And right now you're doing double duty, because you're also appearing on the spin-off on SOAPnet, General Hospital: Night Shift. How does that increase workload for you?
It's really, really crazy. It definitely takes up a lot of time, I think. Night Shift is brand-new, they're still using the same crew and a lot of the same cast. But there's a lot of new people, new cast members. It's hard when it's brand-new, no one really knows how to make the machine work very smoothly, you know, get into it and get used to certain things and kind of get a system going. It takes a lot longer than we're used to.
And so Night Shift versus General Hospital… I mean, General Hospital just moves so fast, but Night Shift definitely takes a long time. But it's fun, and it's always nice being a part of something that's new. I think it's pioneering something big, and I think other soaps, if they're smart, they'll do something like this as well. Try and get some spin-off shows for primetime, because I think it's a great way to generate more viewers and hopefully keep the old ones coming back. Definitely. And with the spin-off with Night Shift, the plotlines are completely separate, almost existing in a parallel universe to the regular GH. Is that at all confusing for an actor when you're trying to deal with remembering, “What am I doing on GH? What am I doing on Night Shift?”
Well, not really. I think originally they were trying to time it out right with what's going on at that time on General Hospital, because everything is filmed in advance too. So I think they originally tried that, but it was impossible. There was no way they could keep the continuity from General Hospital that's on five days a week, to Night Shift that's on once a week.
We started filming Night Shift way in advance, so I think this kind of… by default, there really isn't much continuity. So I think people just kind of take it as an extra dose of their favorite General Hospital stars on another TV show, and they can just stare at the guys a little bit longer. Speaking of that, your character Lulu, she's very attractive to a lot of different young men on the show. I'm just wondering, do you have a personal favorite actor that you like to work with, of all the many that you do?
I think I do like working with them all, because believe me, that's not how my real life is or was before I met my fiancé. So it was really fun playing that. Lulu is a hot commodity for Charles, but I love working with Bradford Anderson, he plays Spinelli. His character has definitely grown and developed, and I think that's the result of working with a character like Lulu as well as Jason and, I just think he brings a lot to the table. I think he brings a great energy. I think he's unconventional for soap opera story. I was definitely rooting for Lulu and Spinelli to hook up, because I think it's a little different, and I'm always for the different things that I can do on the show. I definitely have to agree with you there, Spinelli definitely brings a different unique energy, and that's something you're not familiar with on soaps.
No, and I like that. It's kind of boring to do the same old thing, and so it's fun. I think it's great they got him on the show, and I think it's a great thing they nailed him down with a contract. It's fun and it's always nice to be a little bit more different, and just starting new trends and new things on the show, instead of sticking to this ‘hot guy gets the hot girl' and stuff. It's just fun to change it up a little bit.
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