Wishful Casting: Ex-Gossip Girl Schemer Kaylee DeFer as General Hospital’s Lulu Spencer Falconeri!





I tell you what, doing Wishful Castings ain't as easy as they used to be! With only four daily soaps left on broadcast TV, and two returning online, we're quickly getting to the point where literally everyone has appeared on every soap.

For the upcoming recast of Lulu Spencer Falconeri on General Hospital, I decided to go out of the daytime soap box. While GH fans have been tweeting and Facebooking me names like Stephanie Gatschet (ex-Tammy, Guiding Light; ex-Madison, All My Children), Martha Madison (ex-Belle, Days of Our Lives; ex-Liz, General Hospital), Jessica Morris (ex-Jen, One Life to Live) and even Jen Lilley (ex-Maxie, GH), none of those ex-soap stars really speak "Lulu" to me. 

The first actress to pop into my head was Cassidy Rae from the short-lived 90's soap Models, Inc. I always thought she was striking and had a young Genie Francis vibe to her. I googled her, only to find out she's in her mid-30's, which could be a bit too mature to play Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura's 20-something baby girl.

The next thespian to come to mind was Kaylee DeFer, the gorgeous scene stealer who portrayed con artist Ivy Dickens on the final two seasons of The CW's Gossip Girl. While DeFer has been booking solid primetime work for years, it certainly wouldn't be the first time Frank Valentini convinced an Upper East Sider to come to daytime. Amanda Setton, anyone? I think DeFer would be a perfect addition to the GH cast and crackle opposite Dominic Zamprogna's Dante.

Who would you cast as Lulu Spencer Falconeri? Sound off in the comments!

28 Responses

  1. Avatar of katehhoward
    katehhoward

    Jamey, darling this would be a divine choice, however it would not happen because GH would not be able to afford my sweet Ivy Dickens.

    Would it be too much of a role for Jen Lilly? Wow a good recast for Lulu off the top of my head is hard. Last night I was thinking about the girl in white. Perhaps she could come back to portray Lulu?

  2. Avatar of mrsa1107
    mrsa1107

    I have a feeling the boys are pushin for a OLTL girl……..
    maybe
    their muse FARAH FATH
    or
    Erin Torpey
    or
    Crystal Hunt
    or
    Terri Colombino

    BUT I was also thinking they’d be wise to consider a CBS gal from GL or ATWT – in hopes of grabbing a new fan!

    Maybe even Mandy Bruno- just needs to bust out the hair bleach!!!!!

  3. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    I would cast Jennifer Landon. But she doesn’t seem to have the best chemistry with that many males on soaps…….

    Jamey, I remember Cassidy Rae from one of the cheesiest Lifetime movies ever, “Lying Eyes.” I remember loving it, though, and buying it back when VHS was still the rage. I still have it somewhere. She’s beautiful, but she’s also 36. I think she’s a bit too long in the tooth.

  4. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    MANDY BRUNO ??? Ah hell to the no! I couldn’t take 3 secs of that bland no-talent, to be blunt…There has GOT to be more out there. And i’m PRAYING it’s not Farrah Fath, God help us all…

  5. Avatar of Danny Ricci
    Danny Ricci

    I wish they wouldn’t recast Lulu. As a matter of fact, I’d write her out entirely. Here’s my thoughts.

    Dante overhears Maxie talking to Frisco about the baby being Spinelli’s. Dante is furious and confronts Maxie. Maxie begs him not to tell Lulu. Dante agrees because he believes the truth would crush Lulu and send her tumbling back to mental instability. When Lulu inevitably finds out, she blows up at Dante and files for divorce. She then leaves town to go beg Dillon for a second chance.

    There are other romantic possibilities for Dante on canvas-Ellie, Sabrina and Britt come to mind. There are possibilities for him off canvas too. Bring Brook Lynn back to compete in the family drama for ELQ. Bring Serena Baldwin on canvas to be a spoiled rich girl interfering in her dad’s plan to marry Laura. There are so many ways this opens up opportunity for GH that they don’t even need to recast.

  6. Avatar of FloridaDreamin
    FloridaDreamin

    I’m rooting for Meridith Hagner! I loved her as Liberty on ATWT and think she could pull off Lulu. Plus she hasn’t been on a soap for a few years so it would be easier to accept her as a recast as opposed to Jen Lilley or someone who has had a recent role we’re familiar with…

  7. Avatar of Freerhythm
    Freerhythm

    If we are REALLY gonna talk about “Wishful Casting,” my vote would be for Hayden Panetierre (will always be Lizzie Spaulding to me), but of course we know that her daytime days are pretty well behind her.

    Since she’s fairly well-placed in Nashville at the moment, and I don’t think that Kristen Bell would be up for it either, here are a few other thoughts for Port Charles’ newest recast resident:

    -Bethany Joy Lenz (ex-Michelle, GL). She was always my favorite Michelle Bauer Santos, although I know many might disagree.

    -Dianna Agron (Quinn, Glee). She deserves more than some guest spots, returning to her high school stomping grounds for musical numbers.

    -Leven Rambin (ex Lily, AMC). I thought that her acting was always superb.

    -Kimberly J. Brown (ex-Marah, GL). It’s been a while since we’ve seen her, but maybe she remembers those lessons learned at Kim Zimmer’s knee

    -Andrea Bowen (ex-Julie, Desperate Housewives). Although she’s not the first person I think of when I imagine LuLu, I do think she’s got more than enough range to handle the complexity of the character, and there’s still something very “young” about her

  8. Avatar of Luke
    Luke

    [quote=mrsa1107]I have a feeling the boys are pushin for a OLTL girl……..
    maybe
    their muse FARAH FATH
    or
    Erin Torpey
    or
    Crystal Hunt
    or
    Terri Colombino

    BUT I was also thinking they’d be wise to consider a CBS gal from GL or ATWT – in hopes of grabbing a new fan!

    Maybe even Mandy Bruno- just needs to bust out the hair bleach!!!!![/quote]

    I don’t see how they could cast Erin Torpey in the role if Todd will be returning to GH. Granted, they don’t have to address that she looks like his niece.

    And I don’t buy any of that conspiracy stuff about them wanting someone from OLTL. But if they did and it was Farah Fath, Lulu would be on FF quicker than you can sneeze. I do not think she is a good actress at all.

  9. Avatar of Ferrari517
    Ferrari517

    My votes for Justin Beiber….he’s fem enough…dye is hair….slap some lipstick on him….he could even sing during the Haunted Star’s busy nights. Hell Tony Geary might be all over that.

  10. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    Luke …we all know how you feel about FF :love: TY she’s horrible.

    Sooooo… deju vu because I just clicked listening to the podcast and BAM there’s your post….hmmmm ;)

  11. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    [quote=Ferrari517]My votes for Justin Beiber….he’s fem enough…dye is hair….slap some lipstick on him….he could even sing during the Haunted Star’s busy nights. Hell Tony Geary might be all over that.[/quote]

    LMAO>>>>Hell if you’re going cast JB as Lulu then recast Laura w\Dee Snider ;)

  12. Avatar of JasamForever
    JasamForever

    I did not like Kaylee on gossip girl so I definitely won’t like her on gh. She is not that good of an actress in my opinion and to be honest she has a bit of a smokers voice and I had a hard time understanding what she was saying the majority of the time.

  13. Avatar of jj1010
    jj1010

    You know, I couldn’t help but think, while watching yesterday’s GH, Erin Hershey would make a great Lulu recast! I know, I know she’s just been on as Alison but Ron has made crazier recasts in the past work and seeing her on my screen again made me realize how much I missed her. Not to mention girl always had crazy chemistry with her costars!! (Jamal, Jack, Caleb, RAFE!)

  14. Avatar of Ferrari517
    Ferrari517

    My Wish List for LuLu:
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Viola Davis
    Jennifer Hudson
    Justin Beiber
    Star Jones

    Could you imagine the looks on Luke and Laura’s face when they walk into the Haunted Star and see that?

  15. Avatar of GHteenybopper
    GHteenybopper

    I hope Farah Fath never shows up on GH, yeah it’s nice for people to have a job, but you can’t go from JMB to Fath, I think even the chick who plays Kristina is even a better actress than Fath would ever be, and that is saying a lot. I’m crushed that JMB is leaving, she is one of the talented younger actresses on GH, sucks that they couldn’t keep her, it’s going to be weird seeing someone else in the role. As for recasts, I don’t even know who would suit the role really :S

  16. Avatar of robertscorpio
    robertscorpio

    [quote=jj1010]You know, I couldn’t help but think, while watching yesterday’s GH, Erin Hershey would make a great Lulu recast! I know, I know she’s just been on as Alison but Ron has made crazier recasts in the past work and seeing her on my screen again made me realize how much I missed her. Not to mention girl always had crazy chemistry with her costars!! (Jamal, Jack, Caleb, RAFE!)[/quote]

    I thought the same thing. Although I didn’t watch Port Charles, the few times that she has been on the GH screen, I liked her. She seems like a competent actress and she seems to be in the same age range as JMB. Darken her hair a little and call it a day. Like you said, Ron has made crazier recasts. lol

  17. Avatar of wasabi
    wasabi

    Please, no Kaylee. She’s likable, but her voice is just irritating in large doses. And no Farah — I liked Gigi, but her acting skills are so limited.

  18. Avatar of Jabot1991
    Jabot1991

    [quote=Daniel St. John]To go away from soap veterans in this recasting I would like to see Miriam McDonald (Emma from Degrassi) in the role.[/quote]
    I LOVED Miriam on Degrassi.. Well my choice is Stephanie Gatschet or Jennifer Landon, I would like Dianna Agron as well

  19. Avatar of mrsa1107
    mrsa1107

    What about the actress who played AMANDA on AMC? She hinted on twitter that she has another project in the works and hopes she can speak about it soon…..made me think maybe she’s taking over the role of Lulu????? They could dye her hair blonde and she may be a good fit???? THOUGHTS??????

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