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General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor Talks ‘Being Brando Corbin’

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This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has set Port Charles newcomer Brando Corbin (Johnny Wactor) up with a mechanics garage for a place of business, that has left Brando concerned, but also thankful.

Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

Since making his debut in the recurring role of Brando back in January of this year, in a short amount of time, Wactor has already displayed that he has solid leading man, and soap anti-hero potential, something that always serves one well amidst the romance, intrigue, and suspense of the genre’s storytelling.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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Jimh
Jimh

i think he is working against Sonny and Sonny doesnt realize he has let the enemy ‘inside the house’ sort to speak..he saved Carly as a ruse to get his foot in the door and them to think he is the good guy and on their side when he isnt…Brando can be working for someone(maybe Gladys is his mob boss and not his mom) or he could be the head of the other mob out to take Sonny down and take over his territory!!!!…would be a strange twist if Dev was the secret person holding TJ and the mob boss wanting to take over sonny’s territory via a video game-lol

Celia
Celia

Yes, Jimmy, I like your reasoning……Lots of questions surrounding this guy.
By the same token, isn’t Sonny a fox? What if he suspects Brando’s sudden appearance in PC and wants to keep him where he can “see” him? Ergo, giving him his own place of business?
As far as TJ? I do not care—-no interest in this character at all—-or Jordan, frankly. I do love Curtis, though—–At one point, I was rooting for him and Nina to ” get together”.
Yet, I do hope Brando ends up being a good guy—-he has that certain elusive je ne sais quoi, which is soooo appealing to women.

Jimh
Jimh

Still Brando is too good to be true..too willing to help Sonny…Jordan is too Wonder Woman…Tj and Molly dont care…not around enough to hold my interest…plus side is no Kristina!!!!

Celia
Celia

Agreed, Jimmy!!

DMRR
DMRR

I can’t stand that petulant brat, Kristina!

aria
aria

this guy is super hot, why is he recurring? also please don’t let him be into Carly, there’s better “fish” in the pond in this town, sorry for referring to the general hospital gals as fish, lol, hope he sticks around for a while, and I don’t know yet who he would be good with but damn did I say this guy is hot already?

Kay
Kay

Wish they had made him a Dante recast. If we can’t have the original, he could have worked with Lulu.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Kay
Sorry to disagree but to me Lulu is a snarky, jealous little bitch. I see a lot better things for Brando. He may be an undercover agent of some sort, trying to infiltrate Sonny’s organization, or maybe he’s just who he says he is.

DMRR
DMRR

I can’t stand Lulu. She is so annoying & boring!

Celia
Celia

WOW, Kay–Great idea!!—but, the thought of him with Lulu? Oh, me oh my!!
I hope BLQ pulls every fake strand of hair off her head. Oh, well.

Doretta Harris
Doretta Harris

I see him with Maxie. I have been a big fan of gh for 40 years now. Love you all.

Patrick
Patrick

“OKAY” ^^^^ “THIS” guy… is a DOOZY

please upon please… no attraction to Carly… why waste him

I HOPE he acts….

WOW

Patrick
Patrick

YEP ; he’s … got it

supplants every one

AND acts… and… that’s even magnetic

Su000
Su000

OK–this irks me
” Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH?”

why does everyone need to be hooked up to someone..
there are millions and millions of single people living a great single life..
It is awesome to be free , your own person..
being single is a great life, actually..

Let the guy be a bachelor
‘he doesn’t need any hang-on he will be a super bachelor!!

Rose Marie Ware
Rose Marie Ware

Love him as Sonnys cousin, Aonny needs some family….as long as he does not have any attentions of hurting Sonny and Jason….Love to see him help out Sonny and Jason….he does not have to be a-part of the mob….but help them out if they get in a bind

Steve
Steve

Who says it has to be a lady? Brando and Lucas would smolder.

Timmm
Timmm

He seems like a cool guy. I hope some fans dont crap all over the guy since he is working with Sonny, Jason and Carly. Maybe Brando and Brooklyn. She is a great addition to GH and a life long Q!

Celia
Celia

I like badass Brando—-I do believe there’s more than meets the eye here. Is he connected to Cyrus? He’s a mysterious tease. Is Cyrus trying to corral him through Harmony? To be his eyes on the outside? How are Cyrus and Harmony connected? I look forward to Brando’s developing story—-wait on the romance part, please. Most emphatically?—do not entangle him with airhead Brook Lynn—-I hope I’m wrong about her—hope there’s something within that brain that’s fertile and salvageable. I truly can’t make up my mind about her…yet.
Then again, he wouldn’t be the first man to fall prey to wily women, albeit BLQ doesn’t seem to be the femme fatale whatsoever. Why is that? Is she saving her charms for the right guy?
Anna, is a graduate of Wiles U. What a Pro—in more ways than one. I guess no sex appeal needed to drag a man by the nose. More gullible he. I am not into this new Anna.

Jimh
Jimh

Brando should had been her son instead of Peter…

Gwen huff
Gwen huff

I think he’s a great addition to the show-I like him a lot and he’s so good looking!

Charlene
Charlene

Brook Lynn or Carly

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