‘General Hospital’: Maurice Benard Praises Frank Valentini for Allowing a Flexible Schedule

by Jeremy Spirogis
Maurice Benard

Maurice Benard is without doubt one of the legends of the daytime cleaning soap style. Though he’s largely recognized for his position as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, the actor has additionally had different roles over time. He not too long ago gave credit score to the explanation why he can do quite a lot of issues outdoors of the present, together with engaged on different initiatives and holidays.

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Maurice Benard launched his memoir not way back

Recently, Benard launched a memoir referred to as Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital. The guide discusses Benard’s life with bipolar dysfunction and contains tales and anecdotes from his appearing profession as a cleaning soap opera veteran.

He as soon as mentioned that the inspiration to go the guide route got here from Oprah Winfrey. “Well, I believe once I did Oprah [The Oprah Winfrey Show] she talked about that I ought to write a guide however I didn’t actually take into consideration doing it. I assumed it was an excessive amount of work. But over time folks have mentioned it, particularly due to the psychological well being [aspect], so I did it, and I’m so glad I did.” On social media main as much as the guide’s launch, Benard shared tales on social media about his colleagues who he highlights within the memoir.

The actor talks about doing issues outdoors of ‘General Hospital’

In an interview with Soaps in Depth, Benard gave quite a lot of credit score to General Hospital‘s head author and government producer, Frank Valentini, who permits him to have a great schedule. “He’s allowed me to do a lot outside of GH, and a lot of producers don’t,” mentioned the actor. “With one producer, I couldn’t even take vacations without saying something six months in advance. It’s cool that Frank’s like that, because I need to do other stuff while I do Sonny.”

Benard not too long ago starred within the movie Equal Standard. The movie additionally starred former cleaning soap opera actor Tobias Truvillion, who starred in One Life to Live. The movie was written by Taheim Bryan and directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane.

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The official description of the movie reads: “New York City citizens lives collide with N.Y.P.D. Detectives with interweaving stories of race, betrayal and blue-collar cover-ups; resulting in gang leaders to take a stand and unite their flags for justice.”

For the actor, now that he’s been within the cleaning soap opera style for therefore lengthy, he instructed the publication he’s not in search of a brand new massive position. Rather that that, he’s taking the alternatives as they arrive. “Obviously, if something great comes along, I would do it,” he mentioned. “But my aim is to be a motivational speaker. I’d like to put collectively a complete present on psychological well being — alongside the strains of what I do in State Of Mind [his series on Instagram] however with slides and company.”

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.

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