Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kim McCollough Discusses Leaving GH


In a great interview with the Boston Herald, she comments about leaving GH, her character's legacy and how she felt about the HIV needle scene.

“I’m literally just with the audience playing along,” she said. “The really cool thing is that it’s been difficult for the producers and the writers to come up with a way for Robin to leave, which I think is very flattering to the legacy of the character. Everyone involved really wants her to leave in a heroic way, and, for lack of a better word, kind of classy way.”
Robin has been HIV-positive for many years, and some fans fear that producers will bring the story to a dark conclusion and kill her off.
“My counter answer to that is, ‘How do you do it without being dark?’ ” she said. “It’s a soap opera, first of all, not a sitcom. Because of the nature of the relationship between Robin and (her husband) Patrick (Jason Thompson), you literally cannot have a happy breakup. It’s impossible.”

13 comments:

MatchboxGinny said...

Great article. She chose her words carefully, she clearly has more to say. I'm sure we'll hear more from her once she's off contract. So sad to see her go, but given the fate of General Hospital, it is for the best and I wish her much success! :)

Barbara Darlin said...

I could have done nicely without: “My counter answer to that is, ‘How do you do it without being dark?’ ” she said. “It’s a soap opera, first of all, not a sitcom.”

We all know that (after viewing soaps for any period of time) but there is always another way. Especially without destroying a great storyline and removing the hope it has given so many.

My2Cents2 said...

I don't see Robin dying. I see her parents coming and perhaps taking her to another country for treatment that is not available here. jmo.

Barbara darlin said...

I hope Robin does seek treatment in Paris or elsewhere but Kimberly seems to imply that causes a problem for Patrick staying on canvas.

I still think everyone is clever enough to come up with something other than destroying the hope of Robin gives to HIV patients dutifully taking their meds.

Barbara darlin said...

I hope Robin does seek treatment in Paris or elsewhere but Kimberly seems to imply that causes a problem for Patrick staying on canvas.

I still think everyone is clever enough to come up with something other than destroying the hope of Robin gives to HIV patients dutifully taking their meds.

Barbara darlin said...

I hope Robin does seek treatment in Paris or elsewhere but Kimberly seems to imply that causes a problem for Patrick staying on canvas.

I still think everyone is clever enough to come up with something other than destroying the hope of Robin gives to HIV patients dutifully taking their meds.

Barbara darlin said...

I hope Robin does seek treatment in Paris or elsewhere but Kimberly seems to imply that causes a problem for Patrick staying on canvas.

I still think everyone is clever enough to come up with something other than destroying the hope of Robin gives to HIV patients dutifully taking their meds.

Barbara Darlin said...

How the heck do I remove 2 of the 3 posting that were all sent at the same time?

Sorry folks.

My2Cents2 said...

Don't worry about it Barbara. We have all done it at times!

Just delete where you see the garbage tin on the bottom of your post.

Adora said...

It sounds to me like they've realized that killing her off will do little more than infuriate a significant portion of the (already unhappy) audience. The desire to have her leave in some kind of "heroic" fashion leads me to think they may want to steer this story more toward the path of allowing her to rediscover her bravery and revive her battle with the disease since, right now, she's clearly lost hope.

I was behind and just saw this week's episodes, and it reminded me that Robin has been on the medication so long that it's been a very long time since she was forced to ponder her own mortality and actually relive the heartbreak and fear she went through with Stone. She was very scared with Emma, but it wasn't about her at all. Right now reminds me a lot of how she was when she first lost Stone and saw no point in trying to fight. She needed help to realize that her situation wasn't the same as his and that she owed it to his memory to fight. I have some trouble with the "out of the country for treatment" theory as an option, simply because it's something that viewers in the same situation would likely be unable to emulate, which may make it more discouraging that encouraging. Treatment is expensive enough here; relocating for it would be impossible for most people. Still, it offers more reassuring thoughts than watching her rapidly deteriorate like Stone did. It also begs the question, why wouldn't Patrick go with her?

I remember a previous spoiler/rumor that involved Patrick taking a bullet to protect Robin. Perhaps this will be altered and she will die trying to save Patrick or Emma? If she were to get shot with one of them behind her the consequences of her sacrifice could still be quite dire. =(

Only time will tell I guess. Her parents coming back is an undeniably alarming sign to me, but I stopped watching when Stone died and am not sure I can endure a repeat. I am just glad the new writers will be in place for all of this since, from what I saw of OLTL this year, they clearly have more skill than we have seen on GH in quite some time.

Thank you for sharing the article Karen!

Adora said...

Sadly I think the garbage tin must only exist for registered blogger users, but I agree with Cents. It happens! ^-^

Barbara Darlin said...

My2cents2. Thanks! Unfortunately I don't see a trash can on my screen...I'm using an iPad so maybe the app is creating the problems? I'll keep trying!

Barbara Darlin said...

Adora: Thanks to you as well...I thought I was going loco! I was reading the posts in order and didn't see yours when I responded to My2cents2!