However, they were impressed by her and decided to give her the part of a recurring character that they were in the process of writing, who they characterized as a "bitchy" doctor.
Thiebaud described the casting process as a "surprise". Britt Westbourne on September 19, During an interview with Star Pulse, she confessed that she was shocked, because she felt that she wasn't doing well in the role due to nerves, in addition to the fast-paced nature of the genre. Her departure was not confirmed until this date. She said that "It was just a case of getting used to that [taping] speed again", and is open to future appearances. Character development[ edit ] Characterization and family[ edit ] Britt's manipulative untruthful personality has led her to be nicknamed the "Britch" or "Dr.
Britch" in the show's dialogue and social media. Thiebaud also hoped that audiences would fall for the character and understand her more. Something you can't do as an actor is judge your character, but it's very easy to do that. At times I'd catch myself [saying] 'I can't understand why Patrick would want to be with me!
I'm a horrible person! I'm so blessed to play someone so interesting and so layered and so expressive. Upon the reveal that Dr. Obrecht was Britt's mother, Thiebaud stated: She noted that "No one is just a bitch. There are always reasons behind that. I'm not convinced he knows she's as conniving as everyone else says she is. In addition, she hoped that Britt's relationship with Nikolas Cassadine Tyler Christopher would "grow closer".
She felt that Nikolas and Britt's friendship was "very special", saying: But, Nikolas is continuing to be there for Britt, like no else before has. At their engagement party, Elizabeth Webber Rebecca Herbst , another one of Britt's rivals, exposes who Ben's real parents are: However, Britt confesses to him that she played a role in Spencer's disappearance to get him back and they break up again. Head writer Ron Carlivati explained: So, we had this escape hatch already when Kelly decided she was not going to sign a new contract.
She is intent on starting a serious relationship with him following a few dates, and appoints nurse Sabrina Santiago Teresa Castillo to look after his daughter Emma Drake Brooklyn Rae Silzer.
Britt notices that Sabrina has a crush on Patrick, but doesn't view it as a threat, initially. Patrick and Sabrina develop feelings for each other, which strengthens once he dumps Britt for being rude and calling his daughter names. Britt manipulatively attempts to destroy Sabrina's career as a nurse by blackmailing one of her patients, Maxie Jones Kirsten Storms , into sabotaging Sabrina.
Britt later sets up Sabrina to appear that she cheated on a nursing test, though she is caught and Sabrina graduates as a nurse. Britt ends up getting help from her mother, Dr. Liesl Obrecht Kathleen Gati , who is even more intent on Britt being with Patrick, threatening to kill her own daughter if she doesn't improve her tactics.
Britt and her mother's master plan is revealed when Britt takes the stage at the Nurse's Ball to inform Patrick, Sabrina, and Emma that she is pregnant with his child. Britt later, with the help of the sleazy lab technician Brad Cooper Parry Shen , fakes hyperemesis gravidarum so Patrick will take her in, but she instead moves in with Sabrina and fellow nurse Felix Dubois Marc Anthony Samuel for her fake bed-rest, inflicting hell on them.
A paternity test demanded by Sabrina and Felix seemingly proves that Patrick is the father of Britt's baby, though it is later revealed Dr. Obrecht switched the results, and the child isn't Patrick's. During the middle of this, Britt also befriends Nikolas Cassadine Tyler Christopher , who she develops potential feelings for. When Patrick finds out who Britt's mother is, he tells Britt he's filing for sole custody of the baby. Britt finally admits that she isn't carrying Patrick's baby, and when Patrick presses, she tells him that Brad donated his sperm to her so she could get pregnant.
Soon after, she goes into labor, and Sabrina and Nikolas end up delivering her son, whom she names Ben. Obrecht ends up kidnapping Ben soon after he is born, and Nikolas and Britt go to his family compound, Cassadine Island, in Greece when they get a lead on her.
There, she finds Faison with her son, and eventually gets Ben back. Britt also finds out Robin is alive and being held captive by her parents. Britt offers to help Robin with this, and finds out Patrick and Sabrina are engaged. Robin becomes desperate to find a cure in order to stop the wedding. Britt's parents are eventually caught, and they're freed. Britt and Nikolas eventually start a relationship after the ordeal.
However, Britt's newfound happiness is put in jeopardy by her mother, who blackmails Britt into helping her get released from jail. Britt is afraid she'll lose Nikolas because Lulu is his sister. After she and Nikolas get engaged, the truth is revealed, and Nikolas dumps Britt. Obrecht steals Ben when the truth is revealed, and tries to help Britt leave town with him.
Instead, Britt turns her mother into the police, and gives Ben back to Dante and Lulu. She stays at his apartment for the night, though they don't sleep together. The next day, she finds out that Nathan is actually her brother, who Liesl gave to her sister, Madeline Reeves Donna Mills , to raise.
The two try to form some kind of bond. Liesl also tries to bond with her children, but Britt is not willing to forgive her mother as easily for not just lying, but for belittling her constantly. Britt decides to try and win Nikolas back with the help of his son, Spencer. Spencer disappears, making it look like he was kidnapped, so that Britt can find him and be a hero.
Though Britt was not the one who found Spencer, it still drew Nikolas and Britt back together. However, Liesl blackmailed Britt, with Spencer's kidnapping, to help Faison hide from the police. Britt refused, and instead confessed the truth to Nikolas. Furious, Nikolas threatened to call the cops on Britt. She left, and met her parents at the dock, where they were planning to escape together. She decided to go with them, but Obrecht changed her mind and stayed when she found out Nathan was injured.
Britt and Faison left Port Charles, going on the run together. Britt briefly returned almost a year later to watch the Nurses' Ball with Brad, and catch up with Obrecht.
She also visited Spencer, who was recovering from injuries sustained during a fire, before departing Port Charles again. Reception[ edit ] "Britt, who started out as a one note bitch, became interesting. Britt is no longer some random doctor who ended up in Upstate New York. It seems that her mother pressured her to pursue Patrick, and conceive a child with him, as part of a larger evil scheme. It both makes her smarter and more sympathetic.
Deep down, she just wants to make her mother happy, and is hurt that not even getting pregnant made Patrick like her. While I didn't see the point of Britt or Sabrina early on, the story has hooked me over the past few weeks.
She might be playing a woman audiences love to hate, but there's plenty to love about her. Presenter Tim Jennings stated: Soaps always bring characters back from the dead. Characters we like and dislike have shared their intimate thoughts. While watching a few confront their inner demons or confess their feelings to others we might have felt deeply moved to hug one or two of them", with Britt included.
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