EXCLUSIVE Interview, Shirley Jones Tells Highlight Hollywood About, ‘General Hospital’ Role, ‘Raising Hope’ And She’s Headed To NYC, Plus An Album?
Highlight Hollywood caught up with the iconic actress Shirley Jones just moments before she was headed to a music studio to perform on an upcoming new album. “It’s done differently, Tommy. This time we are doing an album to promote an upcoming Broadway show to raise money to get it produced, not the other way around. I won’t be doing the Broadway show [Maxeys], but they wanted me to record a song, and I was happy to do so. I’m staying busy, that’s for sure,” said the iconic Oscar-winner. Busy in an understatement. She just appeared on Fox’s “Raising Hope,” which stars her longtime friend and fellow Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman. “I have known Cloris for years, I love doing the show, it’s written so well, and I am always open to returning.”
However, it’s her upcoming role on ABC’s “General Hospital” that has everyone buzzing. Having guest-starred on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” previously, I shared with Shirley that on this very morning, NBC announced the show has been renewed for another two years. “What great news, thank you Tommy. I loved working on ‘Days,’ I played an elderly Irish lady, with the accent and all, and it was such a great role. I love Daytime television. They work so very hard, and are so welcoming,” said Miss Jones. “And this role was nothing like my ‘Days of Our Lives’ role [Colleen Brady]. This time around I’m in Port Charles, and I play Mrs. McLaine. My character is in a cemetery and I see a very shocking event, when I am visiting my character’s husband’s grave.”
Jones shared more on the role, and although it’s just a one-day shoot, she is open to returning. “I really loved working on ‘General Hospital.’ Everyone is so professional, and so (involved). I had the time of my life on ‘Days’ and now on ‘General Hospital.’ The production team and the cast are all so amazing. And I hope viewers will watch, it’s a fun role and I think the storyline is going to be very interesting for them. I really enjoyed working with Dominic Zamprogna, who plays Dante. He’s such an interesting young man.”