Since GENERAL HOSPITAL’s D.A. Dawson came to town with a Sonny-sized chip on her shoulder, she’s rubbed a lot of locals the wrong way. But portrayer Elizabeth Hendrickson is crazy about Margaux. “I love her so much,” she confided to Soaps In Depth with a grin. “I know she’s been hard as nails and a bit persistent, but she kind of has to be. If she backs down, look at who she’s up against! She’s been going at some of the strongest characters in Port Charles, and there’s a lot stacked up against her.”
In an interesting turn, however, it’s the don himself who’s shown fans — and Hendrickson — another side of her character by exposing Margaux’s mother’s part in her father’s Mob hit. “Not only did her mother have an affair,” marveled the actress, “but she had it with someone who’s on the wrong side of the law — which goes against everything Margaux grew up believing in. Learning the truth shook her to the core. It really blew up in her face.”
While Sonny’s play hasn’t gotten the D.A. to back down yet, he’s certainly made progress. “Margaux has been gunning for him and disgusted with him, and all of a sudden, he’s kind of getting through to her,” Hendrickson admitted. “Sonny’s tugging at her heartstrings in ways she wasn’t expecting — and doesn’t really want — to feel! This falls under that whole umbrella of her questioning everything she’s been doing and believing in. Margaux’s definitely at odds with herself now.”
With Margaux’s tough exterior cracking, she may become a character who’s easier to root for. “I realize I tend to play unliked characters,” conceded the soap-hopper. “It took a long time for people to come around and like THE YOUNG THE RESTLESS’ Chloe. And ALL MY CHILDREN’s Frankie was a little firecracker who stirred the pot. But we’re all unlikable to a certain extent, so Maurice Benard (Sonny) and I have had a lot of fun trying to find all those great, intimate moments to show the humanity in both of our characters.”
As Margaux reevaluates her life, fans are wondering how close she and Sonny will get. (She wouldn’t be the first law enforcer to fall for him, after all!) “I always say to Maurice, ‘Don’t get too close, because I don’t want to fall down an elevator shaft,’” Hendrickson cracked. “But if there was any supercouple I would ever interfere with, Sonny and Carly would be the one to get in the middle of, because I respect Maurice and Laura Wright so much. I’ll take any opportunity to work with them. I know the fans would come after me, but sometimes, you have to shake things up. So if that’s the path these two characters go, I would love it!”
Of course, the hard-nosed D.A. isn’t thinking about romance right now. She’s just trying to make sense of her lying mother and the mobster she came to Port Charles to take down. “I hope she turns and starts working with Sonny,” Hendrickson revealed, adding that she’s happy to see her character go anywhere on the canvas. “Anywhere but dead!”
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