Gold Star: Genie Francis (Laura)
General Hospital Genie Francis made Laura’s heartbreak a breakthrough
All of a sudden, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Laura didn’t recognize her husband — with good reason! She didn’t know Ryan had taken Kevin’s place! And when he broke her heart out of seemingly nowhere, Genie Francis embraced her character’s pain and strength to win this week’s Gold Star.
After That Killer Party…
On the heels of Mary Pat’s death, Laura returned to the scene of the crime shellshocked. Not only did she feel somehow responsible for how her fundraiser had ended, but she wondered why Kevin hadn’t rushed to support her. Though her antennae were up, the moment she saw her husband, she threw herself into his arms and accepted his explanations. But she was floored when he offered to call her a car and then revealed he’d seen Mary Pat the night before — when he’d claimed to be at GH! As Kevin gave his statement to Jordan and Chase, Laura tried to hold her tongue… but Francis let her character’s face say everything. Laura was not happy to corroborate Kevin’s story about Carly.
Out Of Nowhere, A Break-Up!
The way Laura watched Kevin walk out, it was no surprise that she followed him. And this time, she demanded an explanation for his lies. When he seemed to be confessing a problem of his own, she softened… only to have him dump her!
Laura was at once crushed, angry and confounded, and with Kevin calmly offering answers, those emotions fought for control. When the tears won out, she turned to hide them, then immediately faced him again. “You just changed your mind?” she scoffed. She simply couldn’t make sense of it, and it wasn’t until he said good-bye and walked away that she dissolved into tears.
Throwing In The Towel
Later, as Laura tried to process what had happened, she almost gave in and called Kevin… only to have grandson Spencer save her from herself. For his benefit, she turned her choked-back tears into a bit of a laugh and tried to fake it. And eventually, his excitement over the mayoral race brought a real smile to her face. But then he mentioned Kevin… and not even Lulu could bring Laura back. She put down her campaign button and announced she was ready to walk away from the race.
Once Lulu had sent Spencer away, Laura spoke the painful truth aloud: “Kevin left me.” And as the story unfolded, tears pushed through anew. It took an angry Lulu some effort, but she finally distracted her mother and got her to laugh through her tears. With her family beside her, the candidate set out to face the crowds. Unfortunately, it was Kevin that Laura had to face… and he was sitting with Ava!
Frozen in horror, Laura fought to hide her reaction and let herself be escorted back out. This break-up wasn’t going to be easy for Laura, but it was clearly gold in Francis’ hands.
Francis put together a beautiful performance from the pieces of Laura’s shattered heart.