Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL fell in love with Wiley immediately upon his introduction, in no small part due to the casting of the super-adorable twins Erik and Theo Olson in the role of Michael and Nelle’s son. Wiley has been through a lot in his young life but there’s one thing the little boy had yet to do until the June 7 episode of the soap — speak! After Willow left, Michael assured Wiley that his parents love him, and the cute little tyke said “Okay” before declaring that he had a lot of crayons and then counting them, “one, two three, four five!”
“A lot of fans have wanted Wiley to talk,” the twins’ mom shared on their Instagram in a post about the scene. “Well, he finally did! Loved how he was counting his crayons.”
But she also explained why fans haven’t heard much from Wiley before, even once Theo and Erik were able to talk. “Do you know why child actors aren’t usually given lines?” she wrote. “GH films 140+ pages of script a day! Just to give you an idea of how amazingly hard-working everyone is, that is about the amount of a movie! They do it daily!
“The actors only go through a scene once or twice,” Mom continued. “So to entrust speaking lines to a three-year-old might possibly throw off their whole day! Although the boys are very good toddlers, they are still little and it would add more work.”
But children can be unpredictable, which can lead to unexpected dialogue that the adult actors have to roll with to keep the scene going and not force the director to cut and have to do another take. So while you probably won’t see Wiley delivering actual dialogue in the near future, as Mom declared: “Ad-libbed moments like yesterday’s are more precious, in my opinion!”
Stay tuned to GH to see what cuteness Wiley gets up to next!
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