Sasha on GENERAL HOSPITAL has had a rough life in Port Charles but she’s clearly a survivor! Actress Sofia Mattsson made her daytime debut in the role in September 2018. However, Sasha Gilmore is a completely different character from Sasha Donev, who was played by Sandra Hess back in 2008. Donev was the lawyer for Russian crime lord Andre Karpov, who had Jake Spencer kidnapped and was shot and killed by a sniper. Totally different person! In February 2022, the actress needed some time off so her sister, Helena Mattsson, filled in for a few episodes.
Sasha Gilmore first appeared when Curtis Ashford met with the young lady to inform her that he believed she may be the daughter of his friend, Nina Reeves, who was taken away from her and put up for adoption. Sasha argued that she wasn’t adopted, and in fact had heard the story of her birth during a snowstorm many times over the course of her life. She reluctantly agreed to a DNA test, and when the results came back positive, Valentin Cassadine happily informed Nina that he had hired Curtis and they’d found her long-lost daughter!
Nina and Sasha’s initial meeting did not go well. After making small talk, Nina was disappointed that Sasha didn’t have the other half of the heart pendant her daughter was supposed to have, then came on a little too strong wanting to spend time with her. Sasha put up walls, not wanting another mother in her life, but Nina pled her case and begged for a chance to get to know her.
Although she turned down job offers from Valentin and Nina, Sasha agreed to stay in Port Charles, and moved in with her new sister, Kiki Jerome. Noting Sasha checking out Griffin Monroe, Ava stirred the pot by suggesting to her that Griffin and Kiki weren’t that serious, so she could totally make a move on him. Naturally, that didn’t work out, but Sasha turned out to be even more trouble because it was revealed that Valentin had paid her to lie about being Nina’s daughter! Although Sasha reluctantly bonded with Nina and urged her to reconcile with Valentin (his plan all along), the guilt — as well as Kiki’s shocking murder — inspired Sasha to get out of Port Charles before she got found out… or became the killer’s next victim!
Sasha soon returned and decided to make a life for herself in Port Charles, though Valentin continued to worry that the longer she remained in town the more likely it would be their lie would be exposed. Still, Sasha continued to settle down, even striking up a relationship with Michael Corinthos. They enjoyed a romantic getaway in Puerto Rico, but after an encounter with Cassandra Pierce, Sasha was drugged, and upon her return to Port Charles, suddenly collapsed! She was diagnosed with a virulent strain of bird flu and lay near death before doctors were able to cure her. However, this brush with death inspired Sasha to come clean to Michael about not being Nina’s daughter, and although he was upset, he soon forgave her. Lucy Coe also approached Sasha to offer her a job working for her relaunch of Deception.
Although the guilt weighed upon her, the responsibility was lifted when Lulu overheard Sasha talking about her secret to Obrecht and exposed the lie at Nina and Valentin’s wedding! Sasha tearfully tried to explain, but Nina was furious. Eventually, Nina came to accept Sasha’s apology and even Carly came around to approving of her dating Michael. When a dangerous mob war was brewing in Port Charles and the Corinthos family came under literal fire, Michael tried to push Sasha away for her own protection, but that inspired the pair to confess their love for each other and they instead moved in together. Although their relationship hit a bit of a snag when Sasha urged him to marry Willow Tait in order to keep custody of Wiley away from Nelle!
When Michael was reluctant, Sasha schemed with Willow’s beau, Harrison Chase, to make it seem like they were having an affair to push Michael and Willow together. Though the plan worked, and they got custody of Wiley, it worked a little too well and Michael and Willow began to fall for each other! Sasha turned to drugs to keep her spirits up while pursuing her modeling career, and it nearly destroyed her. Things also got ugly when Michael and Willow discovered the lies they’d been told.
Sasha was able to get the help she needed and began trying to put her life back together, hoping to reconnect with Michael, but wound up having a one-night stand with Brando Corbin that left her pregnant! When Cyrus Renault — who had grown disturbingly close to Sasha while providing her drugs — found out, he was furious, and she lied that it had been a nameless hookup to protect Brando. Eventually, Cyrus was arrested, but Sasha and Brando still couldn’t relax and get to know each other better as they awaited their child because his mother, Gladys Corbin (who had spilled the beans to Cyrus earlier!) decided to stick around Port Charles and continue to meddle!
Because Sasha was worried about Brando’s involvement with the Corinthos family and the mob, he agreed to step away from the family “business” to protect their baby. She also helped get Gladys a job working for Brook Lynn, but it didn’t help keep the woman out of her hair! Sasha panicked when she went into labor while locked in the back room at the Jerome Gallery with Gladys, but Brando got her out and to the hospital where things took a turn for the worse!
After an emergency C-section, Sasha and Brando were heartbroken when their baby boy was moved to the NICU because he had been deprived of oxygen for too long. They chose Liam Michael as their son’s name and asked Willow and Michael to be his godparents. Tragically, Liam had no brain activity, and Sasha and Brando were forced to say goodbye to their little boy as they took him off life support. Brando supported Sasha as they both grieved their loss, but worried when she insisted on returning to work so quickly.
Everyone was worried that Sasha was throwing herself into work as a distraction and Brando invited her on a getaway to Niagara Falls to have some time alone together. Having run into an old acquaintance who offered her drugs, Sasha decided to take her up on it and secretly took pills while on vacation. She then became obsessed with the idea of getting married, and eventually persuaded Brando to elope so when they returned to Port Charles, it was as man and wife! But getting back to her regular life continued to be a problem and Sasha continued to struggle.
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