From the new issue of Soaps In Depth magazine, Natalia Livingston states her reasons, vaguely I might add, for leaving General Hospital. Apparently, She and TPTB had been discussing hew future with the Soaps for months now. Natasha said she would love to pursue other options in her career. Mainly, PRIMETIME. You know what, I do understand that. She’s a very talented actress and a sweet person to boot. I don’t have a problem with her leaving the show to further her career. Vanessa Marcil and Josh Duhamel did it. Amber Tamblyn who she replaced for the Emily Quartermaine character is also doing marvelous in Hollywood. Amber left a big shoes for Natalia to fill but she did it successfully. She won an Emmy for it. So I’m not bitter at all that Natalia felt she had to go. What I’m mad about is the fact that GH decided to kill the Emily character off altogether. As I and everybody else has pointed out, they could’ve brought a recast. It’s a HUGE shoes to fill but I’d rather have a recast than kill someone who is such an integral part of the Port Charles canvas. Especially with Emily’s love affair with Nikolas. Their love is timeless.
In a way, it’s flattering to know that the show can’t see anyone else playing Emily bu Natalia. BUT, that’s what All My Children thought with the Greenlee Character but Sabine Singh is holding her own over at Pine Valley, with such a heavy storyline by the way. So it can be done. Interestingly enough, I feel that fans have been warming up to a Brenda recast so I wouldn’t be surprised if an Emily recast is just fine. We hate beloved characters being killed off while criminals and new useless characters stick around.
Follow your dreams Natalia. I hope to see you soon on PRIMETIME or even movies. You can do it. Might I suggest DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES? You could play Susan Myer’s sister. The not-so-clumsy, gorgeous and smart sister. Or you could just be as wacky as Susan. That would be fun. Hey just a thought. Sounds good to me.