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Jonathan Jackson Interview: His New Role On Nashville Gives GH Favorite A Chance To Showcase His Many Talents!

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Five-time Daytime Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson will finally debut this Wednesday, October 10th (10PMEST/PST) in ABC’s highly touted new dramatic musical series, Nashville

After needing a break from playing the day in and day out emotional ringers of General Hospital’s Lucky Spencer, Jonathan decided to leave GH at the end of last year, and quickly was cast in the new ABC primetime series as aspiring singer/songwriter, Avery Barkley! Now anyone who has followed Jackson’s career knows that not only does he act, but he is indeed a singer/songwriter, and has his own very popular band, Enation.  So with Jonathan being cast in this most buzzed about of new series, television fans nationwide will get to see the many talents of this young star.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Jonathan to get his thoughts on: his new character, getting the opportunity to sing in the primetime series, if he will share screen time with another soap alum, co-star Hayden Panettiere, and taking a brief stroll down memory lane to the red carpet at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmys this past June. 

Soap fans are looking forward to seeing you and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes) together on-screen in Nashville.   In the pilot episode, you two literally bump into each other!  Will the two of you have more scenes together as the first season of Nashville progresses?

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JONATHAN:   I think that is somewhat inevitable, and our characters do bump into each other in the pilot.  We had shot the pilot a while ago, obviously, and then started filming all-new episodes on August 3rd.  But in terms of the long term projectory, I don’t know where the two are headed.  It’s pretty mysterious right now.

You have said in interviews that your character of Avery Barkley is not a good guy, nor a bad guy.  Any change in that philosophy?

JONATHAN: One of the things that Nashville creator Callie Khouri is good at is character development, and having the characters have complexities and contradictions.  I think there are going to be a lot of surprises thrown at us as actors through the season … who are these characters and what is going to come out of them in certain situations and with certain other characters.  So I am just really excited to be a part of that.  I am interested to see if he is a gray character, and not black nor white, or not!

So I hear you and the cast are performing some Elvis Costello tunes in Nashville?

JONATHAN:  Yes. They are all originals.  These are all songs Elvis Costello wrote, but they had never been recorded before, and T-Bone Burnett is producing the music.  It’s pretty crazy!

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Would you try to get a song from your band, Enation on Nashville, or the soundtrack for the series?

JONATHAN:  Well, only God knows, right?  But they are open to hearing some stuff.  I am trying to schedule a day in a studio in Nashville to record some demos, because some of the songs that I think would fit with the show I haven’t demo’d … ever.  I have a lot of songs that I have written that I had not recorded with the band that I could send to them.  Hopefully, I will get a couple of days to record some of them and see if something can fit for Nashville!

It has been so cool to watch your career.  You started out as a very young boy with this knockout performance on General Hospital as Lucky Spencer, left the show to do feature films, your music, your writing, came back to GH to reprise the role of Lucky and won two more Daytime Emmys for it to add to your collection.  Nashville seems, on paper, like the perfect storm for you … acting and music colliding in a big way, where both your passions come together in a role on a major network television series!

JONATHAN:  It’s amazing to do this type of show, and for me it’s incredible!  I have had conversations with my brother, and even my father who said to me a few years ago, “You know, what if there were a show about a young musician?  And you guys should write that!”   And I said, “Yeah, that would be great.  But … do you have any idea how hard it is to get a show on the air?”  And then, this show happened.  It’s crazy!

So you and Lisa and the kids moved to NashvilleEveryone is moving to Nashville: Steve Burton (Jason, GH), Scott Reeves (Steven, GH) has home in Music City, etc.

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JONATHAN:  We did make the move to Nashville.  We are renting a house, and we are on blow-up mattresses! (Laughs)  It’s an adventure.

When I last saw you, it was at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmys and we were on the red carpet doing our interview, and all of a sudden we heard all of this commotion. We turned around and saw an alligator (thanks to Jack Hanna) coming at us, among other things!   Have you seen the video interview?   It is really quite funny!

JONATHAN:  No. I haven’t, but I wanted to see it!  I just couldn’t believe how close Jack Hanna was getting to us.  He was bringing these animals towards us!  And, I am not an animal expert.  I don’t know what they are going to do!  I am a human being here. (Laughs)  I thought, “What the heck is this?”  Wasn’t it a porcupine and an alligator that went by us?  Oh, man! (Laughs)

So soapers, will you be tuning-in to see Jonathan in his new role on Nashville? Are you looking forward to seeing him sing on the series as well?  And, would you like to see him return for a guest stint on General Hospital?  Let us know!

 

 

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Gigi
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Gigi

Awesome interview! But I’m a little confused b/c I read in the Washington Post that JJ did in fact already record a song he wrote for Nashville and they are going to use it on the show. Maybe that happened after this interview took place?

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IBelieveinLove

I’ve been very excited about seeing Jonathan on Nashville plus we get the bonus of watching him sing. I’ve been a long time fan of his and have missed watching him on gh so as long as gh gives him a great storyline I hope he’s able to return for a short time. He’s one of the best actors I seen in a long time and he so deserve any success that comes he’s way.

Terry
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Terry

He is an awesome actor. Ever since I saw him in “The Deep End of the Ocean” I have followed him. He was fabulous in that. Can’t wait to see him in Nashville.

mary
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mary

Not watching.Boycotting ABC except for GH.Been on another network would have checked it out.Sounds like a copy of Country Strong.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Ditto for me Mary

TJS
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TJS

Jonathan is an incredible actor and singer and the guys in Enation are absolutely sweet and down to earth and their music is inspiring and really really good. I’m so happy that Jonathan finally found something that clicks with him. The people at GH should be ashamed of themselves for not giving Jonathan what he needed. He came back to GH and I started to watch again, hoping that we would get our LnL2 reunion, but was disappointed with TPTB, who ruined it for us, thank God, they have new writers and producers. Thank you Jesus!

ROMY
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ROMY

Great interview with J.J. I wish him the best on his new acting adventure! “Lucky” him to perform two of his loves, acting and singing in one of this years hot new soaps Nashville.

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1loveabcsoaps

Johnathan: I love you! I simply love you. Now listen up. I hope your head doesn’t get to big and you blow up on this show and forget about General Hospital, your historic character and heir to Luke and Laura. Yes, I want you to be a BIG STAR big as they come. In fact, some of the bigger star’s being paid BIG BUCKS you can RUN CIRCLES AROUND, acting. You should have long… gone BIG-TIME in Hollywood. Here’s the deal: Please always save time and space for your role of Lucky Spencer. That character is a ” heir ”… Read more »

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Michael said: So soapers, would uyou like to see him return for a guest stint on General Hospital? Let us know!

1love says: No Michael, I would NOT like to see Johnathan return for a guest stunt. I would like to see him return on a permanent, less than half time basis. Like 4 times a month. Go to the Gh set twice a month and shoot his scenes for the whole month. Thats what I would like, given Genie Frances return.

Doe
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Doe

Nice interview with Jonathan, Michael. He is one of the most talented actors ever. I hope this show does well by him. I know I will be watching! Good luck..Lucky…

Tim Burtlow
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Tim Burtlow

very excited. will definately watch.

Doe
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Doe

It’s so nice to see Jonathan on Nashville. He can do no wrong acting wise. I like the show so far and hope he will be the break-out star as the show continues. Actually, the show is really a soap in night time.It’s too bad GH couldn’t do the same……

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Apparently, the story is not over, when Denise Crosby reprises her role of Carolyn beginning the week of January 23rd on General Hospital.

Talking about her return in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Crosby previewed, “She (Carolyn) wants to make a connection with her daughter and try to make amends for something that is almost impossible to make amends for. She knows it could go really wrong, but she can’t live with herself if she doesn’t take the shot.”

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Something tells us there is more to the story of why Carolyn could have returned to Port Charles? Any thoughts?

Let us know your theories about Elizabeth’s mother upcoming return to Port Charles in the comment section below.

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Johnny Wactor Featured in Music Video Short Film ‘There to Catch Me’ by the Nashvillains

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Now fans can check out Wactor in an extremely touching short film in the latest music video by the Nashvillains, for their single, There to Catch Me.

In it, Wactor portrays the character of Mason, who visits a house that held significance for him and his wife.  It’s where they spent their wedding night.  However, we learn that he lost his wife.  Throughout the short film, Mason has flash backs of their life together, and gets the shock of his life when his wife seemingly returns and they get to spend one last moment together.

Johnny took to his Instagram and shared: “Finally… the full short film – music video There to Catch Me is out! Please, please, do yourself a favor and enjoy this piece of art that so many talented people came together to create. Big thanks to @nashvillainsband and @bethanyashtonwolf for making me a part of this!”

The short film’s director, Bethany Ashton Wolf replied, “Loved directing you in this beautiful piece of song + cinema, Johnny. Memories for a lifetime.”

Watch ‘There to Catch Me’, the short film  featuring Wactor below.  Then let us know, what you thought of his performance in it via the comment section.

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