After a long past with bad boys — namely mobsters Sonny and Jason — GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Sam fell hard for one of Port Charles’ “finest” citizens: cop Lucky Spencer. But did anyone really expect the manipulative little vixen to sustain a romance with a nice guy? Kelly Monaco weighs in on her character’s botched romance.
Soap Opera Weekly: Were you surprised that so many viewers were really enjoying the Sam/Lucky coupling?
Kelly Monaco: I’m always surprised by the reaction to any relationship. You never know how the audience is going to take to it. The only gauge I have is from Super Soap Weekend. Fans seemed to be split. Half the people are Jason and Sam fans. Half are on the bandwagon to this pairing. So half of them hate one or the other [couple].
Weekly: Do you like the Sam/Lucky story?
Monaco: Sam and Lucky’s romance was nice. It was sweet. It was friendly. It was innocent. I mean, gosh, Sam did do a lot of manipulating and crap [to land Lucky], but he was teaching her a lot.
Weekly: Did this pairing bring out a softer, sweeter side of Sam?
Monaco: Yes, but I just don’t know how much of it was genuine. A lot of it was just [pretending because] out of this pain she was feeling [over losing] Jason. In the beginning it was very calculated and manipulative. Eventually, it turned genuine. I guess Sam realized she and Lucky were both in the same boat at some point. It was when they became friends, truly friends, that it first started to take a different turn. It’s been hard for me to adjust to this pairing, because I feel Sam and Jason was so abruptly ended without any explanation, really, as to the coldness that was so one-sided [on Jason’s part]. Of course, Jake came into play, but I felt like Jason and Sam were always strong enough to overcome. Who knows [what will happen] down the line?
Weekly: Sam is available again, since Lucky kicked her to the curb after learning she watched Jake get kidnapped and did nothing. How do you feel about their breakup?
Monaco: Sam has always had her guard up. Then, finally, she found someone who is trustworthy. Of course, the second she started to [let down] some of the bricks that are so cemented inside of her, it would blow up in her face. She’s disappointed, but I also feel that it’s [her fault]. She caused it all. Now that it’s come to a head, she’ll accept responsibility and the pain that comes along with the breakup.
Weekly: Do you think Sam being attacked by the Text Message Killer might help her gain a little sympathy from Lucky and perhaps even lead to forgiveness?
Monaco: This is a kind of a double-edged sword, because Sam has cried wolf so many times. When you finally do become the victim, do you get the sympathy or does it blow up in your face? This is one of the times that it’s definitely blown up in her face.
Weekly: But that’s because Lucky thinks Sam is lying about being attacked. What do you think will happen when he learns she was telling the truth?
Monaco: He may feel guilty on some level. I think he may come crawling back to her!
Weekly: Can Sam actually enjoy dating and — dare we even suggest it — possibly loving a nice guy like Lucky?
Monaco: The love of Sam’s life will always be Jason. But does she have feelings for somebody else? That’s what she was exploring. She was oohing and ahhing over the experience of what it was like for her to really fall in love with Lucky. Lucky’s got absolutely nothing else going on in the background. He’s really nice and kind, and he treated Sam like a lady. Sam was wondering, “Is this what I’m after? I guess so.” She’s figuring this out.