Kelly Monaco is about to heat up the screen on primetime as she makes her return to “Dancing with the Stars,” but it appears her daytime life will be filled with plenty of drama too as the Jason-Sam-John love triangle continues to take shape on “General Hospital.”
“It’s one of those embarrassment of riches things because Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco have chemistry and Kelly and Michael Easton have great chemistry,” “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini recently told AccessHollywood.com at an ABC party at the Television Critics Association summer tour.
After a bit of a cool down in the Sam-John chemistry of late, things heated up on Monday for the pair as Kelly’s Sam consoled Michael’s character, John, after his wife, Natalie left him.
Although there’s been just a kiss for the two characters, so far, even Michael said he’s aware the little gestures between Sam and John has been heating up the summer soap screen.
“Kelly and I were talking about it. It’s a strange storyline for daytime, it’s almost moving at like a Merchant-Ivory film pace, where small gestures are very important,” Michael told Access at TCAs. “When you don’t have a lot and you can’t just start making out or going to bed, it becomes about small gestures, it’s sort of like ‘Remains of the Day,’ or ‘Age of Innocence,’ where a touch means something.”
Michael said he’s felt the chemistry with Kelly when their two characters meet on screen.
“One thing about working with Kelly, you have that very sort of hyperactive sense of, if she touches you, you feel it. Whereas maybe [with] another actor, if they were maybe to do the same thing, brush against [you], it’d either feel contrived or you might disregard it, but I think every time I feel a closeness with her, it registers in some way,” he said.
While there are plenty of fans hoping for a Sam-John romance, just as many want to see Kelly’s Sam and Steve Burton’s Jason repair their broken relationship.
Steve, however, isn’t sure how it will turn out.
“I don’t,” Steve replied when Access asked him if he knows where the story line is going. “I think Ron [Carlivati, ‘GH’s’ head writer] and Frank want to keep people either rooting for one couple or the other. So it’s totally, ‘Are Jason and Sam gonna get back together? It looks like they are and then something happens. It looks like they are and then something else happens.’ And then I go confide in Elizabeth and something happens and she’s with McBain and something happens. It’s definitely interesting and it’s definitely mixed everything up.”
The Elizabeth equation on “General Hospital” has been coming into play more and more on the show, and Steve brought up that potential when Access asked the actor if he thinks Jason has a soul mate.
“I don’t know. I mean… I feel being with Elizabeth and having a child with her, there’s a connection there. I don’t think it was ever fully explored and then with Sam… the story wasn’t told so we don’t know. So with Sam, obviously we know that these two are together an d they’re alike and they love each other and they’re married and they have a life together and then, you know, now another dead kid and now we’re in trouble,” he said.
And for fans of Jason and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Frank hinted there is more interaction between those two characters in the cards.
“Yes, we’re obviously exploring that… Becky and Steve are just magnetic,” Frank told Access. “And it’s a different kind of love, it’s a friendship love, it’s an eternal love. It has so many prongs to it that’s interesting for the writers to write. And also, on the flip side, Jason and Sam have the same kind of thing — their love is a little bit more on fire.”
-- Jolie Lash