Jack Wagner Reveals the 'Top Thing' Fans Mention From 'General Hospital'

Jack Wagner discusses his dual success in acting and music

by Zain ul Abedin
Jack Wagner Reveals the 'Top Thing' Fans Mention From 'General Hospital'
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Jack Wagner, best known as Frisco Jones on the iconic soap opera "General Hospital," recently shared insights into his enduring connection with the show and its fans. Despite over a decade since his last appearance in the series, Wagner continues to be a beloved figure among viewers, many of whom eagerly approach him for photos and a chance to reminisce.

Wagner's journey with "General Hospital" began in 1984 when he debuted as the charismatic spy Frisco Jones. His tenure on the show spanned over a decade, punctuated by a brief return in 2013, leaving a lasting impact on both the series and its audience.

"The No. 1 thing women say is, ‘You don’t understand,’” Wagner told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. He recalls struggling with the crossover from soap opera fame to being recognized as a legitimate music artist.

"It took time to let go of that, but now I embrace it. If I can make someone’s day by going down memory lane, it makes my day," he explains.

Stardom Beyond Soap

The 1980s marked a zenith in popularity for "General Hospital," coinciding with Wagner's rise to stardom.

His experiences mirrored those of other teen idols of the time, such as John Stamos and Rick Springfield, with whom he shared the screen. Wagner describes the era as surreal, with fan clubs and countless letters evidencing the show's massive following.

Wagner's acting success on "General Hospital" also catapulted his music career. He achieved pop stardom with the 1985 hit single "All I Need," initially performed in character on the show. The song's success led to six album releases and sold-out concerts, cementing his status in the music industry.

Currently starring in the Hallmark Channel's period drama "When Calls the Heart," Wagner's connection to his "General Hospital" past remains strong, likening encounters with former castmates to nostalgic reunions with old friends.

"It's like you pick up right where you left off," he shares. "When Calls the Heart" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on the Hallmark Channel, offering fans a chance to see Wagner in a different light, while "General Hospital" continues its legacy, airing weekdays at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT on ABC.