Gold Star: Hayley Erin (Kiki)
Hayley Erin tapped into Kiki’s strength
GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kiki was through playing the victim and determined to handle her harasser the right way! Even as Ava, Bensch and Griffin pushed her buttons, Hayley Erin never let Kiki lose focus on what was at stake — and the actress’ commitment earned her this week’s Gold Star.
With her story about to hit the newspapers, Kiki claimed she was ready for whatever was coming — which was good, because a lot was coming! First, she couldn’t shake Ava. Forced to recount Bensch’s harassment, Kiki gritted her teeth and laid it out quickly and impatiently. Naturally, Ava kept pushing and making it all about her own feelings… until Kiki finally broke and accused her mother of using sex as “a strategy and a weapon.” Her matter-of-fact tone made the hit land hard, and Kiki’s anger was only beginning to build. With online trolls attacking her, Kiki trashed Ava for being the type of woman who undermines the legitimacy of harassment claims like hers. “I can’t with you,” she sniffed — and while her mother’s insistence that Griffin had changed her stopped Kiki in
her tracks, her guilt over having slept with him wasn’t enough to move her to agree.
Later, caught alone by Bensch, a wideeyed Kiki backed herself against the lockers and gulped. As he pretended to empathize, however, his audacity seemed to turn her to steel. Eying him with disgust, Kiki refused his “friendly” overtures, and when he slammed his hand into the lockers to stop her, she didn’t flinch. She simply demanded he get out of her way. Instead, the doctor leaned in and suggested it would be mutually beneficial if she didn’t implicate him. Kiki didn’t interrupt, but as soon as he shut up, she leaned in herself and said, “Let’s cut the crap.”
Erin didn’t set her character loose on Bensch until he referenced Kiki’s “mixed signals” again. Enraged yet still controlled, Kiki listed his abuses and promised to be the one who’d put an end to him. “Lucky winner, I guess,” she shrugged, her voice ice as she informed him she was taking legal action. Kiki was way past backing down. In fact, she was invading his space now. So Bensch started leveling threats and they seemed to be hitting their mark… until Griffin walked in and attacked!
Hear Her Roar
Once Kiki pulled Griffin off, Bensch taunted them, but her eyes answered him with a challenge. Left alone with Griffin, she took a moment to steel herself again. Confessing that she’d distanced herself from him “for my mom’s sake,” the seething fury that had boiled just beneath the surface with Ava and Bensch was replaced by a sense of sadness and regret. Empowered by the women who were supporting her, Kiki claimed she didn’t need or want Griffin’s help… but her eyes made it clear that wasn’t entirely true. With Griffin dumbfounded, we found ourselves cheering Kiki’s conviction — and Erin’s performance!
Don’t let the smile fool you: Erin’s Kiki is no pushover!