One of the biggest questions raised all the time by One Life to Live and General Hospital fans is, where is Natalie? After all, John (Michael Easton) and Natalie, and their son Liam, had just gotten together on OLTL when the series went off the air. Next, John came over to Port Charles to work on some cases and originally to get revenge on Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). While all of that was going down, John became close and attracted to Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco), and from there the story continued. Now with Natalie and John on the outs, and Jason presumed “dead”, that could pave the way for a John/Sam pairing, that could then spark a fiery red head to come to town, if the powers-that-be decide to finally bring fan favorite, Melissa Archer (Natalie) to General Hospital!
Melissa Archer spoke to Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now about life post-Llanview, and how she initially felt not being chosen to head over to General Hospital with her long-time co-star Michael Easton, and if she would still consider coming on to the now lone ABC soap, should they come a-calling. Here are some excerpts!
Archer had this to say on why she has not been approached to join Easton and some of her former cast mates now at General Hospital citing: “I thought it was neat and made a lot of sense for the specific characters they chose to take over there to drive story. I’m not one to get offended easily over storylines and jobs; it’s about the overall good of the project. Whatever they’re doing now seems to be working and that’s awesome because that’s what the genre needs. They’re not going to bring me on just to say, “Hey, we brought Natalie on!” It wouldn’t make any sense. They have to take care of other things first. They have to utilize what they have. Michael and Kelly Monaco had amazing chemistry on Port Charles, so why not try to utilize that and go with that? If you had it once, you’re gonna have it again.”
As far as if GH should come calling to bring Natalie finally to the canvas, Archer is cautiously optimistic stating: “And you never know what the future brings. It could be a year from now and you’ll find out Natalie coming in to shake things up. I love Frank Valentini (EP, General Hospital) and all the actors there, so I am always welcome to talking about things. I have faith in the people running the show that they know what they’re doing. I’m not one to close the door on anything.”
So soapers, are you upset over not seeing John, Natalie, and Liam, all together in Port Charles? Do you think its better to construct the story of John and Sam sans Natalie? Or, would you like to see John and Sam get together and have Natalie come in later as a romantic spoiler? Weigh-in!