Nicolas Bechtel at arrivals for Radio Disney Music Awards - ARRIVALS 2, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA April 29, 2017. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection
Credit: JA/Courtesy of the Everett Collection

Luckily, that same day, he received some sage advice — advice that he’s never forgotten, either.

At 17, Nicolas Bechtel is one of your younger showbiz vets, owing to his 2013-20 run as Spencer on General Hospital and an enviable list of primetime credits. But the wisdom he now possesses was at times hard-won.

For instance, Bechtel recently shared on Twitter that “when I was younger, I stumbled on a line during rehearsal, and the actress opposite of me said, ‘Haha, you can’t read.’ I replied, ‘You are a grownup and shouldn’t talk to a kid like that.’

“I was forced to apologize,” he added, “but I just want to make it clear that I didn’t mean that apology.”

Understood. The incident had to have stung, especially when Bechtel was a kid. But “a wise man told me that same day that that throughout my life, I would come across a lot of difficult people,” he said. “He explained that it wasn’t about how you respond, it was more about learning how to deal with them.

“I learned a lot from that wise man,” he concluded.

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Since being recast on General Hospital — Nicholas Alexander Chavez, as you well know, now plays the part — Bechtel has appeared in an episode of American Horror Stories. If this story has you flashing back to the days when Spencer was just an adorable moppet, we’ve got you covered…

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