Is General Hospital Recasting Sabrina Santiago?


Could General Hospital be looking to replace Teresa Castillo as Sabrina Santiago? That is the question Soap Opera Digest is asking, since ABC put out a casting call that sounds very similar to Sabrina. Reportedly, GH is looking for:


"Hispanic. 27-33. Beautiful, passionate, dynamic. Originally from Mexico [Sabrina, it should be noted, is a native of Puerto Rico], she has come to Port Charles to pursue a career in medicine." While the show is seeking a recurring player to fill the role, the casting notice asks, "Please only submit actresses that are open to the possibility of a Contract Role as well."

36 Responses

  1. Avatar of tmac
    tmac

    She’s been off-screen for about a month before yesterday’s return. I was thinking maybe she’s having some complications with her real-life pregnancy. That could be the reason for a recast.

  2. Avatar of lostfan
    lostfan

    A recast would be great. Teresa not a good actress, no chemistry with Jason Thompson, so as played by her, character of Sabrina was never a compelling or believable rival of Robin’s for Patrick’s affections.

  3. Avatar of nellie-claire
    nellie-claire

    I love, love love Teresa! I hope that this is for maternity leave only but if Teresa wants to stay home with her baby that is fine too. I wish her well and I think that Teresa is great.

  4. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    Just what this show needs: ANOTHER NEW ACTOR, of course! Dear God, please see the writing on the wall, and shelve this unneeded character. Once accomplished, you’ve only got about 10-15 more to go… :Sp

    I’m busting a gut reading some of the scathing blogs trashing this show that has just ran completely off the rails in 2014…

  5. Avatar of Secrets and Lies
    Secrets and Lies

    Sounds like she’s having a complicated pregnancy and they are looking for a Jen Lilley/Maxie type recast situation where it’s for an indefinite period but Teresa comes back if/when she’s ready. No business would replace a pregnant woman involuntarily because they’d get sued so it must be at Teresa’s request.

  6. Avatar of LauraWrightCrazy
    LauraWrightCrazy

    I like Sabrina. She’s sweet and beautiful. She’s taken a lot of screen time from other actors, yes, but that’s not the actress’ fault. I hope it’s just maternity.. but if not, I’d just as well write her out as she is still a fairly “new” character.

  7. Avatar of maxsmom
    maxsmom

    I have been called overly sensitive a time or 2 in this life but I find this post troubling. The ad is for a Mexican actress aged 27-33 when I’d say Sabrina is maybe 5 years younger than the starting age and yes, Puerto Rican.
    One of my reservations with Britt vs. Sabrina for Patrick’s love was Sabrina was so childlike when Britt is clearly a woman. Sabrina seemed like a teenager with a crush.
    She just graduated nursing school and without any backstory to say otherwise, she should be about 22. The fact that she would babysit professionally pads my case. Patrick should be kissing 40 on the lips in the near future, and I am not saying he is old, but in my family he could be her dad. 0:)

  8. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    @LWW — I wasn’t aware this was GH? ;) Sure doesn’t look, feel or act like GH, but i guess i’m glad SOMEONE’S enjoying it! (check out the serialdrama blog if you have a minute, that about sums it up)

    I’m starting to think all this insanity is coming straight from the top, the new head of Disney/ABC that took Anne Sweeney’s place, Ben Sherwood? The timing’s about right, tho i can’t see Ben Sherwood being a huge fan of 73 year old Donna Mills LOL (No offense to DM, i’m a diehard KL fan!)

  9. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @maxsmom….Sabrina is 28 years old or even possibly 29. When she and Patrick slept together last April she mentioned her age of 27.

    If she were 22 and Patrick 40 (even though 37 year old Jason T. is probably playing about 35) that isn’t a big deal. Once you are out of high school it is hard to date people only in a 4 year range. Can totally see why Sabrina would want Patrick, but never understood why Patrick would want Sabrina the way Teresa played the role. She was too childish.

    Not sure why Re-Ron doesn’t take the opportunity to cut a character loose from an already bloated cast that isn’t working. Let Sabrina have the baby and have it revealed that the baby is Carlos’ and they leave town together or reveal it is Dante and Lulu’s other embryo and she gives the baby to Lante and then leaves town. Or let Sabrina have the baby and then die it a fiery car crash and have Patrick raise the baby on his own…while Robin is off the canvas.

  10. Avatar of maxsmom
    maxsmom

    @nysam: I am paying the penalty for FF, I missed the scene to which you refer. That said, 27 sounds like a writer’s response to the critics rather than the age the actress was directed to play when the character was introduced.

    As for Patrick, he’s been in town for 9 years after college, med school, internship, and residency which by my count makes him 38. And that’s if he came to town immediately following his residency. I think he was summoned by Robin because he already had a genius reputation. Of course I know that soap producers would keep everyone 27-33 forever.

  11. Avatar of liason4real
    liason4real

    I hope TCa is doing well with her pregnancy.

    As for Sabrina, what is the point of hiring a new actor if all the writers need to do IS write the character as 27/28 instead of a tween and stop all of the pimping/propping/princess/fairy crap? Sabrina and Felix are suppose to be around the same age, but Sabrina acts like she’s Emma’s age.

  12. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    Maybe it’s the way the actress plays it, regardless…maybe if she’d stop crossing her arms in every scene like a bratty, hormonal high schooler throwing a hissy. TCa doesn’t CARRY herself like a grown woman, at least not in this role..

  13. Avatar of samIShot
    samIShot

    You all don’t seem to understand that the head writer isn’t the casting director. He is given a cast and must write scripts for them. I am willing to bet that Ron is probably not excited about having 100 characters to balance either.

  14. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    [quote=maxsmom]@nysam: I am paying the penalty for FF, I missed the scene to which you refer. That said, 27 sounds like a writer’s response to the critics rather than the age the actress was directed to play when the character was introduced.

    As for Patrick, he’s been in town for 9 years after college, med school, internship, and residency which by my count makes him 38. And that’s if he came to town immediately following his residency. I think he was summoned by Robin because he already had a genius reputation. Of course I know that soap producers would keep everyone 27-33 forever.[/quote]
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    You are very correct in that assertion. When Sabrina first came on, she was being played like she was 21/22 and never had sex. She was SUPER shy and couldn’t dress. I still remember when she dressed like a grape for that Halloween party. Then all of a sudden Sabrina was 27 and she had plenty of sex before. They completely changed her character after the audience complained it looked like Patrick was banging his 12 yr old babysitter

  15. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @samlshot….you don’t understand how soaps work then. Head writers lay out the story and characters they want to use. The HW creates new characters if he wants to utilize them rather than the current cast.

    The casting director then casts a net for new actors based on the HW needs to tell the story. The casting director submits a character breakdown to agents and managers who represent actors. The actors are submitted with resumes and headshots. The casting director does an initial meeting and reading on tape with potential actors assembling a list of the who they think are the best choices for the role. The casting director reviews the notes with the HW and EP and they determine which actors to screen test with their potential co-star (usually 5 to 10 actors). The EP, HW and network execs decide who gets the role.

    The casting director is simply a minion doing the bidding of the HW. The casting director certainly doesn’t determine the need for a new role.

    Re-Ron is responsible for every new character on the show. The casting director doesn’t dictate story. It’s not their job.

    Re-Ron could write any character off the canvas he wanted to at any time.

  16. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    [quote=samIShot]You all don’t seem to understand that the head writer isn’t the casting director. He is given a cast and must write scripts for them. I am willing to bet that Ron is probably not excited about having 100 characters to balance either.[/quote]
    ____

    No the casting director doesn’t have power like that! He is given (by the head writer and TIIC) the character description, etc and THEN he looks for an actor who fits what the HW or TIIC is looking for. Heck sometimes the HW and TIIC bypass the casting director and chooses who they want. It happened with ALW, with that first Stephen Lars and that chick who played Reese. I truly believed it happened with the guy who plays Nathan West. There is no way that boy got past a casting director!!

  17. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    [quote=IOWAHAWKEYE]Maybe it’s the way the actress plays it, regardless…maybe if she’d stop crossing her arms in every scene like a bratty, hormonal high schooler throwing a hissy. TCa doesn’t CARRY herself like a grown woman, at least not in this role..[/quote]
    ____

    It’s even worst when she gets upset and runs away like a whiny brat. There is a funny gif going around showing her running away after hearing something about Patrick.

    But in all honestly, although I detest this character (funny cause I loved her the first month she was on) I put the blame on Ron. I believe he is the one who told her to play Sabrina like that. I recall an interview he did and he told the lady how the audience is going to love Sabrina. Then when the interviewer told him she was polarizing, he was actually surprised by that. Soon after that when I noticed Sabrina was getting propped by any and everybody on that show. Even random patients were coming up to Patrick singing Sabrina’s praises. Ron didn’t realize that is what made a majority of people hate her and sadly hate Felix.

  18. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    [quote=LauraWrightCrazy]…& you all act like this is the worst soap rewrite EVER… Every week it’s “RERon” & Sabrina & the OLTL 3.. They’re. Here. Let’s move on lol.[/quote]
    ____

    And every week you respond to our comments. So could you please move on!

    What is it about free speech you don’t understand? People have a right to voice their opinion whether it’s good or bad. The most important thing is that people are still watching which means GH ratings will still be high. So stop complaining

  19. Avatar of Lucy D.
    Lucy D.

    [quote=LauraWrightCrazy]…& you all act like this is the worst soap rewrite EVER… Every week it’s “RERon” & Sabrina & the OLTL 3.. They’re. Here. Let’s move on lol.[/quote]

    What you said LWC. Apparently everyone hates GH because there are almost 15 negative comments at Serial Drama. 15!

  20. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    I don’t think with a bloated canvas we would miss Sabrina if she left.

    Most soaps have 25 to 30 contract players and maybe 10 to 15 recurring for a healthy size cast of 40 to 45 characters.

    Look at the GH list below. Did I miss anyone? Every time a newbie utters a line that is a line that could have gone to characters the audience knows and cares about.

    It seems like this is a great time for a good epidemic like Lazza Fever to hit PC or a good water contamination to kill some characters off.

    1) Luke

    2) Bobbie

    3) Lulu

    4) Carly

    5) Lucas

    6) Michael

    7) Morgan

    8) Joselyn

    9) Sonny

    10) Olivia

    11) Dante

    12) Rocco

    13) Alexis

    14) Molly

    15) Sam

    16) Silas

    17) Danny

    18) Rafe

    19) Kiki

    20) Julian

    21) Ava

    22) Carlos

    23) Sabrina

    24) Patrick

    25) Emma

    26) Anna

    27) Duke

    28) Mac

    29) Felicia

    30) Maxie

    31) Lucy

    32) Kevin

    33) Scotty

    34) Franco

    35) Heather

    36) Olbrecht

    37) Britt

    38) Madeline

    39) Nathan

    40) Nicholas

    41) Spencer

    42) Liz

    43) Cameron

    44) Aidan

    45) Monica

    46) Tracy

    47) Alice

    48) Max

    49) Diane

    50) Milo

    51) Carlos

    52) Shawn

    53) Jordan

    54) TJ

    55) Taylor

    56) Epiphany

    57) Felix

    58) Brad

    59) Rick

    60) Victor

    61) Wombat

    and of course the ever returning Legion of Doom….Jerry Jacks, Faison, Helena and Stavros. It’s just a matter of time before they return.

  21. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=LauraWrightCrazy]…& you all act like this is the worst soap rewrite EVER… Every week it’s “RERon” & Sabrina & the OLTL 3.. They’re. Here. Let’s move on lol.[/quote]

    LWC, LWC, LWC. Where do i begin? Do u honestly think the problems with this show begin and end with Re-ron and the OLTL’ers? I guess ur HALF right, mayb they began there LOL. This show has sucked even with Sobrina out of the picture. The OLTL’ers r just a symptom; the actual problem, imo, is that Ron wants to create a whole new show. Unlike OLTL — where the focus still remained on the Lords and the Buchanans (thank God Ron only created one horrendous family, the Fords), he’s not even PRETENDING to support the core families on this show; any pretense of that went out the window with the big “F U” anniversary episode, what a slap in the face!

    Anything memorable in OLTL’s last couple years had ZERO to do with Ron’s creations. GH had a mob element and they’ll continue to exploit that PLUS every cartoon villain he can throw at us. Ron desperately needs a co-writer versed in GH’s history or at the very least HONORS that history and ca write more than one romance at a time.

  22. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    @Lucy re: serialdrama its the actual tone of Mallory’s lead posts more than any of the comments. But when all the feedback is 90% negative one does take pause!

  23. Avatar of LauraWrightCrazy
    LauraWrightCrazy

    IOWAHAWKEYE & logan — I think as a fan it’s just frustrating to come on here and see the bad bad bad.. & you have to admit that for the most part, the posts stem from those 3 topics..

    But, Logan, I do agree with you.. This is a place for us to ALL voice our love and hate for our soaps.. & for that I’m grateful.. & I’m ESPECIALLY grateful that viewers continue to watch, even through the “bad”.. ((Cough cough IOWAHAWKEYE – LOL)

    CHEERS!

  24. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    ^^ I appreciate you and Lucy too, and hopefully CarToony gives ms something to like sooner rather than later! :)

    I was a HUGE Guiding Light fan, and looking back i think overall that show had two and a half of the greatest decades of any soap (the entire 70s, 80s, and almost all of the 90s). But i would much rather a show be put out of its misery before it dies a slow, painful death as it did under Ellen Wheeler…i sincerely hope the same doesn’t happen to GH!

  25. Avatar of Lucy D.
    Lucy D.

    Thanks IowaHawkeye. Respecting one another’s views is what really counts. I don’t agree with most of what you say, but I still read your posts.

    I don’t like everything I see on GH (Sonny, Olivia & Sabrina mostly drive me to tears–not in a good way). But I am grateful for the hour of escape it gives me. Grateful the show is so much better than it was under Guza. Grateful Elizabeth seems to be getting a story.

    As for Serial Drama that tone is Mallory’s schtick. I enjoy it most of the time, but there aren’t enough people on there to show any type of momentum. What I really dislike are the people there (and here) who “hope” the show is cancelled. Anyone who hopes the show is cancelled, shouldn’t bother watching.

  26. Avatar of LauraWrightCrazy
    LauraWrightCrazy

    I bet Ellen Wheeler is sweet as pie..

    ..but GH is no where NEAR being the mess GL was the last few years.

    I just don’t see this big downfall that people are seeing or predicting.

  27. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    @Lucy, yeah Mallory’s site is more of a stream of consciousness thing but i’m pretty on board with her gist of where GH is right now. Michael Easton, for example, his acting style isn’t cut out to be a playing DOCTOR, he needs action swirling around him. He does the laconic/bored/cool thing, but in a snoozy storyline it’s worse than watching paint dry. THE.WORST! Hell,i’d almost wish they’d bring back the vampire story — OMG did i say that out loud? LOL I too am grateful that Liz has a story, and i’m sorry i’m having to miss it right now :(

    @LWC — i dunno. At least Ellen still had the core families featured. The production values were awful and they had Kim Z. in a gunny sack most days, but it didn’t feature gun toting killers as all of its leads…GMAB already with that!

  28. Avatar of jeremy in chicago
    jeremy in chicago

    WHY RECAST this useless drivel? Recasting Robin will be enough to bear. The obvious thing to do is have Sabrina die in childbirth. Then the story becomes Patrick’s guilt and really having to step up, and focusing on his relationship with Emma, but a building resentment toward Robin until she returns. Robin has to come back whether Kimberly wants to do it or not.

  29. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=nysam]Isn’t Lindsay Hartley pushing 40?[/quote]

    W/out commenting on actors’ appearance, my biggest problem with Lindsay Hartley ain’t her age, and isnt it a bit unprofessional to start ur OWN petition for a role??? LOL

  30. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    The character of Sabrina has always been a non-starter for me. There has been nothing about her that is compelling or makes me care for her or any of her situations, be they with Patrick, Britt, or Carlos. Along with the aforementioned Carlos, she has always struck me as superfluous, a plot point that RC has attempted to assign meaning and gravitas to. While I don’t like the idea of anyone losing their job, if TeCa were to be released and her character written off canvas to go back to Puerto Rico, I wouldn’t miss her. She’s a pretty woman but not much more than a competent actress and, for my taste, dull.

    As for the child that Sabrina is carrying, whether it’s actually Patrick’s or not, bring it back if it makes good sense to do so….. 0:)

  31. Avatar of Angie Lucy
    Angie Lucy

    [quote=IOWAHAWKEYE][quote=nysam]Isn’t Lindsay Hartley pushing 40?[/quote]

    W/out commenting on actors’ appearance, my biggest problem with Lindsay Hartley ain’t her age, and isnt it a bit unprofessional to start ur OWN petition for a role??? LOL[/quote]

    Agreed.

    I wouldn’t mind Sabrina as a supporting character, but she doesn’t cut it as a lead character. Why they didn’t put her with Michael I’ll never know. They seem to be in the same age range, and it would be tons better than seeing him with Kiki.

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