The reclusive Jane Elliot of General Hospital has a fantastic interview out with TV Guide, where the actress who has played Tracy Quartermaine for all she is worth and then some talks about her character, the new GH regime, working with six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Anthony Geary (Luke) and having her upcoming first romantic triangle! Not one to give many press interviews, this one was as compelling as ever. Below are a few interesting excerpts!
Jane on how she is made playing a villainess work so well: “Somebody has to wear the black hat and give the audience someone to shake their fists at. They want someone to hate. And if that’s what you want to pay me to do, I’m happy to do it! A show owes it to the audience to give them a place to vent. There is a profound contrast between the way I live my life and what I do when I go to work. I never get the two of us confused. I never wear makeup. I certainly don’t dress like Tracy. I don’t have a Twitter account. I don’t go to fan club gatherings. I ‘m not one of those actors who spends a lot of time engaging with the audience. I’m fierce about my anonymity, which is why it’s easy for me to play the villain. I’m not close enough to the audience to have them throw a pie in my face because of something Tracy just did.”
Jane on Frank Valentini taking over as EP of General Hospital: “Frank Valentini is as good as it gets. He has that old-fashioned Gloria Monty commitment to the job and is the first one in the building in the morning and the last one out at night. And he works all weekend! This is not to say that the people before him didn’t care, but he’s committed to this show in a very unique way. There’s no substitute for loving the medium. You know that saying “A new broom sweeps clean”? Well, that’s Frank. As good as [former exec producer] Jill Phelps was and as much as I loved working with her, a new broom sweeps clean. Frank comes to this show with fresh eyes, with no disappointments, no frustrations over lost battles. He comes with everything he has to give.”
Jane on the fact that GH has recently remembered Tracy’s mob ties of the past! “It was the biggest thrill when current head writer Ron Carlivati came to GH. I tried for nine years to get Bob Guza to acknowledge that Tracy had been married to a member of the mob in New York and he completely ignored it. But within minutes of Ron getting there he brought it up, and I love him for that! I’m told that they’re going to do a love triangle with Anna Luke and Tracy, and how thrilling would that be? How good is that? In all my years on GH, Tracy has never been in a triangle!
Gotta love Jane Elliot! So who would you like to see Luke Spencer end up with if it’s a choice between Tracy or Anna? Weigh-in!