’s what Brooklyn had to share.
During Patrick and Robin’s wedding that aired on Thursday, each of them actually made some special vows to Emma during the ceremony. What did you think of those moments?
BROOKLYN: It was really sweet. I almost cried when they were filming it, but I know Jason really meant it because it was the last day. It was our last scenes together as a family, and it was my final scenes with Kimberly and Jason. I kinda didn’t want that scene to come, because I knew I was going to cry. I’m happy for Jason, and I am just happy that I got to be there that day.
You spoke at Jason Thompson’s farewell and cake cutting ceremony that GH had on set during his final tape day. What did you say?
BROOKLYN: I just said how much I loved him, and that I’m happy for him. It was also very sad because it was our last day together, and our last day working together also at General Hospital. I’m thankful for all of the shows that Jason helped me with, and that Mr. Frank (Valentini) gave me a chance to be on GH for such a longtime, and thankful to the writers that they wrote for me. Everyone is so sweet there, and I’m going to miss them so much.
Can you believe what a cool experience this has been for you to be a major and beloved character on a television show for as many years as you have?
BROOKLYN: It was amazing! I started out as little girl in pre-school. It was just one scene I was supposed to do on the show, and it turned into four and a half years. I am just so grateful that everyone over at GH took good care of me. Jason Thompson felt like a real dad. I felt like the Drakes were another family of mine, because I kinda grew up on the show. It’s been half of my life. I was really happy to have the experience with everyone there including: Mr. Frank, and all of the camera guys. They are all so nice.
Another touching goodbye scene was between Emma and her grandma Anna, played by Finola Hughes.
BROOKLYN: Yes. Grandma helped me (Emma) get an airline ticket, so I can come visit at General Hospital some time. Maybe, I can come visit Anna’s house sometime. Maybe, I will cause trouble for my mom and dad, and they have to send me away … so I have to go to grandma’s! (Laughs)
So, you want Emma to become a real troublemaker?
BROOKLYN: Yeah! My mom and dad can’t handle me anymore and so they go, “You know what? That’s it! We are going to go on an island, and spend the rest of our lives without you and have a real good time. So, you just go live with your grandma!”
Well, you know how this works on a soap opera … people always come back!
BROOKLYN: Right. I’m not even dead either! (Laughs) Some people come back from the dead! So for me, there is more of a chance I can come back.
Fans of GH always tell me that you feel like a very special part of the family to them. What has it been like when you meet the fans, or hear about their reactions to you, or Emma?
BROOKLYN: I would like to say they are all very sweet. I am so glad I get to meet some of them, and sometimes I meet them at the mall. Sometimes they hug me, or want to take pictures with me. They make me feel very special, and they think it’s special. I am so thankful that they watched me on General Hospital, and that they like Emma, because I really like Emma, too.
You actually will be appearing on another TV show soon!
BROOKLYN: Yes. I filmed that in the late fall. It’s a part on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. I think the series begins to air in March. I’m in one episode.
I bet you will be back sooner than later on GH!
BROOKLYN: Maybe they will have me back for the Nurses Ball, or something. But it really won’t be the same without Jason. As I said, he was like another dad to me, and he always protected me.
Speaking of Jason, when you look back on your time together, what was one of your favorite scenes with him?
BROOKLYN: One of my favorites was when I talked to Jason when I started playing the guitar. I thought we could do a song together. We told Mr. Frank and then Jason wrote the song for the Nurses Ball. He helped me practice guitar, because I was just starting to learn then. Jason taught me a few notes and we started singing and practicing together. I couldn’t believe we got to do the song! It was such a magical moment for us. I didn’t know Jason was going to be leaving at that time, so now it’s even more special to me, because I can remember it forever and ever. I have some pictures of it in my room as well.
Jason is a good songwriter!
BROOKLYN: Jason is a great songwriter. He needs to write some more songs so we can start this little band of ours!
So wait. You’re going to start a band with Jason?
BROOKLYN: Yes. I will talk to him about it. He will probably say, “Yes”! (Laughs)
How do you feel about Jason going to Y&R? Will you watch him in his new role on it?
BROOKLYN: I will watch, but my mom will only let me watch Jason’s scenes. (Laughs)
How was having Kimberly back this time where Robin was not being kidnapped, but was actually acting in scenes with you?
BROOKLYN: When I saw the script for the Christmas Eve scenes, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to do them. Now I thought Kimberly and I were going to be together on the phone call scenes, but it was the stage manager talking to me. So, it wasn’t the same as talking to Kimberly. (Laughs). But then I was happy that I finally got to work with her. I missed her so much.
What do you want me to tell all of your fans on social media tonight who are sad because today was the final show of Patrick, Robin, and Emma together?
BROOKLYN: Tell everyone thank you for me! I don’t have social media so I can’t post messages. I want to thank them for all of their love and support. I have so enjoyed playing Emma. It was a pleasure to work with Kimberly and Jason, and everyone there on the show.
Are you going to watch the final episode tonight? I needed a box of Kleenex through it, so I’m just giving you a heads-up.
BROOKLYN: I am going to need two boxes of Kleenex, but I have to watch after I finish my homework. I can be a big crybaby!
What did you think of what Brooklyn shared about working with Jason Thompson? Her favorite scenes? What did you think of today’s episode, and watching Emma during the the Scrubs wedding? Share your thoughts on our chat below!