Kirsten Storms Reveals Her Favorite General Hospital Storyline

Since 2005, Kirsten Storms has been bringing the larger-than-life legacy character of Maxie Jones to life on "General Hospital" (via IMDb). After a successful stint as the first adult Belle Black on "Days of Our Lives," Storms made the transition from playing a sweeter-than-pie heroine to an anxiety-ridden manipulator who couldn't stop making mistakes in life. Even after her manipulative side was usually only put to good, Maxie couldn't stop making mistakes and falling for the absolute wrong men.

Maxie's latest failed romance was with sociopathic mustache-twirling villain Peter August (Wes Ramsey), who her friends and family warned her about over and over again. Everyone told her he was bad news, but Maxie insisted he changed — until she finally learned he hadn't by discovering he has no moral compass and was responsible for countless deaths (via Cheat Sheet). And one of those deaths can be counted as Storms' favorite storyline during her time on "GH."

Kirsten Storms looks back on playing Maxie grieving Nathan's death

Before Maxie fell in love with Peter, she blamed him for the death of her husband, Nathan West (Ryan Paevey), who might have been the only good guy Maxie ever chose, and her most popular pairing during her years on "General Hospital." It turned out that Nathan was Peter's half-brother, which Nathan did not know in which he was lured into a trap in which he was killed (via Soap Dirt). While Peter didn't pull the trigger, his deranged father, Cesar Faison (Anders Hove) did, and Maxie found that to be unforgivable for a while. It was also a story that Kirsten Storms loved playing.

"I feel like that challenged me the most as an actor," Storms told Soap Opera Digest of Maxie's grieving process after she was left alone and pregnant when Nathan passed away. "I had to cry for weeks. I don't like crying in a scene unless I feel like I can really make it believable, and some days, it's so difficult to get to that place. But I felt like the story and the writing of Nathan's death impacted me so much that it was ... I don't want to say easier, but I could connect with what I was doing more because it was written just so beautifully."

Indeed, there wasn't a dry eye in Port Charles or in the audience when Nathan died (via Soaps In Depth).