During the General Hospital Fantasy Events Zoom, Maura West who plays Ava Jerome Cassadine on General Hospital stood up for her co-star Avery Kristen Pohl (Esme Prince). The event was mostly for former As the World Turns viewers as West reunited with her former onscreen love, Michael Park (Jack Snyder) for the chat event. But fans of the ABC daytime drama stepped in to ask her about acting with Esme, the character and the actress who plays her.
West said, “Avery Pohl is her name. I understand it, and I love it, first of all, Esme, in a different time and a place, that’s a young Ava. She’s burdened with this situation, with Ryan [Chamberlain, Jon Lindstrom]. She’s a little tweaked, and so I love it. It’s an interesting character. There’s nothing more boring to me than somebody who’s happy and sweet. I’m not interested — as an actor, it doesn’t interest me so much,” she quickly clarified. “In real life, I want nice. And then I also really understand Avery’s task because I have been tasked with that myself, and it’s hard. It’s hard to be the person who carries the weight of being the bad guy that’s moving the story forward. Bad guys move story forward,” she repeated, bringing the point home for all in attendance. “It’s their actions that create all of this stuff that goes on. If there’s no Avery — if there’s no Esme — if there’s no Ava Jerome, there’s no show.”
West ensured to mention that she is in support of the actress. “So I’m very supportive of Avery as a young actress, and I get it, and I’m in it, and I’m 100% in those scenes,” she said as she added, “I love working with Avery. She’s a talented young actress, and I’m very supportive of her. I enjoy it. It’s like Ava looking into some magic mirror and seeing herself 25 years ago,” she laughed. “It’s pretty cool.”
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