Jack Wag­ner talks act­ing along­side ex

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY ALI­CIA RAN­CILIO

Jack Wag­ner doesn’t need to roll with an en­tourage. He shows up to a re­cent in­ter­view by him­self.

A celebrity with­out a team of peo­ple in­clud­ing groomers, pub­li­cists, as­sis­tants and man­agers trail­ing be­hind is a rar­ity th­ese days.

“I stopped that a while ago. I had an en­tourage in the ’80s be­cause it’s just what I needed. It de­pends where your level of fame is or where your ca­reer is and what you’re pro­mot­ing but, to­day, I’m re­ally com­fort­able with who I am as a per­son and I can ac­tu­ally find an ad­dress, I can show up there and if I get lost I ask some­one, you know, where are the el­e­va­tors and it’s OK,” he joked.

To a large swath of ’80s TV fans, Wag­ner is Frisco Jones from ABC’s “Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.” He stopped be­ing a regular cast mem­ber in 1988 but has re­turned for the pe­ri­odic arc, most re­cently in 2013 for the show’s 50th an­niver­sary.

“There is this real core fan base for that show and to play a char­ac­ter that is still re­mem­bered, I look at it as a gift. Back then you didn’t have so­cial me­dia or so many chan­nels to watch and peo­ple would watch ’Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal,’” said Wag­ner, who was also on the ’90s hit “Mel­rose Place” and has per­formed on Broad­way.

Th­ese days the 55-year-old stars on Hall­mark Chan­nel’s se­ries “When Calls the Heart” along­side Lori Lough­lin.

He ap­peared in sea­son one and was bumped up to a full­time cast mem­ber for sea­son two, which airs its two-hour sea­son fi­nale on Satur­day at 8 p.m. EDT.

Wag­ner plays Bill Avery, a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor in 19th cen­tury Canada look­ing into a coun­ter­feit scheme. His char­ac­ter is mys­te­ri­ous in that you don’t know if he’s part of the scheme or re­ally try­ing to solve it.

The other story for his char­ac­ter is the love tri­an­gle with Lough­lin’s char­ac­ter Abigail and his wife, Nora, played by none other than his re­al­life ex-wife Kristina Wag­ner (and TV ex-wife on “Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal,” Feli­cia Jones.)

Wag­ner laughs when it’s pointed out that not ev­ery­one would want to work with their ex.

Their sons (ages 24 and 20) aren’t that fazed by mom and dad work­ing to­gether.

Wag­ner is also a mu­si­cian. His best-known song “All I Need” be­came a Bill­board Top 40 hit in 1985, thanks to its heavy ro­ta­tion on “Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.” He still per­forms live a few times a year, and re­leased an al­bum last year.

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