Kids grow up so fast these days it can be hard to keep track. Rocco Falconeri on GENERAL HOSPITAL had a bit of a growth spurt that left some viewers a little confused. The kid’s origins were also quite complicated, so let us break it all down for you. Rocco was born in September of 2013, and was played by a series of twins until 2016 when Mason Tannous debuted in the role. In April of 2017, Rocco was SORASed a bit more when O’Neill Monahan took over as Rocco. The young actor might be familiar to some from his recurring roles in comedy sketches on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!.
Dr. Britt Westbourne claimed to be pregnant with Dr. Patrick Drake‘s baby, but it turned out she had implanted herself with Dante Falconeri and Lulu Falconeri‘s stolen embryo. Although Britt attempted to raise Baby Ben herself, Lulu grew suspicious that the infant was allergic to the same things as Dante. Felix helped Lulu do a DNA test and they learned that Dante is Ben’s father. Then, Elizabeth learned Lulu was Ben’s real mother and shared the truth with her. After Britt’s mother, Liesl Obrecht, kidnapped Ben, the tot was rescued and reunited with his real parents.
Dante and Lulu renamed the boy Rocco, but family life wasn’t easy when they were kidnapped by Stavros Cassadine and Olivia had to take care of her grandson. When Lulu broke up with Dante for cheating on her, she took Rocco with her and allowed Dante visits. Thankfully, they were able to repair their marriage and the family was reunited. Rocco also gained a sister when it was revealed that Charlotte Cassadine was Lulu’s daughter from another of her stolen embryos. The siblings were part of the wedding party when his grandmother, Olivia, married Ned Quartermaine.
Rocco’s life was turned upside down again when his father left Port Charles on a mission and then returned only briefly before seeking treatment for his PTSD. While Peter was babysitting, Rocco opened up and admitted he was angry that his father had left him. Peter explained his own complicated family situation and urged Rocco to understand that sometimes parents make mistakes.
Stay tuned to see how Rocco continues to grow up (given soaps, he should be a teenager in another year!) and for more GH news and features, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.