AF­TER HOURS

Donnell Turner (Curtis) in­vited fans — as well as Vernee Wat­son (Stella) — to dish about Port Charles, life and mar­tial arts

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Feature Interview -

Last year, GH’s Donnell Turner was a bit ner­vous about at­tend­ing his first GHFCW. This year, the hot com­mod­ity who brings Curtis to life hosted his very own event! Truth be told, he was still a bit ner­vous about his Thurs­day-night hang — which had to be bumped to a new time due to a work con­flict. But he had no rea­son to worry. Vernee Wat­son stopped in to help him warm up the crowd, and the two ac­tors had fans rolling in the aisles with sto­ries of Aunt Stella’s cast­ing, their first im­pres­sions of each other and life in Hol­ly­wood. Af­ter the vet­eran ac­tress left, there was quite a bit of in­ter­est in hear­ing more about Turner’s en­tree into act­ing and his mar­tial-arts ex­per­tise. Then it was time for scene study — which meant more laughs as Turner read old GH scripts with fans, let­ting them play Curtis while he hammed it up as other Port Charles lo­cals. Tack on an auc­tion, fly­ing stuffed-an­i­mal gifts and a DJ spin­ning groovy tunes, and Turner’s event was a great way to close out the first night of GHFCW!

“When you work with a young man that looks like Donnell, some­times I do flirt a bit,” Wat­son con­fessed. “But I was so into be­ing Stella that when I dealt with him, I told him to put a shirt on! I never went there with him… ex­cept one day, he said he’s got to go speak at a women’s con­fer­ence. I said, ‘That’s go­ing to be a happy bunch of women!’”

At Wat­son’s au­di­tion, “she walked in the room as Stella, and I im­me­di­ately perked up,” Turner re­called. “It was a wrap. We all knew it was her.”

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