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GH's Jonathan Jackson speaks on Jake Tearjerker & the toll it took on him!

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If you have watched the last several episodes of General Hospital, Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) has delivered gut-wrenching, raw, and emotional moments seldom seen on daytime. And, to the viewers it may all seem so effortless. But with every great performance by an actor of his caliber, there is so much that goes into playing those types of scenes that can be emotionally demanding and exhausting.

Jonathan opens up to Entertainment Weekly’s Lynette Rice about those five hankie days of GH, and the future of Lucky/Liz.  Here are a few excerpts below!

Jonathan when EW’s Rice informed him she cried twice! “I sort of want to apologize but I’m not sure I should. It was kind of what we were going for,”

Jonathan on shooting Lucky’s major scenes after finding out Jake is brain-dead: “There was absolutely insane amounts of intensity that day. Everyone was feeling it. It was a very heavy feeling on the set. It was filmed in one day, from morning til late afternoon. The filming of it went on and on. We had to go there, to that [emotional] place, and keep coming back to it after breaks. In terms of sustaining the emotion, it was probably the hardest day I ever had. I was pretty wiped out by the end of it. We all were.”

Jackson on if Lucky will soon find out he is the daddy to baby Aiden: “I have no idea the time frame or what they’re doing with that. That’s sort of an inevitable thing to come out. It’ll be interesting to see how that changes things in terms of Lucky’s relationship with Elizabeth and whether it has that sort of emotional impact. There’s a lot of potential there, with the triangle between Lucky, his girlfriend Siobhan (Erin Chambers), and Elizabeth”

So, what did you think of JJ’s performances? And, who do you want to ultimately see Lucky with Siobhan or Elizabeth?

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Sondra
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Sondra

I have always thought Jonathan Jackson is the best actor on GH. Gh has great actors but have loved JJ ever since he first played Lucky. I was very happy to see him return to the role.

Toscanti
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Toscanti

I felt JJ did an emmy winning performance over the last several days, as dis LW, SB, RH, CD amongst others. It was daytime TV like I’ve never experienced. WOW!!!! What great writing, directing and acting. Watch out Bold and Beautiful here comes GH.

ethel
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ethel

he is just an awesome actor & always have been – his scenes were just riveting – i was in tears the entire time!

Dana
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Dana

I think the story had holes in it but JJ Steve and becky were phenomenal !! all 3 of them deserve emmy for their scenes in the past week..

Brooke
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Brooke

Wow, JJ is back better than ever. I was so so sad when he left GH years ago and to be honest it was never the same without him. Like someone said he is top notch, one of the best actors in daytime. He definitely deserves an Emmy. I love me some Steve Burton, but JJ is still more Emmy deserving. I’d love to see them all win one though. I’m mad they killed off Jake (especially since he was Jason/Liz baby) but boy did the storylines and acting out of it end up being epic. I hope JJ is… Read more »

Catherine
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Catherine

So beautiful. Here’s the thing, Jonathan Jackson is an amazing actor and he’s stuck on a soap opera. It sucks that Hollywood is too stupid to realize how wonderful he is. He should be starring in major big budget films but sadly, no. But you know? It’s probably what he wants to do because he has a wife and three children. He can go home each night and spend time with his family. Hell, I’d even take that if I had a family. Jonathan Jackson is an amazing actor and singer. He needs to be recognized more. Love to him… Read more »

Rena
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Rena

I love Jonathan Jackson. He is great as Lucky Spencer, and I want to see Liz and Lucky reunited.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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