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Parise Gets “Real”

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans remember Jeffrey Vincent Parise (ex-Carlos) as a deadly mobster; however, the man behind the mischief is much more light-hearted. In TV One’s new original movie, _ Welcome To The Family_, he’ll get to show that side of himself while playing an outrageous Internet reality series producer.

“When the host of my best show goes out on early maternity leave, I’m convinced to give one of my producers, played by Kali Hawk, a chance to [replace her] and we have to find a story,” he reveals. “Knowing that she’s heading home soon [to announce her engagement] to her very lively and colorful family, she thinks it’s a good idea to make the show about them.”

But when the cameras get switched on, unexpected secrets get broadcast, leaving Hawk’s character in quite the pickle. “As most reality TV producers probably do, my character sort of fudges [the truth] and tries to set the sails in the direction that he wants them set,” Parise teases of the hilarity that ensues. “We get into a lot of slapstick, and Kali Hawk — whom most of my scenes are with — is incredible at improvisation. It’s really funny.”

Welcome To The Family, which also stars Valarie Pettiford (Sheila, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), premieres Saturday, September 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET. For more details about Parise’s post-GH career, check out his Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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