Fans were surprised (and also creeped out) to discover that Ryan and Esme were father and daughter on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but thankfully, the actors knew going into it so they could play the scenes keeping their character’s true connection in mind before it was actually revealed to viewers. When he learned Ryan would be having scenes with Avery Kristen Pohl’s Esme, portrayer Jon Lindstrom immediately began to suspect and went to executive producer Frank Valentini for confirmation.
“You don’t just have someone appear and start doing scenes with you unless there’s some backstory somehow,” Lindstrom confided to Soap Opera Digest. “So I did go to Frank and just say, ‘You know, we’ve got a young, very talented actress working here who really is committed. I think we might have something really good here and I think we need to make the most of it. I know you don’t always like to share [where a storyline is going] and for good reason, but we need to know so we can really infuse this with as much depth as we possibly can.
“And he said, ‘Okay, I’ll tell you, you just can’t tell anybody else,’” he continued. “I said, “Fine!’ So yeah, we knew for quite a while and we absolutely started to play those things [before the secret was revealed on screen].”
Although Lindstrom also portrays Kevin Collins on GH, he was excited to see evil twin Ryan getting an exciting new storyline on the soap, especially since it meant expanding the psycho’s family with a daughter. “I mean, we know this guy was out doing really weird things — crazy, killer, murderous things for all those years we thought he was dead!” the actor explained. “We thought he was just a hit man, one who enjoyed his job just a little too much!
“But I think it’s great,” Lindstrom added. “Not only because of Ryan’s lineage and, you know, having some progeny, but because this will absolutely affect Kevin and how he sees the world and his brother and his niece and all that. I’m looking forward to seeing how it is going to play out.”
So make sure to stay tuned to GH to see just what twisted plans Ryan has for Esme and everyone else in Port Charles!
Love GH? Be sure to join our We Love General Hospital Facebook group to chat about all the latest storylines and juicy gossip!