Brianna Nicole Henry hit the ground running with Jordan!
in some ways, Briana Nicole Henry was born to play GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jordan. “My mom always says I was bossy from the time I came out,” cracks the actress, who assumed the role this fall. “I definitely do enjoy leadership roles, and Jordan’s at the top of her game. She’s the boss and she has her hands in all the mess, which is something I can relate to.”
The GH newcomer can also relate to her character’s big heart of gold. “Jordan’s a powerhouse, but her motivation for this job has less to do with power and more to do with actually wanting to protect [Port Charles] and make a difference in people’s lives,” she maintains. “And I try to move through the world in a similar way and do what’s right by other people and by myself.”
While Henry immediately clicked with her character, the procedural element of Jordan’s job was a hurdle. “When you’re rattling off a victim’s case and the number of bullet wounds, it’s challenging,” she admits. But she found support in a friend she’d made during her stint as a model on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. That show’s former Chloe, “Lizzy Hendrickson (Margaux) was my first scene partner at GH and she was a huge comfort. I told her I’d
never done procedural stuff before, and she was like, ‘Girl, me, neither! It is hard. You will get it. Just know you are not alone.’ That upped my confidence, for sure.”
Then, after a few weeks of casework, GH took off the training wheels and thrust Henry into the rest of Jordan’s world. “I went from work- ing a few days a week to four or five days a week, with 65 pages of dialogue,” she recalls. “I was getting hit pretty hard! But it’s amazing how quickly we’re able to adapt. I feel like I’m getting into a rhythm. I’m able to pick up dialogue quicker and understand the storylines.
“We have some serious vets on the show, and I’m like a sponge,” she adds. “I just want to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can from these amazing actors!”
Surrounded By Good Guys
One of those amazing actors is onscreen hubby Donnell Turner. “He’s just so kind,” Henry raves. “One day, I was having a rough day with dialogue, and every time I messed up, Donnell was like, ‘You got it. We’re good.’ He’s very reassuring.”
Henry isn’t just grateful for her leading man on screen, either. “Both on the show and in real life,” she winks. “My boyfriend, Kris Bowers, is in the industry. He’s a pianist and a composer for TV and film, so
he’s aware of what actors have to do. Nobody wants to see their partner have chemistry with somebody else, but his concern is always that I’m okay, so he was reassured by how comfortable I felt being intimate with Donnell on camera. Once he knew I was good, he was on board, too.”
Grace Under Pressure
As we head into a new year, Henry is starting to feel at home in the role created by Vinessa Antoine — and that took some time! “Talk about pressure, right?” she says. “Vinessa has a beautiful element of being a mature, strong woman, and I hoped I’d be able to bring that same energy to the role. I was nervous. These are big shoes to fill! But it was inspiring more than anything else.”
Even as Henry dug in, she understood it would take fans time to warm to her.
“Wife/mother Jordan is innately easier for me to drop into than Commissioner Jordan,” Henry confides. “I’ve never done a procedural show, but I love human connection, so it’s very easy to play that.”
Jordan and Curtis’ escape-room bachelorette and bachelor parties “was pretty chaotic and very fun to shoot,” Henry says, “but a very long day!”
Vernee Watson (Stella) “feels really strong on camera… and 30 times stronger in real life!” Henry says. “But she’s so kind and warm.”
“Oh my goodness, life in Port Charles is busy and fast with a lot of chaos,” marvels Henry.“But it has been an incredible journey sofar, for sure!”