General Hospital 2nd News February 28, 2024


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Exploring Natalia’s Complexities: Eva LaRue on GH’s Stance Against Homophobia

In the bustling city of Chicago, where All My Children fans thrive, Eva LaRue, known for her portrayal of Natalia on General Hospital, recently graced the Windy City to shed light on her character’s intricate psyche. Delving deep into Natalia’s apprehensions regarding her daughter Blaze’s sexual orientation and her relationship with Kristina, LaRue unravels the layers of complexity that define Natalia’s stance on love and acceptance.

General Hospital 2nd News February 28, 2024
Eva LaRue talks Natalia, Blaze, and Kristina.

Natalia’s initial reaction to discovering Kristina (played by Kate Mansi) in Blaze’s hotel bed was one of shock and discomfort, as LaRue elucidates. However, the actress emphasizes that Natalia’s response wouldn’t have differed had she stumbled upon a man in the same scenario. “Even if she had walked in and found a man, it would have been shocking,” LaRue explained to ABC7-TV’s Tracy Butler, highlighting Natalia’s struggle to come to terms with unexpected situations.

The core of Natalia’s reluctance stems from her deeply ingrained values as a conservative Latina mother, LaRue suggests. Despite her unconditional love for Blaze (portrayed by Jacqueline Grace Lopez), Natalia grapples with the revelation of Blaze’s sexual orientation, feeling blindsided by their supposed closeness. “It’s always been her and Blaze against the world. So, for her to be the last to know that Blaze is gay is embarrassing,” LaRue empathizes, illustrating Natalia’s internal turmoil.

Contrary to popular belief, Natalia’s reservations about Kristina extend beyond mere disapproval; they stem from a maternal instinct to shield her daughter from a homophobic society, LaRue clarifies. While Natalia harbors no personal animosity towards the LGBTQ+ community, she remains acutely aware of the prejudice that pervades the world around them.

LaRue’s meticulous research into Blaze’s past, particularly her harrowing experiences with abuse at the hands of Linc Brown (portrayed by Dan Buran), prompts Natalia to question the underlying reasons behind Blaze’s romantic inclinations. “Is this dabbing [or has] she always felt this way,” LaRue muses, delving into the complexities of Blaze’s emotional journey.

Amidst the tumult of familial discord, LaRue finds solace in the camaraderie shared with former All My Children colleagues who now inhabit the vibrant realm of Port Charles. The reunion with familiar faces like Cameron Mathison (Drew), Finola Hughes (Anna), and the anticipated encounter with Michael E. Knight (Martin) evokes a sense of nostalgia, reminiscent of cherished memories from yesteryears.

As Eva LaRue unravels the intricate tapestry of Natalia’s character, she not only challenges stereotypes but also underscores the importance of empathy and understanding in navigating the complexities of human relationships. In Natalia’s journey, audiences find a poignant reflection of the struggles and triumphs inherent in the quest for acceptance and love.


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