During the recent 13,000 episode on-set celebration for General Hospital, (the milestone episode is set to air this coming Monday afternoon February 24th on ABC) Emme Rylan (Lulu) sat down with a few of the soap press corps to talk about the latest twist and turns in her story, which as of today’s episode, Lulu does not know that the son that Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) admitted to being Dante’s (Dominic Zamprogna) is also truly her biological baby too!
But key for us at On-Air On-Soaps, when given a moment to chat with this very young veteran of the soap, (Emme previously was on Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless) was to get her thoughts on the negative comments she received from many fans of General Hospital, who were very vocal and not so pleased with her take on the role of Lulu, especially since she was a recast for Julie Marie Berman, who chose to leave the daytime drama series. Emme candidly reveals how she dealt with it and has come through the other side of it to forge ahead and not let it affect her. So here is what Emme had to say about all that, and a little gem about getting the chance to work with soap veteran extraordinaire, Jane Elliot (Tracy)!
Emme on the fan backlash she has received since taking over the role of Lulu: I thought I knew what it was going to be like, but I had no idea what it was going to be like. This is the first time I have worked on a soap and had Twitter at the same time. And so I come in to GH and go, “Oh, this is going to be fun. I am so excited to be here.” Then a month later I am going, “Oh, God. I am getting hate messages and I can see them on my phone every morning when I wake up.” I got really upset and bummed for a few months. It was so different and startling for me, and somewhere in that time that boundary went up. I then said, “OK, I just have to turn off the alerts so the messages won’t come through my phone in the morning,” which I recently learned how to do! I have to come in here and go to work, and do what I am doing. Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) and I are having so much fun together and so it helps. Now, I just had to learn how to tune everything else out. My mom told me, “You need to have a thicker skin!” I am like, “I am an actor. I can’t have a thick skin and be able to go in and do my job, and be vulnerable and open, and then turn that off.” It is far cry from my Guiding Light days as Lizzie, when my character had helped kill Tammy during the Tammy (Stephanie Gatschet) and Jonathan (Tom Pelphrey) love story. If Twitter had existed then, I might not be here right now! (Laughs) But I am in good place now with it, I am really am.
Emme on how she feels about Lulu still being the dark that baby Ben is really her biological son: Well at the moment, Lulu has no baby. She has no idea of anything! Even though what Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) did was wrong, there was first a moment the audience could think Dante and Lulu could make another baby and be happy. But then they revealed Lulu has no more eggs left! So just when the stakes are high, they push the stakes higher which is awesome.
Emme on getting the chance to perform in scenes with Jane Elliot (Tracy): I am kind of obsessed with Jane Elliot right now. We have some really fun stuff coming up, and we have enjoyed working together. I find myself staying on set to watch her scenes. I pretty much want to learn from everyone that has been on GH for a long time, and Jane is an incredible actress to watch and learn from.
So what do you think about Emme’s comments on the haters and fan backlash to her taking over the role of Lulu? After realizing that comments can hurt people’s feelings, does it make you think twice before sending out a tweet through social media, or posting a hurtful message to an actor who appears on your favorite soap? What do you think of the current story twist where Britt admitted Dante is baby Ben’s father, but Lulu is still in the dark? Did you enjoy the scenes on yesterday’s GH between Tracy and Lulu? Weigh-in!