General Hospital spoilers have teased for quite some time that Nina Clay (Michelle Stafford) and Franco Baldwin (Roger Howarth) would hit the sheets and make their couple status official. On Air On Soaps reported the moment between “Nico” was months in the making, and fans were enthralled by the drama between the duo and their whirlwind romance.
Michael Fairman at down with Nina Clay’s portrayer, Michelle Stafford to get her take on Nina’s new life, her love with Franco, and where General Hospital is taking Nina Clay in 2016. Michelle reveals how she thinks the writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passassante are doing as a team, and how she thinks they are unraveling Nina’s complex storyline.
Stafford revealed that Franco was sensitive to Nina’s needs in the love scene. Franco knew that Nina needed him to take it slow and easy. Michelle explained that when Nina met Franco, she was broken. Everyone she knew had betrayed her by her mother, Madeline Reeves (Donna Mills) to her marriage crumbling with Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton).
Michelle explained that Nina was in a coma for over 20 years, and she has the knowledge that her mother put her in the coma as an attempt to keep her from continuing her marriage to Silas. While Nina was in a coma for those 20 years, those around her continued their lives without her. In her perspective, one minute she was a 20-year-old girl, and the next day when she awoke she was a middle aged woman in her 40s.
“I think for Nina being in the coma, and her mother being responsible for putting her in a coma, and just yesterday she was 20, she missed out on a lot. Emotionally, she’s off, for sure. Franco saves her. She looks at him as if he saved her, which is why I liked the line in the scene where she says, ‘I was broken.’ Nina was. She was shattered before he came around. They are both very painful characters, and there is something about that in life that commonality of pain.”
Former General Hospital writer, Ron Carlivati had a plan for Nina Clay, and it included a revenge plan with little hope for romance. When the new writing team, Altman and Passassante, took over, they decided to write Nina much softer and romantic–bringing in a possible love, even marriage for Nina and Franco. Michelle explained that when she first took the role of Nina Clay she told the then head scribe Carlivati that she had aspirations to play a completely crazy unraveled character. When Nina first awoke from her coma, she was unpredictable, crazy, and out of sorts most of them time.
Stafford explained when she first learned that Nina and Franco would not be having sex for quite some time; she told ABC executive producer, Nathan Varni the writers need to address why they aren’t making love. After all, they are two good looking, healthy people, and the fans are going to expect them to hit the sheets the first chance they had. Varni had a vision that Franco would earn Nina’s love, and the result would be a super couple with a bond that can withstand anything.
Michelle noted that sometimes when you are in a sex scene, it can be awkward to get the scene just right. Stafford said on the set of The Young and the Restless with Joshua Morrow, the sex scenes were fun. She noted that Josh was like a brother to her, so she never felt shy or off doing the seductive scenes with him.
Michelle added when she first saw the love scenes with Roger Howarth written in the script; she was nervous–Roger is a married man, and she wasn’t sure how natural the scenes would look. Stafford explained that her fears were unfounded, and it came out smoking hot, and he was at ease with the whole process.
General Hospital spoilers say that Julian Jerome (William deVry) is setting Nina up to fail and close the Crimson magazine down for good, according to Hollywood Hills. Michelle revealed that it won’t work for Nina because she refuses to allow the magazine to fail, and she is proving herself to be extremely witty, smart, and business savvy. Stafford won’t reveal if a showdown happens between the mob boss, Julian, and Nina; however, she noted it is a possibility.
Michelle Stafford noted that much to the General Hospital fans assumptions, Roger does not ad lib his lines in the script. Stafford explained that Howarth is the type of actor that sticks to the script and doesn’t deviate from it. Michelle Stafford added she isn’t sure what is ahead for Franco and Nina; however, based on 2015, this year anything is possible for Nina Clay and Franco Baldwin.
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