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Interview: Nathan Parsons Leads THE ORIGINALS Pack

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To say that the past few months have been busy ones for beloved GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) is an understatement. After all, the in-demand actor was recently cast in two red-hot primetime dramas, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off, THE ORIGINALS, and TRUE BLOOD! On The CW series (which wraps its first season on Tuesday, May 6), he plays Jackson, the leader of the Crescent werewolf pack — but the versatile thespian will be playing a different kind of beast when he takes over as hunky vampire James when the HBO hit returns on Sunday, June 22, for its final season.

“I got THE ORIGINALS first and actually shot an episode back in December,” he tells Soaps In Depth. “I was home on vacation in Texas and thought I was going to stay there and fly out to Atlanta whenever I needed to.”

But the universe had other plans for the rising star! “Then I was getting phone calls to fly out to L.A., and suddenly I had the job on TRUE BLOOD,” he recalls with a laugh. “I had to fly back to Texas, get my car, get my dog, drive to L.A., start work on TRUE BLOOD, fly to Atlanta for THE ORIGINALS. It’s been that way ever since! Both taped simultaneously, so I was flying back and forth.”

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