More To Come!

Stay tuned, be­cause Josh Swickard (Chase) is just get­ting started!

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GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL’s Chase seemed nice enough when he showed up in Fe­bru­ary… but boy, this whole Nelle twist has made Finn’s long-lost brother a lot more in­ter­est­ing! Hav­ing found his foot­ing in Port Charles, Josh Swickard is ready for the drama. In fact, the for­mer band and the­ater geek has al­ways been ready for it! “Both my par­ents were in­volved in per­form­ing,” he says, “so the rule was, you had to play in­stru­ments, sing and all that good stuff.”

But for all his train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence get­ting laughs on Dis­ney Chan­nel’s LIV AND MAD­DIE, the ac­tor was floored when he first landed in Port Charles. The show tapes so fast that “it’s like drink­ing from a fire­hose,” he quips. “You’re try­ing to in­gest so much in­for­ma­tion in such a short time. There are days we’ve been on set for a long time, and when I fi­nally get in my car, I go, ‘What just hap­pened?’”

For­tu­nately, while Chase re­ceived a rather tepid wel­come from lo­cals, the ac­tor’s had a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence. “Dominic Zam­progna (Dante) has been great, and so have Mau­rice Be­nard (Sonny), Steve Bur­ton (Ja­son), Fi­nola Hughes (Anna) — lit­er­ally, I could list off the whole cast,” he raves. “I’ve shared scenes with al­most ev­ery­body now, and they’ve all helped me in any way they could. And the vet­er­ans are masters! I’m blown away by their tal­ents.”

The Best Part

As the for­mer SoulCy­cle in­struc­tor has put the pedal to the medal, he’s got­ten more com­fort­able with the pace… and “I love Har­ri­son Chase,” Swickard gushes. “The sweet­est thing about be­ing an ac­tor is part of my brain never grew up. Ev­ery time they hand me my badge and gun at the PCPD, my in­ner 8-year-old is like, ‘Yes!’”

He’s also en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to bring a piece of him­self to his char­ac­ter. “The writ­ers have got­ten to know me, so

GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL’s Josh Swickard dis­cusses his char­ac­ter’s broad­en­ing hori­zons

he’s Chase, but he’s also kind of Josh,” Swickard ex­plains. “I don’t take any­thing too se­ri­ously. I’m a goofy guy, so some­times I’ll de­liver Chase’s lines that way. I’ve seen a cou­ple of tweets from fans say­ing Chase is ac­tu­ally a dork. Yes! He started off su­per by-the-book, but now we’ve seen lay­ers to him.”

Biker Boy: Be­fore GH, the ac­tor re­veals that he was teach­ing “15 SoulCy­cle classes a week.”

The Pas­tor’s Son: “Some of my fa­vorite mo­ments talk­ing about my faith have been in night­clubs at 4 a.m. with go-go dancers,” Swickard says.

Travel Bug: “My goal is to get out of L.A. ev­ery hia­tus,” Swickard ad­mits.

Late Bloomer: “Fresh­man year of high school, I was 5’2” tall,” ad­mits the hunk.

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