The loyal viewers are the reason why soaps like GENERAL HOSPITAL are still on the air after decades, but with the advent of social media, their passion can sometimes be a double-edged sword! William deVry has learned this first hand as he has dealt with the fan reactions to his character, Julian, Jerome, splitting up with Alexis Davis and starting to date Kim Nero! “It’s interesting to see the feedback,” he confided to Soaps In Depth. “The first time Julian and Kim kissed, I saw, ‘The director should have had Wil back off a bit. He looked a little too enthusiastic.’ But then another fan made a great comment: ‘You’ve got to give Wil a lot of credit, because he went for it knowing he’d piss off an entire army.’”
And while that Julexis Army has been incredibly vocal of their support of the Julian and Alexis pairing over the years, their refusal to accept the characters paired with anyone but each other has led to deVry being forced to block some of their particularly negative members on Twitter. “Listen, I love the fans,” he explained. “They’re the reason we’re working and the reason we have supercouples. But a few were kind of taking the story out on me. You know what? I’m doing my job. I’ve got to look at it from Juilan’s perspective. He’s human — and so are Kim and Alexis!”
Plus, as all soap fans know, storylines can change on a dime, and formerly estranged couples can find themselves thrown back together at any time so there’s no telling what the future holds for Julian’s love life. “There’s chemistry flying everywhere,” deVry declares, “so we’ve got great drama going . What’s going to happen? The potential is exciting!”
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