Entertainment is round the clock in America and at the heart of it are soap operas. One that has been on the air for over 50 years is General Hospital. Actors and Actresses have come and gone, portraying different characters on the show. One actress who is currently having her time as a character on the show is Eden McCoy, a young actress who portrays the character of Josslyn Jacks on the ABC Network show.
Despite being a young woman, Eden McCoy has been in the industry for years, appearing in several projects. From film to TV to commercials to print campaigns. Simply put, Eden might be young, but she is not lazy and she very well intends to make a name for herself in Hollywood. Learn more about the rising actress, her background, and her filmography thus far.
Eden McCoy Biography
After each scene, Eden McCoy on General Hospital shows why she is an actress to watch out for. She portrays her acting talent with such elegance that has endeared several casting directors to her, reflecting in an extensive filmography in comparison to her age.
She earned her first credit in 2011, just eight years after she was born on the 10th of June, 2003. She was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Manhattan Beach, California. Her first credited appearance was in the film, Perfect Man. Although Eden had made her professional debut at such a young age, she still needed her education and she had it at Marlborough School, which she attended after her family relocated from Manhattan Beach.
While she has very much established her wealth of talent as an actress, it would not be surprising if Eden decided to quit the profession and pursue a career as a professional volleyball player. The sport is one of the favorite hobbies of the actress and she has been an active player all her life. She began playing indoors at the age of 11 and graduated to playing outdoor volleyball two years after.
If you happen to be wondering how good she is at volleyball, she was ranked number 6 in her age group in the state of California as of September 2017. Regardless of whatever decision she makes with her acting career, Eden McCoy has committed to the University of Southern California to play for its Women’s Beach Volleyball Team in 2025.
She Made Her Acting Debut In 2011 after Attending a Theatre Camp
Since Eden fell in love with acting at a theatre camp, she has accrued over 11 credits in both film and television. It is a success story of a journey that began after she was approached by a talent agent and subsequently signed up as an actress.
Starting with commercials for brands like Wells Fargo and Valpak Coupons, she built up her confidence and profile in readiness for her debut which came in the film, Perfect Man in 2011. Over the years, she has been featured in multiple projects; a few short films and several TV series.
She Joined the Cast of General Hospital in 2015 But Didn’t Audition for Josslyn
She was cast as Josslyn Jacks in the soap opera, General Hospital, in 2015 and has since appeared in 374 episodes of the show as of when this piece was last updated. Her appearance on the show places her as part of the American legacy that is General Hospital, a show that has made the Guinness World Record as the longest-running American soap opera in production.
The actress has revealed that she didn’t know what role she was going to play when she auditioned for the show. According to her, she was given a fake script with a fake character name. It was only after she landed the role that she learned she would be playing Josslyn, the daughter of Carly Corinthos and her ex-husband Jasper Jacks.
Eden McCoy Isn’t the Only Actress that Has Played Josslyn
It was in 2009 that the Josslyn character was introduced to the show. To the best of our knowledge, she first appeared as a teenager portrayed by Jamie Lea Willett in her mother’s dream sometime in October 2009.
Thereafter, Karleigh Larson played the character from November 2009 to June 2012. Sarah Johnson took over from Karleigh and played Joss between August 2012 to April 2013. Paige Olivier was the next in line but she only played the character in a 2013 episode.
Before Eden McCoy came on board, Hannah Nordberg was the actress playing the character and she did so from June 2014 to February 2015. McCoy takes most of the credit for making the Josslyn character a serious one. Initially, the storylines that revolved around the character were about teenage romance and school but it has now embraced serious themes like death. Josslyn’s boyfriend Oscar Nero passed in a 2019 episode.
Her Parents Have Been Very Supportive of Her Career
- Father: Jim McCoy
- Mother: Natasha McCoy
Happy Father’s Day to my sweet daddy and all you amazing Dads out there🙏🏻 you are loved and appreciated more than you’ll ever know✨💛 pic.twitter.com/9rBaDd4TjN
— Eden McCoy (@RealEdenMccoy) June 17, 2018
You might probably be wondering who the parents of the young overachiever are. Well, her parents are Jim McCoy and Natasha McCoy. She is the only child of her parents, a status that has ensured their unending support in her chosen career.
Her rapid success and growth in the industry have so far been down to the support and approval of her parents who through efforts to make her overcome her shyness and fear of public speaking, registered her in theatre camp, and the rest they say has been history.
Apart from being a reliable support system for Eden McCoy, she is also very close to her parents. The bond between them can be seen in several of the pictures of her parents she has shared on social media platforms.
Natasha Was a Big Fan of General Hospital Before Her Daughter Joined the Show
ran into my mom having lunch with her friend by my school today. it was weird and fun and weird 🙈🥂 pic.twitter.com/aRCCActi9H
— Eden McCoy (@RealEdenMccoy) September 8, 2018
Eden’s mom is easily her biggest fan, she has been super involved in her daughter’s life as much as she has encouraged her since Eden embraced acting. Given that, it was a big day for Natasha when she learned her daughter would be joining the cast of General Hospital.
Natasha has been a fan of the show, so her excitement was epic. But the story even gets better. Affirming in an interview that her mom grew up watching General Hospital, Eden revealed that the woman’s favorite characters in the show happen to be her parents thereof.
It was a beautiful touch of fate that left Natasha freaking out when she got to meet Eden’s parents on the show in real life.
Fact Check: Is Eden McCoy Dating William Lipton?
It was in 2019 that it began circulating that the General Hospital actress is dating William Lipton, a co-star of the show. Initially, it was thought that the rumors were only a product of the romantic chemistry between the two on-screen.
Nevertheless, they were seen together in real life spending quality time together. With that, people began to embrace the possibility that the two have taken their on-screen romance off-screen.
While neither Eden nor William has clearly stated that they are lovers in real life, the actress shared a picture that suggested so and it came with a caption that reads: “I like you”.
The Actress Once Dated a Fellow Named Brian Dennis
Eden McCoy first found love in the person of Brian Dennis. She made the relationship public knowledge in September 2017 when she posted a picture of both of them in an intimate moment. In October of that same year, she revealed on her Instagram that she went on a date with Brian, proclaiming it was a date to always remember.
December came and she shared a picture where she was kissing Brian. If there were any doubts about the two, it was cleared when they celebrated Valentine’s Day of 2018 together. In June of 2018, Brian celebrated Eden’s birthday and described her as “perfect”. But then, that was the last time anything was heard from them. It is believed they parted ways that very year.