General Hospital Interviews!
Q&A with Constance Towers (Helena)
1. How did you get your start in show business?
My sister wanted to be a swimmer, and I wanted to be an opera
parents moved us to Hollywood to give us a chance at both.
was offered a contract with Columbia, I said no the first time, but
second time. I am grateful to Harry Cohen for giving me my first
2. What have you found most interesting about working in TV?
Doing movies and on stage is much different than television. On
get the immediate decision from the audience. They either clap and
or boo you. You learn to think on your feet, and that's why it's
genre or medium for many actors. In movies, you get to take your
can film one scene all day and then go home. In television, it's
quick. Especially soaps. You learn to move quickly and you don't get
so you work hard to do your best right then. The fans are also
when you are on television. There is something about the comfort of
seeing you in their living room every day that gives you a place in
lives that movies and stage work don't accomplish.
3. In your opinion, why do you think Helena is so evil?
Ha! Ha! I never think Helena is evil. But certainly she has done
unforgivable things. I think she is who she is today because of the
only that she has made but close loved ones in her life. I think
her is love, however. She has an obsessive but loving side to her
comes to her grandson Nikolas. I think some of the most evil, as
things that Helena has done have been in the name of her love -
4. Please name your two favorite actors or actresses of all time.
My favorite actress of all time is Lillian Gish. She just exuded
every one of her roles. She was a master at it. As for my favorite
cannot choose just one. Sorry. Of course, John Wayne, William
Ford and Yul Brynner would be on the short list.
5. I really enjoyed your role this past summer in "The 4400". Was it
fun doing that, and what was the best part for you?
Yes, I loved doing USA's "The 4400." I had not heard of the show,
told some friends that I would be on it, they told me, you will love
loved how the role was written, and I love how caring the character
also loved the paranormal side of the show as well. I would love
again. But I guess since my character was killed, it may not
6. Which of the soaps you did was the most interesting, and why?
Each soap I've done has been interesting. And hopefully more will
on. GH has been like home; I've been there longer than most. I
with Tyler, Tony... and Genie was a wonderful talent as well. Nancy
is so talented - I enjoyed our scenes together. And I didn't mind
up by Jax. Ingo is divine to look at. Capitol was a wonderful show
well. I remain friends with the producer of that show. Clarissa
different from Helena, that's for sure. But each soap has it's own
it's own feel. I enjoyed them all.
7. Do you still keep in touch with any of the actors from your past
3 soap roles (Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Capitol, and Sunset
Yes, I try to keep in touch with as many of my former soap costars
We all live very busy lives, but usually in this industry, you
with people again and again. So I am always open to seeing costars
producers from the past.
8. Do you have any pets?
No, I don't have any pets. My husband and I travel a lot and it
be fair to a pet to be without it's family that often. My kids and
have them, however. So I enjoy them like any grandmother would.
they go home.
9. Who or what inspired you to become an actress?
There were so many wonderful actresses in my youth that I admired.
I would say every actress and actor had some influence on me and
me. Many today inspire me as well. Like Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt,
Roberts and Hillary Swank. They are inspiring to watch on the
mention Tony Geary. He's so much fun.
10. You've been married for about 33 years. What do you think is the
secret for a long-lasting marriage?
I think communication, never going to bed upset with
each other. Always being willing and able to talk things out. That is the key to
any long-term relationship.
Thanks to Tommy G. for getting us the answers from Ms. Towers!
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