What is it about Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) that has General Hospital viewers wanting more? TV Guide's Michael Logan gets the skinny from the dimpled dapper don, Maurice Bernard.
TV Guide Magazine: What is it about these two ridiculously dysfunctional characters that so transfixes the audience?
Benard: Despite all their problems and their crazy history, there is a very real and deep love between Sonny and Brenda and the audience sees that. The fans want to believe that kind of love is still possible these days. We're talking about two really screwed up people who are both there for each other. They take care of each other in a way no one else can. Both are really fragile. Sonny tries to play tough and all that but underneath he is really just a scared little boy. They understand each other because they're both so damaged. I think a lot of that comes from how Vanessa and I feel about each other as people.
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How great is this. General Hospital is celebrating the wedding of Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) with an entire week of chats. In addition to Bernard and Marcil Giovinazzo, GH’s Steve Burton, Laura Wright and Kimberly McCullough are scheduled to take part. The chats, which start at 3 PM EST at ABC.com, are part of a week-long event called “Watch with the General Hospital Cast.” To join in on the chat, beginning February 21, visit www.abc.com/ghchat.
I only wish they'd done this for Luke (Anthony Geary) and Tracy's (Jane Elliott) wedding. I'd have loved to asked what they think of their character's rocky, yet loving relationship.
Find out which days your favorite GH star will be chatting live after the jump! READ MORE
You'll know his character is somehow associated with what happens at the wedding, but just how he's connected won't be immediately revealed.
Shocked, dismayed, sad, disappointed, angry, heartbroken — I’m experiencing a full body of emotions, all due to the ridiculous firing of Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) from General Hospital. I know, some—maybe most—will jump to the conclusion that my dismay is due to my love of all things Liason, the unforgettable romantic pairing featuring Herbst’s Liz and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), and I won’t lie, that definitely plays a part, but I have been having a love affair with the character of Elizabeth Webber since long before she fell for Jason. In fact, I've loved Liz and Herbst since they first popped up in Port Charles back in 1997.
Elizabeth’s storylines over the past 13 years have made her one of my all-time favorite soap opera characters, while Herbst's performances in those storylines resulted in her becoming one of my favorite daytime actresses. "Bad" Lizzie Webber was a force to be reckoned with when she first showed up at Audrey’s (Rachel Ames). You just couldn’t help but root for the underdog, little sister over the more “perfect” Sarah.
When GH scribe Michele Val Jean made the decision to write a brutal rape storyline for the character of Liz, Herbst’s acting choices —not to mention the elegant writing—transformed her into a fan favorite, which she’s been ever since. Who could ever forget a shattered and broken Elizabeth crawling out of those bushes, only to be found by Lucky (Jonathan Jackson)? READ MORE
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: In 1993 you took the role of Sonny on GH. How did that part come about? Did you want to do another soap at that point?
Maurice Benard:I actually didn't want to do another soap but I had run out of money! I was studying acting like crazy at that time. But GH came up so I went in and met with them. I didn't want to sign a long-term contract. There were two roles - Damian, a mob guy with a two year contract, and Sonny, the head of a night club which was a six month role. So, I said I liked Sonny because I liked the name and it was a short-term part.
When it comes to just one character or a select group of characters monopolizing a show no one does it better than General Hospital. For years fans complained about a lack of balance across the canvas. While GH has done better job at spreading the love across Port Charles’s characters in recent years, all it takes is a quick read of comments here at Daytime Confidential or one of the many popular soap forums to quickly realize that while improvements have been made, some things rarely change with this particular soap opera.