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Josslyn Jacks may have had a troubled childhood on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but now that she’s a teenager, things are about to get more complicated than ever before! The daughter of Carly and Jasper Jacks, naturally Joss would prefer to see her mom back with her dad instead of with Sonny, but she’s got more to worry about than family dynamics as she navigates life as a teen such as boys, drinking, and parties!
The character actually made her first appearance as a teenager played by actress Jamie Lea Willett in a 2009 dream sequence that inspired a pregnant Carly to name her daughter Josslyn John. (John being the name shared by both her and Jax’s fathers.) After the child’s birth, twins McKenna and Karleigh Larson played Joss until 2012, followed by Sarah Johnson and Paige Oliver. Hanna Nordberg joined GH as the new Josslyn in 2014 for eight months, and in October of 2015, the girl was aged into a teen now played by Eden McCoy.
Laura Wright as Carly with newborn Joss and Aaron Refvem as Morgan in 2009. (Photo Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images)
Josslyn was involved in drama right from her birth when the villainous Claudia Zacchara held Carly hostage and ended up helping her give birth in the cabin where she was holding her prisoner! Claudia intended to keep the infant for herself, but Michael appeared and killed her, rescuing his baby sister.
As a toddler, Joss was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and Carly insisted on finding a kidney donor for a transplant rather than put the little girl through the rigors of chemotherapy. Jason and Liz’s son, Jake, had just died in a hit-and-run accident, and Carly was able to persuade Liz to help save her daughter’s life.
Laura Wright (Carly) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax) at the hospital with Joss in 2011. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
But after Josslyn recovered, Jax and Carly’s marriage hit a breaking point and they divorced. Jax pursued custody, fearing his daughter’s life would be in constant danger from Carly’s involvement with mob boss Sonny. But Carly received full custody after Sonny framed Jax for drug possession.
Josslyn briefly became ill again when her uncle Jerry Jacks injected her with an unknown substance that later was revealed to be an inoculation against the deadly pathogen he was planning to unleash into the Port Charles water supply. (Such a thoughtful uncle!) After she got better, the girl made frequent visits to visit Jax in Australia.
Hannah Nordberg as Josslyn causing a stir at Carly’s 2014 wedding to Franco. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
When Joss returned to Port Charles, she was upset to find her mother dating Franco, who she believed was a dangerous psycho. The girl also developed a crush on Cameron and worked to split up him and Emma with Spencer's help. Joss was upset when her mother asked her to be the flower girl at her wedding to Franco, but delighted when they didn’t end up tying the knot!
Joss returned from Australia again in October of 2015 a little older and wiser and was the maid of honor at Carly’s marriage to Sonny. Joss was still worried about her mother because she was now old enough to understand exactly what Sonny does for a living. The teen was devastated when her brother, Morgan, was killed in a car bomb, but happy when the tragedy pushed Carly away from Sonny and back into Jax’s arms.
Josslyn was grateful to find out where her life-saving kidney had come from. (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
However, it was revealed that Jax had arranged to purchase Nelle’s kidney for Josslyn back in the day (turns out that Jake hadn’t really died, so it couldn’t have been his kidney she got!), so a jealous Sonny had the Aussie arrested for organ trafficking and deported so Joss lost her dad again. Now she continues to disapprove of her mother’s relationship with Sonny while navigating the tricky waters of being a teenager!
What will happen to her next? Stay tuned!
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