Two of General Hospital’s youngest and brightest stars are in the running to take home golden girls on Friday, June 26, at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. And the fact that the event is virtual and one of the categories will be announced on social media after the show hasn’t dampened either nominee’s enthusiasm for the big night.
TV Insider chatted with Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series nominee Katelyn MacMullen, who plays cult survivor Willow Tait, and Best Original Song nominee William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who composed the tune “North Star,” which he performed on-screen last year.
MacMullen turned in numerous tour-de-forces as Willow’s boyfriend Chase (Josh Swickard) and others learned that she’d been sucked into the cult known as Dawn of Day, which was run by evil Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin). He impregnated her after a bizarre ritual and she gave his baby up for adoption.
MacMullen’s reel includes scenes in which Willow makes an emotional appeal to Shiloh’s latest victim – Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth). She was able to reach Kristina in a way that no one else could, having herself been manipulated by Shiloh in the past.
“I remember being very nervous the day we shot those scenes,” MacMullen shares. “I was working with Maurice [Benard, Sonny], Nancy [Grahn, Alexis], Joe [Flanigan, Neil] and others whom I really respect and admire. Maurice took me aside ahead of time and said, ‘Hey, I know you’re nervous. This is a big day.’ We sat together for close to an hour and he was so helpful.
“Maurice pushed me to push myself as an actor,” MacMullen continues. “Every actor there was so supportive and great. Our director, Phideaux [Xavier] was so awesome. He gave me great advice, too.”
Perhaps even more daunting than reliving the Dawn of Day ordeal are some other scenes on MacMullen’s reel. Her school teacher character told Charlotte’s (Scarlett Fernandez) father Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and stepmother Nina (then, Michelle Stafford) that there was a bullying problem at school – and that Charlotte was the instigator! (This did NOT sit well with Nina.)
“I have teachers who are close friends and they gave me a ton of advice,” the actress says. “I’d read a script and see that Willow was handling something a certain way and they’d say [after seeing the show], ‘Oh, yeah, that’s totally it.’” Bullying at school, MacMullen says, “is a serious issue and needs to be addressed.”
To read the full TV Insider interview with Katelyn and William click here.