Feature Interview: Emme Rylan (Lulu)
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.”
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?