Detective Harrison Chase was introduced to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Nathan’s replacement on the Port Charles Police Department, but it was soon revealed that his brother was Dr. Hamilton Finn. And now it turns out that Chase has a secret past with none other than Port Charles’ resident schemer, Nelle Benson! “She definitely has a special place in my heart,” teased actor Josh Swickard of his character’s relationship with Nelle during a Twitter Q&A. “Whether it’s good or bad, you will have to keep watching. You are going to get a lot more backstory very soon.”
And even if he knows how this mystery with Chase and Nelle turns out, Swickard definitely isn’t going to spoil anything for the viewers. Although he did admit that it can be a challenge playing the beginning and middle when you already know the end. “From an actor’s point of view, it’s remembering to live in the present circumstance even when you know how the story ends,” he explained. “Just living in the moment.”
Chase and Nelle’s history is… complicated! (Photo Credit: ABC)
Interestingly, Swickard revealed that he didn’t screen test with Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Michael Easton (Finn), or any of the other actors he’s worked with a lot since joining the cast of GH. “I screen tested with Steve [Burton, Jason] and Finola [Hughes, Anna],” he confided. And he also admitted he was very nervous about stepping into the very popular shoes of the departed Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan). “I was terrified,” Swickard confessed. “But both Ryan and the fans were very sweet about it. I’m proud to be a part of GH and they sure have some passionate fans. The fans have been so good to me — I’m very grateful.”
Swickard is thrilled to be a part of the GH cast, and counts himself lucky to be in such esteemed company. “The longer I”m there, the more it feels like a big family,” he declared. And he’s also looking forward to exploring more facets of his alter ego. “I love that Chase is a really passionate guy,” he mused. “Wants to do right by people.”
Will Chase do the right thing and help save Carly? (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Well, if Chase wants to do right by the fans, he’ll help take Nelle down ASAP! But to see how that turns out, you’ll just have to stay tuned! And for more on your favorite GH stars, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
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