John Stamos on General Hospital: “It Wasn’t Just a Springboard”





As callous execs continue to dig up the soap opera's place amongst the pop culture landscape, stars who cut their acting teeth in the industry are speaking out on soaps being under siege. The Deadbolt, recently interviewed John Stamos, and while the actor had a lot to say about his buzz generating turn on Law & Order: SVU last night, it was General Hospital, where he played troubled rocker Blackie Parrish, that he spoke most fondly of. 

THE DEADBOLT: Since you started on daytime, I wanted to get your take about the recent losses of soaps (All My Children and One Life to Live) and what that medium gave you as a young actor?

STAMOS: Well, if it wasn’t for General Hospital, I wouldn’t be talking to you on this phone right now. I give a lot of credit to that show. You know, it really prepared me. Not even knowing as much, not even forecasting the way television has turned into – I mean, basically nighttime television works about the same. Not as fast but we have to work, as Neal knows, with the budgets and we have to shoot so much in one day.

I remember doing General Hospital, it was ninety pages a day, which I had thirty of those sometimes. So I learned a tremendous amount. It wasn’t just a springboard but it was a base. It was Acting 101. I mean, you really had to come and bring a lot of different emotions and a lot fast, which really prepared me for television.

I think it’s really sad obviously. For everything that it did for me, the training, the launch that it gave me, it’s sad to think that there’s not some other guy out there like me that’s going to get a shot on a soap opera. I just saw Demi Moore the other night and we talked about General Hospital for forty-five minutes and just raved how much we loved it and the good memories we had from it.

I wonder what medium will train the next generation of Hollywood?

8 Responses

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    GHfan-4now

    [quote] I just saw Demi Moore the other night and we talked about General Hospital for forty-five minutes and just raved how much we loved it and the good memories we had from it. [/quote]

    I’d rather SEE 45 minutes of that than a Katie Couric talk show, especially since I’ve never really cared for her anyway. And how is Stamos still so damn good looking??? He and Rob Lowe must be drinking from the same fountain of hawtness! :sexy:

    But he was FANTASTIC on SVU last night. WOW! I wanted to kill him myself! He was so callous and cavalier and calculated. Lucky Noelle Beck. ;) It was just great! And love how he praises the genre. He said it himself, he wouldn’t be where he is without GH…

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    appleridge

    John Stamos Is so Awesome & So is Demi Moore. Its so cool That Two Actors who have achevied such great success see GH For what It Is there start and recoginize how Great It Was & Just dont see It as doing soap work

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    lannes314

    Good for him! And honestly, I’ve been so focused on the working actors who will be without jobs that I completely overlooked the newcomers who might miss their chance as the genre shrinks. Everyone loses all around.

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