Vanessa Marcil: Kassius Is 'His Own Little Man Now'
Megan Fox isn’t the only new step-parent for 8-year-old Kassius Lijah.
Mom Vanessa Marcil is a newlywed, too, to CSI: New York star Carmine Giovinazzo. Fresh on the heels of her July 11 wedding, the actress is also preparing for a return to General Hospital — with the blessing of her biggest fan.
“Kassius is his own little man now,” she notes in a new interview with TV Guide Magazine.
“He’s in school. He has his friends. His whole life used to revolve around me but now it’s, ‘Mom, you’re so annoying!'”
Her enthusiasm in reprising the role of Brenda Barrett is palpable, but Marcil admits her departure from the show was much-needed.
“I had a blast at GH, but on my last visit I had recently given birth to Kassius and couldn’t help but feel that all the intense emotional trauma I put myself through as Brenda was affecting him,” she reveals.
“You can’t go on a set and open up your chest all day and then just shake it off … Well, I can’t anyway,” Marcil, 41, continues. “And I was really worried about the effect it might have on my son.”
Lamenting that it was difficult to maintain “emotional space” between scenes because Kassius was often waiting for her in her dressing room, Marcil says she “didn’t want him soaking up all that physical and mental turmoil.”
“Those first few years are what sets a child for life — how he feels about himself, how he connects with others, how safe he feels in the world,” she adds.
During one “especially brutal” day of filming, Marcil says she “tried to visualize a better scenario” for mother and son. On her wish list? Something “fun and light” where she could be part of an ensemble cast. Marcil’s visualization came true when she was offered the part of Sam Marquez on Las Vegas.
“It was perfect,” she says. “I no longer had to prepare for a scene by torturing myself and thinking about my dog dying when I was a kid, and all that dark stuff. I got to walk onto a bright, fun, glamorous set, deliver a couple of lines, hand an envelope to James Caan — I was acting with James Caan! — and then spend the rest of the day with my baby.”