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1 March 31st, 2011 GH’s Carolyn Hennesy on the key to writing “The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli!

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General Hospital’s and On-Air On-Soaps Podcast co-host, Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) chatted with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco about the upcoming release next week (April 5th to be exact) of  the book, The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as told to Diane Miller, but written by Hennesy herself.  The suspenseful and mysterious book will include most if not all of your favorite GH characters in gripping and enveloping short stories that also honors the show’s history.  So what was it like thinking in the mind of Damian Spinelli? Here are a few excerpts from the interview!

Hennesy on if she had to dig deep to figure out who Spinelli really was: “I did not. Spinelli is very complex and intricate, but to me, Carolyn the actress — and Carolyn the actress watching Bradford Anderson play Spinelli — Spinelli’s voice was very easy to find. The biggest compliment I have had thus far on the book was from Bradford, who said I had Spinelli’s voice down and as finely tuned as the writers do. He said, “You understand the character as I do.” Again, Spinelli is a dual personality. He is the quintessential computer genius and he’s Sam Spade, Humphrey Bogart. I’m such a film noir fan so I love that quality in him.”

Hennesy on if she thinks Spinelli is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome:  “No, I don’t believe that. I think he’s the smartest person in the room wherever he goes. He’s very much like a Robin Williams, like many of the great improv artists. Robin makes no secret of the fact that he was alone a great deal as a child so he created his own fantasy world where he had to create all the voices, create all the scenarios and play all the characters. I doubt anyone would say that Robin suffers from Asperger’s. I think Spinelli is the same way. Spinelli’s IQ is simply just off the charts. His IQ is simply too large for the rest of the world. And because he’s been alone so much we still don’t know his parentage. We just don’t. I think he’s come to Port Charles looking for his parentage. I think there have been clues along the way … this way lies your parents. I allude and indicate that in the book. He’s not a foolish man. The fact that Spinelli got Maxie simply dumbfounds him. No one is more shocked that he got the girl.”

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  1. Susan says:

    I think Spinelli is a pretty smart geeky kid. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
    However I do think TPTB enjoy writting Spinelli as a characature of who he could be. Spinelli character is being written so OTT that other characters either make fun of him or ignore him altogether. I love that Diane can honesty see who Spinelli is and likes him for who he is. Everyone should have a “Secret Life.” Spinelli and Diane have a mutual respect for one another thru writting this book. Diane and Spinelli’s relationship is quite beneficial for both of them. Diane is a mother figure to Spinelli. She can reign in his OTT actions without critisizing who he is. Spinelli gives Diane the freedom to act like a kid again. I like Diane and Spinelli’s relationship. Makes me laugh.

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