This afternoon, the cast and creators of the hit ABC Primetime soap, Nashville took part in the 30th anniversary of The Paley Center For Media’s Paleyfest 2013! This year, as in previous years, Paleyfest 2013 offers seminars featuring the creative teams and the cast from many of primetime’s newest hits and returning favorites.
On-Air On-Soaps was there and got the opportunity to catch up with five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky GH, now Avery, Nashville) to find out if Jonathan might be making a return to General Hospital in the coming month for the show’s 50th anniversary celebration, and what is going on with Avery on Nashville, who has gone from being a complete jealous jerk to possibly showing some signs of having a heart. Here is what Jonathan had to say about it all below!
Jonathan on if he will return for General Hospital’s 50th: “We tried, even up to this point for the actual airing of the 50th anniversary, but we weren’t able to make it work. I don’t know. It’s still possible even within the year, but we certainly tried this time. “
Jonathan on how he perceives his ambitions musician Avery on Nashville at this juncture in the story: “The way I have tried to play the character, and I think this is Callie Khouri’s (Creator, Nashville) vision as well, is that he and others on the canvas are not black and white characters. Every character has layers, complexities, and levels. So for me, even when Avery was behaving like a jerk, I was always trying to have this sense of conflict with him. He’s not acting like this because it feels good to him; he is acting like this because he has these ambitions and conflicts. The fact that when he was first tempted by his manager, he said, ‘No,’ then he came back and thought, ‘Hey, I did the right thing!’ However, then Scarlett (Clare Bowen) freaked out on him. Then there was another moment where he was struggling with jealousy towards Scarlett because she was the one getting this big break, when he was the one who was working so hard. Then Avery came back to her and said, ‘I want you do this. I want to be there for you in the studio.’ So there have been these moments, where he has shown selflessness and trying to do the right thing. But at the end of the day, he has just not been able to follow through up to this point. For me, as an actor, it’s been great. I have that constant tension going on. I see Avery as a good soul who is lost and who doesn’t who he really is. ”
So soapers, are you upset that Jonathan will not be coming home as Lucky to join Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) and the Spencer clan for the big GH 5-0? What do you think of Jonathan’s portrayal of Avery on Nashville? Let us know!