Friday, January 30, 2009

Genie Francis On Her New TV Movie & Daytime

Former GENERAL HOSPITAL star Genie Francis says the character of Laura is "in a sort of 'freeze-dried' state" on the show. Will Laura ever return to Port Charles?

For those who miss Francis on TV, you can catch Francis this Saturday at 9 pm/ET on The Hallmark Channel's new film, The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love.

In this follow up to The Note, which scored big ratings, her advice columnist thinks about heading for a wedding and tries to bond with her long-lost daughter, all the while following the emotional mission a brand-new missive sends her on.

She describes her character for
She's so bruised, so damaged, it doesn't matter how much she loves the guy. She's afraid, and that's what her journey is here.

Her advice for young starlets:
There's nobody who's as young as me or in the same position as I was there. My heart goes out to the Lindsay Lohans and Britneys who have really had childhood taken from them and probably missed important developmental steps. They have become sort of 'public domain' and something to be made money on. There's no sense of self there, I'm sure of it. None of those young women value themselves as just themselves; they value themselves for their careers and the money they can make.

On daytime's budget cuts:
I know that [ABC Daytime] made a public announcement of having negotiated Susan Lucci's money down, which I thought was in poor taste. It's odd that they would announce that. But I think the reason is they want to send a message to all of us. The days of big checks are over. And I can understand that. [Soaps are] a part of the business that appears to be dying, and I don't know if it will be able to carry on or know some sort of a next chapter.

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