Jonathan Jack­son (ex-Lucky)

Day­time leg­end Jonathan Jack­son (ex-Lucky, GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL) shows Soaps In Depth around the set of his prime­time hit

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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.

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