‘General Hospital’ Carly & Valentin Actors Side-by-Side in Promo – Where’s the Social Distance?

General Hospital is all-new and the cast looks closer than ever – including Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) and Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart). So, are the COVID guidelines less strict than we thought for the GH castmembers? Or are they skirting the rules on the ABC sudser? One glance at new promos and you see little social distance. This has many fans worried about safety on set.

New General Hospital Episodes – Carly Corinthos Right Next to Valentin Cassadine

GH returns next Monday, August 3, and viewers are over the moon. No doubt, folks are in serious need of fresh episodes. Of course, strict rules are in place and precautions are in order to keep everyone safe on General Hospital. Recently, the actors shared their excitement with the fans online. But many fans couldn’t believe what they saw in new promos.

No doubt, some of the new promo footage could have been shot pre-COVID. But, in scenes where they announce the return of new General Hospital episodes, that’s clearly brand new footage. Yet, the actors playing Carly Corinthos, Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher), Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), and Valentin Cassadine stood very close.

So, there doesn’t seem to be any social distancing between the GH castmates. So, it has some folks scratching their heads. No doubt, they may be wondering why their GH faves aren’t six feet apart. Take a glimpse at some of the worried comments below.

General Hospital: Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) - Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros) - Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) - Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart)

Actors Up-Close on GH – Other Soaps Far, Far Apart

Social media is buzzing as the General Hospital stars count down the days until new shows air. But, there is one thing that stands out – no one is keeping their distance. First, we saw Jax with his arm around Nina. Plus, Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Steve Burton (Jason) were right next to each other in another GH promo announcing their return. It’s clearly new footage.

Then, more recently, the actors playing Valentin and Carly – James Stuart and Laura Wright – appeared shoulder to shoulder. So, maybe the General Hospital cast can be close if everyone tests negative for Coronavirus. However, if you watch Bold and the Beautiful, you’ll note a very different approach to filming.

The scene below has the actors far apart and they play with camera effects to make them seem closer. Compared to General Hospital, where they’re “hands-on.” If you glance at B&B, it’s often just one actor in a scene and they cut from face to face. It’s not the “prettiest” method of shooting, but it’s very safe. But, GH isn’t taking that more drastic stance.

Bold and the Beautiful: Social Distance

General Hospital Found a Workaround – COVID Officer at ABC Set

When GH returns, fans may be in for a pleasant surprise if there’s not much difference in the shooting style. Of course, they’re required to have a COVID compliance officer on set. So, there’s little doubt they’re meeting safety standards. But for fans expecting to see them far apart at all times, it’s not happening that way. So, they’ve got a workaround, it seems.

Of course, viewers expect to see a safe distance. And, love scenes should require stand-ins, like real-life partners in place of fellow actors. But, judging by how chummy and tight the actors are in promos, it must not be an issue on General Hospital. So, when the plots we left off with pick up, they may not miss a beat.

Thus, concerned viewers can relax. If General Hospital wasn’t being safe on set, they wouldn’t be allowed to film. Perhaps that’s why they returned to filming later – they worked out a plan for less awkward and socially distanced shooting. Like with NBA players, maybe GH is in a “bubble.” Get ready for new episodes Monday – because GH is back.

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