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.
Actress Katelyn MacMullen (Willow Tait on ABC’s “General Hospital”) chatted with Digital Journal about the upcoming General Hospital Fantasy events.
On February 8 and 9, MacMullen will be a part of General Hospital Fantasy events in West Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida; moreover, on April 18 and 19, she will be participating at the General Hospital Fantasy events in Andover, Massachusetts, and Long Island, New York, respectively. “I am so excited. Those events are always so much fun. I love connecting with the fans. It’s amazing. I am so excited,” she said.
For more information on these General Hospital Fantasy events, check out the Fantasy Events Inc. website.
She praised her luminous on-screen acting partner Josh Swickard (Detective Harrison Chase) for being “so great.” “Josh is the best. He is a really really nice guy. We just have a blast working together,” she said.
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General Hospital’s newest rising star, Katelyn MacMullen is shining bright like a diamond with her material on the ABC daytime drama. MacMullen joined the show in October 2018 as Willow Tait and quickly became a fan favorite. It was then, fans became interested in learning much more about the actress and Soap Opera News got the chance to chat with her.
In regards to her background, MacMullen shared, “Growing up, my family moved around a lot! I was born in Los Angeles, where I was introduced to modeling and acting, but stopped when we moved to Reno, Nevada, which is where I grew up for the most part. I was in college for about a year, when I decided to drop out and go back to Los Angeles to pursue acting. I’ve been really lucky, since moving here. I’ve had a great support system including my family, my friends, my managers, and my agents!”
We then talked about her time on General Hospital and she noted, “Joining the cast of General Hospital has been amazing! I’m learning so much, I love who I work with, and I love the story that I’ve been apart of. It’s pushed me in so many ways and I couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity!”
Surely, MacMullen couldn’t have predicted what the future held for her in the soap world. And, never did she think that Willow would become such a fan favorite. MacMullen told us, “Honestly, I didn’t even know that! And that’s really nice to hear! But, no, that is not something I foresaw. I knew going into this that the role of Willow was going to be challenging (which I love!) and I’m so thankful for the support that I’ve received! And I’m so glad that people can relate, and respond to Willow!”
Source and full interview: Soap Opera News