Daytime newcomer Josh Swickard (Chase, GENERAL HOSPITAL) may only get back to Illinois to see mom Gina a few times a year, but he’s still her No. 1 fan. “I suppose I am the definition of a mama’s boy,” the actor confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I think I was in the fifth grade the first time I could spend a full night away from my parents. I was that kid.”
Now that he’s living way out in Hollywood, Swickard relies on technology to stay close to his mother. “I use car time to really catch up with her, and we usually FaceTime when I’m attempting to cook something,” explained the GH hunk, who admits he misses Gina’s “exquisite” kitchen skills and “unreal” enchiladas. “One of the main things I took for granted growing up was a home-cooked meal.”
Though he’s picking up great tips during his kitchen convos with Mom these days, Swickard’s taken his biggest lesson from Gina’s approach to life. “She is a really joyful person, and that has helped me more than I’ll ever know,” he reflected. “She has this ability to keep a hardy attitude no matter what life throws at her, and it’s inspiring to be around. I try to live my life the same way.”
Last year, Swickard was thrilled to have both of his folks in town for some fun in the sun. “We rented motorcycles and rode up the coast,” shared the biker. “Every time they’re here is such a blessing. In a perfect world, I’d get them to move out here.” In the meantime, nothing will keep him from sitting down across from his own mother on Mother’s Day. “FaceTime,” he winks. “I’ll ask them to prop me up on the dinner table, and I’ll just pretend I’m home!”
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