Note from Katrina: Carolyn forgot to bring her camera and didn't
give me much
to work with in the way of photos of her. Doesn't she look pwetty,
General Hospital Fan Weekend was an entirely different experience for me.
Several factors played into making the experience different; some
personal, some not. Iíve been trying to decide how I feel about the event
but honestly, I canít quite put emotions to it. Funny, I canít seem to
put emotions to much of anything these days. Iím completely emotionally
tapped out. Nothing can take an ounce of emotion out of me these days, so
itís no reflection on the event whatsoever.
been experiencing so major back problems and because of that, I wasnít
functioning at full capacity. Unfortunately this impacted my enjoyment of
the event more than I thought it would. I didnít get to run my ass off as
much as I would have liked.
Everyone attended several events, except me. I went to the pre-party, the
luncheon and about 20 minutes of Ted Kingís event. The rest of my time I
spent nursing my darn back. Iíll start with the pre-party event because
truly, it was the most entertaining for me.
was a big push this year regarding Night Shift. The show debuted the
night of the party and ABC made sure the attendees didnít miss it. Big
screens showed the premiere and a few of the actors showed up. I think.
Iím not really sure because I didnít pay a whole lot of attention to them
at the time. Actually, I didnít even see the premiere. I didnít last the
whole party. Thereís a three hour time difference between Atlanta and
Studio City and at 9PM Pacific Time my body decided it was done. Iíve
learned to listen to my body.
Several actors showed up for the party and though I didnít get to see all
of them, I did have the opportunity to talk to a few (and check out a few
others). Hereís what my thoughts:
Sebastian Roche (Mr. Craig/Jerry Jax) showed up, almost hand in hand with
Annie Wersching. My first thought was ďHmmÖlooks like theyíre a couple.Ē
Katrina noticed the same thing but I never received any confirmation so
for now, itís just a thought.
did notice was how these two looked. TV does absolutely nothing for
either of them. Sebastian Roche was truly Ďhotí. Not Ďattractiveí, not
Ďgood lookingí but Ďhotí. His gait, his posture and basically everything
else about him all balled up into one amazing piece of work. Iím not the
only one who thought that either. Upon their arrival the guy was sucked
up into the crowd and I didnít see him until the next day.
Wersching is absolutely adorable. My TV doesnít do anything for her. The
show doesnít either. Her character is supposed to be nasty so I imagine
they try to down play her looks but in person sheís really just stunning.
Great hair and a beautiful smile. Of course sheís a stick but not so much
that she looks aneroxic. She really brightened the room when she walked
in. I lost track of her quickly also but I think she was carried along
with the Sebastian Roche crowd.
funniest part of the night was when Josh Duhon (Logan Hayes) walked in.
He came right through the main entrance and was immediately surrounded by
at least 30 fans. Sucked right up into a circle of sweaty, excited women
(and maybe a few men, too). I ran in to grab him and pulled him over
toward a table (so he could stand behind it and not be consumed by the
ravaging fan herd). I made sure to tell him, ďYou canít just come walking
in the main entrance!Ē and his totally stunned, totally overwhelmed reply
was, ďI didnít know! I didnít know!Ē He looked like a deer about to be
sent flying off the road by a MAC truck. Poor guy. Jim Warren quickly
scooped him up from me and deposited him safely behind a table. Yes, I
was a bit peeved. Itís not often I get to drag a younger man around by
his arm and Jim blew the flame off of my match quickly.
Shortly after that I was directed by someone to take another newbie to a
table and stand guard. Darn it. I hate having to pay attention to cute,
young men. This time I was Jason Gehardtís body guard. Ha. Thatís
funny! Poor guy had the same expression on his face as Josh Duhon. Iíve
never seen the whites of someoneís eyes as clearly as I did that night!
course Iím not really a body guard. I like to call myself a ďline naziĒ.
My job was to make sure the line moved quickly and no one stepped out of
line (figuratively and literally). Jason, being new to the whole fan
experience, was as gracious as they come; taking time with each fan for
autographs, conversation and multiple pictures. I tried to explain to
him to move quickly; say hello, scrawl his name on some paper and pose
quickly for the camera. About fifteen minutes into the line, I think he
started to get the picture. Fans continued to take longer and longer with
him, some having to pause mid-sentence to wipe the drool off of their
chin. Pictures went from one or two to five, six and one girl even ten!
Fans referred to him as ďCoopĒ and ďCooperĒ and several let him know they
didnít want him wasting his time on that slut, Maxie.
continued to tell him not to talk too much because honestly, some of the
fans can get a bit over-excited and forget heís actually NOT Cooper
Barrett and Maxie isnít really his girlfriend. He figured that out soon
enough. The whole time he referred to ďCooperĒ in conversation such as,
ďI donít know why Cooperís still with Maxie but Iím not the one writing
the story, so I just have to do what Iím told.Ē Some got it, some didnít.
tried to drive the point home and continued to suggest he make it brief
but friendly. I know he didnít want to appear rude and was genuinely
appreciative of the fan response but honestly, I was getting frustrated.
His line was huge and I was missing out on a whole lot of partying!
Eventually he was approached by a fan that was a bit off kilter and he
finally realized this Carolyn chick might be right. I tried to get him to
put that in writing so I could show everyone who thinks Iím wrong all the
time (mostly my family) but he was just too busy. He thanked me over and
over and I got all big egoíed and proud of myself. I admit it, I was
quite proud to be able to fill in a newbie on the ways of life as an
Death played M C all night and did his best to sing but the poor guy was
sicker than a dog. Iím talking about Ignacio here in case you donít get
the ďMr. DeathĒ reference. Heís got a full time gig on Ghost Whisperer
this fall as Melindaís brother. You know, the one she never knew she
had. Very soapy storyline! Ignacio (or Nacho as most called him) is
still genuine and just nice as can be. I give him a lot of credit for
standing up in front of the fans and singing his heart out when his voice
wasnít interested in participating.
caught a quick glimpse of Lindze Letherman (who Iím almost certain has
made a few additions to her figure) and Scott Clifton (his band performed
and for the few minutes I heard, sounded great). Other than them, Iím not
sure who else showed up. I ended up heading back to the room and it was
lights out within minutes. Kathy came in and we chatted briefly and then
it was lights out again.
course I didnít take a camera to CA so I have absolutely no pictures of
anyone but Starr and Kathy took tons and are far better at that than I, so
look for their pictures on the site.
fill you in on the next few days soon.
a few more tidbits from the GHFCW to share so instead of wasting anymore
of your time, letís just get right to it.
lunches with at least ten of the actors were auctioned off at the event
for $12,000. The cash went to actor-supported charities. Iíd tell which
charities and which actors but I canít remember. Ask Kathy or Katrina.
Theyíve got better memories than I do!
Hearst is a good eater. While hanging out with my new best friend Paula,
(I absolutely L-O-V-E love this woman!) he had a really disgusting looking
snack of something healthy like cottage cheese and yogurt. Iím not sure
what it was but I know I wouldnít eat it! Good for him. Must be how he
keeps his svelte shape.
Biggest line of the event award goes to this guy, Bradford Anderson.
Chicks really dig this guy. By the way, heís currently filming ďAmerican
Pie Presents: Beta HouseĒ. I bet thatís a lot of fun! Check him out
here in a picture from his other movie, ďCartsĒ.
Braun showed up for a quick hello at Ted Kingís event. I didnít see her
but I hear she looks great.
Cash plays Pokemon on his Nintendo every second heís got free.
Morris (the GHFC president) has lost weight the tried and true way and
looks great. Especially in her tiara.
Masters King has a really nice Ďmale friendí. He was quite shocked at the
fan response to the actors. Dating a soap actor is a lot different than
being a soap fan, thatís for sure!
Kimberly McCullough is so much prettier in real life than on TV. Iím not
sure if the show down plays her looks (like they seem to do with a few
other characters) but TV really just doesnít do her any justice. Her hair
is second to Laura Wright in my book.
vets who attended the event all seemed to be happy to see the fans and
enjoyed their time with them. John York, (I consider him a vet but others
may not) was just as nice as always and I swear, if I didnít see him with
several fans, one would think heís totally enamored with each person who
came to his table. He just has that kind charisma going on, you know? He
probably eats just like Rick Hearst because I donít think thereís an ounce
of fat on that guy whatsoever. And go figure, he looks great with that
salt and pepper hair. Oh, to be his wifeÖ
Rebecca Herbst has been doing this so long sheís in tune with her fans.
She called several fans in her line by name, asked them about specific
things in their lives and was genuinely happy to see them. Heck, I canít
even remember my neighborís names half the time, let alone a bunch of
people I rarely see!
Ingle is set for live in the good health wishes department. Everyone was
glad to see heís okay and his incident at the Emmyís wasnít too serious.
Whether the incident was serious or not, Mr. Ingle responded graciously
and treated it like it wasnít even an issue.
Between you and me, I
think Ignacio wanted to keep the tiara. (wink!)
Thatís all for now.
Iíll follow up with more later! Have a great week!