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83 August 23rd, 2016 GH’s Jon Lindstrom Talks On Working With Genie Francis In The Kevin & Laura Romance!

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On General Hospital it has been rumored for a long time that soap icon Genie Francis (Laura) would have a new love interest after years of being in a romantic entanglement with Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) or Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner).

Whatever leading man would be Genie’s next on-screen flame would follow in the footsteps of those iconic pairings.  Enter GH stalwart Jon Lindstrom, who for decades has been on and off the long-running daytime drama series as Dr. Kevin Collins.   Since Kevin and Laura have found themselves in a set of circumstances that has brought them close together and a first date was at hand, many fans have begun to give their stamp of approval for this most unlikely, but sweet and genuine pairing.

On-Air On-Soaps recently got a few comments from Lindstrom during GHFCW on what he thought of his new leading lady, being back at GH with more story, and the latest on his real life wife, soap favorite Cady McClain directorial efforts.

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Lindstrom expressed joy at being back at GH, and the exploits of the Cassadine Island adventure: “I always enjoy coming back … what’s not to like?  I got shot, I’m working with Genie Francis, and I traveled half the world and back already. (Laughs)  I love coming back to GH. I have so many friends there and the crew.  So, it’s always like a party to me when I return to the show. e so many friends there and the crew.  So, it’s always like a party to me when I return to the show.”

As for being teamed in a romantic story with Genie Francis, Jon related: “Working with Genie is awesome.  When I found out I was going to be working with her I was like ‘What? Me!?  But Genie wanted a storyline and somebody to work with, and I have known Genie off and on for 20 years.  However, I have never had the opportunity to work with her.  I’ve always liked her and we have always got along.   She has been one of my favorite people on the set, but on top of that she is a phenomenal actress.  Genie is so talented, and an actress of real depth.   All I have to do is learn my lines and shut up and listen.   That’s all I have to do.  I’m having a great time.”

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Would Jon like to see Kevin and Laura be a lasting long-term duo on GH? “You know, at my age, if you’re not Kevin Costner or Bill Paxton, your happy to have a gig.  This is a gig that I have always liked, so I will probably take whatever they throw at me.  If they pitch, I will catch.”

Proud of the other lady in his orbit, real life wife Cady McClain, Lindstrom shared news on her latest project, which is very famous to soap fans: “Cady just finished directing some episodes of Venice the Series.  She was asked by Crystal Chappell to act in the new season, and she said, ‘I would love to, but I would really like too direct!’  So, she and Crystal basically shared directing duties on the first half of the fifth season.  And I have to say, Cady did an amazing job.  I went out on location and watched it for a while, and Cady is a gifted director”.

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McClain who created and performed the social media character of  Suzy F*cking Homemaker, and posted several hilarious videos, Lindstrom revealed he gets the biggest kick out of:  “Ah!  I wish Cady would do more of those.  I would sit there and watch her do her thing.  I would be the one holding the Iphone capturing it.  A lot of them she would just do by herself and hold the phone …. by herself.   It’s so hard for me not to laugh when she is that character, but I go, “That’s my wife!” (Laughs)  She just cracks me up!”

So, are you enjoying the Kevin and Laura romance on GH?  Do you like the on-screen chemistry of Jon and Genie Francis?  What did you think of his comments on his co-star, and his real life wife?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Ellen says:

    Love Genie and Jon

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    Celia replied

    Yeah, Ellen….they’re so cute together….and fun. I enjoy their interaction so much.

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    Helen Conboy replied

    They are Fabulous together never thought I would love anyone else with Jon Lindstrom except for Lynn Herring but I was so wrong! Genie & John are incredible together! Hope it’s a long term romance!

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    Celia replied

    I really love Lucy, as well. I wish she’d me more present and relevant.

    Frank replied

    I love Lynn Herring, but Kevin belongs with Laura. They have great chemistry together. Lucy needs a new man, sorry no Scotty Baldwin. bring back Sigmund the duck lol.

    Jhill replied

    I so agree with you, Helen Conboy! I NEVER thought that I would love anyone else with Laura but Luke. I was wrong. Genie and Jon ARE incredible together. It’s not Luke and Laura nor is it Kevin and Lucy. If you go into it comparing, then you’ll be disappointed. THIS is a second-chance, mature love on GH. THIS pairing is what that looks like. They are doing this relationship “old school” and I like that. They started as friends. There is genuine caring and a spark has lit. I hope it’s an enduring relationship too. Genie and Jon both deserve that, at this point. Bravo GH for an AWESOME and believable pairing.

    Ces replied

    Me too!!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    So great to watch masters at work . They are obviously having fun and I am having fun–what more can I ask?
    I notice the timing of their lines for maximum effect–it’s just so great. The pregnant pauses, the looks, the raised eyebrows, the underplaying of it all. Wow! Am I impressed (and in hog heaven–one more time)!

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    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree Nancy!

    Jhill replied

    Yes to all that you said, Nancy Dillingham! Perfect description: MASTERS at work. THAT is the two of them. Their feelings are subtle at this point. It takes time to hit the mark of YOWZAH! However, I’m at the “WOW” point! Never would have believed I could move on from Luke and Laura, but Tony’s very vocal feelings about all of it helped me lay the dream down of a HEA on-screen for the couple. Now, I just want Genie to have a good story and a wonderful love affair. I think she’s found that in Kevin. I truly enjoy the pairing of Genie and Jon together. They play off one another beautifully!

  2. Taylor says:

    FAB actor, FAB human…

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  3. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Kevin and Laura are one of the shows best moments…now if Laura marries Kevin she will be Laura Collins-on Dark Shadows Diana Millay played Laura Collins…on GH, Laura was married to Luke Spencer…on Days Laura Horton’s maiden name was Laura Spencer…so two of Genie’s character names (if she marries Kevin)were character names on two other soaps as well-lol

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  4. randy says:

    not really feeling the laurkev yet,,,hopefully when the relationship turns a lil romantic sparks will fly,,,genie has ben at her best even in this rediculous cassidine plot,,its ben done and done,,,why couldnt the writers come up with something a lil more real and alluring for genie,,,maybe they get pass theis cassidine plot ill be able to move on with them,,,just nice to have genie on my screen so ill shut up and stop complaining,,,

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  5. Gloria says:

    I am very happy to see Jon back at GH, with hopefully better material than they’ve given him in recent years. I would love to see him and Genie have a love story, but I hope the writers give it some meat, some edge. These are two talented actors – don’t turn them into a stuffy old couple!! I watched him on TRUE DETECTIVE 2 and it was cool to see him in a different role. Dr. Collins aways plays the good guy, the square!!

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    jlh replied

    Well…not always. Don’t forget that he played Kevin’s serial killer twin Ryan Chamberlain! I won’t be a happy viewer if he turns out to be the hospital serial killer… :(

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    Gloria replied

    He was with Laura when Valerie got knocked out, so I’m guessing he’s covered on that front! I wasn’t a regular viewer during the Chamberlain days. There was a point I had to choose one soap to focus on (for lack of time to watch all three!), and that was OLTL. Once that tanked, I came back to GH. It helped bringing several of my favorite actors over too.

    jen replied

    Wasn’t he in CI when the murders happened?

    Gloria replied

    I really don’t think he’s the guy. I’m leaning toward Paul Hornsby since they added the cufflink clue.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Yes! Was surprised to see him on True Detective! What a departure from the good doc…he was graeat. I didn’t see Kevin at all. Good for Jon. Fine actor!

    And yes to jIh. was just thinking about his dual role. I don’t remember watching back then…maybe caught a few episodes but I do recall he played two roles! Whatever happened to his twin? If he’s still alive you may be right! Great guess! And if there are still two…we wouldn’t lose Kevin…his brother might just be impersonating him!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Just looked up the background. So Kevin’s twin is dead…and Kevin had also gone through a stalker phase after being injected with drugs…hmmm. Could his twin be alive? Can
    Kevin be having some sort of dual personality split? I think it would be great if his brother is somehow alive and lurking around…if it was Kevin that means he and Laura are just a tease as would be Jon’s return.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Gloria, I don’t think Tue.’s performances turned them into anything resembling “stuffy and old,” do you? And wasn’t it nice to see Genie(Laura) turn the tables on Kevin–and egg him on? So funny and sweet and romantic!

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    Gloria replied

    Oh, I’m not caught up yet! Good I hope they have chemistry!

    Rebecca1 replied

    I hope it’s not Paul. I’ve grown to really like him!

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  6. Shelly says:

    Love them! One of the few bright spots on GH right now!

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  7. su0000 says:

    Kevin and Laura are not having a romantic anything..
    They are ok, but not romantic..
    everything on Cassidine Island was not near romantic nor was their 1st date …
    GH has been so rotten that the slightest hint of anything gets a big whoopie lol ..
    but– it is still to come for the wouldbe couple.
    and— with a lot of luck perhaps they will become intriguing and interesting, time will tell..

    (( nothing on Cassadine Island was inester/intriguing, so it’s ok …. lol))

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    RichInIowa replied

    Jon Lindstrom: still Hot after all these years

    BTW: why do you watch?

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    su0000 replied

    hi RichInIowa
    Why do you watch the soaps?

    Celia replied

    He’s hot. Despite the fact that he’s old enough to be my father….still, he’s hooot!!

    Jhill replied

    Simple, RichInIowa: Genie Francis. It’s been that way since 1976, SHE brought me to GH. I leave when she leaves. I can’t watch the show without her presence on the landscape. So, I’m thrilled that Laura is back home, and I get to see Genie regularly. She has been sorely missed! For me, Laura is the heart and soul of GH, and the show desperately needs more positive energy/light. Laura is THAT element!

    Celia replied

    They seemed to be going at it hot and heavy to me, in his hotel room today, SuzieQ. What else do you want? Fouble LOL.
    I must admit, though, that ‘Devil’s’ island could be put on file as one of the worst few episodes I have ever seen on GH.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Celia…OH, MOST DEFINITELY!!!!! I think that Jon Lindstrom is a very, very attractive man. His wife Cady McClain is a very, very lucky woman…TOTALLY!!!!!

    Later.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Bite your tongue–again!–su0000! “They are ok, but not romantic”????? Are you watching the same couple that I am watching? No one on GH currently comes close to them in the romantic departtment.
    Su0000, put on those glasses and watch Tuesday’s episode again–do it for me, please! LOL! :) :)

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  8. MissySnow says:

    What an excellent article, Michael.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the amazing Genie and Jon front and center in this storyline and hope the two fall in love. It is nice to see two veteran characters of a certain age (me, too), enjoying life and moving on to the next chapters in their lives.

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    MissySnow replied

    LOL. I mean the characters fall in love and not the actors!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    “Love is timeless, ” right?

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    Les replied

    Yes, absolutely!

  9. Sissy says:

    I’m loving Kevin and Laura! They are precious!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    And saucy and sexy and sweet!

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  10. Stacy says:

    LOVE Kevin and Laura!!! One of the very few couples I actually like together at this point.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    In spades!

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  11. Jimmy says:

    Laura and Kevin are one of the best parts of GH right now. Not only are Genie and Jon both fantastic actors who can handle the deep, raw, meaty material, but the characters are such staples to the canvas, and I’m happy they’ve been paired together.

    It’s much more interesting for me to watch their scenes rather than Nathan and Maxie or Jordan and Andre. There are very few couples on the show right now, and Laure and Kevin are by far the best.

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I completely agree. I like most everyone in the free world got caught up in the Luke & Laura craze. I then stopped somewhere in the mid eighties. I came back to it for the 50th anniversary show and got hooked on the Patrick, Brit, Sabrina storyline. Stayed hooked for a couple of years, but now I could take or leave it. I am enjoying the Laura storyline tuough. My only regret is they are not showing her enough. What a waste of excellent talent. I tuned in a couple of weeks ago and caught Franco with Heather and I was in complete heaven. The powers that be have two wonderful and talented vets who are willing to work, and they are putting Josolin’s doner front and center. Maybe if they charge the pecking order the ratings will start to pick up.

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    Jimmy replied

    I agree with you that there are too many boring characters put on the front burner, while much more interesting characters are sitting on the sidelines without much screen time – and some without any real story, like Scott, Lucy, Bobbie, etc.

    As for the kidney donor story, I think the reason it was so front and center is because it was teased last year when Jake was found alive but never built on until now. It was also the catalyst for Jax returning and Chloe Lanier getting a new role to play, so I’m not complaining.

    Gloria replied

    I am wondering if Nelle is going to turn out to be Nina’s daughter. The character is the right age and certainly looks like she could be related. Maybe that witch Madeline gave the baby away since Nina was in a coma, and of course, would never want Silas to have it.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Jimmy, you say it so well!

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  12. Lucinda says:

    I love Kevin & Laura together as a couple. this coupling took me by surprise to say the least. though I have been a fan of Genie sense she guest stared on FAMILY. I also have my favorite movie LISTEN TO ME & Jon Lindstrom played the reporter in it along with the late Anna Lee. So I’m along for the “Kevin & Laura” Love Story may it continue on & on!!!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Me, too, Lucinda–I saw that episode of Family also–and I’ve been watching and loving and admiring and enjoying Genie ever since.

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  13. DropOut says:

    Love this pairing. They are soap gold. The boards are loving them, too. I hope tptb don’t mess it up, it’s a little concerning that Jon doesn’t know how long term the relationship would be. Maybe the writers are surprised how well this is working. I’m surprised at how much I like them together, but they are such a sweeeeeeet surprise. Please keep this going. Jon is a wonderful actor and Genie is truly a queen in the soap world. They are so well matched.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    “Soap gold”–you are the winner of the best phrase yet to describe the couple. Bravo!

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  14. Letemeatc8ke says:

    So, long time fan of GF. I thinks she’s just an excellent actress which was shown during somenheavy scenes she’s had of late. She elevates whoever she shares scenes with. Loved the ones she shared with Tracy and Liz and Ava and Hayden. And those ladies are talented also. The only one I’m surprisingly not that excited about is Kevin. On paper, one would say yes, let’s bring them together romantically. They’re both attractive people but they lack chemistry and it’s on Kevin’s side. He’s flat. Genie sparkles and is great in every scene. I mean my eyes are on her, even with the Liz scenes and Becky H. is my favorite, so that’s sayi g a lot about GF. I really hope the show is not setting us up for a TG return. It took forever to get rid of him, I just hope he’s not returning. He’s not needed now, nor is he missed. It’s Genie’s turn. All I can say for Kevin is step it up. You’re in the prescence of greatness, a true queen of daytime.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Genie surely sparkles–but I have to disagree with you re Kevin–for me, he is anything but flat–he is deliciously underplaying it to my delight. And the chemistry, for me, is electric.
    Yes, TG? Who he? LOL! LOL! (Yes, we DON”T need him.)

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    Patrick replied

    “whew” thank you Nancy

    Dr. Kevin Collins… is any-thing… but flat

    he may be playing to supporting… but he’s every bit as electric

  15. James R. Poissant says:

    i do love seeing Laura and Kevin together but I still can’t get over Luke and Laura being apart. Back in the day, they were that storybook fantasy that we wish all our characters had. Splitting them up seemed like an unimaginable thing to do and I say this after more than 34 million people tuned in to see Luke and Laura get married. I get that we are supposed to believe that ship sailed a long time ago but there are some things on my stories that do rub me the wrong way even if the new direction is going okay with me.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    James R.,
    I never thought I could EVER get over Luke and Laura either–but TG helped me to do just that with his ugly, unprofessional re Genie’s being on the show–and his callous “killing” of the sweet, funny, romantic, impulsive Luke that I always loved.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    Hey Nancy – I read that Tony Geary sold his house in LA last month. We may never see him again…

    Mary replied

    Nancy, I agree with everything you’ve said. But the truth is that Tony Geary had been trying to put an end to the sweet, funny, romantic, impulsive Luke for a long time. Tony Geary wanted Luke to go darker and edgier. I also believe Tony Geary had also been trying for a long time to put an end to Luke and Laura. From what i’ve head Tony was more than happy being Bill Eckhart in the early 90′s. They had to offer him a sweetheart deal in order to get him to agree to a return of Luke and Laura in 1993 because, in his mind, that story was done. Now Tony has sold his house in LA which says to me he has no intention of returning to the city. His life is now full time in Amsterdam.

  16. Les says:

    I am really enjoying this pairing! Please, please, please do not mess it up TPTB! I am actually tuning back into the show on a regular basis which hasn’t happened in quite some time. As a big Luke and Laura fan, who found it hard to see one without the other, I would now be rooting for Kevin over Luke if he ever came back. THAT is quite the seismic shift for me…

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    nancy dillingham replied

    And, as I said above, a “seismic shift” for me also. It was SO hard SO long to get over Luke and Laura–their story was so indelibly played in classic GH, but I loved the way “Laura” explained it in previous days’ dialogue–and now I’m with you: “Please do not mess it TPTB”! Laura and Kevin, a “classic” pairing!

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    Patrick replied

    isn’t Tracy Looking HOT

    love the new hair color

    she’s sexing it up and glammed OUT

    Patrick replied

    ie: the conversation Laura and Tracy had about Luke at the hospital.

    argh! it pains me that the scripts even include mention of : AG

    does any one think that Dr. Finn and Tracy should… combust ?

    i’d be OK if Hayden and Finn give it an around the world

    better she move on… than pine and wait for Nicholas return

    Rebecca1 replied

    I think Tracy’s been looking fantastic too. I think she either had a neck lift or lost weight which slimmed her face/neck too. She looks great!

    As for Dr. Finn I think he’s headed to Hayden and Ava may be headed to Nicolas…but I’m pissed and confused why Ava would betray Liz and side with Hayden…unless she thinks Hayden will reward her with a diamond…like that might ever happen…or would it??? :)

  17. Mary Lou DeVriendt says:

    I am loving the Laura & Kevin romance. Genie & Jon are such great actors, and the screen lights up whenever they are on. So glad to hear that Cady is directing and keeping busy. I loved her on All My Children. Tad and Dixie were one of the best supercouples of all time. I will never forget.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    “Romance,” yes, “romance”!

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  18. Terry says:

    Well, my preferred pairings are Luke and Laura and Kevin and Lucy, but Laura and Kevin are ok, I guess. Nothing special. I miss special.

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  19. Patrick says:

    this is : with equal measure… a – HOT – pairing

    fans have clamored to the gills… Genie Francis

    Jon Lindstrom… isn’t it fun to dream again

    these two actors have so much presence… together and as their own characters

    that’s saying a lot !

    neither actor outshines or pushes the envelope.

    what’s wrong with a mature sexual relationship ?

    hey! i’ll have one

    no need to push the envelope… all the staples of supercoupledom are on the horizon

    like I once posted… let’s see these two…. alone… cooking dinner and drinking wine

    I think their is a lot of untapped passion.. be it tryst or fighting for …

    2ndly ! get this hottest duo… mixing and double dating… NOW… would be GOOD (for the show )

    with…. Mac and Felicia

    WELCOME BACK Jon Lindstrom

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  20. Laura Champlain says:

    Are you kidding me,I love Kevin & Laura together & I’m loving all their scenes together. Their both nervous but you can see a much stronger Laura then when she was crying after Luke. Thank god AG left so that Genie can finally stand front and center without him constantly having to over shadow her. I love it when she told Tracy if you want Luke then go after him,I’m done with that. She wants a man she can count on to be there for her and allows her to stand on her own to feet. Kevin makes her laugh and is ready for adventure as he told Laura when he showed up in Greece to surprise her. She showed him that life and love are possible again and not to be afraid. Can’t get enough of them and would love a real romance where they get married etc. the whole relationship has me wanting more and has brought me back to #GH I’m a vet lover,these young actors need to go,theirs way to many of them!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I’m a vet lover, also!

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  21. Tivette says:

    LOVE Laura & Kevin! They could be a great anchor couple on GH and I too pray they write “Levin” a really long and solid romance and eventually get them married.

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  22. Kevin O. says:

    I am loving the pairing of Kevin and Laura, one of the few bright spots on GH these days. (I would like to see more interaction between Kevin/Laura and Scotty/Lucy.)

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  23. Rodd says:

    Wouldn’t have thought of putting those two together but it’s working for me. Great actors and it’s a sweet story.

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  24. Iakovos says:

    This romance and these actors are bright spots on the GH canvas. I want to see more. By middle age, we have painful and complicated histories but love can prevail anew. This should be a couple for the ages and made part of the show’s core. Frankly, I want more of their dynamic and less of the over-the-top shenanigans and mob messes.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Amen! “Love CAN prevail anew.”

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  25. jen says:

    Love Laura’s storyline with Kevin! Kevin is such a step up from Luke or Scotty. Jon needs a contract and a long term role. Bring Mac back and renew that friendship.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, and yes, bring Mac back!

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  26. mike says:

    Never would have thought of them together, but they work very well.

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  27. Andy G. says:

    Also loving the Kevin & Laura romance! It’s wonderful (but sadly rare) to see depicted a romantic relationship between two emotionally mature, intelligent adults. The fact that they’re being played by two of the most versatile, subtle, talented actors in the genre doesn’t hurt either!!

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    DropOut replied

    You said it best! The maturity and intelligence is refreshing. Its like a smart rom com. They can do so much with these actors and characters!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I agree–rare, but so wonderful!

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    rose replied

    I just wish the writers didn’t speed the relationship up so much, too soon. Not so interested in “getting it on,” and their first misunderstanding on first date. Rather have been able to bask in the building up of their romance a little while longer. But making up is nice.

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  28. Daphne says:

    I would rather see Lucy and Kevin!

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  29. Kevin O. says:

    Now they just need to give Laura a career. Am I imagining things or did she go off to Paris to study to become a chef? If that’s the case, let her open a restaurant or have Carly let her run the Metro Court restaurant.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, Laura definitely needs a career.

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  30. JMER says:

    Nice interview. I love Scott with Lucy and Laura with Kevin is turning out to be good too.

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