WIPED OUT

Soap Opera Digest - - SCENE HEARD -

Sleep de­pri­va­tion nearly caused Josh Swickard (Chase, GH) to botch his screen test. “I had been shoot­ing a film on lo­ca­tion un­til 2 a.m., and then I took a 6 a.m. flight, went straight to the [GH] lot, slept for about 40 min­utes and was try­ing to me­morize and I was kind of a mess,” he re­calls. “I got up there first and I couldn’t even get through the scene. Frank [Valen­tini, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer] comes over and he was like, ‘Do you want to just get this over with, or would you like the other guys to go first and you can take a few min­utes to try to me­morize it? I know you’re com­ing off of work­ing.’ I was like, ‘Give me five min­utes, I know I’m go­ing to get this,’ so I went off into a cor­ner and tried to me­morize it and I came back and I got through it. I worked with Fi­nola [Hughes, Anna] and Steve [Bur­ton, Ja­son] and they helped me through it. They both came into my dress­ing room be­fore my test and were like, ‘Do you want to run lines? Do you have any ques­tions? Do you want to just talk?’ And they re­ally didn’t have to do that. They were great to me. Af­ter­ward, I saw Frank in the hall and I said, ‘I’m so sorry!’ And he goes, ‘No, you did great!’ ”

Josh had some help dur­ing his GH au­di­tion.

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