Nathan Parsons

Nathan Dean Parsons (born 16 June 1988) is an Australian-born American actor, known for his work in daytime television on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital as the character of Ethan Lovett.[1][2][3][4] He also had roles on primetime television shows as vampire James Kent on the seventh and final season of the HBO drama series True Blood, and the role of exiled werewolf Jackson Kenner on The CW drama series The Originals. Recently, he has been on Once Upon a Time as Hansel/Jack/Nick Branson and is currently portraying the lead of Max Evans in The CW series Roswell, New Mexico.

Nathan Parsons
Nathan Parsons, San Diego Comic Con, July 2014.JPG
Parsons at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Nathan Dean Parsons

(1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 32)
Adelaide, Australia
Years active1991–present

Early life and educationEdit

Nathan Parsons was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but raised in Boulder, Colorado, and Austin, Texas.[5] He moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California after being accepted into their Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program, but dropped out after three semesters.[6] He is also a member of Boom Kat Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance company based in Santa Monica, California. Currently, in their third year, Boom Kat has been made a resident company of the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica following the success of their third production NeverWonderland. In his spare time, Parsons enjoys dance, rock climbing, hiking, lacrosse, football, soccer, yoga, and scuba diving.[2][3][4]


Early worksEdit

As a child actor, he did voice-over work dubbing Japanese anime for ADV Films, including the lead role of Jean Roque-Raltique in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and parts in "Soul Hunter", Devil Lady and Jing: King of Bandits. Parsons has previously appeared in the films Teeth (2007)[2][7] and The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009).[2][3]

General HospitalEdit

Parsons originally auditioned for a different role on General Hospital and was not cast, but the series subsequently created a new character for him.[2][4] He made his first appearance as con artist Ethan Lovett on 30 January 2009.[2][3][8][9][10] Parsons was initially hired on a recurring basis but was soon put on contract with the series, working closely with multi-Daytime Emmy Award-winner Anthony Geary.[2][10][11] Parsons's debut storyline hinted at the secret parentage of his character Ethan,[9][12][13][14] who was later established as the son of Luke Spencer (Geary) and Holly Sutton (Emma Samms),[15] characters made household names during General Hospital's 1980s peak.[16] In March 2009 Soaps In Depth magazine credited Parsons with "taking the show by storm" and dubbed Ethan "one of daytime's most riveting young characters."[17]

In December 2011, Parsons announced that he had decided not to renew his contract with General Hospital (which was expiring in early 2012).[citation needed] His last airdate was 7 March 2012, in a final scene that was shared with his on-screen parents, Anthony Geary and Emma Samms. The storyline was left open-ended for his possible return.

In May 2012, Parsons was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Younger Actor category for his portrayal of Ethan Lovett on General Hospital.[citation needed] The 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards were televised live on 23 June 2012, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Though Parsons did not win in this category, he was prominently featured in the telecast as a presenter for the coveted Outstanding Lead Actor category, in which his former co-stars, Anthony Geary and Maurice Benard, were both nominated. Parsons presented the award to his former on-screen father, Anthony Geary (for an unprecedented 7th win), and was acknowledged in Geary's acceptance speech. General Hospital also won the Outstanding Drama Series award.[citation needed]

In April 2013, Parsons returned to General Hospital as Ethan Lovett as part of the show's 50th Anniversary Celebration.[citation needed] His return aired over two days, 2 and 3 April, in which he appeared with Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) and Constance Towers (Helena Cassadine).[citation needed] He also reprised his character again in July 2015 for two episodes.


Parsons debuted on Bunheads on 16 July 2012, in an episode entitled "Money for Nothing", which introduced his character of Godot. While Godot was well known and idolized by the "bunheads", the lead character of Michelle (Sutton Foster) had never met him, as he had only just returned from a year-long surfing trip. There was a brief, but instant rapport between Michelle and Godot; a relationship that was played out through season 1. He went on to appear in another six episodes through the show's first and only season.

2014 to presentEdit

Parsons replaced Luke Grimes as James in the final season of True Blood[18] and appeared on The Originals as Jackson Kenner from 2014 to 2018.

In March 2018, Parsons was cast as Max Evans in The CW series Roswell, New Mexico.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Jean Voice role (English version)
1998 Devilman Lady Kid Voice role (English version)
2002 Jing: King of Bandits Angostura Voice role (English version)
2007 Teeth Soda Spritzer
2009 The Brotherhood V Holden Williams
2011 The Roommate Coffee Shop Cashier
2016 Pet Eric
2016 Late Bloomer Shane Rutherford / Mr. Rutherford
2017 Justice James McCord
2020 I Still Believe Jean-Luc La Joie


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Jean Main voice role (English version)
2009–2012, 2013, 2015 General Hospital Ethan Lovett Series regular: 30 January 2009 – 7 March 2012; Guest: 2–3 April 2013, July 2015
2011 State of Georgia Doug Episode: "Know When to Fold 'em"
2012–2013 Bunheads Godot Recurring role
2013 The Nightmare Nanny Jake TV movie
2014 Complete Works Fantasy Shakespeare Episode: "The Green-Eyed Monster"
2014–2018 The Originals Jackson Kenner Recurring role
2014 True Blood James Kent Main role (season 7)
2015 Point of Honor John Rhodes TV movie
2016 Rosewood Nip-Tuck Episode: "Tree Toxins & Three Stories"
2016 Late Bloomer Shane Rutherford TV movie
2017–2018 Once Upon a Time Hansel / Jack / Nick Branson Recurring role (season 7)
2019 A Feeling of Home Ryan TV movie
2019–present Roswell, New Mexico Max Evans Main role; credited as Nathan Dean Parsons (season 1) and Nathan Dean (season 2)


Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated


  1. ^ Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: Perfect Collection, Region 1 DVD (27 November 2007)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Stacy, Tom (2 June 2009). "Port Charles Newcomer Nathan Parsons: Man of Mystery". Soap Opera Digest. pp. 48–51 (Vol. 34, No. 22).
  3. ^ a b c d Nathan Parsons biography – Archived 10 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c Rossi, Rosemary A. (1 June 2009). "In Fate's Hands". Soaps In Depth. pp. 62–65.
  5. ^ Radloff, Jessica. "10 Fun Icebreakers with the Originals' Nathan Parsons (FYI: He's Single!)". Glamour. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Nathan Parsons Archives". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Teeth (2007): Cast & Details". Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  8. ^ General Hospital recap (1/30/09) – Archived 15 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Who is Ethan?". Soaps In Depth. 9 February 2009. p. 12.
  10. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt (20 January 2009). "General Hospital Casting Exclusive: A New Con Is On!". Retrieved 27 June 2009.
  11. ^ "Nathan Parsons Joins the Cast of General Hospital". 21 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  12. ^ "Holly: 'Ethan's Father Is...'". Soaps In Depth. 1 June 2009. p. 4.
  13. ^ "GH's Emma Samms Returns". Soaps In Depth. 12 May 2009. p. 4.
  14. ^ West, Abby (10 March 2009). "Emma Samms to return to General Hospital". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  15. ^ General Hospital recap (5/29/09) – Archived 11 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  16. ^ Schemering, Christopher (September 1985). "General Hospital". The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. pp. 108–119. ISBN 0-345-32459-5.
  17. ^ "Next Big Thing!". Soaps In Depth. 23 March 2009. p. 88.
  18. ^ Ausiello, Michael (15 January 2014). "True Blood Recast Exclusive: Bunheads Hunk Is the New James, Replacing Luke Grimes". TV Line. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (5 March 2018). "Roswell: Nathan Parsons, Four More Cast in the CW Reboot Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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