June 26, 2022

‘Common Hospital’ Star Kelly Thiebaud on Her Emmy-Nominated Flip From ‘Britch’ to Heroine

Soaps are all about characters evolving, and the journey that Kelly Thiebaud has taken Dr. Britt Westbourne on has been nothing however pleasurable to observe. She began on ABC’s Common Hospital a decade in the past because the “Britch,” a not-so endearing nickname given to Britt by different medical personnel. Over time, we’ve seen Britt mature from the lady who inadvertently despatched little Emma Scorpio’s (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) doll to a fiery destiny to a heroine whom we’re rooting for to have love in her life.

For her efforts, Thiebaud has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy within the class of Excellent Supporting Efficiency in a Drama Collection: Actress. She sat down with TV Insider to speak about her nomination, Britt’s evolution, and Britt dipping her toes again into the courting pool.

Congratulations in your nomination! How did you hear the nice information?

Kelly Thiebaud: Thanks! I heard by way of Frank [Valentini, GH’s executive producer] first. He referred to as me quarter-hour earlier than they introduced it on The Discuss. I used to be pleasantly shocked. I used to be like, “Wait. How did you discover out?” He stated, “Oh, I’ve my methods.”

You had an incredible 12 months on the present. Are you able to share what’s in your reel?

I had fairly a number of scenes to drag from final 12 months. I’ve my breakup scene with Jason [Steve Burton]. The place Britt tells Carly [Laura Wright] that Jason is gone. There was a Britt/Jason scene the place they have been on the run proper after Sam [Kelly Monaco] tried to convey passports for them to run [away]. Jason tells Britt he’s going to drop her at one in every of Sonny’s [Maurice Benard] islands. The rationale I selected it was as a result of I believed the writing was nice. The dialog between us was actual and genuine and a pleasant stability with the emotional stuff I’ve on the reel. There’s the aftermath of the cave the place Jason dies. Britt stands up and says, “No, we’re taking place there to search out him!” I’ve the place Britt finds out she has [the genetic markers] for Huntington’s illness.

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Seems like a terrific reel.

I’m actually grateful that the those who voted beloved my work. It’s such an exquisite acknowledgment.

Do you decide the brains of different folks when assembling your reel?

Sure. I requested one of many producers on our present after which, I requested my supervisor, agent, and performing coach. I didn’t need too many cooks within the kitchen as a result of I can get swayed very simply. Just a few gave me sound recommendation.

What we discovered so relatable about Britt is when she grew to become weak to Jason. She purchased that further toothbrush head for him solely to search out out he was by no means going to make use of it. Who hasn’t accomplished one thing like that?

It was so enjoyable. I obtained to convey just a little little bit of myself to that. Steve was the most effective associate. I actually should thank him for this nomination. I used to be given nice writing working with him. Now we have this unimaginable connection. We did some nice stuff. When Britt’s vulnerability got here out, it was fairly simple. We constructed this friendship. Jason grew to become somebody Britt felt she might depend upon.

Britt stated one thing self-effacing not too way back, calling herself the “Britch.” Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) stated no one thinks of you that manner anymore. That’s true. What did that second imply to you? To Britt?

It’s been fairly a journey, actually from the place she began to the place she is now. It’s been night time and day. Nonetheless, I don’t need to lose who she was. She’s discovering a kinder, gentler model of herself. She’s studying the right way to handle feelings and folks. However she’s nonetheless a free cannon. She’ll nonetheless be totally different from everybody else. Her reactions will not be conventional. I need to maintain that taste. I’ve to thank the followers. As a lot as they hated her, there was one thing pleasurable about watching her fall on her face! I feel the redemption is paying off. She’s come by way of that to this lighter model. It’s been enjoyable for me to play. She has so many alternative components. I really like the darkish and lightweight sides of her.

What’s it like working with Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer)? Britt and Spencer had a particular bond again when he was just a little one and he or she was courting his father, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma).

I can’t recall if [Nicholas] and I ever talked concerning the backstory. Nicholas did his homework on who Spencer is. It’s fascinating how one can join with kids [as Britt did with Spencer when he was little]. They’re so harmless and simple. There’s no game-playing. So it was very simple for that bond to get established with these two characters. Nicholas has accomplished such a superb job. When he first got here to the present, I used to be like he’s grown up! Nicholas is so gifted. I’m so comfortable he was nominated. I really like working with him.

I requested him as soon as if he thought they’d ever go there together with your characters…however after Spencer imitated that voice he did as a toddler…no. It can not occur. No.

[Laughs] No. No manner.

What’s it like working with TV mother Kathleen Gati (Dr. Obrecht)? Individuals overlook that accent isn’t her actual voice.

Any time I’ve to talk German, I’m going to her. I’m unsure how she does that. Her accent is so good. Kathleen’s knowledgeable and in addition so kindhearted. She’s my “Mama Bear.” She’s somebody you’ll be able to name and know she’ll make you are feeling higher. I’m so blessed to work along with her.

Britt’s on the market attempting up to now once more — or was. Now, Josh Kelly has joined the present as Cody Bell. What do you concentrate on Britt attempting to get on the market once more within the courting world?

I like what they’ve been doing. Her attempting a courting app was very relatable. I feel what’s actually pleasurable about seeing Britt in love is that it’s such a distinct facet to her persona. Her getting again out there may be nice. Some thrilling issues are coming…we will see.

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