Son of a gun!

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Feature Interview - — Deanna Barn­ert

in re­cent months, GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL has given Anna a whole new his­tory — not to men­tion a full-grown son! So when Soaps In Depth caught up with Fi­nola Hughes at the Day­time Em­mys gift lounge, we had plenty to talk about!

Like fans, the ac­tress, who made her de­but as Anna back in 1985, is still ad­just­ing to the rev­e­la­tion that her char­ac­ter had a se­cret baby with Fai­son when she was a young and naive up-and-comer. “It’s in­sane,” she ad­mit­ted. “I don’t know how I feel about it, hon­estly. I’m just dis­cov­er­ing it as I go. I lit­er­ally just go day by day and do a lot of fig­ur­ing out what it would feel like.”

Hughes first learned about the plot twist while screen­test­ing young hunks with exec pro­ducer Frank Valen­tini last fall. “I was like, ‘Why am I read­ing with th­ese men, Frank? How is this go­ing to fit into my story?’” she re­counted. “He told me, ‘Oh, it’s your son.’

“‘What?’” she con­tin­ued. “And then he dropped the big bomb with Fai­son. I was in the mid­dle of au­di­tions, so I didn’t re­ally process it. I thought, ‘That will never hap­pen. It’s just au­di­tions.’ And then they cast Wes Ram­sey” as the son in ques­tion, Peter/Hen­rik.

Anna’s New Back­story

With the shock­ing rev­e­la­tion that

Anna once had se­duced Fai­son and wound up preg­nant, GH has proven that it can still sur­prise even the legacy player. “And still sur­prise you guys!” she said with a laugh. “I’m not go­ing to be shy about it. My Twit­ter feed is not happy. It’s been re­ally in­ter­est­ing.”

Some fans have balked at this re­vi­sion of Anna’s his­tory. “But I don’t know that it is a rewrit­ing, ac­tu­ally, be­cause we never dealt with it be­fore,” Hughes in­sisted

— and don’t get her started on the pop­u­lar no­tion that Robert was sup­posed to be Anna’s first. “Can I tell you how ar­chaic that is and how an­noy­ing I find it? I find it very [much a] dou­ble stan­dard. And you can put me on record!”

In The Dark­ness, Light

With Anna fac­ing this dark part of her past, Hughes has played some tough mo­ments. “It’s been a lot re­cently,” she con­ceded. “I try not to make it too heavy… but it is.

“Yet I feel I’m al­lowed to play that line where I can have fun,” she added, “but then I also get to dip my toe into all the stuff that’s go­ing on un­der­neath the sur­face — like with Michael Eas­ton (Finn)!”

Though Tris­tan Rogers’ re­turn as Anna’s ex-hus­band, Robert, has af­forded Hughes the op­por­tu­nity to tem­per her char­ac­ter’s pain with some clas­sic GH ad­ven­ture, all Anna re­ally wants is to take her son into her arms and make it bet­ter. And whether Hen­rik can ad­mit it, he’s on the same page. Alas, they’re not likely to get that mo­ment any­time soon. “No, they’re not,” Hughes sighed.

The Rev­e­la­tion Af­ter Which “Anna Will Be Changed”

What­ever you make of Anna’s newly re­vealed past, the well-planned Peter/ Hen­rik re­veal is sure to shake Port Charles to its core and, with so many ma­jor char­ac­ters af­fected, es­sen­tially blow up the can­vas. “I think,” Hughes sug­gested, “that’s why they’ve writ­ten this, hon­estly.”

Cer­tainly, Anna’s life will be turned up­side-down. And both Hughes and her son’s por­trayer are champ­ing at the bit to dig into the meaty ma­te­rial they both know is com­ing down the pike. “He’s been so ready,” Hughes said of Ram­sey, with a smile. “He went and got the script su­per early, and he was show­ing me stuff.

“Then I read half of it and he took it away from me and read the other half,” she con­tin­ued with a laugh. “So then I called up to re­quest my script, and then it was wait­ing in my box out­side my dress­ing room. I read it im­me­di­ately and was like, ‘Oh, God!’”

Next, it’s likely to be GH view­ers who have that re­ac­tion. “We’re com­ing into the heavy stuff” in the sto­ry­line, Hughes con­firmed. “It’s a lot — and I don’t mean vol­ume! I mean depth. It’s not go­ing to be easy. Even­tu­ally, the truth will out, and from there on in, Anna will be changed.”

Hughes has been im­pressed by her GH son. “I have a great scene part­ner in Wes,” she says.

“Maxie is my god­daugh­ter,” says Hughes in char­ac­ter. “I’d sooner die than let any­thing hap­pen to her!”

Hughes calls long­time lead­ing man Tris­tan Rogers (Scorpio) lovely.

Hughes is glad that she gets to work with Eas­ton dur­ing this dark sto­ry­line. “I couldn’t ask for a bet­ter per­son to bounce a lot of this off,” says the lead­ing lady.

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