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GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Maurice Benard Faces His Fears!


Always open about his mental health, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) took to social media to let fans know that he’s in a very good place these days. And in fact, he even put it to the test and came out the other side just fine!

“I know on State of Mind I always say how great I am doing, no major anxiety since the pandemic,” Benard shared on Instagram. “And it is very true. Every so often, I like to test my triggers. Disneyland roller coasters is one of them. I know, I know, they’re not that scary to most people. To me, it’s nerve-wracking.”

The actor shared a selfie video he took while riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad coaster at Disneyland with his daughter, Heather, in the seat next to him. As they came out of a tunnel, Benard managed a smile and declared: “Alright, not bad, right? Actually, I’m doing great.”

When Heather reminded her pop that the ride has only just started, he even laughed as they crest another hill. “The fact that I can even be filming… is good,” he proudly noted. “Alright, let’s see what happens.” The coaster then careened wildly through a series of curves as Benard managed to keep recording and tried to enjoy the ride.

“I got on a little nervous,” he admitted. “And I’m proud to say I really wasn’t phased! Next, I’m going to Graceland in two weeks. I’m ready for you, airplane. You don’t scare me!”

Looks like riding a roller coaster at Disneyland was a way for Benard to prep for his flight to Tennessee for the GH Celebration event given the actor’s notorious fear of flying. But judging from this video, he should have no trouble at all! So those of you headed to Graceland can look forward to seeing Benard with his castmates as planned!

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