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Tanisha Harper Opens up About the Challenge of Playing Jordan on GH

Having started out as a model, Tanisha Harper transitioned to acting booking a job as a model on CBS soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. But after a series of roles in primetime, the actress joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL in February 2022 as the newest recast of Jordan Ashford, and found herself having to sink or swim!

“I was in shock!” Harper told Soap Opera Digest of stepping into Briana Nicole Henry’s shoes as the police commissioner. “Soap operas are such a different world — the speed, the pace, and because I was stepping into a character that was already established, all the backstory with the characters. 

“But now that I’ve been on the show for a while, I’m really starting to understand the character and her relationships with everybody,” she added. “It was very challenging in the beginning because I didn’t feel like I knew who Jordan was. Now that I do, it’s much easier for me to portray her the way I feel she should be portrayed and get the emotional timing right and that kind of stuff.”

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Jordan has warned Portia that her secrets could destroy her relationship with Curtis.ABC/Troy Harvey

And Harper has been kept very busy as her alter ego finds herself investigating The Hook attacks, Lucy’s shooting and disappearance, as well as getting entangled in Portia and Curtis’ relationship, all of which have allowed the actress to show different sides to her character.

“It’s been wonderful to start to get to show her softer side, her vulnerability,” Harper declared. “I’m so grateful to Frank [Valentini, GH’s executive producer] for this opportunity. I always wanted to show that I can be a serious actress and do drama and to be doing what I’m doing now, it’s a great challenge and I’m really enjoying it.”

Stay tuned to GH to see how Harper continues to tackle the challenges Jordan faces as the storylines unfold!

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