General Hospital star and hockey fanatic Jimmy Deshler says the thing he misses the most about his home state of Minnesota is winter. The LA transplant recently chatted with Celebrity Teen Scoop about his role on General Hospital, what it takes to make it in acting and his multiple volunteer projects.
CTS: You currently star as Rafe Kovich, Jr. on General Hospital. How did you get cast in the role?
Jimmy: I got the opportunity to audition for the show and received a callback. From there I tested for the role, and found out I booked it right before Christmas.
CTS: Do you enjoy working with the rest of the cast? Do you hang out outside of work?
Jimmy: The whole cast is amazing, we all get along great. I hang out with Tequan (Richmond) and Haley (Pullos) off set every once in a while.
CTS: How did you get your start in acting?
Jimmy: I attended IMTA in 2008 and from there moved to LA to seek representation.
CTS: You moved from Minnesota to LA to pursue your dream in acting. What was the transition like? How do you like the LA scene? Do you miss anything about MN?
Jimmy: It was definitely a big change. The people, the weather, and mostly the traffic! I love LA, though, the only thing I miss ironically is the winters in Minnesota. I’m a huge hockey player/fan so winters were heaven to me.
CTS: Are there any actors you hope to work with someday?
Jimmy: I would love to work with Will Smith and James Franco one day.
CTS: What advice do you have for young people thinking of getting into the acting industry?
Jimmy: Anyone trying to make it in this industry has to know it isn’t easy. You’re going to get turned down a lot and hear the word “no” a lot, but if it’s something you really love and want to do, don’t let anything stop you. I love what I do and when you finally hear that “yes” it makes everything else you went through worth it.
CTS: You volunteer at various service facilities on LA’s Skid Row. Tell us about that?
Jimmy: I did a food drive for Hope of the Valley and volunteered there as well as at the LA Mission. Volunteering at various places made me want to get even more involved, and I am now working on a documentary to educate people on the different faces and causes of homelessness.
CTS: Why is volunteering important to you?
Jimmy: Helping others has always been important to me. It keeps you grounded and putting a smile on someone’s face is the best feeling.
CTS: What else do you like doing in your free time?
Jimmy: I grew up playing hockey, football, baseball, and wrestling so I enjoy watching and playing almost all sports. Also, music is a big part of my life, whether it’s listening to it or making my own music with friends.
CTS: What is up next for you? Any upcoming projects?
Jimmy: We are in the editing process right now for the documentary. I am very excited to share the stories with everyone. The movie trailer for “Hope for Our Own; An LA Story” will be coming soon!
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