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It’s good to be wicked.
So says actress Kelly Thiebaud, who plays conniving OB-GYN Britt Westbourne on ABC’s “General Hospital.” Thiebaud, along with several of her cast mates, including Laura Wright, Tyler Christopher and Boston native Maura West, come to Boston Sunday as part of the “General Hospital Fantasy Weekend,” a fan gathering at the Wilbur Theatre.
In just a year-and-a-half on the daytime soap (weekdays at 2 p.m. on WCVB, Ch. 5), Thiebaud’s vengeful vixen has, among her many sins, attempted to destroy one romantic rival’s nursing career; tried to trap one man into marriage by pretending she was pregnant with his child; stolen and implanted an embryo from another couple; and falsely claimed a baby to be her biological child.
In the real world, this would be medical malpractice; in the soap world, it’s grand entertainment.
“I love playing the dark side of her,” Thiebaud told the Herald last week. “I don’t want her to be a completely nice, wholesome person, not that I ever think she will be. I hope (the writers) keep her mischief.”
Last week, the bleep hit the fan, as it always does on soaps, just as Britt was about to realize her dreams, at her engagement party to a prince. She was arrested and hauled off to jail.
And yet, surprisingly, the character has been able to win over many fans, thanks to Thiebaud’s performances and the writing, which has established that Britt had the deck stacked against her right from birth. She’s the daughter of two of the show’s greatest super-villains, Cesar Faison (Anders Hove) and Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).
With those two as parents, she’s lucky she wasn’t strangled in her crib — or didn’t grow up to be an ax murderer.
Thiebaud said she has been surprised and gratified that viewers do root for Britt.
“She’s an unfortunate woman who grew up with a very difficult family, and that has led her to make all these bad decisions,” she said. “She’s never really been given a way to treat people and be in relationships and be sympathetic. She’s slowly breaking free of her family and trying to make decisions on her own and find love, which is something she’s never had.”
Yet the character has been so malevolent, others on-screen nicknamed her “Britch” (think about it) — and the actress loves it.
“I even sign photos with my signature and ‘Britch.’ It’s awesome and hilarious.”
As busy as she is on the show, the actress has one dream story in mind — she’d like to work with her real-life boyfriend Bryan Craig, who plays Morgan Corinthos, son of mobster Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). The performers met backstage last year and hit it off — they’ve even adopted a puppy together — but their two characters have never crossed paths on-screen.
“We’re dying to have a scene together,” she said. “I would like to have this crazy love, passionate relationship. Maybe we get involved with the mob because of his father, and Britt becomes a sharpshooter — I wouldn’t mind something like that,” she said, then laughed. (Source)
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