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Hudson West - Jake Spencer of "General Hospital" on ABC. Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth

Interview with Hudson West of “General Hospital” on ABC by Suzanne 8/10/23

It was so great to speak to this young man! I’m glad he’s coming back on GH. It sounds like he’s going to have a good storyline. If you’ve been watching the show for years, you know what an amazing actor he is.  Even more importantly, he seems to be very grounded and to have a good head on his shoulders.



Scene on "General Hospital" with Hudson West (Jake), Michael Easton (Finn), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Jason David (Aiden) on ABC (screencap).

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Hudson West booked his first commercial at the age of six. Currently, he can be seen as Jake Webber in ABC’s General Hospital. Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, he was cast as Andy in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and also appeared in True North, directed by Tom Nittoli, as well as Roads, Trees & Honey Bees. His other television credits include the recurring role of Jesse on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here as well as the recurring role of Marcia Clark’s son Travis on Fox’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. He can also be seen on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Cartoon Network’s Clarence, TV Land’s Teachers, TNT’s Major Crimes and ABC’s Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS LA and 9-1-1.

The ABC daytime soap opera has depicted the ongoing lives of the diverse and evolving citizens of Port Charles, New York. While delivering romance and the high-flying adventure for which soaps are often known, “GH” has regularly capitalized on its setting to present stories that speak to and enrich viewers’ lived experiences around the country.

In 2022, “General Hospital” won five Daytime Emmy Awards including the marquee Outstanding Drama Series, marking the show’s 15th win for this honor as well as the record for most wins in the category, a truly incredible fete and testament to the impact and resonance that the series has had with viewers to this day.


“General Hospital” stars Genie Francis, Maurice Benard, Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Nancy Lee Grahn, Rebecca Herbst, Kelly Monaco, Laura Wright, Kirsten Storms, Dominic Zamprogna, Maura West, Chad Duell, Roger Howarth, Donnell Turner, Michael Easton, Eden McCoy, Cynthia Watros, Josh Swickard, Katelyn MacMullen, Sofia Mattsson, Amanda Setton, Brook Kerr, Nicholas Chavez, Avery Kristen Pohl, Cameron Mathison, Charles Shaughnessy, Tajh Bellow, Tanisha Harper, Tabyana Ali, Robert Gossett, Josh Kelly, Gregory Harrison and Evan Hofer.

“General Hospital” was created by husband-and-wife soap writers, Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer and showrunner. Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are co-head writers. The series is produced by ABC.

About General Hospital
ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama, “General Hospital,” is both the longest-running scripted drama and the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. One of four remaining daytime dramas, “General Hospital” holds the record for the most Outstanding Daytime Drama award wins, taking home the prestigious Emmy Award a record 15 times. Filmed in Hollywood, California, the show aired its 15,000th episode on June 22, 2022.

“GH” continues its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure that has depicted the ongoing lives of the diverse and evolving citizens of the fictional town of Port Charles set in upstate New York. The glamour and excitement of those who have come to find their destinies in this familiar seaport town intertwine with the lives, loves and fortunes of beloved, well-known faces. As always, love, danger and mind-blowing plot twists abound on “GH” with contemporary storylines and unforgettable characters.

“General Hospital” is known for elevating awareness for numerous health and social issues, often ahead of its time, in conjunction with storylines including HIV/AIDS; tolerance and understanding for the gay, lesbian and transgender community; bipolar disorder, spousal abuse, sexual assault, workplace sexual harassment in the #MeToo era, gentrification, war refugees, voting rights and voter suppression, the fight for civil rights and against environmental racism, drug and alcohol addiction; breast cancer awareness; surrogacy and adoption; organ donations, autism and Alzheimer’s-related stories are all topics “GH” has trailblazed.

Many actors got their start on “General Hospital” including Demi Moore, John Stamos, Jack Wagner, Mark Hamill, Rick Springfield, Ricky Martin, Amber Tamblin, Emma Samms, Kimberly McCullough, Jonathan Jackson and Richard Dean Anderson.

“General Hospital” was created by husband-and-wife soap writers, Frank and Doris Hursley, and premiered on April 1, 1963. In 1978, Gloria Monty was brought in as executive producer and is credited with the creation of the first super-couple, Luke and Laura Spencer. Their 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history. Frank Valentini serves as “GH”’s current executive producer. Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are the show’s co-head writers.

“General Hospital” airs weekdays on ABC (check local listings).

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Hudson West - Jake Spencer of "General Hospital" on ABC. Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth


The Bold and the Beautiful Character Description: Wyatt Spencer

Wyatt Fuller Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful

Wyatt Fuller Spencer played by Darin Brooks

Wyatt arrived in 2013, not knowing that Bill was his father. Quinn had told him that his father was dead. Wyatt met Hope when he was outside, naked, at a Big Bear campground. She was taking photos, but she fell and his her head. He kissed her, and she woke up. She was trying to get over Liam, who was dealing with Steffy leaving him.  Hope figured out from their matching sword necklaces that Wyatt was Bill’s son. Wyatt wooed Hope away from Liam, with some help from Quinn.  Then he lost Hope again, but he and Liam bonded as brothers. Later, Wyatt convinced Hope to marry him, and she was pregnant with his baby.  Quinn went to a mental hospital, but then returned and argued with Hope. Hope fell and lost the baby. She left town for awhile and divorced Wyatt.

He wasn’t happy when Quinn married Deacon, because he knew that Deacon still liked Brooke.  Wyatt teamed up with Liam to get Rick out of the CEO’s seat at Forrester. He romanced Nicole and found out that Maya is transgender. Liam and Wyatt’s father, Bill, used the information to publicly embarrass Maya in his tabloids, so Nicole couldn’t trust Wyatt any more.  Wyatt had a brief interest in Steffy and then Ivy. Eventually, Wyatt found out that Ivy was more interested in Liam, so he went back to Steffy.  Wyatt and Liam often go after the same women.

Liam disappeared when Quinn kidnapped him so that Wyatt could have Steffy. She sent text messages to make them think that he was just off finding himself. Eventually, Wyatt figured out the truth and rescued Liam. Steffy dumped Wyatt when he told his mother that she and Ridge were conspiring to keep her out of Forrester (while her husband, Eric, was in a coma). Wyatt divorced Steffy, so she could go back to Liam.

At this point, Wyatt and Liam both worked at Spencer, for their dad, Bill. Wyatt grew close to Katie, who took over his PR job at Forrester. They started dating in secret because they knew Bill wouldn’t approve. Wyatt was shocked when he wanted to ask Katie to marry him, and Bill threatened to disown him. Wyatt agreed with Bill, in order to get his future secured at the company, but he kept seeing Katie anyway. Bill cut him off for letting Liam know that Steffy wasn’t really having an affair with Bill (Bill and Justin set it up to make it look that way).

Katie broke up with Wyatt for Will’s sake, and he found Sally at the local Bikini Bar near his house. She was homeless and low on money after Thomas dumped her, so he took her in, to help her out. They ended up romantically involved, of course. Quinn is not a big fan of Sally’s and has tried to break them up.  Forrester hired Wyatt back to do PR, and he got Sally hired as a designer as well.  Wyatt and Bill mended their relationship, so Wyatt went back to Spencer Publications. He talked Bill into financing a new Spectra Fashions for Sally, but she decided to stay at Forrester after Ridge and Eric begged her to stay.\

Wyatt’s former high school girl friend from Las Vegas, Flo,  came back into town, and back into his life. He urged her to find out who her father was, and it turns out that the late Storm Logan is her dad, so she’s related to Hope, Brooke, Katie and Donna, and their children.  Flo’s mother, Shauna, also followed her out to California. Shauna and Quinn are great friends. Sally wasn’t too happy about Flo and Wyatt spending time together.  Wyatt was upset that Sally stayed at Forrester and that she’s got some kind of secret with Thomas, so they were fighting.  Wyatt and Flo have kissed a few times.

Wyatt has been very unlucky in love, but he always seems to have hope for things to improve. He falls in and out of love very easily. He has a great sense of humor and seems to cherish any woman that he’s with.  It’s hard to say which relationship is worse for him, that of his mother (who constantly tries to interfere in his love life), or his dad (who often treats Wyatt poorly).  His friendship with Liam, his brother, took awhile, but it seems like the most stable of all of his relationships.

Wyatt and Flo rekindled their romance, so Wyatt dumped Sally.  When the big baby switch secret came out, Wyatt dumped Flo and went back to Sally.  When Flo gave Katie her kidney and professed her deep regret about her part i n the baby switch, Wyatt forgave her and dump Sally again.  Later, Sally pretended to be dying, So Wyatt let her stay in the beach house. Sally tried to use this scheme to get him to fall in love with her again. Time will tell if it worked.



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The Bold and the Beautiful Character Description: Liam Spencer

Liam Spencer of The Bold and the Beautiful

Liam Spencer played by Scott Clifton

Liam started on the show as a computer geek who came to town in 2010 to find his real father. He’d been raised by a single mother, former model Kelly. When she died, she left a note, saying that she would find his father at Forrester Creations. Apparently, she thought his father was Ridge or Thorne. However, it turned out that Bill Spencer was his dad.

Liam is the opposite of Bill. He’s a very good and caring person. Like Hope, he cares a lot about people, and about the future of the planet, and about animals. He’s a vegetarian and involved in many causes and charities.  Even though he didn’t grow up rich, he doesn’t care that much about money or the trappings that come along with being a Spencer.  Bill and Liam have had a tumultous relationship, especially since Bill keeps interfering in Liam’s life.  Liam and Bill are now struggling to repair the damage.

Throughout his tenure on the show, Liam has mostly bounced back and forth between Hope and Steffy. There were some brief times when he was somewhat involved with Amber, Quinn, Ivy and Sally. Hope is a lot like Liam, but Steffy chased after him until she got him (with a lot of help from Bill).  Liam now has daughters with both women.  Hope and Liam think that their baby, Beth, died, so they were grieving.

Liam is thrilled that Wyatt is his brother. They usually get along very well. For a while, they were both involved with Hope and Steffy. Now they’re best friends. Liam worked at Spencer Publications for awhile (he even ran it, briefly), but otherwise, he worked at Forrester Creations (like most of the characters on the show).  He worked with Hope on web design for her line as well as some philanthropic ventures.  He eventually forgave his father and went back to work at Spencer.

Liam and Hope split up for awhile because she pushed him back to Steffy.  Later, they found out that their daughter, Beth, was alive. Thomas (and Steffy, to a certain extent) schemed to keep Liam and Hope apart.  They figured it out, eventually, and tricked Thomas into revealing his obsession with Hope.  Liam and Hope reunited and are raising Beth, and Douglas (Thomas’ son) together.

Liam, Hope and Steffy on The Bold and the Beautiful

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The Bold and the Beautiful Character Description: Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer of Bold and the Beautiful

Bill Spencer played by Don Diamont

Bill owns Spencer Publications, a powerful publishing house; half of it was left to him by his father (the other half went to his sister, Karen). A billionaire, he is ruthless in business and doesn’t let anyone get in his way.  He worships money and is very “macho,” i.e. manly in a very old-fashioned sort of way. He drinks a lot. His only real friend is his lawyer, Justin, although he is also close to his assistant, Alison. His nickname is “Dollar Bill” Spencer.

However, he has softened over the years due to meeting his two grown sons, Liam and Wyatt, and marrying Katie and Brooke, and having son Will with Katie.  Although he’s done some really terrible things, he turned over a new leaf to become a better person and get closer with his family.

Bill is always at odds with Ridge because the two of them have battled so much over Brooke.

Bill and Katie never remarried, although they were close and living together, raising Will. In March, 2020, when Brooke and Ridge were having problems because of Thomas, Bill was very supportive. He and Brooke kissed the night before Thomas’ wedding, and they made out a lot. They agreed that it was a mistake and to never speak of it again. However, they didn’t know that Shauna had caught it on video, so it came out and then destroyed both their marriages. Bill is currently trying to make up with Katie, who won’t forgive either of them.

Bill and Brooke

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