General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Reminisces on “Sexis”

MIchael Fairman recently caught up with one of my absolute favorite actresses ever, Nancy Lee "Julia Wainright Capwell Capwell Capwell" Grahn for Michael Fairman Soaps and the two recalled the  popular Sexis—Sonny and Alexis— pairing on General Hospital.

MICHAEL:  Of the men on “GH”, who would you like to see Alexis romantically linked with? What about an Alexis/Sonny redux?

 NANCY : I don’t think there is anyone on the canvas right now for Alexis. I thought the most interesting time I had as an actor was working with Maurice Benard (Sonny). That was the most believable story for me, and it was how relationships really are. They are not perfect. They are complicated, and in life, sometimes one likes one more than the other. I don’t think Alexis was as ever connected to anyone as she was to Sonny. I think she gets him completely. They are not the love of each other lives romantically, but there is this bond that I would like to see explored more. I mean, they are not right for each other, but the depth of their relationship, I think is what is interesting. That was the most realistic relationship, but that was also the only time they explored a relationship with Alexis.

MICHAEL: I remember rooting for Sonny and Alexis!

NANCY : I have to say it was really popular. It was a ratings getter, if I recall. It’s because, we are both equally matched as actors being competent to work together. It was interesting. There was nobody dummied up or dummied down, and for a lot of reasons, it looked like this kind of relationship could happen and I liked the complexity of it.

Sigh. Once upon a time when GH was good!

8 Responses

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    I’d have to tell Nancy, I completely disagree with her assertion that the Sonny-Alexis pairing did not dumb her down AND up!! I’m sorry, he’s a common thug and she’s an intelligent woman, who was turned into another bimbo conquest when paired with Sonny. She deserved an A listed pairing and at the time Luke Spencer would have been more complimentary to her talent. Granted, the Luke of today wouldn’t do her any good, but back then, definitely! She’d have even been better off paired with Mac Scorpio, underutilized, but he’s an A list counterpart.

    Sonny has never come off as a smart man, it’s always been his dain bramaged side kick Jason that always seems to have the intelligent idea’s. The Alexis, Emily pairing with Sonny was never believable because of the fact they had to bimbo up these characters. Just like putting Elizabeth with Jason, she’s not THAT kind of woman and it’s not believable!!

    Sam, Claudia, Carly… those women fit the bill. They are street smart, but not necc.intelligent women. I’ve always applauded the Diane Miller character for seeing Sonny for what he is and saying it!

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    Ned was Alexis’s best pairing. Jax and Ric were both decent. Raynor has potential. Sonny was the all time worse. Sorry for disagreeing with you NLG – you are still one of my favs.

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    I have to agree with the comments here, the only time Alexis because a stupid bimbo was with Sonny. All rational thought went out her head. She wasn’t funny or charming but became this crazy woman because of Sonny. Now I will admit I love Sexis only for the fact those two were good actors together.

    Maurice B phones in his stuff except when paired with a good actor and with Nancy, they were great. But the writing for Alexis falling for a man like Sonny made her look stupid. Ned was her best pairing and the Ned/Alexis/Jax/Chloe storyline was one of her best. So was the Eddie’s Angels storyline. Everything she did with Stefan was excellent. The scene in the airport where Stefan was going to ask Alexis for some key and she just gave it to him no questions asked because of how much she loved him was so cute. When Alexis was going up against Katherine for Stefan nnd Nik sake, that was great. Her friendships with Felicia/Chloe/V was good. Everything about Alexis was awesome until she got with Sonny. Then she went crazy.

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    Man, is she ever wrong. LOL No disrespect to NLG but is she nuts?

    Her best pairing, at least character-wise, was with Ned. It always made sense that the gatekeepers of the most dysfunctional families on GH would hook up. They were very compatible and weren’t hard on the eyes. I wish they’d bring Wally back … first cause that means more Q’s back on the show and second, so Alexis can have somebody intelligent to talk to other than Diane.

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    I would have to agree with you. At this time Alexis lost most of her sense to bed down a thug. I disliked the writing for her at this time as it was, this was when she kept having nervous attacks constantly, the relationship with Ned became about that photo of her rear end one of his groupies took of her, it was a mess.

    The main man I liked her with was Jax.

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