ABC ‘General Hospital’ (GH) spoilers finds that star Mark Lawson’s character Dustin might have swept Lulu Falconeri off her feet, but apparently this isn’t the first time that the handsome actor has charmed his way to the small screen. In fact Mark recently opened up about the first gig that helped launch his successful soap career. As many of his fans can recall, Mark played Brody Lovett on One Life to Live. Here’s what he has to say.
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Mark recalled his first screen test. He told the publication, “My girlfriend had a rule that I couldn’t move in until I knew I was going to propose within the year. On a Sunday night, I told her I was ready to move in — and on Monday morning, I got the call for a screen test.
ABC ‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Star Mark Lawson Opens Up About His First Soap Gig
I was in New York like, two days later screen-testing and then a day after that I got the job. I was at this point in my relationship where I almost didn’t get on the plane. Everybody on her side of the family said, ‘You’ve got to go and do this.’ My mom, who’s been the champion for my acting career my whole life, said, ‘I don’t know, Mark, she’s really great….’ So I was really conflicted.
But when I got to New York, I just really wanted it. I was in the old [OLTL studio] building on 66th [St.], down in that basement with all of these other dudes, all looking at each other — dudes just scoping each other out. ‘Who’s gonna look the most like an ex-Navy SEAL?’”
Mark added, “I remember walking on that set and just feeling, like, electrified. They let me do one take, then Frank [Valentini, then-executive producer, now GH’s EP] came down and gave me some notes and before we did a second take, I was talking to myself, like, ‘You better get this right, right now!’ One of the guys on the crew looked at me and said, ‘You know, Mark, we can hear everything you’re saying.’
I was on set with Farah Fath [ex-Gigi] and it kind of got revealed to me later on that she thought I was a complete psycho because I was so wired up!”
Now, as far as his first day on the set of One Life to Live, it looked like this according to Mark: “My first day I got in a bar fight and I got to kiss a girl, and the girl happened to be Melissa Fumero [ex-Adriana]. Not a bad day at work!”
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