General Hospital’s Nicholas Alexander Chavez Gets to the Heart of Spencer’s Appeal — Plus, the Branches of the Cassadine Family Tree, Untangled at Last
The actor kept it real during a recent Q&A.
From the moment that Nicholas Alexander Chavez took over the role of Spencer on General Hospital, viewers have been intrigued. And we’ve only become more so as the actor has dived deeper into what makes Nikolas’ son tick. What is it about the character that so captivates? Chavez has the answer.
“He’s really desperate for connection with other people in spite of where he comes from,” he told Steven Cuoco during a recent Power 98.5 satellite-radio interview (listen in full below). “He’s made to feel ‘other’ because of his background. But in those moments when his real personality shines through, when he becomes what I like to call his best self, [the audience can] see the glimmers of life” in him.
What Really Matters
In a way, Spencer is in the same boat as his portrayer. He has a choice every day: Does he get up and give it his all, attempt to better himself, and does he go through the motions and hope to get by? For his part, Chavez never chooses the latter.
“Ultimately, the only thing you’re ever going to be able to come back to in life is, did you give it your best shot? Did you try to be the best in your field?” he mused. “If you did do that, then I think that you can say that you’re successful.
“Ultimately, that’s my goal,” he added. “I want to be able to lay my head down on my pillow at the end of the day and say, ‘Well, today I did the best job that I could.”
It doesn’t always happen. “Some days I can’t,” he admitted. “Some days I’m like, ‘You could’ve gotten more juice out of it.'” Nevertheless, he endeavors to pick himself up, dust himself off and do better the following day.
Leaving Port Charles in Port Charles
When the heightened emotions of life in Port Charles — and life, period — threaten to get to Chavez, he takes pains to re-center himself. “Balance looks different for everybody, but for me, it’s really important that I have guideposts that I turn to,” he said. “Meditation is a really great one. Music helps me process my feelings. I write a lot. Going out in nature really helps.”
So Chavez’s advice to us all is, “Get present, however you need to do that. If you can do that, you can usually figure out the next thing to do.”
Though Chavez is busy writing, his priority is General Hospital. “I’m staying pretty focused on the task at hand right now,” he said. Other roles, other gigs are sure to come along, but he wouldn’t want to give Spencer anything less than his all. “The next step in your life,” he suggested, “will always be born from doing what you’re doing right now to the best of your ability.”
Amen to that! While you’re here, stop off at the below photo gallery that tries to untangle the branches of the Cassadine family tree.
<p>It was a good thing that Helena Cassadine looked fantastic in red. The mad, mad matriarch of the family needed all the help that she could get to camouflage the blood splatter that seemed to follow wherever she went.</p>
<p>Helena never much cared for her and husband Mikkos’ son, Stefan (Stephen Nichols, now back on <em>Days of Our Lives</em> as Steve). Not only did he have an irritating fondness for Laura Spencer, he suffered from intolerable flashes of conscience.</p>
<p>Weirdly, Helena didn’t mind nearly as much that her golden boy Stavros was also fixated on Laura… and then her daughter, Lulu. What can we say? The psycho had a type.</p>
<p>For years, Helena hoped to lure grandson Nikolas over to the dark side. But the best she could do was convince him to visit it now and then; he was more at home in shades of gray.</p>
<p>If anyone but Ava Jerome had married into the Cassadine clan, we’d be worried about them. But the femme fatale to whom Nikolas is hitched has had flings with not one but two serial killers; she’ll be fine.</p>
<p>Like Nikolas, Spencer was born into untold wealth… and a lifetime of therapy. Might as well put Kevin Collins on speed-dial now, kid.</p>
<p>Seeing as Spencer’s mother Courtney died awfully young — and unlike so many of her Port Charles peers, <em>stayed</em> dead — the boy learned early on to…</p>
<p>In fact, Courtney’s half brother, halo-clad mafioso Sonny Corinthos, is probably Spencer’s closest confidant. So maybe we should mention that no, Spencer, it is <em>not</em> OK to ask a girl out by saying you’re going to make her an offer she can’t refuse.</p>
<p>Remember us mentioning how little Helena liked son Stefan? Well, she liked daughter Irina even less — as proven when she had her murdered in cold blood. Doesn’t anybody just disinherit their kids anymore?</p>
<p>We were told for ages that Valentin was the scariest of all possible Cassadines; he even sent a chill down Helena’s spine. (Hard to detect, as frosty as she was.) But the more we got to know Nikolas’ “killer,” the more we realized that he was just a hopeless romantic whose hobbies included the occasional kidnapping.</p>
<p>Through a sequence of events so complicated, it made splitting an atom seem like child’s play, Valentin wound up the father of Charlotte — the little girl that Stavros had wanted Lulu to give him.</p>
<p>Valentin thought that he’d added a new branch to the family tree with his and Brook Lynn Quartermaine’s daughter, Bailey. One problem: She wasn’t his daughter. One other problem: She wasn’t even Brook Lynn’s daughter.</p>
<p>To Valentin’s horror, he learned in 2021 that his father is <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Mr. Sheffield from <em>The Nanny</em></span> Mikkos’ dastardly brother, Victor.</p>
<p>As Cassadines go, the best of the best is Alexis Davis. Mikkos’ illegitimate daughter is as troubled as hell, sure. But she’s also the Cassadine least likely to stab you with a letter opener.</p>
<p>Alexis added to the family album daughter Sam McCall, who in turn had two kids of her own, Danny and Scout. Factoring in SORAS (Soap-Opera Rapid-Aging Syndrome), they should be starting to have children of their own in three, two…</p>
<p>Alexis’ fling with Port Charles’ dimpled don Sonny resulted in the birth of daughter Kristina — and some inordinately lovely selfies. Why do <em>ours</em> never look like this?</p>
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