Viewers feared the worst when Chase was poisoned on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and to hear Josh Swickard tell it, just pretending to be dying can sometimes feel like the real thing! “It’s interesting because this is my first time, I believe, on the show having a medical issue of some kind,” he mused during a video interview with TV Insider.
Much in the same way that actors summon up heartwrenching grief or fly into a rage for scenes and then have to work to shake it off, playing sick can have physical effects on the performer. “You kind of trick your body into actually going through this,” Swickard explained. “So I would do something in the scene, and then after the scene, it would take a second for either the nausea to go down or the lightheadedness to go down. Because you put yourself in the situation and you chemically and… your nervous system kind of believes it’s going down. But it’s a trip. But I love it. Anything that’s kind of a challenge or scary, it excites me.”
Peter had meant for Finn to drink the poison but he was still able to use this as leverage to get Anna and Finn to let him go free in exchange for the antidote. So with a villain like that holding Chase’s life in his hands, the future is anything but certain!
Also uncertain is his future with Willow, since she was just about to tell Chase she’d chosen to stay in her marriage with Michael when his condition worsened! Does the pair have any hope of a future together? “They have such a history,” Swickard allowed. “Willow’s there for him right now. And does that mean that they’re going to go back into something that flows?”
Stay tuned to GH to find out what happens next!