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43 May 31st, 2015 Jeffrey Vincent Parise Talks Being Up for the Role Of Julian Jerome, His Final GH Scenes with Teresa Castillo, Mad Men and More On SOAP BOX!

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This past week, General Hospital fans had to say their final goodbye to actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise who’s last episode aired on Thursday as Ghost Carlos.  Over the last few weeks, Parise turned in powerful performances during the GH Live shows where mobster Carlos Rivera says goodbye to his long time love Sabrina Santiago, before being shot and killed by Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) for murdering her beloved Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan)!  Later, Carlos comes back as a ghost and torments Anna, who is guilt ridden for shooting the mobster in cold blood to avenge Duke’s death.

On this past Thursday’s episode of TradioV’s Soap Box with Lilly Melgar and Martha Madison, Parise joined the hosts to discuss his final GH moments, revealed he was originally up for the role of Julian Jerome played by William deVry, and his pivotal role in the series finale of the hit primetime series Mad Men, in which he uttered the final line as the lauded drama came to its conclusion.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman joined Parise, Madison, and Melgar later in the episode to discuss the latest news in the world of soaps, weighed in on the GH Live shows and the just completed May Sweeps storylines on all four network daytime drama series.   Below are a few noteworthy moments from Parise’s appearance!

Jeffrey on his final scene with Teresa Castillo as Carlos and Sabrina:  “Teresa Castillo in the scene we just watched broke my heart, and especially when I hung up with her, and Finola as Anna is asking her, ‘Where is he?’  It literally broke my heart … the resistance in her saying “Pier 54″, what a moment!  I knew this was thee last scene with her (Teresa) and I, and all the incredible scenes and moments we had shared within the acting experience of the past two years was going to be gone. ”

Jeffrey on being up for the role of Julian Jerome on GH:  “Originally, I tested for the role of Julian Jerome. Funnily enough at the time I didn’t think I was right for the part- they were calling for basically Will deVry – a blue collar business man gangster, but I loved the material.  Then when I tested I tested with Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos),  it felt really good, immediately.  So, apparently it came down between me and Will.  Then, when they ended up going with Will- then a couple of months later they called me and said, ‘We really liked the test, but you just weren’t right for the part. But … we wrote a part for you and we would love for you to come in and play it.”

Watch Soap Box with Jeffrey Vincent Parise below! Then, let us know what you thought about his final GH scenes, if you will miss him as Carlos, his performance in the Mad Men series finale, and him being up for the role of Julian Jerome!

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  1. j9girard says:

    Such a good actor and he has charisma like crazy!! Hope he gets snapped up quickly by someone!

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    Harry replied

    You know what I like about this actor? He can smile or frown just using his eyes. He can convey so much without saying a word.

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  2. Marc says:

    No actor/character combo has been more perfect since Trevor St John’s Todd Manning . Even though it means the actor is gone I wouldnt want him playing anyone else but the ultra sleazy yet lovesick Carlos. Sadly it was so perfect I cant see myself watching the show anymore with this loss.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Lovesick Carlos…that is a perfect description. No matter how cold Carlos was…how ready to kill…he truly loved Sabrina. He would have done anything for her…except sadly give up “the life.” Another actor they shouldn’t have let go…

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  3. Linda Jorgenson says:

    Dead or Alive Jeffrey is a great Actor and deserves to be on GH.

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  4. su0000 says:

    Carlos! I need Carlos!
    He is my sexy dose! luv that guy..
    a funny..
    tweet RC .. I am alone at the bar in East Hampton…what is everyone else doing?
    tweet me .. I’m doing laundry and I’m hungry ..
    Also- I’m hoping ”Carlos” will come and kiss me!
    Enjoy your drink :)
    tweet RC .. everyone is hoping that

    See! Carlos is luved! RC knows Carlos is hearthrob ! that he is wanted!
    my Carlos is gone, sigh

    I know Carlos did not have a big part or a story .. He was used when needed..
    I can see the business side of the let go, but I don’t want to let him go!! aha
    damnit!

    (( tell myself– soap peoples never die they have a round trip ticket ! heh :)

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    Harry replied

    Su00–I totally concur. This man was something special and GH squandered his talent and let him go.
    As Napoleon Dynamite might say,”Idiots!”

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    su0000 replied

    yes IDIOTS!!
    I wanna beat-up who let my Carlos go!

    Pier 54 is magical, a resurrection portal, what lies beneath the waters is truly amazing!
    Carlos better come back !!!

  5. Beth says:

    He was a great addition to the cast. Loved his work w/WdV AG MB but with Teresa, it really gave the character depth., along with the Maura West sevens. So much fun to see Julian and Carlos,really gonna miss that..

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  6. Mary SF says:

    I really liked his last performances as ghost Carlos–he gave the character more of an angry edge, which I assumed if you’re murdered you might have, but I wished he played that darker side while Carlos was alive– I always thought he came across as too soft to be a mob boss enforcer, but I was really liking ghost Carlos–I would have loved him to torment Anna for a long time, but I guess that is not to be– sigh.

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  7. luisa says:

    Bring him back, I would have long to see Carlos against Sonny and Jason, his range of acting remind me the Ruiz’s brother a big mistake if they don’t bring him back, suggestion, someone was at the pier watching.

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  8. Patrick says:

    @j9g
    @Marc
    @Linda

    really… nice posts

    when an actor comes along… and helps the main characters elevate their game ON

    whew! ???? this man is a keeper

    not since Kelly Sullivan, ex-Connie, GH
    not since Kelly Thiebaud, ex, Britt, GH

    and now… ex-Carlos, GH Jeffrey Vincent Parise…. “this is” a loss for the team

    he brought so much interest in the craft of acting… watching a professional… parlay quality

    I did not want this ride to end

    just like Connie and Britta

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    B.J. replied

    Hi Patrick! We seem to love the same actors/characters. I really miss Connie and Britt … just as I will Carlos! :(

    I hoped until the last they would save him. After all they’ve saved that sorry Sonny all these years. Why not someone so talented? :) This is really sad that they keep throwing the “gems” away.

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    Patrick replied

    tthanks B.J.

    have to add in, ONE more

    ex-Ellie Trout ( Emily Wison )

    bring her back…. if GH production NEEDS to flesh out and frontburner him so much… at least get an actress that he has an immediate connection and chemistry with…. this was never more apparent than at the Nurses’ Ball

    Nathan and Ellie !!!!! I love this pair

    I don’t know what has happened to Maxie… but her magic is gone… she is tanking with Nathan

  9. Ghlover says:

    Bring him back pleaseeeeeeeeeee

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  10. Cynthia says:

    Jeffrey was spectacular! I was really hoping we’d see more of Ghost Carlos. So much more could have been done with the character. I find it odd that they created the character for Jeffrey to play and then killed him off! There are a few characters I would trade for Carlos in a split second. I just don’t understand getting rid of him.

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  11. Rose says:

    Saw Jeffrey on Mad Men finale, and did a double take because I had just seen him shot by Anna (the first time) on GH. Especially since he was cast as a meditation leader, far from his role as Carlos.

    I will miss him on GH even though I don’t know how much further they could have taken his character. As an actor he brought a lot of depth and passion to an otherwise two-bit criminal. This really came out in his wonderful scenes with Sabrina who also showed what I have to think was genuine emotion since they were also the last ones with Jeffrey on GH.

    And this might seem strange, but I also liked that he actually looked like a might have envisioned a hitman compared to other criminals on the show…a little unkempt and greasy with the same clothes that I’m sure could have used a washing machine.

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  12. Margie Dalton says:

    Excellent job playing Carlos! REALLY MADE US HATE YOU! Saw Jeffrey on Mad Men. Best of luck in you future endeavors. Ciao’ Carlos
    Thank you Michael

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  13. El says:

    Fantastic actor. I wish GH and given him a wider range of material and found a way to keep him because he is a a true talent!

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  14. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Sabrina shouldv’e taken the bullet for Carlos…lol

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    Patrick replied

    LOL

    at the last split sec

    Michael comes to the aid of his new lovelorn… Sabrina

    and he takes the bullet

    heck…. for all i know… Michael, may be even better than the new Dillan

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    Shay replied

    You’re singing my song, jimh!!! ‘Twould have made a most poetic ending for Carrrrrr-LOS!!!!! to have been saved by “St. Sappy’s” intervention, or better yet, they could have gone out together in a blaze of glory. For me, the “Sapster” will always be first and foremost “Reeeee-verr–rrrrrah’s” (as Sloane is so wont to put it…..) sloppy seconds gun moll, and no means to gussy-up her character will ever change that fact.

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    Harry replied

    ((Shudder))) Shay is in the building

    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Shay.
    In answer to your reply, I fervently agree with you concerning Silas. I am very glad he is not part of Ava’s and Delia’s deception. As you say, he’s very upstanding in his moral and ethical values. He has already derailed in that department by hiding and saving Ava. But, he is a doctor and his duty is ,first and foremost , seeing to the wellbeing of his patients…..The Hippocratic Oath.

    As I posted the other day, I was wrong when I assumed Denise was real….I corrected myself as I saw the story develop. Su was not fooled….the girl seems to know everything…heh, Su…LOL…..
    I think everyone figured it out by now. Delia helped Ava “escape” the confines of that hospital room in the city. Will there be an investigation seeking the DiMuccio family in Queens? Or, checking out Denise’s salon? Does Delia have friends by the name DiMuccio and has engaged their help?
    Also, I do agree that Ava, as much as I love her, needs to pay for her crimes. How? It will be interesting to watch.
    Yes, Shay….I love William deVry. I do not like what he represents. But his sexy demeanor is a far cry from Sonny’s. Julian is a hunk……Julian is beautiful, Julian is magnetic, an Adonis, en par with the much younger, Nathan…..sadly, all that chiseled manhood is wasted on Alexis. TPTB need to bring in a younger female counterpart, ( at least the same age as he. This couple does not look good together. He looks so much younger than she) to complement that beauty…….and, VENUS is her name.

    Shay replied

    We are definitely on the same page where Silas is concerned, CeeCee! I love his calm, decent and morally-centered doc….I don’t want to see him deviate from that position, no matter how many questionable types are thrown into his path. He did his duty as a medical professional, and now he should wash his hands of Ava/Denise, no matter the romantic history upon which they waxed so nostalgically when she looked to be on her last legs. As for the questions surrounding “Ms. DiMuccio” and her “backstory,” that was something that I also immediately found suspicious…I know the PCPD is lacking in practically all ways and means of common sense, but c’mon, nobody there does an online check for this person, her family and so-called business? That was just too sloppy for words! (Then again, I have no hope whatsoever for that stupid cop shop….as if having the crooked Lomax running the city weren’t ridiculous enough, now we’ll have to suffer Jordan as Queen Bee of the police department, plus “Val-Chops” sniffing around trying to get into Dante’s y-fronts! Oh please….this is like a really bad Shonda Rimes drama! And mind, I’m all for Lomax, because there was no way, no how, I wanted that ditzy, long-absent mom Felicia playing “Mrs. Mayor!” Furthermore, I really have to ask, after double crossing both major Port Charles crime families with her undercover antics, shouldn’t Ms. Ashford and her son be on their way out of the city ala witness protection in toute suite fashion? Makes no sense, any more than “Val-Chops,” who professes her love of all things culinary, not being installed in Kelley’s kitchen as their next short order cook. Is there ever any evidence of logic employed in these plot developments…rhetorical question, of course?) At any rate, while I can appreciate your, um, interest in all things Nathan and Julian, they simply don’t float my boat. (I’m much more into the WASP-y, patrician pretty boy prepsters and Nordic God types…the fair-haired look, so to speak…). But by all means, do drink in their particular kind of manliness and enjoy!!! Having said that, we certainly do see eye-to-eye on Julian’s need for a far more age-appropriate “objet d’amour”….his youthful charms are being horribly wasted on that cloying wet noodle of a sex-crazed AARP-er otherwise known as A-Lexis-Sexis!!!! LOL…..

    Harry replied

    (looking furtively for Shay).
    Jim, I try not to be one of those people who stubbornly cling to an opinion when all evidence points the contrary. I have mandated time and time again that Theresa is a horrible actress. I think she really was and the wedding interruptus really validated my poor opinion of that actress’s poor acting abilities. But when Sappy, er, I mean Sabrina, had to get Carlos’s location on the phone for Anna she truly seemed heartbroken. Her performance rose far above my expectations. In short, she was really very good.
    Now I am going to cross myself and say 10 Hail Shays and pray for forgiveness.

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    Shay replied

    God will get you for that one—(make that two!)—-Harry!!!!! LOL…But it just goes to show how we can totally take away different things from the same scene. I recall thinking that Anna had to totally carry the water during that live shoot because Sappy was so ineffective what with all of her contrived weeping and whining as she essentially set up Carrrr-LOS! for death. Guess from my perspective, she’ll just always be the bane of my existence, no matter what she does.

    Patrick replied

    @harry… your last two lines are in hysterics

    I will gavel and echo them…. nonetheless

    LOL

    “…she truly seemed heartbroken. Her performance rose far above my expectations. In short, she was really very good.
    Now I am going to cross myself and say 10 Hail Shays and pray for forgiveness. ”

    she truly was… earnest… and is making it with Michael

    if these two… actors… are starlets and pets… what can I say

    LOL… as I told Chad Duell : “I’m getting it”

    along with Morgan… DANG he’s fine

    ta-da

    harry replied

    Shay, I felt so guilty–as if I betrayed the president of the I-Hate-Sappy-Club.
    Call it temporarily insanity but I do think Jeffrey brings out the best in Theresa.

    Shay replied

    Now, now, no need for that, Harry….Mr. Parise is obviously a most skilled thespian….he always carried those scenes with Sappy with great aplomb. If a bit of his professional polish rubbed off on her, then it simply bespeaks of his immense talent!!! When you think about it, after two-plus (long) years on the GH canvas, the “Sapster” should have learned something and improved in her presentation. I’ll defer to you on this one, and call it an acting anomaly….as soon as that babysitting buffoon is back in “vacantville” with the equally clueless Mikey, it will be again be a case of the obtuse leading the obtuse.

    shrona replied

    There you go again, jimh, reading my mind again! JVP has been making the prime time scene lately (I’ve seen him on Mad Men and iZombie in the last month) so he will surely get a prime time series or even a movie soon.

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  15. Shelly says:

    He played Carlos so well. I would hate the character one minute and be mesmerized the next…that’s good acting!

    I was surprised at the emotional reaction I had to his demise. Those last scenes between him and Teresa Castillo actually made me cry and I found myself wishing the writers had explored that relationship further.

    He’s an exciting actor and I’m looking forward to watching for him in future projects, however, he will be greatly missed at GH. Maybe we could convince TPTB to bring his “twin” to the canvas…remember Manny & Lorenzo? Hmmm…. :)

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    Harry replied

    He is a really good actor, Shelly.
    I think he was wasted on GH as Carlos.
    I do feel the actor will go on to better things so I am happy for him.

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    Timmm replied

    The casting director should be fired! Roger, Michelle and Jeffrey were all miscasted ! Jeffrey is gone, Franco sucks and Nina is a waste of time! [Not your fault Michelle!]

  16. I love gh says:

    I absolutely will miss him! There are very few actors who, in my opinion, become the part, whether it be on film or television. He became the part and made me feel sorry for Carlos again and again.

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  17. Spixiefan says:

    So great to watch!! I love love love love Carlos and Jeffrey and I’m so sad he is gone from GH. :( After RC had Spinelli leave with Ellie the FIRST time last year, I quit watching GH, it was Carlos and Ava that brought me back…. when GH brought Spinelli back JUST to stomp on Spixie this last time, again I quit watching, but I couldn’t resist watching the Carlos scenes, Jeffrey is simply brilliant. Now he is gone… :( Seeing those last scenes between Sabrina and Carlos again made me tear up, I would have loved more of their love story. It is so sad and beautiful and heartbreaking when he says he wished he could have done something better with his life and that Sabrina deserves someone better than him.. :’( I wish he was staying on GH, can’t wait to see him in other things. <3

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    Spixiefan replied

    Oh yeah, I forgot to say, how interesting that he was almost Julian Jerome!! Very cool little tidbit.. I think he woudl have been amazing at being Julian……. I wish they had made Carlos related to Lilly somehow and hooked him up with Sonny.. and then given us more of the Carlos Sabrina love story…… plus more with Carlos and Ava (another great acting team).. I just love him.

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    su0000 replied

    I love love love Carlos, too!
    He must be sad, I should go to him and comfort him heh ;)

    Timmm replied

    Sorry Spix, I think Will is perfect because Jeffrey wouldnt have been right to be in love with Alexis and he is too young to be Sam’s father.

  18. Linda says:

    I am glad Jeffrey became Carlos as he played the role to perfection. DeVry seems better suited for the businessman-gangster Julian.

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  19. Dan says:

    Good actor and he did a nice job in the role, but it became an unnecessary character. Once they had Carlos murder Duke, there was nowhere else to go. It was the proverbial being written into a corner. He’s a very talented actor, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing him in many future projects.

    And who knows, the harbor in Port Charles seems to be a fountain of youth of sorts, lol, how many people have been thrown in there, and returned? So we may see Carlos again down the road. You never know.

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    su0000 replied

    ohh gorash !

    The Pier 54 is a portal to resurrection..
    Perhaps it’s an alien thing from back when, there is a spaceship below that resurrects dead people!!
    ….. Pier 54 .. I want to die there !!!

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  20. Timmm says:

    If I were Frank I would bring Jeffrey back as Carlos’s twin. Why not? Ava & Denise, hello! No I would give him a shave and cut his hair and bring him on as a twin named Cante. Anna would freak when she sees him and he would be a good guy here to revenge his brothers death.

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