As announced early today, Jonathan Jackson is back in as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and Greg Vaughan is out. But TV Guide’s Michael Logan got the first exclusive interview with the returning Emmy winning Jackson, who defined the role of Lucky a decade ago. Here are some excerpts below; as to why Jackson is returning at this time in his life and his thoughts on getting to work with on-screen dad, Tony Geary (Luke) once again.
This is stunning—and very welcome—news! You made an indelible mark on the role, and the show.
I’m sort of in a whirlwind. This is pretty much out of the blue. It’s been 10 years since I left the show but in some ways it doesn’t feel like that at all. When I [got the offer] from GH I talked about it with my family and it felt like the right time to return. [Jackson is married to former GH star Lisa Vultaggio. They have a son, 6, and a daughter, 4.] I also talked it over with Tony Geary [Lucky’s dad Luke], who was really positive about this. Our relationship goes back a long way. That’s one of the biggest motivators in my coming back—getting to work with Tony again. It feels like a very exciting adventure.
Had there been previous offers to return to GH?
It had been contemplated at different times over the years. But it never really felt right until now. I start work October 1, then have a break, a period where I’m transitioning and moving the family down to L.A. I’ve been living in Washington state for quite a while—six or seven years now—and fly to L.A. for work. But in order for me to be available to GH as much as they’ll need me, we’ll all be moving there. It’s important to keep the family together.