Hudson West is celebrating some pretty major career news. The young actor, who has played General Hospital character Jake Spencer since 2016, has landed a role in the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
A spin-off of the network's Penny Dreadful, this latest creation is set to explore pre-World War II L.A., from the building of the city's first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.
West will play a character named Trever, whose mother, Linda Craft (Piper Perabo), is the wife of Dr. Peter Craft (Rory Kinnear), the head of the isolationist German-American Bund. Linda is described as "a fading American Beauty rose," disappointed with her husband and bored with her constrained suburban life.
The cast of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels also includes Daniel Zovatto, Natalie Dormer, Nathan Lane, Kerry Bishé, Johnathan Nieves, Jessica Garza, Adriana Barraza, and Michael Gladis. Actors Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner, Lorenza Izzo, Lin Shaye, and Adam Rodriguez have been cast in recurring roles.
"Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines," says creator John Logan. "We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice."
Though daytime audiences know West as GH's Jake, he has a long list of credits in addition to his Port Charles role. Some include Grace and Frankie, L.A.'s Finest, I'm Dying Up Here, and American Crime Story.
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