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New York Vue

by Carolyn Hinsey, Published August 20, 2000

“Port Charles’ fans haven’t seen much of dreamy new doctor Ian Thornhart since he joined the hospital staff this spring, but that’s about to change.

“He’s opening a clinic,” reports Thorsten Kaye, who plays Ian.  “Coming from Europe myself, I always liked the idea of socialized medicine.  Doctors don’t get paid as much as they can get in private medicine, but there should be a place where poor people can go to get care.  Ian feels that doctors are healers.”

But on soaps, doctors should also be daters.  “Yes, I think he’s getting a love life,” agrees Kaye.  “I think it could go a lot of ways, but they are leaning toward Eve and Ian.  Personally, I’m not.  I think when someone makes the decision to get married [like Eve and Kevin] you should honor that.  Some viewers cannot tell the difference between the actor and the character, because you’re in their house every day.  That’s a very dangerous line.  You’re saying it’s okay to be an adulterer, which it’s not.  I think we have a responsibility to throw some values out there along with the marriage vows.”

What about Ian and Lucy?  “I think they should have sex,” responds Kaye with a laugh.  “Ian and Lucy are both adults.  It doesn’t have to be a big lovefest.  A couple of hours should do.”

By the end of the week, Ian will actually approach Karen for a date.  “I don’t know if we have sex or not,” he cracks in character.  “I think I’m trying to find true feelings for a woman I could actually have.”

Viewers know that Ian is the brother of “One Life to Live’s” Patrick Thornhart, a role also played by Kaye from 1995-97.  PC has yet to really address the connection.  “I don’t know much [about the relationship] except that they have the same dead sister.  Sometimes with dramatic structure on soaps they ignore history.  They shouldn’t ignore the fact that these two are brothers – they have the same background, the same passions.  It’s okay to throw that in.

“But hey,” he quips, “I don’t come up with stories.  I just come up with reasons why they won’t work!”