the more things change...
… the more exciting they are for GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Matt Cohen (Griffin)
when GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Griffin came to Port Charles to learn about his late father, Duke, he found a new home — and had no idea what he’d gotten himself into! “Port Charles is the most unholy of unholy places for Griffin, with his naive sense of the world,” suggests portrayer Matt Cohen, with a laugh. “It’s like he spent his life in a monastery, and now he’s at Mardi Gras. Everything is wild and crazy!”
At the center of the madness is, of course, seductive she-devil Ava, the old flame who feels so burned by Griffin. “You’re talking about two people who couldn’t be more polar opposite, but Griffin was no doubt in love with her,” contends Cohen. “He just wishes he could have changed her more.”
The Vixen Who Gave Griffin His Backbone
That sentiment isn’t exactly a surprise. “Kiki and Ava have called him on his savior complex a thousand times,” Cohen notes. “He helped Ava, and as much as I hate to admit it, he’s helped see Kiki through some complicated situations.”
One might argue that the disgraced priest and suspended doctor — who got in trouble for sleeping with Claudette before we’d even met him! — has his own issues. And when Ava regressed, it became clear that he was the one who
had, in fact, been changed. “Ava’s given him a backbone,” Cohen says. “She told him that yes, he’s there to serve, but he can also stand up for himself. Unfortunately, it all hit the fan with my sweet Ava, and I had to stand up to her.”
Hope For Griffin & Ava?
In the face of Ava’s fury, Griffin and Kiki’s friendship blossomed into a sexy romance. “He’s falling in and out of love at the same moment,” Cohen says. “But you can’t turn off love, no matter how foul the situation turns. So at the end of the day, gun to Griffin’s head or Ava’s head, whoever’s pulling the trigger, there’s love there.”
Cohen can even see her and Griffin reuniting… one day! “Soapland can make anything happen, so it’s a possibility,” he says. “But one thing’s sure: I cannot work in Soapland if I don’t get to be involved with Maura West! I depend on her.”
“Words” With Friends
Cohen is as big a fan of his Emmy-winning leading lady as we are. “Maura has
changed my life at GH, as far as pure happiness and love for the craft,” he gushes. “She’s a fantastic actress. You never know what you’re going to get from her, but it’s always gold. And she makes me feel comfortable in my own dorky skin. She’s family.
“We’re both sad and excited we’re GH rivals now,” he adds. “The words coming out of my mouth burn my tongue, but it’s fun to play with those dynamics when you have a friendship.”
Mind you, Cohen’s adoration of West is nothing against new leading lady, Hayley Erin (Kiki). “It’s been fun and effortless working with both Jerome gals,” he says. “The three of us have always been together, chatting it up. So Hayley and I became friends as well, and I look up to her. She’s extremely talented, and we have chemistry. But without Ava Jerome attached to his life, Griffin’s just not as interesting!”
The New Girl
Right now, Ava’s keeping things interesting for her ex by aiming Sasha at him and his new girlfriend in hopes of torpedoing
their romance. But even as the newcomer eyes his abs, “the Griffster’s clueless,” Cohen says with a laugh. “This is apparently Kiki’s half sister, so he’s going to treat her like family until she gives him a reason not to. What will that evolve into? Use your imagination!”
In other words, Cohen’s not exactly rooting for a happy ending for Griffin and Kiki just yet. “I want to ride this Griffin train of doom all the way to rock bottom,” he says, “so he can climb back up and come out even stronger!”
Between stepping away from the church and being suspended at GH, “Griffin has to implode at some point,” Cohen theorizes.
“I enjoy working with Hayley,” says the hunk, who’s hoping Sasha causes trouble for Griffin and Kiki. “I can only hope! She’s definitely going to make things interesting.”
“It broke my heart when I had to step away from the Alzheimer’s story,” Cohen admits. “Working with Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny), there was a lot to be learned.”
“I love to film [with] Maura,” says the GH-er. “The crew respects her, and she makes them laugh.”