General Hospital's Jane Elliot: "I Think I'm The Only 65-Year-Old Actress in Los Angeles Who Hasn't Had Plastic Surgery"
Just when I thought it was impossible to love Jane Elliot any more, she goes and gives a hilariously direct interview to TV Guide's Michael Logan. The multi-soap vet, who originated the role of mean-spirited, daddy's girl Tracy Quartermaine on General Hospital back in 1978, shared her thoughts on the soap's new showrunner Frank Valentini and her plans should GH come to an end. Here's a snippet:
TV Guide Magazine: What's it like after all these years to still play scenes with Geary?
Elliot: It is so rich. We go back to 1978. That's 34 years! Off-screen, we're great friends. We travel together. There's nothing like having all of us — Tony, Finola, Robin Mattson [Heather] — back in the building as a group again. All those years we spent together are still in our muscle memory and it really pays off. When Tony and I look at each other on camera you see all of that history. It goes beyond the words. It's two people who have spent more than half their lives together. [Laughs] Tony and I went on a trip to Norway and we were at the bottom of a funicular, one of those trolley things that goes up a mountain, when this couple came up and said "We knew Tracy and Luke were on vacation but we never imagined you'd be here!" If we could have crawled into a hole together we would have. Tony and I have the grace of a gnat when it comes to being recognized. But it's one of the things that bonds us.
TV Guide Magazine: How would you be if GH came to an end?
Elliot: I have so many paths in front of me. Part of me wants to get an agent and stay in the business. I think I'm the only 65-year-old actress in Los Angeles who hasn't had plastic surgery, so somebody's gotta play the old-lady parts! I'm the only one who will look my age! I do know this: I am not going to die sitting in traffic on the 405. My goal has always been to retire to northern California. My kids want to reconvene there someday. My daughter, Annie Rose, is now in the Midwest. My son, Adrian, is in San Francisco. I want to end up somewhere around there but not for a few years yet. If I am going to pursue work I need to be in L.A. But do I need it? I've done theater, TV, film. There are mornings when I wake up and go, "I don't need this anymore. Just go, Jane! Move on! Get to the next part of your life!" I have nothing left to prove.
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