If the new guy on GENERAL HOSPITAL looked familiar that’s because the actor has a history with ABC Daytime! The character of Dustin Phillips was introduced in July of 2019, played by actor Mark Lawson, who soap fans will remember from his role as Brody Lovett on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
Dustin was another of Lulu Spencer‘s blind dates set up in the hopes of unmasking the burglar preying on Port Charles. She apologized for lying to him, but as he started to leave, she wondered why he was single because he seemed like a great guy. This led to some chatting and flirting as Dustin revealed he’s a schoolteacher who works as a driver for extra money. He had to leave to go to work and Lulu realized she’d actually had a nice time.
After Lulu was served with divorce papers, Maxie convinced her to come out for a drink to cheer her up and she ran into Dustin once more — literally! She spilled his drink all over him, but he didn’t mind. And when Maxie informed him about the divorce, Dustin assured Lulu her husband was a fool to let her go. He later showed up at the company softball game playing for the Aurora team in place of Hayden. Jax hired Dustin as their company driver in order to make him an employee so he could play. During the game, he and Lulu continued to flirt, and afterward, at The Floating Rib, he gave her his number! But it was Maxie who called him to arrange a ride for them to a wine tasting. Dustin declined any alcohol as he was the driver, but hung out with the women. After Maxie left, Lulu admitted she was now officially divorced and Dustin offered to listen to her problems, but she decided to call it a night.
Dustin helped out at Rocco’s birthday party at Charlie’s Pub and then accepted Lulu’s invite for a tour of the Haunted Star. It was there that things heated up and the pair had sex in one of the rooms! (Getting caught by Laura and Curtis who were snooping around the ship! Awkward!) Since then, the pair has continued seeing each other, though Lulu admitted their relationship was complicated by having sex so quickly.
A bit of Dustin’s past was revealed when Brook Lynn Ashton returned to Port Charles and it turned out she’d known him years ago as Dusty. Dustin admitted to Lulu they had met when she was working at a bar where she was also performing and they bonded over music. He also added that after she’d walked out on him, he realized he didn’t want to be a musician. Dustin also assured Lulu he’d put the “bad old days” behind him.
Lawson played Brody on OLTL from 2008 until 2012. The presumed dead Navy SEAL arrived in Llanview and tried to reconnect with his old flame, Gigi Morasco, but suffered serious PTSD and during his treatment fell for Jessica Buchanan. Much drama with her and her sister, Natalie, ensued over the years and he became an officer for the Llanview Police Department. During the ABC series finale of the soap, Brody made peace with Jessica and took another job in the Navy, leaving town.
After leaving daytime, Lawson made appearances in television series like PITCH and films like Dear Diary I Died, Ex-Wife Killer, and Killer Reputation. He’s also a personal trainer and strength coach, and has also recently dabbled in screenwriting.
Stay tuned to see how Dustin and Lulu’s relationship develops, and for more GH casting news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
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