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article imageLynn Herring talks 'Legends of General Hospital,' The Nurses Ball Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 13, 2018 in Entertainment
New York - Veteran daytime actress Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe on "General Hospital") chatted with Digital Journal about The Nurses Ball and the upcoming "Legends of General Hospital" events in New York.
On November 10 and 11, Herring will be a part of two "General Hospital Fantasy Legends" events on Long Island, New York, which will take place in Long Beach and Melville respectively. "I am very excited," she admitted. "I am so thrilled that I get to come to New York. I love coming back on the East Coast."
Herring will be joined by several veteran actors from the hit ABC daytime drama, which will include Tristan Rogers, Emma Samms, Jackie Zeman, Kin Shriner, Ian Buchanan, Brad Maule, Billy Warlock, and Anders Hove.
On the 2018 Nurses Ball, Herring said, "It was really nice. Every year, it is different. It is kind of funny because we have to be really aware of our budget. The spirit of the ball is always the same. We have been really lucky to keep getting to do it."
This year, The Nurses Ball was quite unique since it featured a llama. "That was so cool. Our boss, Frank Valentini, had a great idea to make it magical, and they brought in a llama. I have a lot of animals at home, but I've never had a llama. It was a treat," she said.
Throughout her respected career in the television industry, Herring has earned two Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Supporting Actress" in 1990 and 1992, respectively. "It is so nice when people recognize that you love what you do," she said, graciously.
Digital transformation of the entertainment business
On the impact of technology on the entertainment industry, Herring said, "I love the streaming services since you need to have a sophisticated product, and people are most sophisticated. Sometimes, people don't realize that we have a continuing story that could match those storylines, but they are just drawn out a little longer. What I love is that if you get hooked on something, such as Ozark or Breaking Bad, they are soap operas too. They are about people's interactions. If we can translate that we are streaming every day, then people can stream with us on General Hospital."
Regarding her use of technology in her daily life, Herring said, "I don't love social media all the time. I do tweet when it's exciting about the show or The Nurses Ball. I use a lot of streaming when I travel. Also, on my ranch, we live so far out that we don't get newspapers delivered, so I get all my news online, so I am very grateful for technology, otherwise I wouldn't be able to keep up so well."
Herring had nothing but the greatest remarks about working with Coastal Entertainment, for the General Hospital fan events. "Linda [Rohe] is the only person that is as energetic as I am, which I love. We don't get worn out. It is very fun to work with her. She always has great ideas, and I am always impressed by her passion and her work ethic," she said.
When asked about how Herring handles being so dialogue-heavy all the time (where soap actors would have to learn 40 to 80 pages of script a night), she responded, "Your brain is a muscle. I think it is. When you first start out, you are sweating and you have tremors and you are trembling. Then, a year in, you go 'Oh my gosh, I just memorized 30 pages and I didn't get the shakes.' It is just from practice. Also, if it is well-written, it just flows, and you get to know your character really well, and that helps the writers help you out by writing great stories that flow."
On the key to longevity in the entertainment business, Herring said, "You have to love it, obviously, and you need to be passionate since that keeps things fresh."
She defined the word success as "Being able to make others feel happy and fulfilled through my love and my deeds."
Herring concluded by expressing all her gratitude to her fans. "I have so much admiration for the fans, and I respect their opinions. I think they are such a smart audience, and I love being able to bring Lucy to them," she said.
For more information on the upcoming General Hospital actor events with Coastal Entertainment, check out their official website.
To learn more about two-time Emmy-nominated actress Lynn Herring, follow her on Twitter.
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