Josh Kelly on his arrival at GH

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JosehKElly, who played Cutter Wentworth on ONE LIFE TO LIVE from 2010 to 2011 and on the show’s web reboot in 2013, made a smash hit GH debut last week as Cody, an old friend of Dante who will spice up Britt’s life.

Kelly started thinking about a trip back in the day after a friend of hers auditioned for another character on GH last year. “He was like, ‘Man, you should go in this role,'” the actor recalled. “And I was like, ‘You know what? I miss working on a regular basis. I’ve had a lot of fun doing other projects, but for the past two years I’ve shot a pilot and then it’s been put on hold throughout. of Covid – in two years I had to do a scene, basically. And also, I had to go to Memphis or Albuquerque or Atlanta [to film on location] and I love to travel, but my home is in Los Angeles and I’ve never worked here. I also missed being part of a small acting troupe family. So I texted [Executive Producer] Frank Valentini. I was like, ‘Hey, why am I not on GH?’ ”

Valentini, who was also his boss at OLTL, responded positively. “He was like, ‘Are you serious? You need to do a contract. And I was like, ‘Let’s go!’ They said, ‘We’ll find you a cool character’ — and they did!” beams Kelly. Valentini’s willingness to work with him again “was great,” he enthused. “It meant a lot to me. I always felt like I wanted to do more [in daytime]. ONE LIFE TO LIVE was kind of canceled the moment I put my legs under me and took my stride. So, in a weird way, I feel like I’m fulfilling my original contract. Frank and I kept in touch and I actually visited the GH set a few times because I had friends who worked there, and I worked on GREY’S ANATOMY and they shoot on the same ground. Whenever I’m there I always text her and I come home and we talk, but the timing [to possibly join GH] was never right. And now the timing seems pretty perfect.

As he prepared for his first day on the job, “I was excited and nervous,” Kelly reports. “I haven’t done this much dialogue in such a short time, but that’s the challenge and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this. It’s a good work out routine, and I think it’s good for your mind and your body. Came for a Covid test on a Thursday, had a wardrobe fitting on a Friday and then on Monday I was working – out of the frying pan and into the fire!

He sums up his first weeks on the job as “exciting — and a little annoying because it’s been 10 years since I’ve done a daytime and it’s a completely different animal than single camera and prime time. And also, the Covid protocols have really changed the way I work. I’m used to trying to get to know everyone, and we’re really limited in how much we can interact with each other off camera.

Fortunately, he already had some connections in the cast. “I worked with Michael Easton [Finn; ex-John, OLTL] and roger [Howarth, Austin; ex-Todd, OLTL]“, he notes. “Tanisha Harper [Jordan] and I did our very first TV show together, there’s always, and I did a Lifetime movie with Sofia Mattsson [Sasha] Few years ago. I hung out with Chad [Duell, Michael] before by mutual friends; same with Kirsten [Storms, Maxie]. I met her the other day and she was like, ‘Hey, how are you? We had dinner about eight years ago. And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know!’ It is really awesome. It’s pretty surreal, actually, to show up at work and be like, “Hey, buddy!” It’s still noticeable how cool it is to know so many people.

The actor has a history not only with the stars of the show, but with the show itself. “GENERAL HOSPITAL was the only soap opera I watched when I was younger,” he explains. “My sister had control of the TV when we got home from high school, so we were watching GENERAL HOSPITAL and then I could watch BATMAN. The same thing happened with my parents – when my dad was in the Navy, at pretty much his whole squadron got hooked on the luke and laura saga my family and friends are always happy for me [when I land a new job]but my sister seems to be really geeking about this one! It’s really cool to be part of such a legacy show.

He does not take this honor lightly. “I always like to think about what ‘little Josh’ would think in the moment,” Kelly says. “It makes me very happy on long days or times like last night when I was late for a premiere of a movie I was in because I was working on GENERAL freakin’ HOSPITAL!” wouldn’t be mad about it, and so ‘big Josh’ wasn’t either!”

Kelly approaches her GH duties from this same place of appreciation. “I’m not happy with any of the work I’ve done because I feel like I should be much better,” he muses. “But I was especially proud of the work I did on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I had so much fun there and I like that it resonated with some people. I know some people didn’t like me and won’t like me and that’s something that as a performer you have to accept. But I’m going to try! I’m going to try to do well and to to entertain.”


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