Despite Feb. 14 being Valentine’s Day, it was a sad day to be working on the set of GENERAL HOSPITAL: It was the day that the cast taped a tribute to Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), their beloved co-star who unexpectedly passed away in December. In a heartfelt post shared on Instagram and Facebook, Drew Cheetwood revealed that he was invited back to GH to reprise his role of Milo Giambetti for the special episode — and he wouldn’t have missed it for anything in the world.
“Almost 20 years ago, I taped my first episode of GH. I was almost 20 and now I’m almost 40,” he began the lengthy post, going on to share all of the great blessings the soap has given him, like sharing the screen with his real-life brother, Derk Cheetwood (ex-Max). “After filming yesterday, it really hit me how grateful I am for all the [opportunities] this show has afforded me. I worked with my real-life brother playing brothers on the show for 10+ years. I’ve worked with actors on the show I only dreamed of when I was a kid just dreaming in Ohio. I got to see such craftsmanship and professionalism behind the scenes… production, writing, camera, casting, props, and the list goes on. It molded everything I do to market homes in real estate today. This show is literally how I met my wife and now why we have our three beautiful girls. It doesn’t get any bigger than that for me.”
Unfortunately, Cheetwood’s return to the set wasn’t a happy occasion as the actor-turned-realtor was mourning a real-life friend. “Yesterday’s episode was a tough one to film,” he confessed. “Sonya Eddy lit this world up with an incredible light. She was so many beautiful things to so many people. We’ll miss her greatly. Yesterday, I was asked to help pay tribute to that light. After all the show has given me, it was such an honor to give back in this way.”
His bittersweet return to Port Charles also served as a reminder to Cheetwood of how “fragile” life is. “And man, it is moving pretty quick,” he marveled. “That’s not to stress, though. Just means we need to hold the people we love and care about closer. Pick up the phone and make that call. Get to it today. Make amends where you can. Pray. Often. I’m saying so much of this to myself too… just so you know. May we try and fill more people with love, laughter, and light… the same as Sonya did for me and so many others.”
GH’s tribute episode to Eddy is scheduled to air in late March, just ahead of the soap’s 60th anniversary on April 1.