Daytime vet Jessica Tuck was excited to return to daytime as the mysterious and evil Casandra Pierce on GENERAL HOSPITAL! The actress made her debut back on Sept. 20, and told Soaps In Depth that while the character is only recurring, the stint appears to be open-ended. “Soaps are where I started,” she confided, “so it always feels like coming home. Especially in this case because executive producer Frank Valentini and I basically started together. On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, he was a production assistant when I was first starting. Coming back and being able to work with Frank, it’s a privilege. It’s so much fun.”
When we first spoke to Tuck about her new role, she admitted, “I just started, so I don’t have a bunch of juicy stuff I can reveal." But now GH fans have learned that Cassandra isn't just a simple jewel fence who used to work with Valentin Cassadine, but his ex-lover and also a drug runner looking to make a killing in Port Charles — starting by taking out Sonny Corinthos!
Tuck is best known to daytime fans for her role as OLTL’s ill-fated Megan, who tragically died of Lupus. She played the character from 1988 until 1992, then continued to make occasional appearances as Megan’s ghost right up until the soap’s final episodes on ABC. And Tuck’s return to daytime has not only reunited her with Valentini, but James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch), who played Llanview's Max Holden! “He was one of my big love interests on OLTL and I literally have not seen him since the ‘90s!” Tuck confessed. “That was really fun.”
DePaiva and Tuck attending a benefit event in NYC back in 1991. (Photo Credit: Ron Galella/WireImage)
In daytime, Tuck has also appeared as Diane on SUNSET BEACH and Madeline on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. She’ll also be familiar to audiences for her primetime roles on shows like MURDER ONE, JUDGING AMY, SAVING GRACE, and TRUE BLOOD.
GH fans should stay tuned as this storyline unfolds and we continue to learn even more about the mysterious Cassandra. “There’s more to her than may initially meet the eye,” Tuck teased. “That’s all I’m at liberty to reveal!”
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