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'General Hospital' actor Scott Reeves to head to W.Va. for Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

October 14, 2012|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Scott Reeves, who stars on "General Hospital," will be grand marshal of the grand feature parade Saturday, Oct. 20, during Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — If it weren't for a Whammy, "General Hospital" star Scott Reeves' life might have taken a different route.

Reeves is best known for roles as Steven Webber on "GH" as well as Ryan McNeil on "The Young and the Restless." But his first TV appearance was in 1984 when he was on the game show "Press Your Luck." He was 18.

"I racked up 10 grand, then got a Whammy," he said during a telephone interview from his home outside of Nashville, Tenn. "To me, that was like a million bucks. Then it all crumbled."

Although he walked away empty-handed, Reeves credits a guy connected with the show for encouraging him to pursue entertainment. He took the man's advice and by 1987, Reeves made his first national commercial for Cherry Coke.

This weekend, Reeves will appear as the grand marshal for the Lions Club/Apple Harvest Festival Grand Feature Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The parade is part of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, which kicks off Thursday, Oct. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 21.

Born in Delight, Ark., Reeves' family moved to California when he was 4. That's also about the same time he realized he liked to entertain people.

"I was the stereotypical middle child. I was always trying to be the center of attention," he said.

But he didn't get a taste of real acting until he was in high school and he took a drama class.

 "I really enjoyed tapping into characters; bringing to life a character and losing myself into the story," he said.

After high school, Reeves admits that "I kind of floundered a bit." He had a fast food job and surfed, but eventually he enrolled in classes in Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School. His work there led to getting a commercial agent.

"I started working and making a living right off the bat," he said.

His first daytime drama appearance was in 1988 on "Days of Our Lives."

"I played the spiky-haired punk," he said.

On the set he met Steve Burton, with whom he would later costar with on "GH" (Burton just left the show).

 There he would also meet his future wife. Melissa Reeves is best known for playing Jennifer Horton Deveraux on "Days." He said they didn't start dating until February of 1989. A month later, they were engaged. They married in 1990 and have two children, Emily, 20, and Larry, 15.

After "Days," Reeves worked on TV and film. In 1991, he found himself returning to daytime dramas when he joined the cast of "Young and the Restless." He played Ryan McNeil for 10 years.

But acting isn't Reeves' only talent. He is also a country music singer-songwriter.

"It's funny, the reason for country (music) was because that's what I grew up on," he said.

Both of his parents Reeves' parents were country fans. His mother was a pianist and was originally from Tennessee. His father was from Arkansas and was a friend of Glenn Campbell. So although he listened to rock, too, country was always a natural fit.

After "Y&R," Reeves and a buddy, Aaron Benward, formed the band Blue Country. They reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart with "Good Little Girls."

Reeves and his family relocated to Tennessee, and then Reeves was on the road. He said he went from having a fairly normal schedule on "Y&R" to being on the road constantly — sometimes 250 to 300 days a year.

"It was probably the hardest six years of life, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything," he said.

But Reeves said he realized that he was missing seeing his kids grow up. Larry was 5 and Emily was 10 at the time.

"The one morning that it really hit me was when I got home at midnight one night from being on the road for three weeks," he said. "I got up the next morning to take Larry to school."

When he went to drop his son off at school, Larry started to tear up. "He asked, 'Daddy, are you going to be home when I get home?' I wasn't. I had to leave the next morning."

That's when he said he realized he needed to get off the road. He said he called his wife and realized that he wanted to know his kids. "It was really tough, but we learned a lot," he said.

Although he's been off the road, Reeves has never stopped writing songs.

"You can do that from anywhere," he said.

But as he left the life of full-time country music artist was behind him, Reeves was offered an opportunity to return to the soaps. He said "General Hospital" offered him a chance to return to daytime dramas.

As it so happens, "Days" and "GH" are both filmed in Burbank, Calif., just a 20 minutes away from each other. He said Melissa was asked first to return to "Days" special episode to memorialize Grandma Horton played by Francis Reid who had passed away. A few years later, he said, "Days" asked her to reprise her role. She said yes.

"It's just God's plan that they kind of brought the characters back," he said.

Although they still consider Nashville their home, the family lives bicoastally, spending most of their time in LA but returning east when they can. He said when they first made the move, both of the kids were being homeschooled at the time, which made it easy.

"When Missy and I aren't working, we're here in Nashville," he said.

Reeves said because the industry is looking to keep costs low, both he and his wife have more off days. "We squeeze seven to nine shows in one week," he said, "which gives us about two to three weeks off."

He said it helps him to continue songwriting. Emily is starting to pursue a singing career of her own (www.emilyreeves.net), and Dad said he's helping her get started.

But now Reeves is just looking forward to being grand marshal at the Apple Harvest parade. He's also looking into biting down on a couple of apples — he names Gala and Fuji as his favorites.

"I like an apple that's crisp ... nothing too sweet, but nothing too sour," he said. "And my wife makes the best apple pie."



If you go ...

What: Lions Club/Apple Harvest Festival Grand Feature Parade, part of Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: King and Queen streets, downtown Martinsburg.

More: Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival begins Thursday, Oct. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 21, at various locations in Berkeley County, W.Va.

For a complete list of events, go to msahf.com.

Follow Scott Reeves on Twitter at @reevesforreal

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