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Admittedly, Jessica Tuck plays a lot of moms on TV. That’s part of the reason why the invitation to portray a complicated villain like GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Cassandra appealed to her. “It’s always more fun to play somebody that wicked!” she confided to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “Plus, I knew that I’d be working with a really delicious lineup of Finola Hughes (Anna), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Michael Easton (Finn) and Michelle Stafford (Nina).”
Last August, Cassandra had awakened from her coma, only to be kidnapped by someone wearing a Cassadine ring. Where has she been since? “Right now I feel like I’m in limbo; it would be fun to know who she’s with and what’s happened to her,” Tuck says. “I would be happy to continue to twist my mustache or to dive in to the other side of things!”
However, the in-demand actress isn’t just waiting for GH to call. In 2019 alone, she’s appeared on LETHAL WEAPON, BLACK-ISH, and GOOD TROUBLE. In fact, she recently returned to the Freeform drama as Libby. “She’s not the uptight wife that you’d expect conservative Judge Wilson to have,” Tuck said. “She has some spice to her.” Also ahead is UPLOAD, a futuristic Amazon comedy from THE OFFICE creator Greg Daniels in which humans — and in this case, a young man named Nathan — can “upload” their consciousness into a choice of afterlives prior to death. “I’m the mother of Nathan, played by Robbie Amell, but I’m still living, in the flesh and on the ground,” Tuck shared. “In the pilot, we travel between the two [realms], and we’ll continue to do so in the series... What makes it funny is it presses very close to real life, as much of the best humor does. It’s believable.”
Tuck appreciates an entertaining tale, having run Spark Off Rose, a storytelling production, for 17 years. “I just love the exploration of human beings,” she explained. “Working as a director/producer on Spark has allowed me to connect with people in really beautiful and intimate ways.” While recordings of past performances are available at www.sparkoffrose.com, Tuck has currently put new shows on hiatus in order to focus on coaching. “I think when we’re so close to our own stories,” she explains, “we lose sight sometimes of what’s interesting about ourselves.”
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