Meet The Twin Boys Playing Willow's Baby Girl On General Hospital

Quite a few of the young characters on "General Hospital" today were born as part of major storylines. Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell), Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Chavez), and Kristina Davis (Lexi Ainsworth) are just a few of the characters who were brought into the fictional world of the show — and most dealt with their fair share of trauma early on in their lives. The soap opera world is rampant with baby swaps, paternity/maternity tests being altered, and, in the case of "Days of Our Lives," the Gemini Twins, who seemed to come from outer space

When babies are born on TV shows and films, they are often portrayed by twins because child labor laws limit how long a youngster can work on set, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Having twins play the same character on-screen allows for more time the character can be filmed. For instance, when the character Trevor was born on "All My Children," Soaps She Knows announced that Aidan and Conner Sharpe would be playing the infant. The babies were limited to working six hours a day, and they could be easily swapped out if one became irritable. 

According to Soap Central, Blake and Dylan Hopkins played baby Michael Corinthos (now Chad Duell) on "General Hospital" from 1997 to 2001. Now that the grown-up Michael's wife, Willow Tait (Katelyn MacMullen), has delivered her baby prematurely, the twins playing the infant have been announced, and fans were amused by the fact that the actors are very obviously not newborns.

Michael and Willow's baby girl is played by male twins

Twin actors playing newborns, infants, and toddlers is quite common in TV and film. As Insider reports, Tommy Fuller Jr. on "Fuller House" was played by Fox and Dashiell Messitt. The twins didn't know how to crawl or walk when they started, and as the show went on, they learned to do so. On "Full House," the original iteration of "Fuller House," Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner, also learned to crawl and walk on the series. They played the character for nine years. Twins Ryder and Evan Londo also played Gene Draper on "Mad Men," and went on to portray Abe Teller for nine years on "Sons of Anarchy."

According to Soap Opera News, twins Owen and Nathan Ford made their debut on "General Hospital" as the as-yet-unnamed Corinthos-Tait baby on January 31, 2023. As their storyline unfolds, Michael and Willow are awaiting word on whether or not the baby's placental stem cells will be able to save its mother, as Willow is dying from leukemia, per TV Season Spoilers. There's also the chance that Heather (Alley Mills) could try to steal Willow's baby in order to be a complete family with Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Esme (Avery Pohl), and her unborn child. Here's hoping Willow and Michael manage to keep their little girl safe!

We're glad the characters have welcomed the new child into the world and look forward to seeing how the story plays out.