‘General Hospital’ (GH) spoilers find that star Marcus Coloma says that while it might have taken some time for him to get used to his daytime television character, he now knows that he is the one and only Nikolas Cassadine, through and through.
As a matter of fact, the handsome actor recently opened up about his role, how he got it, and how he feels very protective over it now. here’s what he has to say.
‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Star Marcus Coloma Knows He Is Nikolas Cassadine – Both Inside And Out
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest in a new interview, Marcus recalled how he landed the role of Nikolas on the hit ABC soap. He said that he got an email from his manager with the news that ‘General Hospital’ was interested in him, even though he didn’t know much about daytime television at the time.
Marcus explained, “It started out kind of like a first date, like, ‘Let’s just meet and see what happens.’ So I go in and there were five other guys, maybe six other guys — and immediately, that competitive part of me wakes up a little bit. I was like, ‘I want this job now.’ From that point on, it was a whirlwind.”
He added, “Landing the job was the easy part but actually taking on the part required more dialogue and more scripts than I had ever done, and on top of that, another challenge was the history of the character — the family, Valentin Cassadine, [mastering] all of those names that are so easy now. Even my name, which is Nikolas Mikhail Stavrosovich Cassadine — one of my first lines was saying that! It was all off the deep end, you know? When I first started, I felt like my brain was going to break, it was so intense.”
Marcus also said that it took awhile for him to feel like he gelled into the role, and with the General Hospital audience.
He said, “It was rough because people were already adjusting to the new face in the role, and it wasn’t like [Nikolas] was going in and saving the day. He was, like, threatening to kill Cassandra Pearce, there was the thing with Hayden — what I learned was that you’ve got to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. You’ve got to be willing to stir the pot and to not shy away from conflict. I’ve real- ized that in entertainment, sometimes creating a bad reaction is a good thing. Sometimes you want the audience to not like you because at the end of the day, there’s got to be a bad guy. Otherwise, there’s no story! Fortunately, Nikolas really gets to skate on the edge of that — sometimes he’s the good guy, sometimes he’s the bad guy. And I feel like that’s closer to real life anyway.”
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