The appearance of Sasha on GENERAL HOSPITAL has some fans curious about the identity of the woman and her portrayer, Sofia Mattsson. However, Sasha Gilmore, the woman that claims to be Nina’s missing daughter, is a completely different character from Sasha Donev, who was played by Sandra Hess back in 2008. Donev was the lawyer for Russian crime lord Andre Karpov, who had Jake Spencer kidnapped and was shot and killed by a sniper. Totally different person!
Sasha Gilmore was introduced in the Sept. 18 episode of GH when Curtis met with the young lady to inform her that he believes she may be the daughter of a friend of his who was taken away from her and put up for adoption. Sasha argued that she wasn’t adopted, and in fact had heard the story of her birth during a snowstorm many times over the course of her life. When Curtis noticed her purse had horses on it, he mentioned that his friend is a champion rider. Sasha still thought that had nothing to do with anything, but agreed to a DNA test if only to prove him wrong.
When the first test results came back positive, Valentin wanted to wait until the backup results but Curtis urged him to tell Nina ASAP. She was stunned to learn they'd tracked down her missing daughter and when the second DNA test also came back positive, Nina had a big decision to make. Absolutely terrified, she reached out to make contact with Sasha, the daughter she never knew she had.
Nina and Sasha's initial meeting did not go well. After making small talk, Nina was disappointed that Sasha didn't have the other half of the heart pendant, and then came on a little too strong wanting to spend time with her. Sasha put up walls, not wanting another mother in her life, but Nina pled her case and begged for a chance to get to know her.
Although she turned down job offers from Valentin and Nina, Sasha agreed to stay in Port Charles, and moved in with her new sister, Kiki. Noting Sasha checking out Griffin, Ava stirred the pot by suggesting to her that Griffin and Kiki weren't that serious, so she could totally make a move on him. Unfortunately, Sasha does appear to be a troublemaker, as she secretly met with Valentin and it was revealed that they're lying about her being Nina's daughter!
Sasha is played by Sofia Mattsson, a Swedish actress and model who has appeared in primetime television shows like TWO AND A HALF MEN, NCIS, and CAMPUS SECURITY. She can also be found in films like Jurassic City, Becoming Bond, and Gothic Harvest. GH is her first daytime gig.
While the DNA results would seem to indicate that Sasha is Nina's daughter, many viewers remain convinced that there's something else going on here and suspect Valentin of orchestrating this entire thing as part of an elaborate plan to win Nina back. Stay tuned to see how the story develops and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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