Fea­ture In­ter­view: Emme Ry­lan (Lulu)

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Deanna Barn­ert

when Do­minic Zam­progna ex­ited GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL, Dante went un­der­cover with the WSB in the blink of an eye. But Emme Ry­lan, who plays Lulu, ap­pre­ci­ates the farewell that the Fal­coneris got to have. “They gave us a lit­tle mo­ment, and it felt like that mo­ment was hon­est,” she says. “We went into the scenes as Dante and Lulu, and at some point, halfway through, we were cry­ing as our­selves and say­ing good-bye to each other. I was cry­ing so much, I couldn’t even say the lines dur­ing block­ing!”

While she’d love to see Zam­progna re­cur on oc­ca­sion, Ry­lan’s keep­ing an open mind. “Could I be a big­ger hyp­ocrite than if I said, ‘Oh my God, don’t re­cast!’?” chuck­les the ac­tress, who’s taken over three soap roles, in­clud­ing this one. “It’s hard when you’ve been work­ing with some­one for five years. You can never say it would be ‘great’ if they re­cast — be­cause that’s my friend. And can you imag­ine if Dante and Lulu are both re­casts try­ing to recre­ate what two other ac­tors had?

“But it hap­pens a lot, and we’ve seen it work, so I’m go­ing to play what­ever they write,” she con­tin­ues. “I never try to con­trol the sto­ry­line.”

Any­thing Goes!

While up for any­thing, Ry­lan does have one big ask for her char­ac­ter. “Dante leav­ing shakes up Lulu’s world, so I re­ally want us to shake it out,” she says with a grin. “I hope they

write some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent for Lulu. Let her maybe start to un­ravel or panic — be­cause we’ve al­ready seen Lulu as this happy wife and mom.”

Ry­lan is game to go on a Spencer ad­ven­ture, too — or get in­volved in an­other slap­stick bestie ca­per! — to find Lulu’s man. But she’s not nec­es­sar­ily look­ing for a win. “Maybe Lulu will go hunt­ing for Dante and find some­thing that makes it look like he died,” she of­fers. “Or maybe some­thing trau­matic hap­pens, and he’s just not there for her. I don’t know… but I want her to to­tally lose it and be­come a mess be­fore Dom comes back or a re­cast comes in.”

The Hatchet’s Buried… Or Is It?

With Lulu’s hubby off sav­ing the world, Ry­lan still has real-life bestie, Kirsten Storms, to play with. And though she shed some tears for Lulu and Maxie while they were at odds, she was grate­ful for their re­cent feud. “Those scenes where Maxie was rip­ping Lulu apart?” she poses. “I loved that! Ev­ery­one be­ing mad at me? Yes! I be­came an ac­tor to play those mo­ments. As an ac­tor, I want to have peo­ple hate me and love me, and I want to make them cry.”

And in­ter­est­ingly, it’s Maxie who most of­ten gives Ry­lan that op­por­tu­nity. “Ex­cept for the [af­fair with] Va­lerie thing,

Do­minic and I didn’t have huge arcs to play,” she ex­plains. “I get to play a lot of those with Kirsten, which is so fun. I want to go some­where, and Lulu and Maxie get to do that.”

Now that the women have made peace, Ry­lan says that this last arc won’t soon be for­got­ten. “The love of Maxie’s life died,” she sighs. “This is go­ing to bub­ble up be­tween them, like it would in real life.”

The De­fense Rests

When it comes to Lulu’s cul­pa­bil­ity in Nathan’s death, how­ever, Ry­lan gets a bit de­fen­sive. “They had char­ac­ters ac­cus­ing Lulu of tr ying to ad­vance her ca­reer, but that’s not what hap­pened,” she in­sists. “Lulu imag­ined they were go­ing to de­feat the man no­body could de­feat — and we caught him!

“She did let her am­bi­tion to take this bad guy down cloud her judg­ment,” she con­tin­ues. “But this wasn’t about ca­reer am­bi­tion. She’s try­ing to do some­thing big­ger with her life and make a dif­fer­ence in the world. So now she’s a jour­nal­ist! I dig it. It puts me in all these sto­ry­lines that I wouldn’t oth­er­wise be in, and it fits.”

Given all of the re­cent changes in Lulu’s life, the sky’s the limit as far as fu­ture story. “There’s a lot of direc­tions we could go,” Ry­lan says. “I hope they’re plan­ning some­thing re­ally good!”

Re­call­ing Zam­progna’s exit, Ry­lan says, “There are all these things that we would have liked to see hap­pen… but I think our good-bye was re­ally sweet. When I watched it, with the flash­back and all, I was crushed.”

“Right now, Lulu’s thank­ing God Maxie’s will­ing to be her friend again,” Ry­lan says. “But I’m not afraid to play a char­ac­ter that’s wrong. I be­came an ac­tor to play con­flict. Plus, any­thing I do with Kirsten Storms is a blast.”

“I’d like more scenes with Maura West, be­cause I love her and it would be fan­tas­tic,” the GH-er re­veals. “We’ve barely worked to­gether. Ev­ery once in a while, we have a scene, so I would love to get Lulu in­volved with Ava some­how.”

“When I was sit­ting in the court­room with Kiki, I was ex­cited,” Ry­lan says. “Be­ing a jour­nal­ist works per­fectly for Lulu. I’m re­ally glad Lulu didn’t quitafter ev­ery­thing that hap­pened with Nathan.”

A fu­ture fam­ily por­trait?

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