Sasha on GENERAL HOSPITAL has some fans curious about the true identity of the woman and her portrayer, Sofia Mattsson. However, Sasha Gilmore, the woman that claims to be Nina Reeves‘ missing daughter, is a completely different character from Sasha Donev, who was played by Sandra Hess back in 2008. Donev was the lawyer for Russian crime lord Andre Karpov, who had Jake Spencer kidnapped and was shot and killed by a sniper. Totally different person!
Sasha Gilmore was introduced in September of 2018 when Curtis met with the young lady to inform her that he believed she may be the daughter of a friend of his who was taken away from her and put up for adoption. Sasha argued that she wasn’t adopted, and in fact had heard the story of her birth during a snowstorm many times over the course of her life. When Curtis noticed her purse had horses on it, he mentioned that his friend is a champion rider. Sasha still thought that had nothing to do with anything, but agreed to a DNA test if only to prove him wrong.
When the first test results came back positive, Valentin Cassadine wanted to wait until the backup results but Curtis urged him to tell Nina ASAP. She was stunned to learn they’d tracked down her missing daughter and when the second DNA test also came back positive, Nina had a big decision to make. Absolutely terrified, she reached out to make contact with Sasha, the daughter she never knew she had.
Nina and Sasha’s initial meeting did not go well. After making small talk, Nina was disappointed that Sasha didn’t have the other half of the heart pendant, then came on a little too strong wanting to spend time with her. Sasha put up walls, not wanting another mother in her life, but Nina pled her case and begged for a chance to get to know her.
Although she turned down job offers from Valentin and Nina, Sasha agreed to stay in Port Charles, and moved in with her new sister, Kiki. Noting Sasha checking out Griffin, Ava stirred the pot by suggesting to her that Griffin and Kiki weren’t that serious, so she could totally make a move on him. Unfortunately, Sasha turned out to be a serious troublemaker, as it was revealed that Valentin had paid her to lie about her being Nina’s daughter! Although Sasha reluctantly bonded with Nina and urged her to reconcile with Valentin (his plan all along), the guilt — as well as Kiki’s shocking murder — inspired Sasha to get out of Port Charles before she got found out… or became the killer’s next victim!
Sasha soon returned and decided to make a life for herself in Port Charles, though Valentin continued to worry that the longer she remained in town the more likely it would be their lie would be exposed. Still, Sasha continued to settle down, even striking up a relationship with Michael Corinthos. They enjoyed a romantic getaway in Puerto Rico, but after an encounter with Cassandra Pierce, Sasha was drugged, and upon her return to Port Charles, suddenly collapsed! She was diagnosed with a virulent strain of bird flu and lay near death before doctors were able to cure her. However, this brush with death inspired Sasha to come clean to Michael about not being Nina’s daughter, and he reacted much as you’d expect — badly!
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