At yesterdays’ on set celebration for General Hospital’s Emmy victories at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards including one for Outstanding Drama Series, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) to discuss the possible game-changing kiss between Liz and Jason (Steve Burton), what it means for Liz’s relationship with Ewen (Nathin Butler), and how the talented actress handled losing the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, when many considered her the front-runner. Here is what she had to say about it all below!
Becky on what she thought when she saw the latest kiss in the script between Elizabeth and Jason: “I was of course excited for the Liason group in getting what they want, and hesitant for the JaSam group and what they would say. Deep down, I was hoping the kiss was going to be justifiable and it would not make Elizabeth look like she is chasing Jason again. But the writers did a really good job. I didn’t actually see it, but I remember doing it. I think it worked well. I think it was just a natural “we have been here before” kind of a moment. Jason was hurting and it just happened.
Becky on how she tries to make sense of all the men the GH writers have thrown in Elizabeth’s romantic path over the years from Lucky to Nicholas to Jason to Ewen, and if it is hard for her to justify and portray it: “I have to do a lot of thinking. I have to really think about each scene, and what it is I am after in each scene, and what it is I want to portray. I think with Ewen, he is a great guy. He is doing a good job at wooing Elizabeth. She is not typically the type, as Sam has said, to go after someone. So it’s Ewen that is kind off drawing her in, and then she turns around and she sees Jason! They have so much history there, that it is hard to hide that.
Becky on why she thinks she and Steve Burton have resonated so well, time after time, as Jason and Elizabeth: “There is a reason why the Jason/Elizabeth pairing has been around for so many years and why a fan base has been so loyal. There is a reason for that. ”
Becky on if she was upset or sad at losing the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress: “Oh my goodness, of course I was OK. I had been there, done that. I am OK. Are you kidding? I was so thrilled to be nominated, especially given the fact that I had been let- go by GH that year, and then was nominated. So, to be let-go and Emmy nominated in the same year, that is kind of cool. (Laughs) It’s a little ironic! I was just thrilled with the nomination and happy for Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH). We have been friends for a million years.”
So soapers, what do you think of Becky’s comments on the recent on-screen kiss between Liz and Jason? Are you hoping for a Liason reunion, one more time? Or, do you want to see JaSam win out? And, what did you think about Rebecca losing the Emmy when she turned in the most powerful work of possibly her whole soap career? Let us know!