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Maurice Benard Talks Balancing General Hospital Role with Other Goals

Maurice Benard

General Hospital star Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He loves filming GH, but enjoys being able to venture away from his home turf, too.

He shared his appreciation of GH executive producer Frank Valentini in that regard. Benard told Soaps In Depth:

He’s allowed me to do a lot outside of GH, and a lot of producers don’t. With one producer, I couldn’t even take vacations without saying something six months in advance. It’s cool that Frank’s like that, because I need to do other stuff while I do Sonny. 

That "other stuff" not only includes film and TV, but motivational speaking about mental health. Benard noted:

Obviously, if something great comes along, I would do it. But my goal is to be a motivational speaker. I would love to put together a whole show on mental health — along the lines of what I do in State Of Mind [on Instagram] but with slides and guests.