Nathan Parsons

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Nathan Parsons
Nathan Parsons, San Diego Comic Con, July 2014.JPG
Born Nathan Dean Parsons
(1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 26)
Adelaide, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present

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.[1][2][3][4]

Background[edit]

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.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Early works[edit]

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)[2][5] and The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009).[2][3]

General Hospital[edit]

Parsons originally auditioned for a different role on General Hospital and was not cast, but the series subsequently created a new character for him.[2][4] He made his first appearance as con artist Ethan Lovett on 30 January 2009.[2][3][6][7][8] 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.[2][8][9] Parsons's debut storyline hinted at the secret parentage of his character Ethan,[7][10][11][12] who was later established as the son of Luke Spencer (Geary) and Holly Sutton (Emma Samms),[13] characters made household names during General Hospital '​s 1980s peak.[14] 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."[15]

In December 2011, Parsons announced that he had decided not to renew his contract with General Hospital (which was expiring in early 2012).[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In April 2013, Parsons returned to General Hospital as Ethan Lovett as part of the show's 50th Anniversary Celebration.[citation needed] 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).[citation needed] His character's story line was again left open ended for his possible return.

Bunheads[edit]

Nathan Parsons debuted on Bunheads 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 a relationship that was played out throughout season 1. He appeared in another 2 episodes in Season 1. Parsons appeared in four episodes of Season 2 of Bunheads including the season finale; "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) and the season 2 finale "Next" (25 February 2013).

True Blood[edit]

Parsons replaced Luke Grimes as James in the final season of True Blood. [16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Jean (English version, voice)
1998 Devilman Lady Kid (English version, voice)
2002 Ô dorobô Jing Angostura (English version, voice)
2007 Teeth Soda Spritzer
2009 The Brotherhood V: Alumni Holden
2011 The Roommate Coffee Shop Cashier
2013 The Nightmare Nanny Jake TV movie
2013 #twitterkills Justin Tyme Short

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990–91 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Jean (English version, voice) 39 episodes
2009–13 General Hospital Ethan Lovett Series regular: January 30, 2009 – March 7, 2012
Guest: April 2 – April 3, 2013
2011 State of Georgia Doug Episode: "Know When to Fold 'em"
2012–13 Bunheads Godot 7 episodes
2014 Complete Works Fantasy Shakespeare Episode: "The Green-Eyed Monster"
2014 The Originals Jackson 5 episodes
2014 True Blood James Kent Series regular: Season 7

Awards[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: Perfect Collection, Region 1 DVD (27 November 2007)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Stacy, Tom (2 June 2009). "Port Charles Newcomer Nathan Parsons: Man of Mystery". Soap Opera Digest. pp. 48–51 (Vol. 34, No. 22). 
  3. ^ a b c d Nathan Parsons biography – ABC.com
  4. ^ a b c Rossi, Rosemary A. (1 June 2009). "In Fate's Hands". Soaps In Depth. pp. 62–65. 
  5. ^ "Teeth (2007): Cast & Details". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  6. ^ General Hospital recap (1/30/09) – Soaps.com Retrieved on 29 June 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Who is Ethan?". Soaps In Depth. 9 February 2009. p. 12. 
  8. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt (20 January 2009). "General Hospital Casting Exclusive: A New Con Is On!". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Nathan Parsons Joins the Cast of General Hospital". Soaps.com. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Holly: 'Ethan's Father Is...'". Soaps In Depth. 1 June 2009. p. 4. 
  11. ^ "GH '​s Emma Samms Returns". Soaps In Depth. 12 May 2009. p. 4. 
  12. ^ West, Abby (10 March 2009). "Emma Samms to return to General Hospital". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  13. ^ General Hospital recap (5/29/09) – Soaps.com Retrieved on 29 May 2009.
  14. ^ Schemering, Christopher (September 1985). "General Hospital". The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. pp. 108–119. ISBN 0-345-32459-5. 
  15. ^ "Next Big Thing!". Soaps In Depth. 23 March 2009. p. 88. 
  16. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 15, 2014). "True Blood Recast Exclusive: Bunheads Hunk Is the New James, Replacing Luke Grimes". TV Line. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 

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