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Eden McCoy Reveals What GENERAL HOSPITAL Has Taught Her

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Losing Oscar was devastating for Josslyn on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but the grieving teen has finally started to find her footing again. “She is definitely moving on,” portrayer Eden McCoy agreed to Soaps In Depth. “And she’s had several conversations with Carly that have helped her realize that moving on doesn’t have to mean forgetting. Joss is starting to understand that it’s appropriate and healthy to maybe notice other boys and have fun with friends again.”

In other words, there’s room in her life for budding love triangles, hijinx and, yes, detention hang sessions like last year’s homage to the 1980s classic The Breakfast Club. “That was a blast to shoot,” McCoy recalled. She and her young castmates “all knew and loved the movie, so we had a lot of laughs recreating a small GH version of it. I was so happy that viewers seemed to know what we were trying to do with it, and that they liked it!”

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GH’s teens are a close-knit group. So “any scene where we all get to be together is a treat for us,” McCoy said.ABC

While she enjoys both playing and honing her craft with her pals, McCoy credits the adults in her GH family with helping her bring her character’s drama to life — starting with on-screen mom Laura Wright. “She is everything,” McCoy gushed. “I don’t know what I would have done without her support. And I feel like as I’ve gotten older, we’ve become closer as friends and not just castmates. She really is a mother figure to me, and I’m always honored when she trusts my acting choices and offers me her perspective to make them better.”

McCoy is also thrilled whenever she gets to play a part in Mike’s Alzheimer’s storyline. “Oh man, I cannot say enough about Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny),” she enthused. “When they are together on screen, everything else just fades away. Their emotion and talent are overwhelming, and honestly, I’m just happy to be in the room.”

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“Acting isn’t acting with Laura,” McCoy raved. “And INgo and I have real father/daughter convos. GH did a great job with casting! We just get along.”ABC

And when McCoy heard that Ingo Rademacher was finally moving Jax back to Port Charles? “I was absolutely ecstatic,” she cheered. “He is literally a perfect dad figure. Funny, protective, athletic, handsome, loving… I could go on and on! Plus, he’s an incredible actor. Kind of like Steve Burton (Jason), he’s got those blue eyes that can just kill you. Our scenes feel very real as well. And like Laura, Steve and Maurice, he’s a great role model in real life.”

Amid all the drama, McCoy has done more than stretch herself as an actress for GH: She’s also performed at the Nurses Ball, karaoke’d with fans and caroled with her castmates via Facebook Live! “I’m not a musician or a singer, so I always feel insecure when I get to perform with Wally Kurth (Ned), William [Lipton, Cameron], James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and any of our other actors who are gifted with musical talent,” she admitted. “And Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) has the most beautiful voice! Many of my good friends are professional singers, and I keep hoping some of their talent will rub off on me, but so far it hasn’t. I’m just grateful our viewers are patient with me.”

Oscar’s passing taught Josslyn “that life can end abruptly and without much warning, so it’s important to appreciate every moment,” said her portrayer, adding, “The writing in that story was so tragically beautiful and so special.”ABC

As McCoy’s continued to spread her wings on GH, she’s also gained personal perspective from her character’s tough year. “I’ve learned how important it is to live in the moment and appreciate the little things,” she said. “The little things are everything!” And yes, the actress is glad Josslyn’s moving through her grief… but she’s not exactly rooting for her character to come out of this clean. “If I’m being honest, I’d like to see Joss get in a little trouble and be a little wild,” she grinned. “I’ve heard that Carly was a wild child when she was Joss’ age, and that sounds like a ton of fun! What the writers have given me is amazing, but I would love to go absolutely insane.”

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This story originally appeared in our print magazine

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