The wildly popular Michael Easton, who only gives rare, but substansial interviews, chatted with TV Insider for a look into all the characters he has played over the years on ABC soap operas, and so much more.
Michael, who in his latest soap incarnation is tackling the role of GH’s quirky Dr. Hamilton Finn, talked about his ‘happy’ situation with the soap now, and getting the opportunity to delve into the skin of the self-medicating, seriously ill, infectious disease specialist. In addition, viewers have seen that Finn and Hayden (Rebecca Budig) are becoming quite close! Are these two ABC daytime superstars headed for a sweeping on-screen romance?
Easton also weighed-in on his thoughts on the knifed-in-the-back Silas Clay, and One Life to Live crossover John McBain and how things got murky with Prospect Park’s online reboot of the series. Here are a few interesting excerpts below!
Easton on if there is a large scale romantic story blossoming for Rebecca Budig’s Hayden and his Dr. Finn: “There’s definitely something there, but we’ll take our time and see. The writers still have to resolve the Hayden-Nikolas situation. Now that Tyler Christopher’s not coming back that story is on hold until they figure out what to do. And Finn is still very much hung up on his wife, Reiko, and is wracked with guilt that his obsessiveness with finding a cure to his disease led to her death. So who knows? Another great thing about this go-round is that Jean and Shelly told me up front, ‘We have no idea who we’ll put you with romantically.’ That hit me in the right place. I don’t like it when producers or writers say, ‘We are teaming you with so-and-so, and you two will be the next supercouple.; They don’t get to decide that. They don’t even get a say. The audience decides. But, yeah, so far it seems to be working well with Rebecca Budig, who is so wonderful. She has so much nuance, so many layers to her work.”
Easton if he any part of him wishes he was still playing John McBain, the beloved role which he played on both OLTL and GH: “I never wanted to play McBain on GH. When they asked me to go over there, I wanted to create a new character but they were trying to lure OLTL viewers. They said, ‘No. You have to be McBain.’ And that proved to be a problem right out of the gate, because there was no way McBain would leave his wife and son in Llanview and be a cop in Port Charles.”
Easton on why he turned down reprising McBain on Prospect Park’s online reboot of One Life: “At first I thought, ‘Great, the GH audience will get to see McBain’s life in Llanview that he’s always talking about.’ Then I found out that neither show was coordinating story with the other side, so that none of the writing was going to correspond. At that point I said, ‘This makes no sense. You can’t have the same character playing parallel lives.’ It got too complicated.”
So, what has been your favorite soap role of Michael Easton’s? Are you into Hayden and Finn becoming lovebirds? What did you think of Michael’s comments and thoughts about what went wrong with crossing over John McBain via either GH or Prospect Park? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!