In a rare and exclusive look into the acting life of General Hospital legend, Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie Spencer) We Love Soaps has recently posted part two of their three-part interview of the GH icon. In Part two, the actress discusses her, and soaps most heartbreaking storyline –BJ’s death and the heart transplant. Here is what Zeman had to say about it, when asked what it was like to play the grieving mother.
Zeman recalled, “That was the most intense emotional material that I had ever been given to play as an actress. The subconscious doesn’t differentiate between what you are doing when you are acting in a scene, and what you are doing when you are having a real life interaction with the person. It’s all real to the subconscious. As an actor, when you are playing those scenes, it affects your spirit as reality. When I first started working with Brighton Hereford [B.J.] she was a little girl. I worked with her before I ever had my own kids, for two years before I ever had Cassidy [Jacklyn’s oldest daughter]. I wasn’t a real life mother yet, I didn’t really know a lot about little kids. She would come in my room and color me pictures. She called me “Mommy.”
“So, when you asked what it was like to play that storyline, as a grown up, we know intellectually that it’s a part. But the thought of it, the pain, the agonizing grief a person goes through when that happens in real life…when you are chosen to portray that you want to do it justice, to really show what it is so the people who have been through that can see it as real. I wanted to do a good job, and the writers did, we all did. I would like to think that we accomplished that. I’m told that it touched people’s hearts.”
Make sure to read the interview in it’s entirety! Here’s a link to part one as well!