ABC ‘General Hospital’ (GH) spoilers finds that star Nancy Lee Grahn recently opened up about her character, Alexis Davis, and her most recent osteoporosis diagnosis. Here’s what she has to say.
In a new interview with Soap Opera Digest, Nancy makes it no secret that she was thrilled with the fact that the writers were going to incorporate an osteoporosis diagnosis in her current storyline. She told the publication in a new interview, “I thought it was great! You know me; I have been advocating for women’s rights forever, which would include women’s health, so I thought it was a great opportunity to put this information out there, which is important to be heard. I was happy to do it.”
ABC ‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Nancy Lee Grahn Opens Up About Alexis’s Latest Diagnosis
Nancy also said that daytime television shows such as ‘General Hospital’ are often a strong vehicle for disseminating medical information and exploring social issues like the one that her character is about to experience.
She said, “I think the familiarity of it, the fact that it’s on every day. And also, just historically, that’s what it has done. I mean, Agnes Nixon [the late creator of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE] made her career off of that! It’s an intimate medium, where fans are used to seeing us every day. So, why not use it? It’s a community, and it’s familial. It seems like it would be the perfect place for it, really.”
Nancy also makes it no secret that Alexis was definitely the right character for this story. She said, “Because I think she’s the most relatable character, number one. I think the audience relates to her. She’s more like them, in terms of her moral compass and her ethics and her work and her being a mom.
And I think it’s age-appropriate. I mean, does anyone really think I’m not over 50? I mean, that would be pretty amazing, wouldn’t it [laughs]? I don’t mind being utilized in this way. They are using my character to send an important message out, and I’m all for that.
This isn’t going to define her by any stretch, it’s just a moment in time to use the medium to promote awareness for something that women don’t want to talk about. A lot of the comments on Facebook [when the story was announced] was, “Why are they making her old?” It all of a sudden became about old age, and that is a myth, where you associate the disease of osteoporosis with some old woman hanging over her walker.
Women in their 50s, one in two women over 50 — that is where the risk happens. And think about the women we know that are 50. Jennifer Lopez — does she look fragile? No! So, there’s a misperception about it that’s misleading. And I think this is a great opportunity to get beyond that.”
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