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GH’s Josh Swickard Talks Chase’s Takedown Of Nelle, The Rift With Finn & The Port Charles Cop Shop

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On General Hospital, The PCPD is looking a lot different these days on the heels of the department losing two of their top cops (one in death, and one on a secret mission), but enter Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard), better known to all as just “Chase”.  Following the untimely death of Nathan West (Ryan Paevey), his replacement turned out to be this newcomer to Port Charles … but who knew he had a few surprising connections!

First, viewers learned Chase is the half-brother of Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), and that relationship certainly has shown that there are chink’s in that armor.  Then, there is his secret past with “Janelle” aka Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier) that has unraveled over the last few months.

Through it all, actor Josh Swickard has proven that he is a keeper on GH, mixing it up with some of the longtime all-stars of the series while holding his own, showing us he is more than adept at a song and dance, and as a potential great new love interest for any lucky lady in Port Charles … for instance, what about Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?

Michael Fairman TV dished with Josh on: how his first foray into soaps has gone thus far, how Chase will deal with the fallout from the events that finally put Nelle behind bars, the guilt the cop feels for his part in the “death” of Nelle’s baby, and just what on earth is going on between Finn and Chase that is not allowing for more ‘brotherly love”.  Here’s what he had to say about all of that, and more.

When you first came on to GH, did you know Chase was going to be revealed as Finn’s brother (Michael Easton), and also had a past with Nelle?

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JOSH:  I knew about Michael Easton about the first week I was on the show.  I had met with the writers and the producers and that was my intro: “You are going to be related on-screen to Michael, and you will be playing his brother.”  I thought that was wonderful, and then that Chase had a past with Nelle which I learned a bit later.  They told Chloe and me that we were going to work together, and we had not spent a lot of time with each other up to that point.  So, the next day on set after we found out the back-story we were like, “Alright! Let’s do this!”

That must have been a bit of a challenge, with no on-camera back-story previously, to all of a sudden jump to, “Remember, when we were lovers?” (Laughs)

JOSH:  Exactly! And I have to say; Chloe Lanier has been an absolute star though this whole process.

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When you first came on the show, Chase was presented as this by-the-book cop opposite Dante played by the exited Dominic Zamprogna.  At first, it appeared that these new police partners were going to have an ongoing feud.   Did you like how that was beginning to play out?

JOSH:  I loved everything with Dante.  We didn’t have a feud in real life, but Dominic would give me a hard time, like playing a joke on me, etc.  I really enjoyed that, and it created a fun friendship.  Dominic is one of the most talented actors I have ever worked with on any show, let alone GH.  It was an honor working scenes with him.

So many people including myself, loved your performance at the Nurses’ Ball.  It must have been somewhat nerve-wracking for you being a rookie on the show, and then having to perform in front of the cast like that.  Was it?

JOSH:  I was absolutely terrified   It was quick rehearsals, and then as we were about to start filming, I realized this was the first time we were doing the number with costumes and lights.  I had a moment where I said to myself, “I don’t know if I am prepared!”  Then when we filmed it, they shot it from different camera angles, so we ran the number a few times and then they moved on.  I don’t fully remember it to be honest.  I think I blacked-out a little bit, because I was pretty new, and you are sitting there on-stage and literally: Maurice Benard (Sonny), Finola Hughes (Anna), and Michael Easton, all of these people are staring at you, and these are “Soap Gods!”  I said to myself, “What am I doing here?” (Laughs) Once I got rid of all that in my head, it ended up being a lot of fun.  The production does a pass where there are just cameras in the audience, but for my number, my first take was with the audience sitting there watching!  It got the jitters out of the way and brought back those old feelings of when I used to do theater, and the excitement in the pit of your stomach of performing live.

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Did you know the song “Feel It Still” by Portugal. the man before they had you perform it?

JOSH:  I had heard it on the radio, but I had to memorize it and learn the lyrics.  In the original version, he sings the song up an octave from me as I have a deeper voice.  I went to my vocal coach for assistance, and the recording guys over at ABC who were wonderful.  We worked out my version of it, so it ended up being fun.

You have obviously sung and danced before in other shows?

JOSH:  Not on other shows.  I did theatre when I was younger and I took ballet when I was young, because I have three sisters and I just kind of followed what they did.  So, I ended up doing the singing and dancing, instead of the football stuff.  It was good to kind of flex that muscle again.

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Did Chase scare every one of his co-workers away from the PCPD?  First, Dante leaves when Dominic decides to leave the show, and now Vinessa Antoine is leaving her role as Jordan!

JOSH:  I know!  The second I showed up everyone disappeared … so funny. (Laughs).

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When Chase came up with the plan with Michael (Chad Duell) to nab Nelle … did he think for a second it would go awry and the car could crash?

JOSH:  Well, Chase devised this whole plan of rigging the car and getting the confession.  He feels entirely responsible, and goes to Sonny and says to Jordan that he had this situation under control.  Chase put everything on his shoulders.  When Sonny and Chase were standing there looking at the computer and monitoring Nelle and Michael in the car, and then all hell breaks loose, Chase is at a loss.  He’s by the book, but at the same time he cares for the Corinthos family and he has an odd sort of care for Nelle.  Chase needs everything to be OK.  I think in the scenes where he is looking for Obrecht (Kathlen Gati) and everyone else, Chase is going by the seat of his pants in that moment.  He wanted to make sure people are alive and safe.  He is being a cop in clean up duty right now, and then he will deal with the repercussions.

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When Nelle comes in to the hospital and lies that she lost her baby, thanks to the car accident, what is going on in Chase’s head at that moment?

JOSH:  Chase is beside himself going, “I don’t know how this happened.”  

As Nelle leaves the canvas, how do you feel it was left between her and Chase?

JOSH:  There is not, at this point, a huge resolution scene of our relationship and how everything went down.  As I mentioned, Chase has been in a cleanup duty, and it’s kind of a gnarly situation for him all-around.

But if Chase had his druthers, would he want Nelle locked up, or does he still have feelings for her that are coloring his thinking?

JOSH:  I believe he wanted to arrest her.  However, there were moments where he thought: “Do I really want to do this?  I do still like you in a way, but I know you are this evil person!”  There is just something about Chase and Nelle that is there.  At the end of the day, Chase’s job is way more important to him than any of that, and so the goal is to take her down.  I think there is justice in that for him.  That is exactly what he set out to do, and he got it done.

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With Michael’s help, Chase got Nelle’s confession on tape; that she killed her ex-fiancé Zach, and wanted to kill Michael, and almost got her to confess that Carly did not push her down the stairs.  Does Chase feel relieved that he outsmarted Nelle, which has been kind of impossible for anyone else to do in Port Charles?

JOSH:  Yes. There was that moment on the pier between them when she kind of goes into what she did, and he says to himself, “Oh my gosh!  This is finally happening.”  Then, when Chase is standing next to Sonny on the computer, he had that final, “This is it!  We got her.  It’s over.  It’s in the bag.”  Chase then has his victory lap in his head, and then all hell breaks loose with something that he did not plan, which was the car crash.  I think Chase was so hell-bent on taking Nelle down that his judgment got cloudy.  Chase was just so ready to take her down, because of what she did.

Chase is devastated feeling he is to blame for the death of Nelle’s baby.  How will he live with that?  He ended up getting some friendly help from Lulu (Emme Rylan) who looked after him after he drank too much following the aftermath of the crash.

JOSH:  I think Chase is trying to navigate that now.  Where I’m at in the story, Chase hasn’t learned how to cope with it yet.  I think he’s got a surprising support system that will help him come out the other side of it.

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Finally, all of machinations came to light and Nelle was carted off to prison as Chase stood there and watched it all go down!

JOSH:  Yes, Nelle was carted away.  She attempts to kick Chase.  In rehearsal, Chloe got me with one of her kicks! (Laughs) In addition, Chase has a nice conversation with Sonny on how he was so committed to the plan, but the plan failed.  Sonny actually showed some mercy for Chase.  Sonny says: “It’s a burden you are going to have to bear, but it happens to the best of us, no matter what side of the law you are on.”  Even though Sonny is sometimes on the other side of the law, Chase does have a great deal of respect for him, and so this, coming from the grandfather of the baby that “died”, lightens the load just a little bit for Chase. Sonny is not playing the guilt trip card, and telling Chase what he could, or should have done.

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Now that there has been this baby switch, do you think that Chase will be the one to discover what actually happened?

JOSH: Oh, I hope so!  I sure hope so!  I would love for Chase to be able to go to Michael and have that information.  I truly know nothing about how it will play out, but I would love for that to be the case.

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In regard to Finn, it seems that Chase really wants to get to know his brother.  You could tell Finn was proud of Chase after his performance at the Nurses’ Ball.  Do you know the issue that has caused the rift in their relationship?

JOSH:  I think it’s slowly evolving, and for so long the audience has not known why Finn does not like Chase.  However, we are slowly on-camera coming around to having more of rapport with one another. Coming up, their dad is coming back and so in the near future, the audience is going to find out the whole back-story with them.  Chase came to Port Charles because Nelle was there, but he also knew Finn was there, and he wanted to have a relationship with him.

Maxie and Chase are being teased a bit as potential couple after some recent scenes between you and Kirsten Storms (Maxie) aired.   The only problem with that is that Maxie could appear like she dates every cop in town. (Laughs) After all, Chase was Nathan’s replacement at the PCPD, following his death.

JOSH: (Laughs) Personally, I love Kirsten Storms and she is such a powerhouse on General Hospital.  We worked really well together when we shot our scenes.  As the new guy, I was super comfortable working with her.  Kirsten was really kind with me.  I think the pairing would be great.

The Nelle story gave us a glimpse into the darker side of Chase than just the “Dudley-Do-Right viewers were getting used to seeing.  Do you think we might see more of that?

JOSH:  Not so prim and proper?  I would like that, personally as Josh.  It would add some fun layers to the character … he’s a bad guy, but is he really?  I appreciate it the scenes where the writers gave me a chance to play with that.  Chase has had enough moments being by-the-book, and he is by-the-book, but there are also some ulterior motives with him, and I think that will continue.  But, that is just my guess.

Thus far on your GH journey, what has been your favorite scenes?

JOSH:  I can think of a few different ones:  the flashbacks with Chase and Nelle were great and made for good TV.  Both Chloe and I thought they were good. I t’s tough in daytime, because we work so fast, and you will get out of a scene and go, “I don’t know if I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish.”

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What are you hearing from the fans on social media?

JOSH:  I think people liked the Chase and Nelle scenes and that relationship.  To be honest; I really try hard not to read social media and what people are saying about me.  Sometimes, there are fans where I would like to reply, but sometimes I could find myself going down a rabbit hole and you don’t want to do that.  The fans have been super kind to me thus far in accepting my character, and telling me they are looking forward to seeing Chase develop.  It was great for this character to have a storyline for the last couple of months.  I think people enjoyed it … at least, I hope they did. 

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Has the grind of working on a soap been what you thought it is was going to be?

JOSH:  It was better!  When I first came on they kind of dabbled me in to the story.  I really appreciated that, because people would tell me about working on the soaps: “You’re not going to remember your name …  it’s going to be the most stressful part of your life.”   I said, “No.  I got this.”  Then, when the Nelle storyline rolled around, I was working long hours five days a week.  I finally had that moment where your brain hit the breaking point and you are truly feeling that you cannot digest any more information.  You call your loved ones going, “I don’t know if I can do this!”  But you power through, and it is a grind, but you learn so much about yourself, and your craft in a different way than you haven’t thought of.   Now, I am just insanely grateful for the opportunity to be in daytime, because I am learning so much about work ethic. Once you are in the scene you just play and live, because it really is like live theatre televised.  We get one take, and if you mess up, we get two.  It’s a cool art form that I haven’t been exposed to before.  I am just so thankful and feel a little bit blessed to be a part of it.  The GH family is unreal and I mean that in the best possible way!

So, what have you thought of Josh’s performance thus far?  Do you think Chase is still harboring feelings for sociopath Nelle?  What do you think is the issue between Chase and Finn?  Did you enjoy Josh’s performance in the Nurses’ Ball, and the big question … who would you like to see Chase paired with romantically on the GH canvas?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below!

 

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Soaphound
Soaphound

This young actor is a breath of fresh air. He’s upbeat, self-deprecating, funny, a little goofy, and has a smile that could melt an iceberg. I like that Chase is a good guy; I’m so tired of this “anti-hero” kick we’ve been on for DECADES. Josh has proven he takes the job seriously and has already added some nice touches to his scenes. I think he has a great future. Oh, did I mention he also has gorgeous hair and dreamy eyes? He and Billy Miller are my main reasons for watching these days…waaayyyy too many Sonny/Carly/Jason shenanigans.

Jimh
Jimh

Chase is the only cop in town….Jordan is at every crime scene…you can easily sneak in the jail and confront a suspect like Carly done with Nelle…Micheal carries a bag in the station without being stopped and question…What 16 year old like Josslyn would be that brave to confront a suspected killer like Nelle…then there is the hospital where you can simply walk into the shrinks office and see him or her without an appointment…all patients and er patients are all treated on the same floor in the same rooms by the same doctors who are so brilliant they can treat any case even those who specialize in only one area-doctors in er are on the ground floor and only determine what might be wrong, get tests done then get a specialist to treat your problem if needed or surgeons in the operating room when its determined whats wrong with you if not a simple case!…its a soap…i get that…and they dont have to be totally realistic but come on they still need some reality…no wonder soaps get laughed at!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Jim…I (personally) WOULD NOT WANT to be treated as a patient at that hospital!!!!! That so-called hospital is such a joke…lol. I mean…it seems to me that ANYONE can somehow wander in and out of every area. Beyond ridiculous and unprofessional…lol. No Thank You.

Later.

mike
mike

A very good addition to the show, like the character and actor.

Gigi
Gigi

Not maxi she’s had 2 cops die on her

Satan
Satan

Three, actually. First one was named Jesse. Then Cooper Barrett. And of course James Nathan Westbourne Olbrecht Faison (or whatever the Hell his name actually was)

su000
su000

Another Great interview, Michael- thanks..
I like Chase (Josh Swickard)he is getting his footing/developing.

I want Curtis to take over Dante’s place, he would be a great detective. He is totally empty with Jordan and Sam doing nothing, he is being wasted.

So- what is next for Chase and Curtis?
((probably nothing much, sigh)

Satan
Satan

Chase & Maxie?

Not unless he has a death wish. Maxie had two previous cop boyfriends & one cop husband. All three left town in body bags. I’m actually surprised she isn’t banned from the PCPD headquarters for life.

Everybody loves Maxie….. but for a cop, it’s suicidal to do so.

Rodd
Rodd

LOVE John as Chase! He’s the best new male character on GH in a long time! Can’t wait to see where his story goes.

Timmm
Timmm

This is a good guy. A guy you want to root for. Personally, I would have just cast him as Nathan’s replacement. Putting him with Nelle worked but with Finn? UGG! One thing that might have worked is if Finn would have been in police work like his brother and those two could have butted heads in the same profession but the way this is going, dont like it. Nothing against Chase, I think Finn is ruining Anna To!

Soaphound
Soaphound

So glad you said it, Timmm. Believe me I’ve tried but I DON’T GET Finn. Is he supposed to have a dry sense of humor? I’m never sure. Don’t like him with Anna and, to me, Josh/Chase steals every scene they share. So I’d be happy if wonderful Josh is paired with other characters instead. He’s so likeable and clearly loves and appreciates this great opportunity.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Soaphound; I agree regarding Josh. Seems like a sweet guy and I’m loving him on the show. But I do love Michael Easton; have since OLTL and was beyond thrilled when they brought him over to GH. But I have to admit, I thought Finn was ridiculous when they first created the character (not any fault of Easton’s, I actually think he played the quirky but brilliant part well) but the character was too “goofy” to relate to (for me). Same with Franco. I love him best when he’s mature. Not that either character, Finn or Franco, should lose their humor, but in my opinion they’re both at their best when the “quirk” isn’t the predominant personality trait.

I think the writers have toned down the more “off-beat” part of Finn but they’ve kept his quick wit which first came out when they paired him with Anna and continued on with Alexis. He was completely dull with Hayden; I couldn’t have disliked her or them more. As for Finn and Anna? Don’t like them. I really did at first; thought it was a great match. Then I didn’t. I do like him with Alexis. Something about them worked for me. The doctor/the lawyer; quick wit, an understanding, great rapport. Deeper connection than what I’ve seen with Anna.

I’m so loving Scorpio’s return. Wish they’d keep him on and have Anna and him fall in love all over again.

As for the subject of this thread? Josh? Again; love him. Great interview. He’s a keeper!

Timmm
Timmm

Soaphouond, have you noticed since Finn and Anna are on this adventure, Finn is dropping quips like he is Bruce Willis in “Die Hard!” UGG!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes! Maybe that’s the template they’re using for this absurd storyline. Oh, Timmm, the things we endure for our beloved show!

JMER
JMER

Timmm, Agree on Finn and his character not working with Anna or Chase. I watch the show very, very little at this point but have seen various Chase scenes (and of course remember the Nurse’s Ball) so will have to check out some more. It’s rare that I hear about anything on the show actually working well. Thanks.

Timmm
Timmm

Its stunt casting, too many new characters and the stories are not written with a good beginning, middle and end!

Charday
Charday

Oh, what a QT! He looks so different in the posed photos in this article, compared to on GH. I like him on the show.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I think this young man is adorable, and I loved his Nurse’s Ball performance, and how proud Finn looked. I have read rumors that he is very possibly his father, not his brother. Why the resentment of a sibling born after his dad remarried? I didn’t care for his interaction with Nelle too much, but I think he and Kiki would be better than Maxi or Lulu. I liked Maxi with Peter, and I read they will be recasting Dante, who is very good looking. So time will tell.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I like Chase. Now can we get more Chase & Maxie scenes first as friends & then let it turn into romance down the road. Maxie & Chase are a lot better then Peter & Maxie. I do hope to have Naxie back in the future though.

Jennifer G. Bolton
Jennifer G. Bolton

I am so amazed by his overall abilities. He has captured my attention, for various reasons. He will go far in his career, I believe. I have been a GH fan for almost 50 years, and this is the first time I’VE felt compelled enough to honestly hope he knows what I think. He is so talented, with a special kind of way about him.

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