Elizabeth and Franco may hve been an unlikely pairing on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but many fans have really taken to the couple, as has Roger Howarth, who appreciates the way the soap has developed the romance between his alter ego and the beleaguered heroine. “The writers give some space and air to that relationship, which I think is really sweet — and I think the audience appreciates it,” the actor confided to Soaps In Depth. “We love story, we love plot, but sometimes the story and the plot should just be that they’re two people who enjoy one another. The more these characters are people, the more it gives viewers a chance to care about them.”
And viewers have grown to care more about the character of Franco over time as the former psychopathic serial killer has been reformed and humanized for the viewers. Especially with the recent storyline where it was revealed that Franco had been molested as a child by Jim Harvey. “I enjoy a challenge, and I like what I do,” Howarth said of that particular tale. “Plus, some people responded very positively to it and said they could relate to it on a very personal level, which makes me very happy.”
However, the actor also appreciates that Franco has maintained his edge, and is still sometimes as unpredictable as he’s ever been. “I just want Franco to be a human being, and human beings are complicated and many-faceted,” Howarth mused. “I liked that Franco has a lot of different parts to him and engages with different parts when he’s with different people. That’s really human. I don’t want him to be defined in any way!”
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