Soap opera favorite, Jon Lindstrom who last played Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns and prior to that Kevin Collins on both Port Charles and General Hospital (And of course, Ryan Chamberlin), is in the news! Last week we interviewed the actor about the DVD release this week of his film, What Happens Next, where Lindstrom takes on a gay role for the first time in his career and is getting wonderful reviews. For the complete interview about the DVD release and Jon’s performance, make sure to log onto frontiersla.com tomorrow!
But in the meantime, Jon’s girlfriend, Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC and Rosanna, ATWT) had taken to her Twitter account with an interesting tease, which ABC Soaps In Depth inferred could be harkening Jon’s return to GH, that could also signal the return of Lucy Coe, played by Lynn Herring! Cady tweeted, “A little bird just told me GH is bringing back some fan favorites. Who will return, I wonder?”
During our conversation with Lindstrom about his film, we asked Jon if he would consider a return to the soaps, what he thought of the dwindling genre where New York City used to be its epicenter, and if he would come back to GH, with Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati in charge. And here were some of our questions and a few of his answers.
We miss seeing your face every day on daytime television. You are so beloved and all your performances have been so wonderful. Would you come back to daytime and do a soap?
JON: Awww, thank you. I would come back to daytime, if there was the right situation. They know where to find me. I am happy to have a discussion anytime. I do not look down on the soaps at all. I have been very busy. I am finishing up work on the first movie I directed, and so I don’t really think about it. If it happens, it will probably be as much of a surprise to me as it is to you.
Has it been hard for you to watch the imploding of the daytime soap genre? And especially New York City, which has lost all of its soap production, most recently One Life to Live and your former show, As the World Turns!
JON: It’s been hard to watch what was once a very healthy industry getting squeezed down to nothing. It did not really have to go that way. I think the shows themselves were partly to blame. They got very grandiose with their budgets. And the soaps should be what makes them great; which was a minimum of sets, not too many characters, and not too many stories, and telling stories on a day-to-day basis about people who get up in the morning and go to work… and not about the mafia and the astronauts. It’s about people, who go to work and get in a car wreck, or their kids get hurt or sick, and you triumph and you press forward, and that is what they are about. That does not mean that things can’t be dramatized, and that you can’t have comic relief like we did with Kevin and Lucy on GH back in the old days. I think it needs to be very, very character driven and not romanticizing some life that nobody has. Most people are not in the mafia.
JON: If you watch General Hospital, you think they do! (Laughs)
I hope they bring you back to GH now, especially since new executive producer Frank Valentini, and new head writer, Ron Carlivati, are over there and bringing back some old favorites with many more 80’s and 90’s faves just on the horizon. The timing would be great!
JON: I heard that and we will see. Like I said, they know where to find me.
So would you be happy to see a return of Kevin, or Kevin and Lucy to General Hospital? Let us know! And, make sure to check out Jon’s DVD release of What Happens Next available at wolfevideo.com!