Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky)
Daytime legend Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shows Soaps In Depth around the set of his primetime hit
It seems like in the blink of an eye, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) went from winning five Daytime Emmys to starring in primetime’s NASHVILLE. The music-themed hit has been a perfect fit for the multi-talented and handsome actor. And on top of playing Avery Barkley on the show, he continues recording and performing with his own band, Enation.
Meanwhile, Jackson and his family have settled into life quite nicely in Tennessee, “and we’re loving it,” he tells Soaps In Depth.
Here, he gives his fans — especially the GH ones! — an exclusive look at his life behind the scenes at the set which has become his home away from home!
Jackson might look at his lines briefly at work, but too much is “overkill,” he says. “I know my lines; I’ve memorized the
scenes before I get to the set.”
“I spend a lot of time reading in
between scenes,” he shares. “I easily read 10 to 12 books a season.”
There is a huge difference between NASHVILLE’s shooting schedule and that of GH. “We can be at the NASHVILLE set anywhere from six to 15 hours,” he points out. “GH — especially the last time I was there — is much more fast-paced. Sometimes, it can be a four- or five-hour workday.”
“Nashville has changed my life,” Jackson enthuses. “The
music community is amazing. From singers and
songwriters to music engineers, everyone is here.”
Jackson says he rarely takes his own guitar to work but knows he can turn to the show’s music department if need be. “If I have an itch to play, I can borrow one.”
Part of the challenge of downtime on the show is “finding something to distract myself from the script,” Jackson confesses. The actor has always had a reputation for being a complete professional. Even as a child actor on GH, he came to
work totally prepared.
NASHVILLE characters are often in flight, especially Jackson’s character. While he points out that the plane looks great on television, “it’s a difficult space to film,” since it has limited angles that are workable for cameras and crew.