General Hospital’s Vanessa Marcil: “I’ll Play Brenda on The Weekends If They Want Me To!”





With Sonny's (Maurice Benard) love life once again in shambles on General Hospital, is there any chance The Goddess might arise from the foam? ABC Soaps In Depth caught up with Vanessa Marcil about what it would take to bring Brenda Barrett home this time around.

Here's a snippet from the chat:

"We're always trying to work something out," she says. "Even if I'm committed to something else, I will always come visit."

And later in the piece:

"I'll play Brenda on the weekends if they want me to!" 


For more of Marcil's chat, pick up the May 26 issue of ABC Soaps In Depth. Would you like to see Brenda return to Port Charles to face off with Ava Jerome (Maura West) and/or Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) over the Dimpled Don? Sound off in the comments!

Photo credit: ABC

18 Responses

  1. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    I’ll be scared to have Brenda back. I can just imagine how they would write her. Look at what has happened to Carly and Sam! It would free Sonny from Holivia but I’m just scared Brenda would come back and start stalking Nathan

  2. Avatar of GHfan1122
    GHfan1122

    If she isnt going to commit to atleast 2 years then i dont think she should stay. just look at kimberly mccllough when she returned for a small stint, everyone hated how the character left so there isnt a really good storyline if she just drops by once in awhile.

  3. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    As always, no offense to this woman’s many fans. I have never seen anything appealing about her from an acting or character perspective. If she comes back it will be a case of “Do we really have to? Can she take Sonny off canvas and not come back? Period?”. She’s gotten to be annoying like the KMc back and forth although I personally think Robin is more relevant to the canvas than Brenda….. 0:)

  4. Avatar of doubleageorge
    doubleageorge

    Sadly Brenda has become a throw-away character. Different regimes have totally ruined any characterization she once had. I’m sorry unless an actor/actress can commit to a lengthy contract, we don’t need them on GH. What we need on GH is well planned, long story that weaves through the entire canvas, not these pocket stories that are so random and sporadic that no-one is invested in them. I love Robin to death, but she shouldn’t have come back.Patrick suddenly wanting to leave her just makes zero sense. Besides I’ll gladly take Maura West 5 days a week versus having Brenda back.

  5. Avatar of Stendu
    Stendu

    This would make me a happy man.

    The character was better written the two weeks she returned last year then she was for the year she came back in 2010.

    I just want Robin and Brenda there at the same time, they always miss each other…figure it out!

    I just feel we need the mid-90′s better represented. Karen, Jagger, Julia, Lois…I feel Ron has stopped at 1992.

  6. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    I also never understood the fascination with Brenda. I mean she’s a good actress but thats it. When everybody, like Spinelli, went gaga over her being a cover model, I was like eh. Is she beautiful? Yes. Is she the prettiest on GH? No.
    I could name you 4 actresses on GH that are hotter. Doesnt mean they have the acting chops but are hotter.

  7. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=doubleageorge]Sadly Brenda has become a throw-away character. Different regimes have totally ruined any characterization she once had. I’m sorry unless an actor/actress can commit to a lengthy contract, we don’t need them on GH. What we need on GH is well planned, long story that weaves through the entire canvas, not these pocket stories that are so random and sporadic that no-one is invested in them. Besides I’ll gladly take Maura West 5 days a week versus having Brenda back.[/quote]

    SO MUCH thoughtful commentary on this thread. Yes, it’s hard to take this seriously and then break down the details and how/when/why Brenda would/should return. You first start out with:

    With shitty writing this like, it just becomes a big stunt and is a bad idea. Won’t be executed well. I can see why many oppose certain characters returning. Guza did F up Brenda’s last arc b/c it was that whole isolated Balkan storyline w/some added backstory thrown in, which ALSO had her with her w/her latest paramour — who did a few episodes only, forget the actor’s name. THEN the constant DZ propping, i resented Dante being in her orbit as well. Also loved Adrienne Barbeau’s entire stint — i thought her acting was a huge surprise that year — and i LOVED the Sonny/Brenda wedding tho i may have been in the minority on that one!

    That being said, I think the ONLY way to make Sonny interesting is for Brenda to come back. Pairing him with Ava The Killer isn’t the answer and AT BEST is strictly for plot purposes. But imo you’d also need Jax back onscreen as well. And wouldn’t it be great to release Carly/LW from Franco jail?

    Who would’ve thought with all these killer actresses on at the same time I would be so totally underwhelmed (which is an understatement)? It’s b/c it all starts on the page, and all Ron is currently doing is writing outlandish cartoon stories driven by plot and no character.

    Ava has eaten this show so badly I don’t even enjoy Maura West!

  8. Avatar of Stendu
    Stendu

    I see a lot of people talking about Vanessa’s acting and the character of Brenda…

    I have and always will be the biggest Vanessa fan there is. I don’t even need to explain my obsession. However, I can see both sides as to why she has become such a legacy character.

    First, she was written during a time when GH was at one of it’s peaks and she was created by an amazing writer. That within itself is a huge perk in being iconic and having longevity in the soap world.

    Also, you have to remember she was part of, if not the greatest soap triangles in the history of daytime.

    So yes, maybe her acting isn’t on the caliber of Sarah Brown’s was or even Nancy Lee Grahn, but her storyline for almost 10 years straight was nonstop perfection in my book. If anything, it is a reminder that it’s hard to create new exciting characters and have them leave a lasting impression.

    Sonny or Jax…it’s hard to deny that she made a lasting impact on a huge part of General Hospital history.

  9. Avatar of jeremy in chicago
    jeremy in chicago

    I think if I hadn’t been a superfan in the early-mid 90′s, I might not even like VM/Brenda. I’m not sure. Her recent visits have been less than fulfilling. But… I will ALWAYS be a diehard VM/Brenda freak at heart. Actually, sometimes I loathe Brenda (especially as written by *cough* certain scribes). But Vanessa is a powerhouse. And there is no question that Sonny/Brenda is the best match either character has ever experienced. Carly comes a close second with Sonny, but only because of Sarah Brown. Brenda/Sonny is pure b/c it’s always been the same two actors. Their connection as actors has never been rivaled.

    Having said all that, I agree that unless she can commit for a year at least, she shouldn’t come back. I’d love to see her come back now and mix it up with Ava, Nina, etc. But is she NEEDED? No.

  10. Avatar of doubleageorge
    doubleageorge

    I agree Brenda and Sonny seem like a no-brainer pairing wise, but I don’t know if it would be possible to write a believable “reconciliation” story line at this point. Both characters have changed so much, and done so many out of character things. Brenda’s last stay ruined Jax IMO as he basically chose her over the more obvious choice Carly, without any real explanation. Then having him just up and leave her was so stupid and unnecessary.

    However I do take you to task for saying Ava isn’t enjoyable. She conveys more emotion and raw talent with her eyes and mannerisms than Kelly M did during her entire “My baby died” story line with Todd back a while ago. She deserves to be a lead actress on GH along with Jane E and Finola H. We need strong power houses that can act and garner story lines worth tuning into. Laura W could fill this role, but lets face it Carly is so white washed that she’s unrecognizable. I say send her away to the nut farm and let her return in a few months refreshed and ready to right the wrongs of her terrible terrible characterization over the past year… without Franco obviously. Ok enough of my ranting LOL I just love Ava end of story.

  11. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=jeremy in chicago]I think if I hadn’t been a superfan in the early-mid 90′s, I might not even like VM/Brenda. I’m not sure. Her recent visits have been less than fulfilling. But… I will ALWAYS be a diehard VM/Brenda freak at heart. Actually, sometimes I loathe Brenda (especially as written by *cough* certain scribes). But Vanessa is a powerhouse. And there is no question that Sonny/Brenda is the best match either character has ever experienced. Carly comes a close second with Sonny, but only because of Sarah Brown. Brenda/Sonny is pure b/c it’s always been the same two actors. Their connection as actors has never been rivaled. [/quote]

    THIS! Well said. Vanessa — no matter what digs are made at the actress — can be sad and soulful IN A HEARTBEAT, and that is what brings me back for more every time. And you can tell how much she loves mixing it up with MoBe; they are improvising constantly in their scenes. They both come alive. But when you have a head writer writing garbage more suitable for teenagers, i don’t wish that on my worst enemy!

  12. Avatar of MBVMGFan
    MBVMGFan

    Yes, yes yes, a thousand times yes! :) I want Vanessa and Brenda back on GH long term, and I want Sonny and Brenda reunited. The writers laid the groundwork for a reunion before Brenda left last time, and the writing for her during Vanessa’s last visit was decent. I would love if Brenda came back and surprised Sonny with the child they conceived after they were married. I’ve always hated that given how fertile Sonny is, he has no children with Brenda, the only woman with whom he should have children. Sonny is a hot mess right now. He saved Brenda in Rome, now it’s her turn to come back and save him as only she can.

  13. Avatar of MBVMGFan
    MBVMGFan

    [quote=DaytimeFan0001]What does that even mean? On the weekends? Like she’s either too busy to make it on set, or it’s not even a priority?[/quote]

    Perhaps the point is she’ll play Brenda whenever GH asks.

    People who are too busy to do something don’t usually say they’re “always trying to work something out” or that they’ll “always come visit” even if they have other commitments.

Leave a Reply