Longtime ‘General Hospital’ fans remember the Jerome family back before Port Charles ever heard of Sonny Corinthos. And they’re back with a vengeance. But this time around, there's an addition to the family.
Soap vet Maura West (Ava) brings something to ‘GH’ that’s been missing for quite some time – a tough, ruthless, female gangster.
West plays Ava Jerome – princess of the infamous Jerome crime family. Ava is also younger sister of Julian Jerome – a man who supposedly died back in the 80’s. Together, Ava and Julian plan to bring Sonny to his knees. And they may just succeed.
TV Guide journalist Michael Logan spoke with West about her successful career in daytime, as well as her new and exciting role.
On playing the tough as nails mobster Ava, West said,
‘It's awesome! And it makes Ava even cooler. She's like, 'So what if I'm not a guy? I'm an heir!' She didn't marry into the mob. She is the mob. When you grow up watching your father come home and wash blood off his hands, you don't give it much mind. There are no rules when you've been raised in a world like that — and that's very freeing as an actor. I loooove Ava! I love that she is so poised — almost hyper-poised — as she struts around town yet she's also gritty, angry, really abrasive. I love that she's hiding things.’
On her love for working on daytime soaps, West said,
‘… for me it's all about the character. I am not a snob about daytime at all — clearly! I think the daytime shows are great and can remain great and have just as much talent, if not more so, than primetime. Sometimes I'll watch a prime time show and will raise my eyebrow at some of the acting. I'm really proud to face the challenge of a soap opera. I shot eight episodes last week at GH — no joke! And, hey, I have five children, so I really need to work. When something this good comes along, I'd be an idiot to say no!’
Read more from Maura West here.
‘General Hospital’ airs weekdays at 2pm on Detroit’s local ABC affiliate WXYZ Channel 7.