We Love Soaps had the profound privilege of attending the Broadway Cares Equity Fight AIDS benefit concert in New York back on March 21, 2010, and speaking to many ABC stars about their reasons for participating in this event. Please enjoy this series of interviews spotlighting the commitment and devotion of these talented stars.
BRANDON BARASH (performed “What Am I Doing?” from "Closer Than Ever" and "Dirty Rotten" from "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Anthony Geary and Nathan Parsons)
We Love Soaps: I have followed your career since you were Jamie on GILMORE GIRLS. I know that supporting these causes fighting HIV and AIDS is very important to you. Why is supporting these causes important to you?
Brandon Barash: Because we are in a position to stand high in a public platform, and use our fame or celebrity, whatever you want to call it, to bolster these charities and really bring more awareness to HIV and AIDS, whatever it is. I work closely with the muscular dystrophy association. I’m their celebrity ambassador this year. It’s really important that we accept the responsibility as public figures to heighten awareness that it’s not easy for everybody. It’s nice to play a part. It never seems like we can do enough.
We Love Soaps: Do you feel like a younger person don’t have as much awareness as they may have had 10 years ago?
Brandon Barash: I would like to think optimistically that people are more aware of it than they were ten years ago. But people can always know more, and they should know more, because ignorance is not bliss.
We Love Soaps: On a lighter note, what can you preview for us about Johnny on GENERAL HOSPITAL?
Brandon Barash: Johnny is spiraling out of control. He’s taking on the task from which not many people make it out alive, I don’t think anybody has, which is going head to head Mr. Corinthos. We’ll see if he breaks the mold there.
We Love Soaps: I love that your character has been allowed to develop and take on different layers.
Brandon Barash: Especially in the last 12 months. He has really become a full blooming onion. Lots of layers to him. It’s a lot of fun to go in and play every day.
We Love Soaps: I don’t think taking on Sonny is something he would have been able to do a few years ago. Are you still having fun on the show?
Brandon Barash: I’m having a blast! Everyday I go to work it’s a blast, it’s a challenge. I try to never let myself become complacent. The day an actor becomes complacent is the day he should quit.
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to learn more ways to take action against the spread of HIV/AIDS, and want to learn more about the current HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials, please visit Hope Takes Action, or contact Damon at Jacobs@welovesoaps.net.
- WLS TV # 17 - Broadway Cares Event
- Broadway Cares 2010 - Anthony Geary Interview
- Broadway Cares 2010 - Cornelius Smith, Jr. Interview
- Broadway Cares 2010 - BethAnn Bonner & Bree Williamson Interview
- Broadway Cares 2010 - Jason Tam