Jonathan Jackson and Anthony Geary Interview
Portraying GHís unconventional Luke Spencer and
his spirited progeny Lucky has inspired a
special closeness and camaraderie between Anthony
Geary and Jonathan Jackson. When Soap Opera
Weekly proposed that the actors interview each
other, both were eager to tackle the
assignment. Relaxing in a friendís Hollywood
apartment, the pair discussed a wide range of
Jonathan Jackson: So how did you come about creating
Anthony Geary: I think you created the character of
Lucky. But if you would like to go there,
sure, I had something to do with the story
that brought us all back. But Lucky was a
historical fact. The last show on GH on which
the audience say Luke and Laura together, Laura
was pregnant. She told Luke about it. Iíll
never forget doing that scene. Genie (Francis
who plays Laura) had no children at t he time,
and is was the first time she ever said those
words to a man. She was so incredible that
day. So beautiful. Iíll never forget how
excited she was. I got swept away in it and
thought afterward : Iíll never forget that.
Nobody will ever tell me they are going to
have my baby, and if they ever do, I will
never fell like that. But the feeling of the
moment was extraordinary. Thatís why you are
such a living, breathing miracle of fantasy.
What question led me to this rhapsody?
JJ: About creating Lucky...
AG: I didnít have anything to do with him,
except that scene. When we talked about coming
back, there was, of course, one child.
AG: I have never painted life as an actor
JJ: No, I donít think it is.
AG: Good, At least Iíve given you that
start. I think itís amazing that after this
time of working with someone as cynical as me
you still have a joy of acting. About a year
ago Genie and I were talking about this. She
felt we should be careful around you, as a
young man just starting in the business not to
(subject you to) all these sour grapes. Itís
not quite fair. But I think youíve managed to
push that plate away very well.
JJ: Believe it or not...whatís the word?
JJ: Through all your cynicism...
AG: A cynic is a romantic whoís seen the
world. In years to come youíll remember that.
JJ: Yes, I will. But through all of your
cynicism, you and Genie have been the best part
of what Iíve done so far as an actor. Iíve
always felt support from you guys. And whether
you admit it or not, you still enjoy it. You
enjoy rewriting some of the stuff, even if you
act like itís a pain in the ass.
AG: I do like that line.
JJ: And you like a good scene. It still
fills a part of your heart.
AG: You know what, Jonathan? You see that
because often my cynicism wonít play with you,
because youíre fresh. Youíre alive. Youíre
looking for the reality of the moment. And
thatís a girf to the cynic any time of the
day. So the gift has gone both ways, and
Genie would agree if she were here. Genie is
a much more idealistic actor than I am. She
needs more truth out of the moment than I do.
My life is more a fantasy, therefore I can
tap dance around the moment. She canít and I
love her for that. I think youíre more like
her. Idealistic is good. I do enjoy it. I am
idealistic, but Iím also...old!
Big thanks to Nancy for typing this up and sending it to me!