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49 March 6th, 2012 GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn on Cartini, Sexis & the final episodes of OLTL!

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Daytime Emmy winner (and a pre-nominee again this year), General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn talked about the recent head writing and executive producer change at the lone ABC soap that brought One Life to Live’s dream team, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, known now to some as Cartini, to the daytime drama.

During her conversation with Nelson Branco for Soap Opera Unsensored, the outspoken Grahn revealed her thoughts on a myriad of subjects including: if she would be into revisiting an on-screen romantic entanglement with Maurice Benard’s Sonny Corinthos, heralding Garin Wolf when he first began taking over for the head writing position post-Guza, and how she felt One Life to Live went off the airwaves to soap heaven.  Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Nancy on Sexis round two:  “I wouldn’t mind exploring that.   Clearly, Alexis is not the love of Sonny’s life. The problem with Sonny is that he has too many loves of his life!  I don’t think the chemistry between Maurice Benard and Laura Wright works; it’s not the same as it was with Mo and Tamara Braun.  He’s had so many lovers… how many times can he play Romeo? You can’t fight gravity… and I’m not talking about age… I’m talking about the gravity of life.  At some point, Sonny’s going to have to evolve and learn. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again without it destroying your life. Sonny needs something and someone different. The older you get in life, the “in love” aspect of love changes to the “quality of love.” He likes Alexis and respects her more than any other woman in his life. I think that’s important. Sonny respecting a woman has as great a meaning as him being “in love.”’

Nancy on touting Garin Wolf to her soap followers when he promised story for Alexis that never materialized:  “I had every reason to think that he was interested in writing for the character but it never happened.   I’m not saying anything other than that.  It’s just a fact.   I was touting him… and now the fans don’t trust me because I wasn’t on TV for nine months! (Laughs)  Now no one believes anything I say. (Laughs)  You can’t blame a writer all the time. Yes, Bob Guza and I didn’t get along, which is why I never had a story.  Yes, I was wrong about Garin, but my instincts about Ron Carlivati are that he really does want to write for Alexis and probably will.  And that comes from me watching the actresses and women on One Life.”

Nancy on the final episodes of One Life to Live as it bid farewell after 43-years on the air:  “I thought it was great. You could see the energy on the show.  They went out with their head held up high and with dignity.  The other day, I was talking to Michael Easton and we agreed, “When you go down, you have to go down fighting.”  And they did. And, so will we.  We’ve tapped the iceberg… now we’re hoping to steer the ship and get out of these dangerous waters. ”

So soapers, would you be interested in seeing Sonny and Alexis give romance another shot? (Oops, Shot! Watch out Alexis, you know what happened to Kate/Connie!) Let us know!

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  1. Jules says:

    Sounds like a good interview. If Nelson wouldn’t charge money to read his (mostly) filth, I think I’d be curious enough to read the whole thing.

    But please for the love of all that is holy, do NOT pair Sonny with Alexis again. Been there, done that. This isn’t a clothing line of women waiting for the latest shirt to get dirty before the first clean one can have its turn again. ENOUGH. Alone or dead. The only 2 options for Sonny.

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  2. Chantal says:

    NOOOOOO, not Sexis!!! Give us Mac and Alexis… Oh, wait Felicia is coming back. Ok Mac and Alexis ONLY if Frisco is heading to Port Charles :)

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  3. KaShi says:

    I would not like to see Alexis and Sonny. I would like to see Alex and Mac slowly get closer in the wake of him losing Robin. I would like to see her there for him, and for something to slowly build. (We may not have much time-…) For a while I would ilk ego see Sonny not with anyone as Kate gets help (or goes out of town to get help=I’ve had enough of multiple personalities and mob wars.)

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    david replied

    I agree about Alexis and Mac. Their romance would be a refreshing break from the usual violence. Alexis could stand to grow up herself and stop being attracted to bad boys that cause her pain like Sonny. It would be great to see Alexis realize Mac, the nice guy she overlooked, is the man of her dreams, and that Molly was right all along. Both Grahn and York deserve significant storylines.

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  4. lew says:

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Joe says:

    I have no doubt that Ron C. will FINALLY give Nancy a story. She makes a good point with ONE LIFE. There was ALWAYS story aplenty for the over-50 females on that show – Viki, Dorian, Nora, Echo, even Roxy. Here’s hoping Alexis gets out of menopausal storyline Siberia and comes back FRONT & CENTER! Today’s scenes with Carly at the hospital was a start.

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    Debi replied

    I agree. That is what kept me coming back to OLTL. They respect and use there older actors, who are very experienced.

    NO I don’t want to see Alexis with Sonny at all, I would be happy just to see Alexis on a daily basis!

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    lipstickcat replied

    That’s what I loved about OLTL! They had mixed aged actors on the show. GH always seemed to lean towards young actors & that bugged me.

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  6. Atropos22 says:

    I respectfully have to disagree with Ms. Grahn on Maurice Bernard and Laura Wright not having chemistry. I’ve never been a Sonny/Carly fan (ever) but when they had scenes during the hotel hostage crisis, Bernard and Wright’s scenes became one of the unexpected gems of the show. I always thought General Hospital missed the boat by *not* reuniting Sonny and Carly under these 2 actors. In fact, their reunion — along with that of a few other couples — are on my Wish List for General Hospital and I’ve had my fingers crossed that it’s coming down the pike under the new writer and executive producer.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Me too, for a reunion of Sonny and Carly. See my post below at 11:53am. None better paired with Maurice Bernand BESIDES Venesa Marcil is 2nd, Laura Wright.

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  7. Alley says:

    I would love to see Alexis in a romantic relationship, but not with Sonny. NLG is one of the best actors on GH, and she deserves so much better than what she’s gotten in the past few years. I think her best pairing was with Rick Hearst. I wish they’d bring Ric back and right the wrong the writers made in breaking them up.

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  8. Jen says:

    I love Nancy! I think she is right on the money about Sonny having too many loves of his life. I think that happens way too much sometimes on soaps. I think if a couple is interesting enough that they can be kept together without being boring.

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  9. ricardo says:

    nancy lee grahn is a wonderful actress but they dont use her enough. general hospital writers listen to me please. give her a big storyline she needs to be paired with robert scorpio they would be a hot hot couple. mac scorpio belongs with felicia i hope they reunite back together. robin is not dead. she is alive. maybe fiason or helena have her captive. decision time sometime in april for general hospital thats what my sources told me. we hope for the best regarding general hospital being renewed. if its cancelled shame on you abc. cancel the revoution because its boring and pathetic.

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  10. Jen says:

    No, please don’t pair her with Sonny, it’s ancient history. Alexis deserves a really meaty storyline. I wouldn’t rule out a super scorcher with John McB. While I liked the John/Natalie pairing, if she’s not migrating to GH then he needs a love interest in Port Charles, and why not Alexis? His silent brooding might be a fun compliment to her sometime hyper/over analytical personality.

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  11. Debi says:

    What I LOVE about NLG character, is how she thinks about life & romance. Lots of women are at a ‘crossroad’ when they hit 50! (Me for one)
    She is ‘content’ with being alone, yet, there could be plenty of storyline for her which didn’t involve romance.
    I just want to see this great actress more. Daily, in a storyline. Why does it have to be about a man?

    However, with Felicia coming back, could she give Alexis a ‘run for her money’ with Mac?

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  12. Debi says:

    As far as Sonny goes, hasn’t everyone realized Sonny’s greatest love is himself?

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Yes, Sonny is the Erica of of GH. Erica’s greatest love is herself. Now, I’m going to place Erica’s name in the statement Nancy made.

    (Erica’s) had so many lovers… how many times can (she) play Romeo? You can’t fight gravity… and I’m not talking about age… I’m talking about the gravity of life. At some point, (Erica’s) going to have to evolve and learn. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again without it destroying your life. (Erica) needs something and someone different. The older you get in life, the “in love” aspect of love changes to the “quality of love.”

    LOL

    Noone is more in love with themself on any soap more than Erica Kane! Someone should have said Nancy’s words to the writer’s over at AMC. And like Sonny/Maurice, there was a blacklash affect with fans and had repercussions
    on Susan Lucci, the character, and her long deserved Emmy win. At the same time, Sonny is in no way stuck on himself like Erica was. Someone wrote:
    ” Sonny Corinthos can be cold, and hard. But, he can turn around and rip your heart out.” True. For a man to play such a cold an calculating part, he also plays Sonny vulnerable and can go there at any given moment. I feel that’s more realistic to real life personalities. Not like Lucci’s Erica, always on a high, winning. getting the man, self envolved, and wears her ego on her sleeve. That has had a blacklash against Lucci and the character YEARS AGO, but as a DIE HARD Susan/Erica fan I didn’t give it much consideration. I didn’t pay it much mind until I begun not being able to distinguish Erica from Susan. I can always tell Sonny from Maurice, always, in any interview. Fans spoke about it on the site page annoucing Lucci in Gloria Estafan’s video, I agreeed to a… degree (in which you can’t deny) but defended Lucci to industry politic’s and jealousy.

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  13. ethel says:

    i want to see alexis & mac in a meaningful lasting relationship – end of story…………..

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  14. heidi says:

    No… she can have a great story without a guy. Used to like Mac and Alexis but if Felicia is coming back would rather see Mac with her.

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  15. Emily says:

    Always loved Nancy. She’s rgt about Sonny, they have to re-work the loves in his lives and thensome. I liked Alexis w/Ned or Rick, Mac was good too, hope they go back there w/Mac or whomever. Just give Alexis a storyline:) She’s rgt about OLTL and how they wrote for the vets. I loved when Vicki slapped the snot out of Echo (when she caught Charlie cheating on her) and when Nora and Bo reunited. So the proof is in the pudding. They’ll do rgt by Alexis too.

    Sounds like the actors on GH are ready for a good fight! Bravo!!! I’m pull’n for you guys:)

    All the best!!!

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  16. Tina says:

    SEXIS ? AGAIN ?? Umm no thanks. Please please please writers … use your heads … think of a storyline for Alexis … there are soooo many good stories to write for her !!! As for love for Alexis … well I still want her with Mac. They are so great together and Nancy and John J York’s chemistry is great !!

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  17. Maribeth says:

    I love NLG and Alexis, but her with Sonny? No way. They need to find someone (other than Mac) who will challenge her. She is such a strong woman, except in the man department. I hope they find someone for her soon and give her a good storyline because GH is always better when she’s on the screen. AI find it interesting what she said about the lack of chemistry between LR’s Carley and Sonny. She’s right. There is none, they are better off at odds with each other.

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  18. kay killgore says:

    Translation: I want to be paired with Maurice Benard so I can have a storyline! Because from what I see it is all about Sonny again and that is their perogative!!

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  19. 1loveabcsoaps says:

    I love Nancy/ Alexis, but I DONOT want to see her mix back with Sonny. I don’t thimk there is enough physical chemistry to hold the viewer’s interest. As for Maurice not having any chemistry with Laura Wright, I have to respectfully disagree. At least for us the viewer’s they come across as having a great amount of chemistry. In fact, Maurice has had NO BETTER chemistry with any woman other than Venesa/ Brenda, BUT Laura Wright.

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  20. Brian says:

    What I would really like to see… a court case where she goes up against Nora Buchanan !!!

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    Emily replied

    Oh, that’s a good 1!

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, That would be Great…! I love both of these woman. Love them, love them. No Fluff, no phony, just plane ole good acting, and enjoyment of their character’s without the fluff and phoniness.

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    Brian replied

    I have just read your comment to my second posting of the day… and i am happy that you approve of this suggestion, as I am sure many people thought this when they read Nancy’s comments.

    david replied

    Great idea! Alexis can defend Sonny against the murder of Cole and Hope and Nora can prosecute (except Hillary has signed with B & B). If Nora can’t do it, what about Tea (Florencia Lozano) acting as prosecutor?

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    Brian replied

    I would welcome Tea with big open arms too. Love them both.

    barbara t replied

    to bad, nora is a headshrinker now,I would love to see nora and alexis or nora and diane in a courtroom battle,and what would top that off ? tia ,throwing the court room doors open, screaming ,my client has evidence that ,who ever they are arguing about is innocent,one life to live best court room dramas.

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  21. kay killgore says:

    I like Laura Wright also, so much that I am visting her winery in California for my B-Day, I went to her website and nothing but Kudos for their wine! I respect people who know this industry and venture out and do other things. To me she has made Carly tolerable.I think if they want to pair someone with Alexis bring back Rick.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    I like Laura as Carly, and I agree with you, she has made Carly tolerable. I didn’t care for Sarah Brown and Tamara OPPOSITE Maurice/Sonny. Not at all…, especially Sarah. Tamara was obviously the most tempered Carly, the BEST behaved. But Laura compliments him BETTER and BEST on screne, and her acting abilities have lived up to the standards that Sarah Brown set for Carly, followed by Tamara. Yes, the pretty girl too (Laura) can act.

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  22. MK says:

    I love NLG, but as her character had story over the last 5 yrs, Bobbie, Monica, Lesley and Audrey have been Back burnered. I will love to see more Alexis and Diane but not at the expense of the ladies that have made GH for the Last 35 plus years!

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  23. Kelly Garner says:

    I don’t want her with Sonny. I want her with Sam’s father!!!!! I want him to be her greatest love. I really hope they explore that storyline soon, it could also result in really nice SamLexis scenes.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Great idea? Who is Sam’s father. Wasn’t it a 1st love or some boy Alexes said?

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    barbara t replied

    wasnt sams father some kid at the school alexis went to when she was a kid ?her father put sam up for adoption ,I heard a daddy for sam could be around the corner .it should be .give alexis a good story and a father for sam.

  24. KMB says:

    The pairing I always dreamed of seeing for Alexis is the pairing that Guza would never do, and that was Jax and Alexis. Their chemistry was so strong and their love and dedication to each other was wonderful. “Jaxis” actually had many fans rooting for them and hoping that someday they would actually be paired romantically. Sadly, Guza and his team just never gave it a chance.

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  25. Christy says:

    Sonny & Alexis were fun to watch…. the first time! But it would not be the same, a second time around. Back then, Alexis was nervous to be around Sonny, a lot of the attraction came from not really knowing who Sonny was, more like just the idea of who he was… plus those eyes and dimples! :-) But now she has had her eyes opened, wide open, to who he is and what his life is like and how he treats people over time… and they have a grown child. It is completely different when they’re in a room alone now. That giddiness she got around him before is complete gone.

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    1loaveabcsoaps replied

    Nothing like those eyes and dimples, dark hair and eyebrows, SAME with Venesa Marcil. Those eyes, her dimples, dark hair and eyebrows. Those two had so much chemistry. I’m sure if Maurice wasn’t already married, he and Venesa would of hooked up. Do U remember how they use to look at one another, how Venesa would look at Maurice? Sorry, I’ve seen her in other shows with men, she didn’t look at other men like that, not even Jax. They had REAL CHEMISTRY and was/are good friends, in real life. Didn’t hurt that both of them were so beautiful and are the MOST BEAUTIFUL soap opera couple EVER!!!! And the Hottest…!

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  26. Melissa says:

    Nora v. Alexis…now THAT would be a really great episode!

    I’m hoping that they either bring Melissa Archer on board, or hire someone to play the part of Natalie, as well as Lliam. McBain just got his family back…they need to have them together. Plus, Easton and Archer play so well together!

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  27. Emily says:

    They’re using Nancy like they used Tea and Nora, a lawyer that’s present on the show, gets some air time:) I wonder who’s the prosecuting lawyer, Diane? THink NLG’s prayers have been answered.

    NLG looks great, great actress. Remembered her from Santa Barbara–when i was 1st introduced to her talents:)

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  28. Bonnie says:

    I want to see the menapause storyline back,,, it can not be over with. I would love to see Alexis with Ned again or Ric

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  29. barbara t says:

    with john mcbain heading to town ,alexis may be out of a job,all the crime in port charles will be over with ,ok,at least the killings wont be on for the whole hour,hey maybe she can spend more time with her kids and maybe bring christina back from college.

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  30. Edna Barefoot says:

    I think Alexis & Sonny would make a SUPER couple.

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  31. Deb says:

    Alexis needs a new man in her life as in a new character.

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    Debi replied

    ditto. I agree. Its not happening with Mac.

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  32. waybackfan says:

    i don’t think alexis needs to be with a man, at all. of the ones currently on screen or from the past array of characters, the only one i could see having a chance at all is ewan. he’s smart, caring, and it looks like he’s not related to her at this point. and she’s always needed a shrink. lol

    really though, alexis is too smart for men. especially soap opera men. she only gives in when her hormones are overwhelmingly drawn to someone, and (probably because of her horrible background) it’s always to a horrible person. she knows that. she’s fine, in fact, better off alone.

    they should bring stefan back from the dead so she has someone intelligent and interesting to talk to, (and for MANY other reasons), but she doesn’t need a romance.

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  33. martine says:

    love sonny and alexis

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