While the big returns keep coming on General Hospital, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, the one story that has massive emotional heart behind it is the budding romance of single widowed dad, Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and the fumbling, loveable student nurse, Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo).
As the Nurses’ Ball draws closer there are a couple of big questions … will the dashing doctor admit he just might be head over heels for the girl with so much love in her heart to give to both Patrick and his daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer)? But then there is always that big soap opera spoiler! Could the very much alive fan favorite Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough) somehow, against all odds, be making her way back to Port Charles to be with the man she loves and their little girl?
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Jason Thompson ask him his thoughts on where Patrick stands with Sabrina, what if there is a Robin sighting, and what is it like being one of the leading actors on a legacy show such as General Hospital, as we countdown to the anniversary episode and the Nurses’ Ball. Here is what Jason had to say about it all!
How do you like working with Teresa Castillo? She has been doing an incredible job! Do you think it’s going to be hard for people to accept you with anyone else on-screen romantically other than Kimberly McCullough, because people love Patrick and Robin so much?
JASON: Yeah, and I don’t know if that will ever kind of go away. But, Teresa has been great. If you know her, she is nothing like that character, so it’s been a challenge for her. It has been really fun to watch her work. The last month, Sabrina has kind of been coming out of her shell a little bit. It has been really wonderful to see more of who she is. Patrick and Sabrina are getting more comfortable with each other too. We had those scenes in the church that were really fun and touching, and now that the Nurses’ Ball is upon us … we will see what happens.
So, do you think Patrick might be just smitten with Sabrina when she finally gets glammed up for the Nurses’ Ball? I think Patrick loves her already, but he can’t quite admit it to himself.
JASON: I think he does love her, and I think he just might be smitten. She is very familiar to him, and in a way that Robin was in that she is a really good person. That’s hard to find in Port Charles. (Laughs) As Patrick can attest, he has found some crazy ones along the way! (Laughs)
Now many fans are hoping that somehow, someway Robin will make it to the Nurses’ Ball and will finally be reunited with Patrick and their daughter, Emma. I know you won’t spill, but what do you think of that set-up; just as Sabrina and Patrick get closer? (Laughs)
JASON: Maybe, I don’t know! (Laughs) But this has all been fun.
This is the 50 year celebration of one of the most iconic soaps of them all, General Hospital … and you are a part of it! What does that mean for you as an actor, and to play a beloved character on a show such as this?
JASON: We were shooting the actual 50 year episode, and our executive producer Frank Valentini comes up to me and goes, “This is it. This is the episode.” And I was like, “Holy cow!” I looked at my script for the day, and I don’t know how it’s going to edit together, but Patrick is taking some interns on tour of the hospital and he is showing them around and telling them the history of Dr. Hardy. It kind of got to me. I was thinking, “Oh my God. I am part of this!” It is amazing to be a part of something like this, and to feel that the Patrick Drake character has become part of this show after so long. For me personally, it doesn’t matter what happens to me in my career, this is a very special moment.
The on-screen relationship between Patrick and his little girl, Emma is so adorable to watch. You and Brooklyn have made viewers care so much about the well-being of this father/daughter duo! How is it working with this future Younger Actress Daytime Emmy winner?
JASON: It’s been an amazing relationship that we have, and it’s very fun to play scenes with Brooklyn, because she is real and great. I feel I am probably at my best when I am doing scenes with her. For whatever reason, I feel I am at home with her, and I don’t have to be doing anything. We just sit there and say our lines. It’s nice and comfortable. There is no other “stuff” going on. Brooklyn has been such a welcome addition to playing the character of Emma. She started on the show when she was almost four, and now she is just over six. She is becoming a little actress, and she takes direction amazingly well. You can give her pink pages! Frank Valentini will say to her, “When you say this … go to the door, turn around, and say this and then walk out.” And Brooklyn will go, “OK.” I don’t think that she has ever dropped a line! Actually, wait. A few days ago she actually dropped a line, and we were having fun with her with it going, “Oh, it finally happened!” (Laughs) But seriously, that was the first time she ever messed up a line in two years!
So GH fans, are you rooting for Patrick and Sabrina to come together for the Nurses’ Ball? Do you think Robin will show up for the 50th anniversary of General Hospital? What do you think of the performances of Jason Thompson, Teresa Castillo and Brooklyn Rae Silzer? Let us know your thoughts?