General Hospital's Jonathan Jackson Reveals How Prayer Got Him Through Brutal, Daytime Emmy-Winning ScenesBy Jamey Giddens on June 27, 2011
From the moment we first watched the explosive scenes where Lucky Spencer verbally destroyed those who had betrayed him on General Hospital, we knew Jonathan Jackson was on his way to easily securing his fourth Daytime Emmy win. The gentle, emotive thespian brought two of his kids with former GH costar Lisa Vultaggio (ex-Hannah) with him backstage to field questions from the press, following his recent win for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Is it hard for such an all-around good guy to rip apart his costars and childhood friends Rebecca Herbst (Liz) and Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) during such powerful scenes?
"It is difficult, you know?," began Jackson. "Because I really love them as people, so to have to go there...I asked Tyler and Becky to come aside with me and we all said a prayer together, because I said, 'I don't really like going to these places without having a kind of covering of prayer."
Even with the added help of his faith, however, Jackson felt the need to apologize to his longtime leading lady following the volatile scenes. READ MORE
In the first award of the night, General Hospital’s Jonathan Jackson takes home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy awards. This is Jackson's fourth Emmy, his first in the Supporting category.
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He could take down Frank Smith, stop the Cassadines from freezing the world and even find love again after losing his precious "angel", but the one dragon soap superhero Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) can't seem to slay is his addiction to alcohol. TV Guide's Michael Logan has an exclusive preview clip of Luke's family and friends coming together to stage an intervention. Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) is...wow. Check it out after the jump! READ MORE
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Ok, so Steve Burton (Jason) did it yesterday. He has been bringing the heat all week, but WOW was he AMAZING. Will Luke being the one to have run down his son allow for this unbelievable talent to keep coming our way? We will see Jason go after Luke in true mob man fashion, but come on, it’s not like they’re going to kill off Luke Spencer. They reserve that for little kids. I know I’ve been enjoying this story, so allow me to explain. I’ve LOVED the acting and have been pleasantly surprised by the writing. I still loathe the fact that they killed Jake.
Entertainment Weekly chatted with General Hospital star Jonathan Jackson about taping the scene where his alter ego learns of his adopted son's death. The actor opens up about the emotions on the set.
Was that a hard scene to film?
There was absolutely insane amounts of intensity that day. Everyone was feeling it. It was a very heavy feeling on the set. It was filmed in one day, from morning til late afternoon. The filming of it went on and on. We had to go there, to that [emotional] place, and keep coming back to it after breaks. In terms of sustaining the emotion, it was probably the hardest day I ever had. I was pretty wiped out by the end of it. We all were.