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Sunday, October 23, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
GH Fantasy "I Want More" - New Jersey
Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ
Pictures & Narrative by Nikky
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Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH; ex-Ian, Days;
ex-James, B&B; ex-Greg, AMC; ex-Joshua, PC), Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan, GH), Sonya Eddy
(Epiphany, GH), Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht, GH), Rick Hearst (Ric, GH;
ex-Whip, B&B; ex-Carter, Y&R; ex-Alan-Michael, GL; ex-Scotty, Days); Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH),
Jeffrey Parise (ex-Joe/Carlos, GH), & Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix, GH)
October 23, 2016 I attended a new General Hospital Fantasy Weekend event called
"I Want More." Like other GH Fantasy Weekend events, there were three different
ticket types. The Platinum which included a meet and greet along with the Q&A.
The VIP included a group picture along with the Q&A. The General included only
the Q&A. Of course, I picked Platinum.
This event consisted of eight actors the fans feel are not nearly on screen
enough – Jeffrey Vincent Parise (ex-Joe Rivera/ex-Carlos Rivera), Rick Hearst
(Ric Lansing), Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix
DuBois), Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson), Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht), Ian
Buchanan (ex-Duke Lavery) and filling in for Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) who
couldn't make it, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos). This event was held at the
lovely Wilshire Grand Hotel located in West Orange, NJ.
Like other GH Fantasy Events, this one started with the meet and greet.
Since there were eight actors, four were put at a table on each side of the
room. This made for a little tight moving around; however, everyone made it
First up was Bryan. In order to make things move along a bit, Bryan first
came out to sign autographs. This worked till people needed their pictures with
him. He came back to take pictures, but I wasn't able to really chat with him.
Next up was Jeff. He remembered me from LA. I had a small magnet for him of
us from LA, and he said he liked it. He actually was wearing the same shirt and
vest so we joked he hadn't changed (clothes) since GHFCW. I told him he has to
come back (to GH) that the third time's the charm. He said maybe they (Joe and
Carlos) are triplets. I said but Joe isn't dead. He said maybe Joe can come
back worse than Carlos.
Third was Carolyn. This was my first time meeting her, she is great! I told
her it might be a little embarrassing, but I used to watch (the Disney Channel
show) Jessie, and I loved her on the show. She said it's not embarrassing at
all, and she loved the character.
At my final first set of actors was Rick. I asked him about working on "The
Vampire Diaries." He said it was good, Ian (Somerhalder, Damon, The Vampire
Diaries) I told him it looked like he was in the previews for the next episode.
It was time to head to the other side of the room. Marc was up first. He had
moved away from the table in order to make things go a little more quickly. He
also remembered me from LA. He said the Country Jamboree was so much fun. I
agreed and said I hope they do it again.
Sonya was up next. She couldn't stop gushing about my Shutterfly book from
GHFCW. When we took the picture, she said I needed it to make another book.
Kathleen was third in line. I thanked her for following me on Twitter, and
she thanked me for following her.
Saving the best for last was Ian. He remembered me and gave me a hug. He
asked me my Twitter handle. He has a relative whose Twitter handle is similar
to mine, and he thinks it's his relative when I tweet. I gave him pictures from
the last event I saw him at and said I couldn't write him since he's not on the
show anymore. He said I still can, they send him his mail twice a month. I
promised to send him pictures from this event.
After an hour break while fans who purchased VIP or general admission tickets
arrived, the Q&A began. Rick came out first. He joked that he was Ric
Lansing's dad (as he has grey hair now). He talked about moving to Atlanta and
being on "The Vampire Diaries" which aired on October 28. He said he's only in
the beginning, so be sure to tune in as soon as the show starts. Rick soon
brought everyone else out and they talked a bit about what they are working on.
A few questions included what their favorite scene was. Someone asked if the
hospital would re-open soon and all actors hoped so. A fan mentioned that the
writing seemed like the show was ending. That is why the writers do it, so you
A fan asked why characters' names are said all the time. Carolyn said it's
because there is a new view every day. Ian said it goes back to the days of
when soaps were on the radio, since you couldn't see who was who. Once soaps
started on TV, most of the viewers were housewives who were doing chores and
only listening to the show. A fan asked who Jeff likes playing better, Carlos
or Joe. The answer was a very quick Carlos.
A girl had a sweatshirt with a picture of Bryan on it. Bryan said he wanted
to have his picture taken with her. Someone asked Sonya to sing and she sang a
bit of "You Are Not Alone."
Marc will be on NCIS Los Angeles on October 30. He talked about working with
LL Cool J, who goes by Todd on set. He also talked about working with Chris
O'Donnell. Linda Hunt was not on set when Marc was. The actors said if fans
want to see something, we have to tweet about it.
Carolyn said she hides food in drawers. Jeff swore during the live show. A
fan asked if they used to watch soaps. Marc said he did one summer with his
grandmother. Jeff used to watch Guiding Light.
Sonya's mom watched GH and just about freaked out when Sonya told her she
landed a role on the soap. Sonya and Kathleen laugh a lot on set which was very
evident at the event. Kathleen laughed so much it was hard to get pictures of
All too soon the Q&A was over. There was a raffle which consisted of a
selfie with the stars, tickets to GH Fantasy in April and a signed picture.
There was also an auction to spend time with the stars back stage. Last up was
the group selfie which I was fairly close to the front so I made some of them!
Another great fan event comes to an end. I enjoyed seeing actors we don't
see nearly enough on screen and hope there is another "I Want More" event soon.
Dino & Sonya Eddy (Epiphany, GH)
Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht, GH)
Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix, GH)
Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan, GH)
Jeffrey Parise (ex-Joe/Carlos, GH)
Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH)
Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH; ex-Ian, Days; ex-James, B&B;
ex-Greg, AMC; ex-Joshua, PC)
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