don't answer that.
the main cast event during the general hospital fan club gathering was the crown jewel of the whole event. i had heard that a good majority of the actors typically make an appearance - more than the official convention, even - mostly because of the personal relationships that the fan club itself has built with them over the years. and based on the individual events i'd already been able to attend, i knew that it was a much more laid back, casual atmosphere during which the fans actually got to spend time with them without all the rules and restrictions of the other one. i was pretty excited to see how the day would unfold.
my ticket included a reserved spot at one of the tables near the front of the ballroom, plus lunch and the official event t-shirt.
when i got to my table, i was surrounded by a group of very friendly, very enthusiastic GH fans who had clearly been coming to this event for a good number of years. they filled me in on what to expect, who we might see, who we probably wouldn't see, all kinds of great stories about cast members past and present. the organizers don't tell you who's going to be there ahead of time, so it was a fun guessing game as to who we might see that day. and then when i heard a loud shriek of delight i turned and saw emily, who i'd met at the set tour during the other convention. it was her first fan club event too, and it was nice to see a familiar face.
lunch was really nothing special - typical mass-produced hotel food that was decent and edible. i think the options were a chicken caesar salad and one that had chicken, strawberries, candied pecans and mozzarella balls (clearly, i got the latter because the universe knows how i feel about fruit). we got dessert too - there was cheesecake and a chocolate cake - and then once the plates were cleared away the event was kicked off by wally kurth, who plays ned quartermaine/eddie maine.
and then i came to the realization that i'd scored big time with my table assignment, because i was just feet away from the door through which everyone made their grand entrance. of course, that's when my phone decided to freeze up and then restart. miracle of miracles, it came back to life just as the actors started to enter the room. i got a good number of them, but a lot of my pictures are shit because i was so excited (and because i'm naturally a terrible photographer anyway).
first up - tahj bellow ("TJ ashford").
evan hofer in real life is so very opposite of the serious, brooding "dex heller."
josh kelly, "cody bell," seemed a little uncomfortable but smiled and waved through the pain.
another one of the vets - jon lindstrom ("kevin collins/ryan chamberlain").
this is lydia look, who plays mob boss "selina wu," and it was really fun to see her smile and have fun because her character never gets to.
brooke anne smith entered a little hesitantly, and i couldn't blame her one bit because she'd been getting quite a beating online for being cast as the new "molly lansing-davis." i felt bad for her and hoped that everyone would be kind to her.
i didn't even recognize josh swickard when he came in because of that hair. "harrison chase" would never.
i've been a fan of kristina wagner since she first appeared on the show back in the 80s as "felicia cummings," so i was really excited to see her walk in.
cynthia watros ("nina reeves") bounced in full of energy and radiating happiness and joy as she always does. she's one of the friendliest people in the whole cast.
hudson west has played "jake webber" since 2016 and earned an emmy nomination in 2018.
dominic zamprogna ("dante falconeri") came in and gave wally a little shit for forgetting to introduce him.