kelly monaco red carpet 2 nc 325 'General Hospital's' Kelly Monaco: 'We aren't just replaceable'Zap2it: What’s your opinion of how Sam McCall has developed during the decade you’ve played her on “General Hospital”?

Kelly Monaco: I think she’s come a long way. She’s an amazing character with many different sides and layers. She has a family of her own, and she’s lost family; she’s led a very colorful life, and I can’t wait to explore her more. Hopefully, daytime [drama] will stay around until I’m long gone.

Zap2it: What does it say to you about “General Hospital” that the show has lasted 50 years?

Kelly Monaco: What it means is that daytime dramas are still appreciated. People still want to see them. We aren’t just replaceable with a show like “The Revolution” or a cooking show or a reality show. That’s not what the audience wants while they’re vacuuming or getting on with their day. [Now online offerings,] “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” being brought back in any aspect is a testament to that.

Zap2it: After winning the first season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last fall, you came back for last fall’s “All-Stars” season, for which some executives at the network became concerned that the show’s ratings fell off. What’s your take on that?

Kelly Monaco: I think we had some major competition. There was “The Voice,” and other networks are now putting popular shows in the same time slot. Stuff happens in this world, and it’s almost more interesting than what’s actually on the television.

Posted by:Jay Bobbin