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On the Set: 'General Hospital'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 27th 2009 6:00AM
What's it like to be a soap opera star? Maggie took a role on 'General Hospital' to find out.

Luke and Laura. Sonny and Brenda. Anthony Zacchara and Nurse No. 3. OK, so Port Charles' mob boss and yours truly might not be the next great duo on 'General Hospital,' but we will share a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene together on Monday, Feb. 2.

I got to spend the day on the 'GH' set, chatting with the show's stars, touring the ever-evolving set at Prospect Studios in Hollywood and, yes, filming a cameo appearance as Nurse No. 3 (dubbed Allison Ivy, RN, by wardrobe for my hospital-issue photo ID badge) in the show's big spring sweeps storyline.

What's it like to be a soap opera star? Keep clicking to hear all about my stint as a daytime player. And don't forget to check back on Feb. 2 to hear from the show's biggest stars and get more scoop on the big, series-changing storyline that'll rock the hospital.


General Hospital' Set Visit

    Luke and Laura. Sonny and Brenda. Anthony Zacchara and Nurse No. 3. OK, so Port Charles' mob boss and yours truly might not be the next great duo on 'General Hospital,' but we will share a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene together on Monday, Feb. 2.

    I got to spend the day on the 'GH' set, chatting with the show's stars, touring the ever-evolving set at Prospect Studios in Hollywood and, yes, filming a cameo appearance as Nurse No. 3 (dubbed Allison Ivy, RN, by wardrobe for my hospital-issue photo ID badge) in the show's big spring sweeps storyline.

    What's it like to be a soap opera star? Keep clicking to hear all about my stint as a daytime player. And don't forget to check back on Feb. 2 to hear from the show's biggest stars and get more scoop on the big, series-changing storyline that'll rock the hospital. --By Maggie Furlong

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    Daytime Daycare

    The 'GH' set is very family-friendly -- not only were the babies who rotate playing Robin Scorpio's (Kimberly McCullough) child hanging out with nurses (real ones, natch) in the green room, but Steve Burton (who plays Jason Morgan) brought his wife and two kids to work that day as well.


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      Scrubbing In

      After fielding a call asking for my sizes before my day of shooting, I arrived in the wardrobe department -- a large room filled with scrubs, lab coats and clothing for non-hospital staff as well -- to find hangers containing classic pale blue scrubs, a long-sleeved brown t-shirt and sneakers, all in my size. Yes, so the pants were a little short for my taste (as the wardrobe manager reminded me, no one would be looking at my feet), but it can't all be glam, can it?


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        Privacy Please

        I was then escorted to my own personal dressing room -- a room with someone else's name on the door, but it was all mine for the day nonetheless -- where I quickly threw on my stylish scrubs and wondered if interviewing celebrities while wearing a surgical mask is a big faux pas. I stuffed it in my pocket to avoid any strange looks.


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          TV Realism

          Having had makeup done before for random talking head appearances on TV, I was eagerly awaiting my favorite part of the professional prettying process: fake eyelashes. Alas, the 'GH' makeup department is more rooted in reality than I'd expected (do you know any nurses with false lashes?), and I settled for a quick dusting of powder and a little eyeshadow instead.


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            Dining With the Stars

            The commissary at Prospect Studios has the potential for a star-studded salad bar encounter -- in fact, scrubs rule here, as 'Grey's Anatomy' shoots on the same lot. Regrettably, I did not reach for the same slice of pizza as McDreamy or laugh about the ever-growing number of VitaminWater flavors with McSteamy. But with their most recent storyline, I guess it is possible that Denny was sitting at my table and I didn't even know it.


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              Details, Details

              Scrubs alone do not a nurse make -- I needed my ID badge, a stethoscope, some rubber gloves, my trusty mask, a pager that would get a special effects beeping added in post-production and a wheelchair for my scene co-star, Bruce Weitz. All he really needed was a little water thrown in his hair for effect. Yes, wet hair, but that's all I'll say about that ... for now.


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                All the Single Ladies

                Looks like everyone's stopping by 'GH' to get in on the action: 'Bachelor' Jason just took some of his bachelorettes there for a soapy, romantic date. Other famous faces to have graced the daytime drama: Elizabeth Taylor (she originated the role of Helena Cassadine in 1981), John Stamos (who played Blackie Parrish from '82 to '84), Julio Iglesias, B.B. King and Richard Simmons (all played themselves).


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                  Once Is Not Enough

                  Soap acting is like nothing you've ever seen -- instead of shooting an episode over the course of six, seven or eight days like most primetime series, soaps like 'GH' shoot an episode a day -- that's more than 40 scenes, and around 100 pages of script. Hence, the importance of getting your scenes right the first time. I got one (very) quick run-through, and then we shot the final take. Believe me, I wish I could've done it just once more, but my awkward and imperfect timing will be seen on screen Feb. 2. Just don't judge me until you've walked a mile (or fake hospital hallway) in my scrubs.


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nancy and harry

I am so happy that you decided to keep rebecca on the show she is one of my favorites. I just had the pleasure of meeting laura wright, what a great person. I would love to meet the whole cast.

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