Talk about a slow, slow burn. After almost a year of waiting to see what's going to happen between Ryan Paevey's Nathan West and Kirsten Storms' Maxie Jones, General Hospital fans have to wait just a little longer.
Though the fictional couple wed earlier this year, they haven't had a chance for an on-screen happily ever after due to Storms's unexpected break to recover from severe depression. And now soapcentral.com has learned that Paevey recently took a brief leave of absence from the ABC drama series to film the Hallmark Channel movie Harvest Love with Days of our Lives' Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa Donovan).
On-screen, Maxie has been hoping Nathan will join her in Portland -- and rumor has it, the character will try it out for a couple of weeks as a way to explain Paevey's on-screen absence.
But fans who worry about the future of the couple seemingly don't need to fret for long: Paevey tells soapcentral.com that he is already back at work -- and filming a lot of material.
"Got back a week and a half ago, shot a little over a hundred pages of GH this week," Paevey shared.
Got back a week and a half ago, shot a little over a hundred pages of GH this week. ????— Ryan Paevey (@RyanPaevey) August 22, 2017
When asked by a fan how those 100-plus pages of material equates into on-screen time, Paevey responded, "No way to forecast that...the powers that be control how it's distributed."
As for Harvest Love, the film follows a widowed surgeon (Lilley) who visits her family's pear orchard in hopes of taking a break from her overbooked life and reconnecting with her distant son. She starts to fall for the farm manager, Will (Paevey), who is growing a new hybrid pear and teaches her the importance of her heritage. The film is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, September 30, at 9:00PM/8:00PM C.
What do you think about Paevey taking a short break from GH? Do you want to see Naxie have a happily ever after? Or do you think circumstances have made the couple old news? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.