MARTINSBURG, W.Va.—Being a soap opera star isn't easy.
Oh sure, there's the notoriety, the great wardrobe and spending hours in the make-up chair.
It's also a lot of hard work.
"It's five hours of TV a week, rain or shine," said Lisa LoCicero during a telephone interview on the road in Los Angeles
As Olivia Falconeri on ABC's soap opera "General Hospital," LoCicero can tell you there are no such things as reruns or season finales for daytime dramas.
It's a busy lifestyle, but LoCicero will take a little break for down time to be the grand marshal for the Lions Club/Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Grand Feature Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Martinsburg, W.Va. The parade is part of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, which begins today and continues through Sunday, Oct. 16.
LoCicero got her first break into daytime dramas with the now defunct "Loving," as Jocelyn Roberts Brown. Although she had some acting work under her belt, she had to go the traditional way to get on the show — by audition.
"Especially in those days, (soaps were) the kind of thing that when you starting out, you couldn't get seen for," she said.
LoCicero auditioned for the part of Diana-Lee Mayberry, but casting director Julie Madison didn't feel she was right for the part. Later, Madison kept her in mind for Jocelyn.
"A good casting director remembers that even if someone wasn't right for the role, she might be right for something in the future," LoCicero said.
LoCicero ended up being cast for Jocelyn on "Loving" during the show's last season. She then played Jocelyn on the spinoff soap opera, "The City," until that show ended in 1997.
While on "Loving," she played opposite Randolph Mantooth.
"He was my first TV crush as a little kid and he wound up being my first TV kiss," she said.
After "The City" ended in 1997, LoCicero did a few movies such as "The Family Man" and "Rush Hour 2." She also played on TV's "Reno 911!," which was directed by her husband, Michael Patrick Jann. In 2004, she returned to soaps playing Sonia Toledo Santi in "One Life to Live."
In 2008, she came aboard "General Hospital," which is the longest-running daytime drama currently in production.
She said Olivia might not be a favorite with all the fans, but she said there's something likable about her.
"She really sees the best in people around her who she loves," she said of her character, calling the essence of Olivia as "maternal."
"That's why she's always drawn to what you call & 'bad boys' because on a really deep level she's aware that they really need her," she said. "She needs to be needed."
With her experience in film and TV, LoCicero said soap operas are produced at such a faster pace.