Interview: Johnny Wactor finds his passion in theater and climbing
Johnny Wactor. Photo by North Birch Prod
Actor Johnny Wactor (“General Hospital”) spoke with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his passions for acting and rock climbing, and he explained that he’ll be part of Fantasy Events Inc.’s virtual fan events.
American track and field sprinting legend Jesse Owens once said, “We all have dreams. But making dreams come true takes tremendous determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. One person who epitomizes this wise quote from the late four-time Olympic gold medalist is Johnny Wactor.
Wactor is gearing up to celebrate his 100th episode on “General Hospital,” where he starred as Brando Corbin. “That’s crazy,” he exclaimed. “I remember when I started pre-pandemic on the show.”
He had good words about his work with Sofia Mattsson, who plays Sasha, his love interest in ABC’s hit daytime drama, who is pregnant and expecting their child. “Working with Sofia is amazing,” he said. “Sofia is a pro. She just had her baby and I love working with her.
“The new Metro Court pool is pretty cool,” he said. “I wish it was a little deeper. It’s a nice set.
Wactor complimented Bonnie Burroughs, who plays his on-screen mother Gladys on the show. “Bonnie is such an awesome person in real life, and she crushes it on set,” he said.
He also praised “General Hospital” newcomer Nicholas Alexander Chavez, who recently took on the role of Spencer Cassadine. “Nicolas is the man. He owns the role of Spencer,” Wactor said. “If I had that confidence on set at his age, there’s no telling where I would be. Nicholas is going to be a star.
Passion for climbing
He shared that he loved escalation as one of his greatest passions in life. “The climbing is going well,” he exclaimed.
“Recently we’ve had 15 different routes, and we’ve had a lot of shade, and we’ve disconnected from the social media world,” he said of climbing in California.
Virtual Events Fantasy Events Inc.
Wactor had the chance to participate in virtual fan events with Fantasy Events Inc. He did two separate zooms with co-stars Brianna Lane and Sofia Matson. “It’s great to meet fans virtually and put a name to the face I see on social media,” he said. “These Zooms are the perfect opportunity to meet people, and it’s great to talk with your cast mates outside of work. I love working with Linda [Rohe]she always organizes big events.
He is also looking forward to being part of the in-person “General Hospital” Fantasy event, which will take place on Saturday, October 9 in Chicago, Illinois, as well as the upcoming in-person event in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, which has been postponed to June 2022.
On the title of the current chapter of his life, he said: “The Great Unknown”. “Things are going pretty well right now, but I feel like there are a lot of unknowns in the air, which I think is still the case,” he admitted.
To his fans and supporters, Wactor said, “Thank you fans. They are the reason why I get to live this dream of a job that I have. I appreciate all the support they give to my character, Brando. Thanks also to the long-time fans who watch “General Hospital” from generation to generation. It’s a blessing and something I didn’t think I was a part of, but I’m so happy to be doing it. It’s all because of the fans and I hope they keep watching.