TCA SCOOP: GH’s Maura West on Lethal Ava Jerome — “She Only Moves When She is Going to Strike”

General Hospital’s Maura West puts the "S" in sizzle. The veteran soap actress, adored for her roles on As The World Turns and The Young and The Restless, has excited fans with her latest role as the sexy temptress Ava Jerome. What’s her secret in creating such iconic characters?

“I have to be honest, I work very hard,” said the Daytime Emmy winner. “I wanted to create a character that was different. I loved Carly, but I can’t play her again. Then when this part came up, I thought, how am I going to play this role? She’s different. She has similarities as women do.‘How does she carry herself?’ Ava never touches her hair. Ava never moves. Ava’s a snake. She only moves when she is going to strike. And these are things I think about. This is how I wanted to create this person.”

Maura West and Scott DeFreitas’ Son to Star in A Christmas Story, The Musical

Joe West, the 12-year-old son of former As the World Turns favorite Maura West and Scott DeFreitas (ex-Andy, ATWT), has landed the role of Ralphie in the Broadway production of A Christmas Story, The Musical, according to Broadway World. West will share the role with Johnny Rabe. Producer Gerald Goehring couldn’t be more pleased to have the two join the show. Said Goehring:

"After months of searching, we are thrilled to have found two exceptionally talented boys to play the role of Ralphie," producer Gerald Goehring said in a statement. "Broadway's newest 12-year-old triple threat, Johnny Rabe, graduated from the ranks of the kids' ensemble in last year's tour to become our terrific young leading man. And Joe West wowed us with his online video audition and now joins our fabulous company. We couldn't be more excited to be the first to share these two young stars with the Broadway community!"