Things are looking up and the future extremely bright for one of daytime’s favorite young actresses, General Hospital’s Kirsten Storms. Her performances as Maxie Jones have had viewers laughing, sometimes shedding a tear, and always wondering what this bundle of energy is going to do next. Well now with new GH head writer, Garin Wolf starting to give life back to some of Port Charles’ favorite characters, who at times were dropped by the wayside, you can plan on seeing more Maxie and her adventures (romantic and business-wise and otherwise) unfold!
Add to that, the just announced new reality series on E! Entertainment Television which features Kirsten, along with her castmate, Kelly Monaco, Days of our Lives, Galen Gering and Nadia Bjorlin and One Life to Live’s Farah Fath and John-Paul Lavoisier, and the show titled Dirty Soap looks to be a hoot and half with a look into the off-camera lives of Kirsten and company.
We caught with Kirsten at the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend Main Event to get some scoop on her new show, what is up with Maxie and her troubled love life, plus her thoughts on the state of GH and soaps moving online.
The reality show, Dirty Soap, tell me kind of the concept and what is going down? I love the idea that there is a reality show focusing on the lives of young soapy gal and guy performers!
KIRSTEN: I can’t reveal too much, but I can tell you that I have really enjoyed hanging out with Kelly Monaco (Sam). And what I have learned about her is: that she really does not have a sensor as far as the things that she says which at first would catch me a little off guard. However, Kelly is trying to show me that I can be like that too and not to be so uptight while the cameras are rolling, and even when I am doing an interview worrying how the interviewer is going to respond to what I say. She would say, “Don’t worry about it. Just be yourself.”
Well Kelly is very free and open. I mean, I have heard and read reports that she likes to be, or is most comfortable, being naked most of the time!
KIRSTEN: Yes, that is so true. But she will not get me to that point! (Laughs) And, her hot little house is like a fortress… so she has the privacy where she can be naked, too. (Laughs)
Now that Garin Wolf is head writing General Hospital, do you see a shift in the scripts? And, how do you think the change at the top will affect Maxie?
KIRSTEN: Number one, I am working more which is a definite change and our scenes have gotten longer, and they are not as confusing as they were. So it is a little more work for us as far as the dialog memorization, but Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) and I were talking about it the other day. We had group scenes together and it just flowed. The dialog made sense and it was easy to remember, because it makes sense. I am just excited to get back to storylines that the fans really loved.
And what do you think are the storylines that the fans really loved?
KIRSTEN: Well for me personally, they are bringing the Spixie stuff back, and I think a lot of fans also want to see that, even if it’s a love triangle with Jason Cook’s character of Matt. I don’t want the M&M fans to think I am hating on them or anything! (Laughs) Oh you don’t know! If I tweet that I had a photo shoot with Bradford Anderson, I will get tweets form the M&M fans saying, “You don’t care about Jason Cook!” All I said was, “I am taking pictures with Bradford.” Those fan groups…I love their loyalty, and I don’t hate on either of one of them. I am Equal Opportunity Maxie – gettin’ some! (Laughs)
Don’t you think they should have married Maxie and Spinelli at their non-wedding? It sort of happened, and then it felt just dropped! I thought the two characters really loved each other, so it seems somewhat confusing.
KIRSTEN: I don’t think they should have necessarily gotten married, but I do think they should have talked about it. Recently after Spinelli was shot, Maxie had those scenes on the roof with Dante, where she would say that Spinelli always tried to put himself in danger for her and that is why she had to let him go. She felt he was trying to be somebody that he felt that Maxie wanted, and that was not the case. He was constantly putting himself in danger for her. So she needed to tell him, “I don’t want to be with you.” And then hope he would be fine. I was like, “Why could we not have these scenes twelve months ago, after the wedding?” Then, they stop having us in scenes together. It sucks it did not get wrapped up back then, but I can tell you that they are going to now go back to a lot of their lingering feelings. I do think there is hope for the Spixie fans! I don’t think I could handle a new man in her life, not another one! (Laugh) It’s hard enough juggling Spinelli and Matt! (Laughs)
What do you think about the decision to recast the character of Kate Howard?
KIRSTEN: I have not met Kelly Sullivan yet, and I had heard they were going to be recasting Kate. Obviously, I adored working with Megan Ward (ex-Kate), and I don’t know what transpired there or what that whole situation was about. But, as far as having Kate back on GH, I am excited for that because Maxie is at Crimson all by herself!
Is Maxie running Crimson these days? (Laughs)
KIRSTEN: Well, I don’t know! We barely even talk about work stuff. Every time we are in the Crimson set, we are talking about something else, and I am just running around filing stuff and printing things out. We never get into: a young woman having such a high demanding job, which I know what that is like, kind of. So I am excited that now they are going to get into that a little more.
Do you feel like a true soap veteran at this point in your career? I remember so clearly sitting with you and your mom at your first day on the set at Days of our Lives. And it kind of puts a smile on my face that I have actually known you since the beginning of it all.
KIRSTEN: I have been working on soaps for almost twelve years. I have pictures from my first few days at DAYS, and it is so crazy to think about, but all of it is just so special to me.
When you see what has happened to the state of the soap industry with OLTL and AMC being canceled and then moving them online, how would you feel if GH eventually goes online too? Would that be something you would entertain…to continue to play Maxie on the web?
KIRSTEN: I think there are a couple of things: first, with the shows being taken off the air that is just sad to me. I got into the soaps because I grew up watching them. My mom was a huge B&B fan! I think when I was about ten my mom let me start watching it with her. I got so into with Brooke and Ridge, and I can even remember the storylines that they would have. So to know that soaps are dying and going off the air is very sad to me. Now, would I be interested in doing General Hospital if it were to move online? Absolutely! I watch tons of television online and I bring my computer everywhere I go. I have Wi-Fi, and you can browse websites, and so everything in multi-media is heading now to the web. I think one thing that needs to be worked out now is the union rules. That will make the actors want to do this more. Because it is so new, there are not a lot of rules that protect people that want to move forward and do those shows. So I think that is one of the issues that are holding the actors back from staying with OLTL and AMC when the show goes online. Hopefully, they can iron all this out.
Were you at all concerned when you heard that in September 2012 Katie Couric was getting GH’s timeslot? You think if ABC could pull their other two daytime dramas, it causes me concern for GH and it is disconcerting, even though the network keeps reiterating that General Hospital is their flagship soap.
KIRSTEN: Personally, I have no interest on watching a new show in the middle of the day. I watch my news and then I go to work. It will be interesting to see if the people that are home and that turn their TV’s on; if a Katie Couric talk show is something that they want to see. Personally, that would not be me. As far as GH’s staying power, it does not make me nervous because the network is going to do what they are going to do, and the decisions they make are solely about money. So it is not about what they think the fans are going to be happiest with, unfortunately, which is why we are encouraging the fans on Twitter to call-in and send letters to let the networks know that fans are still out there wanting to watch soaps.
For Maxie, through now into the fall, what do you think viewers can expect to see?
KIRSTEN: A lot of the Spinelli stuff is going to be worked out over the coming months. Hopefully, the Jackal PI disappears and Spinelli comes back! That would be so nice. I feel so bad for Bradford, because the dialog is so intense. Sometimes when we leave work I will still have his PI accent in my head going, “Sugar Pants”. (Laughs) For Bradford, I am hoping it will work itself out soon.
If you go to Garin Wolf and could say, “This is what I want to do as Maxie, and this is the story I want to play,” what would it be?
KIRSTEN: I would like a fantasy episode where Maxie goes around town making out with whatever guy she thinks is hot. And, I would probably start with Sonny! (Laughs)