General Hospital News And Spoilers: Alicia Leigh Willis Reveals Maurice Benard’s Behind-The-Scenes Behavior Caused Her To Leave GH

Maurice Benard and Alicia Leigh Willis played alongside one another as brother and sister on General Hospital. Alicia joined the cast in December of 2001 through February 2006. In an interview with her former co-star, Willis reveals why she left GH.

General Hospital news reports confirm Maurice Benard recently interviewed his former co-star and TV sister, Alicia Leigh Willis. Alicia portrayed Sonny’s sister Courtney Matthews and is the mother of Sonny’s nephew Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez). On a recent episode of the YouTube series State Of Mind, General Hospital spoilers reveal Alicia Leigh Willis opened up about her time at General Hospital.

In an intensely insightful State of Mind interview, Willis admits her reason for leaving General Hospital. When discussing Benard’s struggle with mental health, Alicia and Maurice opened up about his behind-the-scenes behavior. According to Willis, Benard’s behavior played a part in her GH exit.

“I didn’t know what you were going through,” Willis confessed. “All I knew is that you and I were really close. And I always had a way of taking things really personally. So if someone was in a bad mood around me, I felt like it was my fault, like I had done something.

“So for a long time, I didn’t know which Maurice I was gonna get,” she added. “One day you were the most charming, amazing… and then another day I was a little scared. I was just like, does he hate me? Did I do something? I didn’t understand at the time.

Things Get Dark

Alicia reflected on some dark times while on the set of General Hospital. “I remember the last year of the show was really dark,” she admitted. “I would go to my dressing room and I would just cry. And it wasn’t just that. That was a big part of it, but I felt like we had such a good connection. That was a big reason. So much was disclosed in this interview, as fans saw a new dynamic between Sonny and Courtney’s portrayers. “This is the first time I’ve ever actually said that out loud,” she added. “Because people said, ‘Why are you leaving the show? They’re offering you another four years. You’re a working actress. What are you doing?’ And I’m like, “I can’t stay. I’m so unhappy.’” Willis acknowledged that she has a better understanding now of what TV brother was going through. “This is the first time I’ve ever actually said that out loud,” she said. “Because people said, ‘Why are you leaving the show? They’re offering you another four years. You’re a working actress. What are you doing?’ And I’m like, “I can’t stay. I’m so unhappy.’”

It sounds like Willis and Benard have come to an understanding. “After I saw the Oprah interview, it clicked,” she told Benard. “And now the journey that you are on is so incredible. Because people need to talk about it. I wish we had talked about it 20 years ago! If we had had this kind of dialogue back then? Think of how much easier it would have been for all of us to just talk to each other.”

Do not miss the interview on YouTube!

General Hospital Spoilers: Spencer SORASed, Bechtel OUT, Meet The New Spencer Cassadine

Nicolas Bechtel has played young Spencer Cassadine since May of 2013, but his role went from front and center, to making appearances here and there, due to script and outside projects.

Little Spencer Cassadine isn’t so little anymore. General Hospital news has confirmed that Bechtel is out as GH’s Spencer, son of Nikolas Cassadine (Marcus Coloma) and the late, Courtney Mathews (Alicia Leigh Willis).

General Hospital spoilers reveal, a grown Spencer is the one who has been stalking Ava Jerome (Maura West) and Spencer’s own father, Nikolas, causing the two newlyweds to spilt. Despite their love for one another, Ava has walked away from her marriage out of fear and a way to hopefully protect her daughter Avery Corinthos (Ava and Grace Scarola). Spencer’s plan to get his father and Ava apart is working, but I lit on Ava. Nikolas doesn’t see eye to eye with Ava on this. She wants to be apart to protect Avery, but Nik isn’t scared and believes he can catch the stalker before any harm is done.

General Hospital comings and goings news reports that the new Spencer will be played by Nicholas Alexander Chavez. This up and coming actor has a clean slate in the field, making General Hospital his only accreditation on his IMDb page. Chavez has a seemingly new IG page, where he has shared only two posts, but has made an obviously friend connection with GH’s William Lipton who plays Cameron Webber. In the IG post below, William and Alexander go back and forth in friendly conversation.

We look forward to seeing more of Chavez in this role and are excited to see what tricks (not so little) Spencer has up his sleeve!

Alicia Leigh Willis’ (Courtney Matthews) Big GH News

It’s been quite a while since Alicia Leigh Willis,  (ex-Courtney Matthews) was part of General Hospital. Willis played mob boss, Sonny Corinthos’ half sister from 2001-2006. In 2006 Courtney, the mother of Nikolas’ son little Spencer Cassadine died from a virus that plagued Port Charles, brought on by none other than the vicious villain, Jerry Jacks. Her son Spencer mentions her from time to time, wishing he got a chance to know his mother.

Last week an announcement was made on the official Alicia Leigh Willis website, www.aliciaonline.net, with news of a General Hospital event with Tyler Christopher and Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily Quartermaine). You can catch these three as part of the General Hospital fan club weekend in August. For full details click on the link to the official Alicia Leigh Willis website.

With news of her involvement in a General Hospital fan event, we have reason to believe that Willis will return to General Hospital as Courtney Matthews for May Sweeps. Alicia was among four actors in the GH Fan February contest. Fans have voted, and whoever was chosen will appear in early May for GH’s May Sweeps. Along with Alicia, fans were able to choose from 3 other characters, Stephen Nicholas (Stefan Cassadine), Ron Hale (Mike Corbin), and Carly Schroeder (Serena Baldwin).

GH rumors have speculated that Alicia Leigh Willis’ character Courtney will be the one to return this week on General Hospital. Stau tuned to GH’s May Sweeps to find out!