‘General Hospital’ (GH) spoilers say that if he looks familiar, that’s because he certainly is to many soap fans out there. Many fans have noticed that ‘General Hospital’ newcomer Mikey Jerome (Eddie) isn’t exactly a newcomer and that’s because he won the third season of the SOAPnet reality show, ‘I Wanna Be A Soap Star.’ Mikey ended up playing Ted Osbourne on One Life to Live back in 2006.
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest in a new interview, Mikey says that he wasn’t planning on coming back to the daytime television world and that it all came by chance. He was working as a bartender in Hermosa Beach when a friend mentioned that she knew ‘General Hospital’ executive producer, Frank Valentini.
‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Mikey Jerome Opens Up About His Daytime Comeback
Mikey told the publication, “She said, ‘Mike, you know Frank?’ I said, ‘Yeah I know Frank! He’s the one who took me through the SOAP STAR thing, he’s the one who made my dreams come true!’ He cast me on ONE LIFE and I think I was there for nine months total, doing two episodes a week or one episode a week here and there. She gave me his [information] so I could get in contact with him. I emailed him, and he called me back like 15 minutes later. He said, ‘You know, Mikey, Covid’s really tough right now, but I would love to get you back on ABC.’ I sent my information along and then [Casting Director] Mark Teschner emailed me and said, ‘Frank would love for you to do an audition,’ so I put the audition on tape, I sent it in, and a few weeks later, I found out I got the role.”
Mikey adds that the role couldn’t have come at a better time in his life, especially since Covid-19 managed to flip everything upside down.
He said, “I was super-excited because I got let go from two jobs; I’m not working right now and I had just bought a house [before the pandemic], so I was like, ‘Wow, this is unbelievable, to get to work,’ and to act again was unbelievable, too. I was like, ‘What a great guy Frank is, man.’ When you’re in a dark moment, you lose both your jobs…. I try to stay positive, and this gave me a fulfilled sense of purpose and I’m just really appreciative.” When he reunited with Valentini at the studio, he had the chance to express his gratitude. “I just said, ‘Thank you. You’re making my dreams come true twice and I really appreciate that!’”
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