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'General Hospital' Star Matt Cohen: "I Want to Live a Huge, Full Life- Filled With Cakes, Hugs, and Smiles!"

Matt Cohen
In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, Matt Cohen spoke about his new role of Dr. Griffin Monro on General Hospital. The popular actor is thrilled and grateful to be on the daytime soap.

"I'm a guy that never thought I was going to be successful at anything; I always thought my life would be a struggle," he says. "So for me to wake up and have the opportunity to work almost daily at a job that I love, with a group of people that I already consider family, where I can kiss my baby and wife before I leave for work and come home and go to sleep with them at night-- honestly, I couldn't be happier. The actors that I work with on General Hospital are among the best actors that I've worked with on any show I've ever been on, and I feel absolutely privileged to work in that type of atmosphere."

Cohen shares many of his scenes with Finola Hughes (Anna), and she has nothing but praise for him. "He's the best!" she enthuses. "He's willing to work hard and he also has a great sense of humor about the whole thing. He has everything I could ask for in someone to work opposite."

Cohen says of Hughes. "Every piece of dialogue I share with her is a gift I was given by the acting universe. To be in the same room with her delightful, immensely lovely presence is one of the best feelings I've felt in this business. She's phenomenal. That woman is a prize."

He feels that he hit the lottery with Griffin. "I looked at Finola recently and said, 'Man, I am so lucky with this character.' The writers have given me a spinal cord, and they've hooked me into the history of a well-developed show, and a very loved man [Griffin's father, the late, lamented Duke]. I'm just super-excited to see where it's all going to go. More scenes with Anna, with Maxie, with Sonny-- whatever it is, it's going to be great! I'm so grateful to Frank [Valentini, executive producer] and my family at ABC for bringing me here. I'm so thankful, I'll wash all their cars for them!"

Cohen radiates positivity, and this last quote says it all about the charming actor. "My dream is to make it to three digits. I eat healthy, I take vitamins, I exercise, I do what I need to do. I want to live a huge, full life-- filled with cakes, hugs, and smiles!"

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