Since his debut back in February 2022, Grant Smoltz has become one of the preeminent troublemakers on GENERAL HOSPITAL and portrayer David Lautman couldn’t be happier. Especially since the role was originally just meant to be a one-off!
“The initial offer from GH was a one-episode day player,” Lautman revealed in a recent issue of Soap Opera Digest. “So being invited back was a very welcome surprise and, to be honest, a shock. Every time I get a script and my character isn’t hauled off to jail, murdered, or killed in a mysterious accident, I’m surprised and relieved. He’s an incredibly fun character to portray and I’ve been having a lot of fun doing it.”
Although only a recurring role, as a tabloid journalist looking to cover scandals, Smoltz has plenty to keep him busy in a town like Port Charles. Even if sometimes he goes so far as to try and create the story like when he pushed Sasha over the edge with her drug addiction!
“Smoltz is kind of out of type for me,” Lautman admitted. “Lately, my wheelhouse has been playing charming, likable, quirky guys next door. With that said, I have stretched myself by playing some pretty despicable characters before.”
With Smoltz being a character fans love to hate, the actor has been enjoying interacting with the GH viewers on social media. “Perhaps it’s because I enjoy putting a comedic spin on all the discussions and debates surrounding the havoc he raises on the show,” Lautman mused. “What I’ve found most fascinating, though, is that some of the same people wishing for his immediate, violent death will also say they hope he sticks around because he’s fun and entertaining to watch!”
Eagle-eyed viewers have also seen Lautman in recent television commercials for CarGurus, grocery chain Lidl, Lenovo ThinkPad, Allegiant Air, and more. But hopefully, we’ll all still get to see more of him on GH because, as we said, Smoltz has a lot of news to cover in Port Charles! (Even when he’s not stirring up the drama himself!)
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