In his new memoir, Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) chronicles his struggle with bipolar disorder and success on the small screen. In a new interview with Smashing Interviews, he discussed what surprising admission from co-star Kin Shriner (Scotty) turned a working relationship into a true friendship.
Benard recalled of his first few weeks on GH:
Yeah. The first few weeks on the show, I had another breakdown, and it was tough. It was very tough. I threatened to kill my wife. It wasn’t … it wasn’t pretty at all.
He also bonded with Shriner over the latter's admission that he has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Benard shared:
I didn’t even know he had OCD. We always make fun of each other on the set, and I’d make fun of his hair, and we’d make fun of whatever. But I didn’t know he had OCD until I went to lunch with him, and he told me. That’s when we became close friends.
The chat also revealed when GH actors are supposed to head back to set:
Smashing Interviews Magazine: Well, the coronavirus pandemic has halted production at General Hospital. When were you told to report back to work?
Maurice Benard: April 30. How long do you think it’s going to last?