Jack Wagner Dishes On Details Of His General Hospital Return, Talks Frisco & Felicia (Exclusive)
Jack Wagner shoots scenes as Frisco Jones on 'General Hospital,' and poses for a photo with our producer, Sharon Spaeth (bottom right) -- Access Hollywood
It's 7:30 AM on Thursday in Los Angeles, and Access Hollywood is getting ready to check into "General Hospital."
It's the first day an outside camera crew has been let on set to interview Jack Wagner, who recently began filming what (beginning on Monday, February 4 on "GH") will no doubt be his triumphant return to the role he originated in the 1980s, and left 18 years ago - sexy secret agent Frisco Jones.
More than an agent for the fictional WSB, as Frisco, Jack became a beloved part of the patchwork of daytime as one-half of one of the most beloved soap couples of all time - Frisco and Felicia (played by Kristina Wagner). Their romance, which lasted more than a decade, was filled with adventure, produced two children - Maxie and the late Georgie -- and took some rocky turns.
Many thought this day would never come, but under Executive Producer Frank Valentini, Jack is back and the enthusiasm for his return is palpable.
As we step foot on set, it's immediately a soap sensory overload. The Metro Court on our right! The Floating Rib down the hall. Is that? Yep! It's Tony Geary in the distance.
Our Access producer, Sharon Spaeth, a petite redheaded spitfire with a deep rooted passion for daytime (her first internship many years ago was actually at "One Life to Live"), looks at me and grins. She's just seen Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake), walk down the hall from the nurses' station, flanked by Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix Dubois). It's going to be a good day.
As Access ' resident super soap fan, Sharon tells us she's going to make her introduction to Jack on camera, to fully capture the excitement of the moment. One of our "Dancing with the Stars" producers, Sharon's met and interviewed Jack before - he competed the season before last, but seeing the handsome hunk in a dark blue suit with metallic hints, white dress shirt - no tie -- and with his perfect blond crop - part business, part bad boy, she does what only comes naturally - blush.
"Frisco Jones makes me a little sweaty," Sharon laughs, fanning herself.
"I'm a professional! I swear," she adds. "This is like a 25-year dream for me!"
"I think she needs a hug," Jack replies, embracing our producer.
Introduction over, Sharon quickly gets to work with the business of that interview (Jack has some intense scene to film momentarily), asking first about the very handsome new 'do.
"When I talked to Frank [Valentini], the [executive] producer, and we decided that Frisco would come back it's like, 'Is he coming back [with the] 'out of the Turkish prison look,' with a little gruffy beard and Harrison Ford in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' or, is going to be more Michael Douglas 'Wall Street'? So he said, 'Let's make it Turkish prison.' So, I've cleaned up since I've been back," Jack explains.
Jack's character Frisco has been off the show for 18 years, missing monumental moments in the life of his family - Felicia, Maxie and his late daughter, Georgie. It's not always easy to bring a character back to a soap. There have been plenty of column inches filled with writers lamenting implausible returns, but Frisco won't join the category. He had a reason for being away.