Carlos Rivera took his final breathes on Friday’s General Hospital thus marking the end of the run for his portrayer, Jeffrey Vincent Parise. The actor first appeared on the soap back in 2013. This is the second time that Parise has been killed off during May Sweeps. Last year, Carlos apparently met his maker via bullets from Anna (Finola Hughes), but Carlos survived and lived on! The criminal has been on the run since causing havoc for many of the citizens of Port Charles.
Over the last few days, fans have taken to social media to show their support and their appreciation for the talents of Parise who made Carlos, a one of a kind bad guy. On Saturday, now that GH viewers saw Carlos’ final demise, Parise took to Twitter to express publicly: “I’m overwhelmed w gratitude by the outpouring of kind words & condolences. You’ve all moved me deeply
In an interview in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, Parise spoke about his exit from the ABC daytime drama series for the second and final time. Parise spoke of taping his death scenes where William deVry’s Julian Jerome stabs Carlos: “As it was happening, I felt the shock of it, as if somebody just turns off your lights or dimmed them almost to be off and you know they were going to get turned off. It was this just horrible feeling of, ‘Too soon, I’m not done yet, I’m not done.’ And then, being on the gurney and having doctors looking over me. I just went there and it felt like I was dying in some sense. And a part of me was dying, this part of me, this character, this person, Carlos, that I’ve developed for the past years and lived with and within, was dying. And so it was a very profoundly emotional scene.”
Parise also went on to share about what went down after his final scenes were taped, when GH surprised him with an on set cake celebration and farewell: “It was funny because Carlos was stabbed with Helena’s dagger and Frank (Valentini) gave me the dagger to cut the cake with.”
The actor then shared Valentini’s speech in front of the on set cast and crew and his reaction to it. Valentini said of Parise, “You know, you were supposed to come on for a few months, and three years later you’ve done over 150 episodes. You’ve come into our artistic community and touched each and every one of us. We’ve learned from you and I hope you’ve learned from us. We’re in a very busy week and we’ve been having 12-hur days, but I felt like we had to stop production for a few moments to acknowledge you.” Parise was overcome stating: “I was fighting back tears.”
So, will you miss Jeffrey on GH? What did you think of his work as Carlos Rivera over the past several years? Will Carlos go down as one of soaps most memorable and unique bad guys? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!