Since her character of Courtney Matthews was killed off of GENERAL HOSPITAL back in 2006, Alicia Leigh Willis has had roles in various films and television series. And her latest movie, The Student is now available to rent or buy digitally from Amazon! In the exciting thriller, she stars as Abigail Grandacre, a law professor who discovers that one of her students — played by Blake Michael — is out for revenge because she helped put his innocent father behind bars where he killed himself!
“He wants to destroy her,” Willis teased to Soaps In Depth. “It’s a thriller. I seem to do a lot of those! You can have a lot of fun with it and usually, you get to do a lot of stunts, and that I love.”
The Student also features quite a few other faces that will be familiar to soap fans. Abigail’s husband, Stan, is played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan favorite Trevor St. John (Victor/Todd). “I adore him,” Willis enthused. “I had one of my best scenes with him just because he really goes there, you know? He’s so talented and he makes you a better actor for sure. He raises the bar.”
Trevor St. John in The Student. (Photo Credit: Marvista Entertainment)
Another student at the college is played by Eric Nelsen, who played AJ Chandler on the short-lived online revival of ALL MY CHILDREN. Willis knows him well because they both appear on the web soap THE BAY: THE SERIES as Daniel and Avery Garrett. “I call him my faux bro,” the actress confided. “He’s the funniest. He’s a friend of Blake’s character and he is kind of like his goofy sidekick. We were so thrilled when we found out we were working together because we just have so much fun working on THE BAY.”
Of course, being a thriller, there have to be cops who are unable to help the lead character with her obsessive stalker, and that role fell to Lindsay Hartley, who daytime viewers remember as PASSIONS’ Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Arianna, and AMC’s Cara. “Lindsay was a detective and she’s great,” Willis reported. “I’ve known her for a long time. We had such a good time. It was a great cast.”
Check out this thrilling preview of The Student below and then click on over to Amazon.com to watch the whole movie for yourself!
For more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine. And for more from Willis on her other upcoming projects, don't miss her interview in an upcoming issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, Sept. 11!
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