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Gregory Harrison Reveals Why He Joined the Cast of GH

Veteran actor Gregory Harrison had always turned down daytime soaps in the past but when GENERAL HOSPITAL came calling to see if he would be interested in taking over the role of Gregory Chase, he suddenly said yes.

“For 55 years, I had been offered soaps, you know?” the actor revealed on the Soap Opera Digest podcast Dishing With Digest. “Maybe half a dozen times, I was offered arcs with Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN), you know, to play the man of her moment of whatever that year was, and I always said, ‘Oh, no, no, no.’ It scared me so bad.”

However, after the pandemic shut down Hollywood production for months, Harrison was eager to get back to business. “I heard myself say, “Yes! Tell ‘em yes,’” he recalled. “It was almost like an out-of-body experience because I was just desperate to go do what I love to do. And then after I hung up the phone, I went, ‘Oh my God, what did I just say yes to?!’”

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After an adjustment period, Harrison felt right at home in Port Charles!Craig Sjodin/ABC

Knowing the fast-paced shooting schedule of daytime dramas, Harrison wondered if he’d made a terrible mistake joining the cast of GH. “‘Why did you wait til you were 70-something to test your brain with 30 pages of dialogue a night?” he marveled. “I went through terror for a couple of weeks and then I started the show. The terror ended after two or three weeks [and] I’m having the best time!”

Feeling more comfortable in Port Charles now, Harrison is enjoying daytime and also its fans. “I’m thrilled to be a part of all of this now,” he declared. “and thank you for some of the responses I’ve been getting on social media and I hope that I get to continue to perform for you for a long time to come.”

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