Gold Star: Matt Cohen (Griffin)
GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Matt Cohen once joked that Griffin’s personal baggage is overflowing with more baggage — and thanks to Ava, he finally got to unpack some of it! With Dr. Sexypriest forced to grapple with his calling and his attraction to his friend, Cohen played his character’s conflict with perfect unevenness to win this week’s Gold Star.
The Fight Of Griffin’s Life
Griffin was uncharacteristically gruff when Ava found him at Volonino’s. After scoffing that losing a kid was part of the job, the doc even yelled, “I’m fine!”
Though he caught himself, Griffin couldn’t pull it together. He stuttered and grumbled angrily, and when Ava pressed him about how he’d become so empathic, he grasped the boxing-ring ropes tensely. But as he recounted how he’d found comfort in religion and then medicine, Cohen let the priest’s defenses soften bit by bit.
A Kiss Before Lying
Naturally, Ava then began wallowing in her own pain, so Cohen tapped into Griff’s signature empathy. Staring into her eyes, he called her beautiful — and when she kissed him, he responded! But then he pulled away, clarifying that she was “a beautiful child of God.” Ouch!
As Ava raged that he was sending mixed signals, Cohen dove into his chemistry with Maura West (Ava). Each time Griffin earnestly rose up to defend his calling, the actor let Ava’s accusations pummel him back into a conflicted pout. By the time she stormed out, the doc looked broken.
To Tell The Truth
Talking to Liz later, Griffin realized he owed Ava more than an apology. With no fight left, he slumped into the chapel pew and admitted that he had to face his feelings. Lucky for Griff, he had Ava to challenge him… and lucky for us, GH had Cohen to take us on the ride!
Cohen made us see how hot under the collar Ava really made Griffin.