With Parker’s return to GENERAL HOSPITAL and Kristina's life, the soap had portrayers Ashley Jones and Lexi Ainsworth tweet live along with the show to answer questions from fans. And while they weren't able to divulge too much about their upcoming storyline, they did share some backstage secrets and appreciation for the fans supporting the controversial storyline. “I was thrilled and humbled, honestly,” Jones says of being asked back to reprise the role.
Parker was introduced back in January of 2016 and it was revealed that she was the college professor that Kristina had offered to sleep with in exchange for a better grade. Parker returned months later to tell Kristina that she’d broken up with her wife, and the two had sex. After talking to Alexis, Parker broke things off with her former student, but now she’s back in Port Charles, teaching at the local university, and Kristina’s sister, Molly, is in her class!
Although there are some GH viewers who object to seeing a lesbian romance on their favorite soap, Jones is grateful for the positive fans who share the love online. “Surprised and overwhelmed by the response for this storyline,” she marveled.
Co-star Ainsworth agreed. “It’s important and seems to be a hot topic for a lot of people. I hope we can create a dialogue and an understanding. I try not to focus on the negative. Haters gonna hate.” She also suspected that the people complaining that Parker was too old for Kristina might actually be upset about the fact that she’s an older woman. “I wonder if people would be less bothered if it was a guy with the same age difference,” she mused.
While Jones admitted that she is thrilled to be back on the GH set, she’s not sure just how long this particular visit will be. But she loves playing this character and discovering more and more about her with each episode. “The layers of this character make it challenging,” the actress confided. “So much going on inside Parker. I like that she’s multi-layered. Sensitive, but strong. Fearless, but tries to be thoughtful. I learn a bit more every time I get a script.”
Since she’s going to be Molly’s professor, Jones will naturally be in scenes with her portrayer, Hayley Pullos, but is also hoping to interact with other members of the GH cast. “I’ve been friends with Emme Rylan (Lulu) for a while,” the actress revealed. “It would be fun to work with her! And although I was in a scene with Maurice Benard (Sonny), we didn’t interact. So let’s make that happen!”
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Ainsworth can’t wait for fans to see how the new storyline with Kristina and Parker unfolds, and believes her character has changed since their last encounter. “I think through the heartache and struggle, she has been able to see things more clearly,” the Emmy winner says of Kristina, “and has grown stronger and more confident with who she is.”
Whether or not Parker and Kristina can make a relationship work this time around remains to be seen. Alexis still isn’t thrilled about it, and there’s always Parker’s ex-wife lurking in the background. If she shows up, all bets are off! As Jones urges fans: “Stay tuned!”
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