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‘GH’ Star Kelly Thiebaud on Her Emmy-Nominated Turn From ‘Britch’ to Heroine


Soaps are all about characters evolving, and the journey that Kelly Thiebaud has taken Dr. Britt Westbourne on has been nothing however pleasurable to look at. She began on ABC’s General Hospital a decade in the past because the “Britch,” a not-so endearing nickname given to Britt by different medical personnel. Over the years, we’ve seen Britt mature from the girl who inadvertently despatched little Emma Scorpio’s (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) doll to a fiery destiny to a heroine whom we’re rooting for to have love in her life.

For her efforts, Thiebaud has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Drama Series: Actress. She sat down with TV Insider to speak about her nomination, Britt’s evolution, and Britt dipping her toes again into the courting pool.

Congratulations in your nomination! How did you hear the nice information?

Kelly Thiebaud: Thank you! I heard by way of Frank [Valentini, GH’s govt producer] first. He known as me quarter-hour earlier than they introduced it on The Talk. I used to be pleasantly stunned. I used to be like, “Wait. How did you discover out?” He mentioned, “Oh, I’ve my methods.”

You had an incredible yr on the present. Can you share what’s in your reel?

I had fairly a number of scenes to tug from final yr. I’ve my breakup scene with Jason [Steve Burton]. Where Britt tells Carly [Laura Wright] that Jason is gone. There was a Britt/Jason scene the place they have been on the run proper after Sam [Kelly Monaco] tried to convey passports for them to run [away]. Jason tells Britt he’s going to drop her at one among Sonny’s [Maurice Benard] islands. The purpose I selected it was as a result of I believed the writing was nice. The dialog between us was actual and genuine and a pleasant steadiness with the emotional stuff I’ve on the reel. There’s the aftermath of the cave the place Jason dies. Britt stands up and says, “No, we’re happening there to seek out him!” I’ve the place Britt finds out she has [the genetic markers] for Huntington’s illness.

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Sounds like an awesome reel.

I’m actually grateful that the folks that voted beloved my work. It’s such a beautiful acknowledgment.

Do you decide the brains of different folks when assembling your reel?

Yes. I requested one of many producers on our present after which, I requested my manager, agent, and appearing coach. I didn’t need too many cooks within the kitchen as a result of I can get swayed very simply. A number of gave me sound recommendation.

What we discovered so relatable about Britt is when she grew to become weak to Jason. She purchased that additional toothbrush head for him solely to seek out out he was by no means going to make use of it. Who hasn’t achieved one thing like that?

It was so enjoyable. I obtained to convey a little bit little bit of myself to that. Steve was the most effective companion. I actually must thank him for this nomination. I used to be given nice writing working with him. We have this unimaginable connection. We did some nice stuff. When Britt’s vulnerability got here out, it was fairly simple. We constructed this friendship. Jason grew to become somebody Britt felt she may depend on.

Britt mentioned one thing self-effacing not too way back, calling herself the “Britch.” Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) mentioned no person thinks of you that means anymore. That’s true. What did that second imply to you? To Britt?

It’s been fairly a journey, actually from the place she began to the place she is now. It’s been night time and day. However, I don’t wish to lose who she was. She’s discovering a kinder, gentler model of herself. She’s studying the best way to handle feelings and other people. But she’s nonetheless a free cannon. She’ll nonetheless be completely different from everybody else. Her reactions aren’t conventional. I wish to preserve that taste. I’ve to thank the followers. As a lot as they hated her, there was one thing gratifying about watching her fall on her face! I feel the redemption is paying off. She’s come by way of that to this lighter model. It’s been enjoyable for me to play. She has so many alternative components. I like the darkish and lightweight sides of her.

What’s it like working with Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer)? Britt and Spencer had a particular bond again when he was a little bit one and she or he was courting his father, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma).

I can’t recall if [Nicholas] and I ever talked concerning the backstory. Nicholas did his homework on who Spencer is. It’s attention-grabbing how one can join with youngsters [as Britt did with Spencer when he was little]. They’re so harmless and simple. There’s no game-playing. So it was very simple for that bond to get established with these two characters. Nicholas has achieved such a superb job. When he first got here to the present, I used to be like he’s grown up! Nicholas is so proficient. I’m so completely happy he was nominated. I like working with him.

I requested him as soon as if he thought they’d ever go there together with your characters…however after Spencer imitated that voice he did as a baby…no. It can not occur. No.

[Laughs] No. No means.

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What’s it like working with TV mother Kathleen Gati (Dr. Obrecht)? People neglect that accent isn’t her actual voice.

Any time I’ve to talk German, I am going to her. I’m unsure how she does that. Her accent is so good. Kathleen’s knowledgeable and in addition so kindhearted. She’s my “Mama Bear.” She’s somebody you possibly can name and know she’ll make you are feeling higher. I’m so blessed to work together with her.

Britt’s on the market attempting to this point once more — or was. Now, Josh Kelly has joined the show as Cody Bell. What do you consider Britt attempting to get on the market once more within the courting world?

I like what they’ve been doing. Her attempting a courting app was very relatable. I feel what’s actually gratifying about seeing Britt in love is that it’s such a unique facet to her character. Her getting again out there may be nice. Some thrilling issues are coming…we will see.

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