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Maurice Benard Opens up About the Acting Coach Who Changed His Life (EXCLUSIVE)


Before becoming Sonny on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Maurice Benard admitted to Soaps In Depth, he had a lot to learn — including how to act! “When I played Nico on ALL MY CHILDREN and Desi in Lucy & Desi: Before The Laughter, I didn’t know what I was doing,” insisted the two-time Daytime Emmy winner. “I didn’t have technique, but I had talent, emotions, and instincts.”

Benard then began training under a coach who practiced Method acting, in which performers use emotion-orientated techniques rather than action-based. “I had an acting coach who humiliated me, because he believed in me!” he shared. “When I got with this guy, he changed my acting completely. And when I got GH, I was a whole different actor. I learned how to become another person.”

For more from your favorite GH stars, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps in Depth magazine.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine

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