|Born||Nathan Dean Parsons
16 June 1988
Nathan Parsons (born 16 June 1988) is an Australian-born American actor, best known for his work in daytime television on the ABC soap opera General Hospital as the character of Ethan Lovett.
Parsons was born in Adelaide, South Australia but raised in Colorado and Texas. He moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California after being accepted into their Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program. He is also a member of Boom Kat Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance company based in Santa Monica, California. Currently in their third year, Boom Kat has been made a resident company of the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica following the success of their third production NeverWonderland. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys dance, rock climbing, hiking, lacrosse, football, soccer, yoga, and scuba diving.
As a child actor he did voice-over work dubbing Japanese anime for ADV Films, including the lead role of Jean Roque-Raltique in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and parts in "Soul Hunter", Devil Lady and Jing: King of Bandits. Parsons has previously appeared in the films Teeth (2007) and The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009).
Parsons originally auditioned for a different role on General Hospital and was not cast, but the series subsequently created a new character for him. He made his first appearance as con artist Ethan Lovett on 30 January 2009. Parsons was initially hired on a recurring basis but was soon put on contract with the series, working closely with multi-Daytime Emmy Award-winner Anthony Geary. Parsons's debut storyline hinted at the secret parentage of his character Ethan, who was later established as the son of Luke Spencer (Geary) and Holly Sutton (Emma Samms), characters made household names during General Hospital's 1980s peak. In March 2009 Soaps In Depth magazine credited Parsons with "taking the show by storm" and dubbed Ethan "one of daytime's most riveting young characters."
In December 2011, Parsons announced that he had decided not to renew his contract with General Hospital (which was expiring in early 2012). His last airdate was 7 March 2012, in a final scene that was shared with his on-screen parents, Anthony Geary and Emma Samms. The story line was left open ended for his possible return.
In May 2012, Parsons was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Younger Actor category for his portrayal of Ethan Lovett on General Hospital. The 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards were televised live on 23 June 2012, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Though Parsons did not win in his category, he was prominently featured in the telecast as a presenter for the coveted Outstanding Lead Actor category, in which his former co-stars, Anthony Geary and Maurice Benard, were both nominated. Parsons presented the award to his former on-screen father, Anthony Geary (for an unprecedented 7th win), and was acknowledged in Geary's acceptance speech. General Hospital also won the Outstanding Drama Series award.
In April 2013, Parsons returned to General Hospital as Ethan Lovett as part of the show's 50th Anniversary Celebration. His return aired over two days, 2 and 3 April, in which he appeared with Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) and Constance Towers (Helena Cassadine). The storyline involved Luke and Laura searching for their daughter, Lulu, aboard the "Haunted Star" at sea, where they discovered a kidnapped Ethan. It was the first meeting of Laura and Ethan and they quickly developed a mutual trust. The three were then captured by Helena, who ordered Laura to kill Ethan. A tearful Laura had the gun pointed at Ethan, before quickly handing off the gun to Luke, while Ethan pulled Laura safely out of the line of fire. Luke shot and killed Helena, thus ending their 25-year game of cat and mouse. Ethan was then encouraged by Luke to take one of the speed boats and lead Helena's henchmen away from the boat, which he did. His character was mentioned later by authorities as having boarded a luxury liner and therefore, assumed to have gotten away safely. His character's story line was again left open ended for his possible return.
Bunheads is an American television comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lamar Damon, starring Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster as Michelle Simms. The show premiered on ABC Family on 11 June 2012, and centers on a Las Vegas showgirl who got married on a whim, is recently widowed, and winds up teaching alongside her new mother-in-law at her ballet school.
Nathan Parsons debuted on 16 July 2012, in an episode entitled "Money for Nothing", which introduced his character of Godot, who had returned to town from a year-long surfing trip. While Godot was well known and idolized by the "bunheads"/girls, the lead character of Michelle (Sutton Foster) had never met him. There was a brief, but instant rapport between Michelle and Godot.
Parsons' character of Godot would appear again on 13 August 2012, in "No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons". This episode centered around Michelle's fight to bring a shopping mall to town. After a brief flirtation, Michelle invites Godot to attend a meeting of the town's Planning Board at the dance studio. He later admits that he is attracted to her, but she quickly sites their age difference and that "they" are not going to happen.
In the Season 1 Finale entitled, "A Nutcracker In Paradise" (airdate: 20 August 2012), the character of Godot appears in mid-episode at a fundraiser that the dance troupe is holding at his parents' bar. He flirts with Michelle, lets her know that he is headed to Australia to surf, and ends up drawing her into a passionate dance floor kiss that sets off the town's gossip wheel. Though his character is not seen again, he is mentioned at the end of the show since word has gotten around that Michelle and Godot had kissed and the assumption was falsely made that they had been intimate.
"I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky" (21 January 2013)
"The Astronaut and the Ballerina" (28 January 2013)
"It's Not a Mint" (18 February 2013)
"Next" (25 February 2013): The Season 2 Finale opens with Michelle and Godot in her bed. She is snapping pictures of the naked young man, who is still asleep. In the main house, Fannie has found a stranger asleep on her sofa. He tells her that he was told by Michelle that she was out of town and he figured that he could crash there. Fannie then drags him next door, where they discover Michelle and Godot together. Michelle quickly lets Fannie know that the stranger is her brother. Fannie is not happy that her brother was in her home on her sofa, nor that Michelle had taken up with "a child", Godot, who spends the entire scene somewhat uncomfortable at his lack of any clothing, sans a sheet.
- Teeth (2007)
- General Hospital (2009–2012)
- The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009)
- State of Georgia (2011)
- Bunheads (2012-2013)
- General Hospital (2013)
- The Nightmare Nanny (2013)
- The Originals (TV series) (2014)
- True Blood (2014)
- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: Perfect Collection, Region 1 DVD (27 November 2007)
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