General Hospital Interview With Lee Reherman
Lee Reherman (Carter Management)
A new threat.
Lee Reherman is coming to General Hospital as Frank Wright, the head guard at the Port Charles jail. If you don’t recognize the name, you might recognize the face, as he was Hawk on the original “American Gladiators” and has appeared in numerous guest spots on TV shows such as “The X Files,” “Prison Break,” “Hannah Montana” and “Leverage.”
Soaps.com recently spoke with Lee about his upcoming role and while he has been sworn to secrecy about the details surrounding his new gig, he did preview that his character isn’t exactly the nicest guy in town. “I’m bad,” he teased. “I’m one bad cat.”
Giving us a little more detail he added, “I can’t say too much because I’ll tip off who the main cast member is, but one of the main characters gets thrown into jail and I have a very personal vendetta against them, based on my family history.”
While this is his first foray into Daytime, Lee has many friends and associates in the soap world, so he had an idea of what to expect going in. “I always knew they worked hard, just the volume of work that they have to bring to life every day,” he marveled. “I’m used to half hour weeklies and hour weeklies, episodics. You know, an hour of television every eight days is a lot different than an hour of television every day. I knew that going in, but the efficiency of the process is amazing to me. From the stacks of paper that are available to everyone, in order, and organized, to the wardrobe having to deal with ins and outs every day, to, even the security staff having to deal with getting people’s rooms ready every day. The volume of work is ten times more than it takes to do on other shows because you’re producing ten times more content and it shows, and the people are pros. It’s fun to watch and even more fun to be a part of.”
Discussing the secrecy surrounding his role, Lee recalled he wasn't initially given much information about Frank, until he picked up "stacks of scripts up to my waist" for the following week. "It's really kind of fun to be a part of; they're very secretive and for good reason," he explained. "The turnaround on these are only about three weeks and part of the allure of this whole Daytime world is the twists and turns that totally catch people off guard. They keep all that content pretty much under lock and key, so the secrecy around it is quite interesting and quite fun. You feel a little bit like Sherlock Holmes trying to find out who your character is. It's kinda fun."
Even though his stint on GH is currently set for only a certain number of episodes, the role could be extended depending on where the storyline goes. Something Lee is open to. "I just love to work, first and foremost. Any work is good work, especially nowadays in entertainment, and from what I've read, not having been part of the Daytime world, these are the last couple [soaps] that are left, really. General Hospital being one of the longest, is one of the few that is left standing, so for me to be working one more day, ten more days, twenty more days, the more the better."
While it remains to be seen what will happen with Frank the jailer, Lee is keeping busy working on two projects for the Speed Channel: "Hot Rod TV," which is in its fourth season, and "Battle of the Supercars," which is still in production and will air sometime this summer. Lee will also be starring in the upcoming Adam Rifkin TV series "Look."
Look for Lee to begin airing in his role of Frank on May 14.
- Lori Wilson