Soap Operas tend to get a bad rap. Especially the actors in them, which is weird because many great actors have started on Soaps. Working on a Soap Opera is grueling work. The actors have multiple scripts with tons of dialogue and don’t have months to shoot. Multiple episodes are shot in one day. Being on a Soap is also a great training ground for the future. We have seen that with actors like Shemar Moore (The Young & the Restless), Laurence Fishburne (One Life to Live), Julianne Moore (As the World Turns), Josh Duhamel, and Sarah Michelle Gellar (All My Children), to name a few.
The latest Soap Opera star to make some significant moves in his career is General Hospital’s, Nicholas Alexander Chavez. Chavez joined the cast of General Hospital in 2021 when he stepped into the role of Spencer Cassadine. Since that time, he has hit the ground running. The actor captured his first Daytime Emmy in 2022, winning Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series. He received another nomination this year for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series (Due to the Writer’s Strike, the Daytime Emmys has been postponed).
His talent seems to have not gone unnoticed because he was just cast in the second season of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Anthology Monsters. According to Deadline, season two of the series will be titled Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story. It will tell the tale of the notorious Menendez brothers, Lyle and Erik, who were convicted in 1996 for the murder of their parents, Jose and Mary Louise. “Kitty” Menendez. Chavez will play Lyle, and Cooper Koch (Power Book II: Ghost) will play Erik.
As a fan of Nick and his work on General Hospital, I am super excited about this, and I know he’s gonna nail this role. The fact that General Hospital is one of Chavez’s first acting jobs, and he has now joined an anthology for Netflix working with Ryan Murphy, is a huge deal. At this point in time, no date has been set as to when production on Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will begin. The series is set to premiere in 2024. According to an article released by TVLine, Chavez will take a leave of absence from General Hospital once production begins. As most people know, the writer’s strike is ongoing, affecting when production will begin.
What this means for the plan for his character Spencer Cassadine remains to be seen. What we do know is that there are currently no plans to recast. We’re glad to hear this because Chavez is also one-half of Sprina (Spencer and Trina (Tabyana Ali)), a pretty popular pairing often referred to by multiple media outlets as a Supercouple on the show.
They are so popular that in addition to having a huge fanbase known as Sprina Nation, they also have an international fanbase. They’re one of my favorite couples on the show (see my “I will go down with this ship” piece) and the main reason I started watching GH religiously again. I do wonder what will happen to the pairing once he does go on leave. Either way, we are beyond proud of him and looking forward to what he will bring to this role and can’t wait to support him in his newest endeavor.