Rebecca Herbst has been stealing hearts and scenes at General Hospital since 1997. GH fans know her as gorgeous nurse Elizabeth Webber, tied to the legacy family that founded the famed hospital in Port Charles. There’s a lot more to the native California girl if you scratch the surface. If you’re a fan of Liz, here are five things you should know about her portrayer Rebecca “Becky” Herbst.
1 – You’ll be shocked by Rebecca Herbst’s age
Although Rebecca Herbst doesn’t look it, she just turned 40 years old. What’s truly amazing is that in August 2017, she celebrated her 20th year on General Hospital. That means she’s spent half her life pacing the boards as unlucky in love Liz on the GH soundstage.
Becky began her acting career at age six in TV commercials and guest roles on TV shows. She also played Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend Barbi Benton in a 1999 made for TV movie called Hefner Unauthorized. One of Rebecca’s first TV roles was a spot as Dana Winthrop on Days of Our Lives.
2 – Rebecca met her husband on the GH set
Becky has been married to her Michael Saucedo since 2001 and the duo met on the set of General Hospital when he played Juan Santiago for two years. The happily married couple have three children. Their oldest son Ethan was born just a few months after their June 2001 wedding.
Daughter Ella was born three years later in April 2004 and then six years later, their son Emerson was born. Although Michael was an actor, he’s now an author and stay at home dad happily taking care of the kids while Rebecca is hard at work on GH.
3 – Rebecca Herbst inspired a series of novels
Michael Saucedo and Nik Price wrote Dead Extra, the first in the Liberty Strong book series. Becky lists herself on her Twitter page as the “Liberty Strong” muse. That makes sense because Liberty is Rebecca Herbst’s second middle name. Her full name is Rebecca Ann Liberty Herbst.
In the novels written by her husband and narrated for audio books by Becky, Liberty Strong is a soap star dealing with disgruntled producers and a fan stalking her, all the while coping with the pressure of Hollywood fame. The book has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and fans are clamoring for the sequel.
4 – Rebecca sews her red-carpet gowns
If you’ve ever admired Becky Herbst on the red carpet, you’ll be interested to know that Becky designs and sews all her Emmy and awards show dresses. Inspired by her second middle name, she branded her clothing patterns as “Liberty Designs.”
Rebecca said she hopes to one day market and sell her unique patterns. For the 2000 Soap Opera Digest awards, Becky also designed and sewed a dress for co-star and pal Amber Tamblyn (Emily Quartermaine, General Hospital). See one of her designs below.
5 – Rebecca Herbst was a competitive ice skater
For twelve long years, Rebecca was a competitive ice skater while also pursuing a career as a child actor. At 16, she decided to set her skates aside and focus on acting. Just a few years later, Becky landed the part of teenage Liz Webber who endured a gripping initial story as a victim of rape.
Not only did ice skating competitively teach her grace under pressure, but it also was the inspiration for her to learn to sew. Rebecca’s mom sewed all her ice skating costumes and let Becky use the scraps to make doll clothes. She credits her mother with passing on her sewing skills to her.
Did you know GH turned Rebecca down twice before hiring her?
One last tidbit to know about the two-decade soap veteran is she first read as a teen to play a small role that would be a friend to Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough). Becky didn’t get that job and then came back a couple of years later to read for the role of Sarah Webber and again, she didn’t get an offer.
A month later, Rebecca Herbst got a call from GH casting with the news that they were writing a role just for her and she would play Sarah Webber’s sister, Elizabeth Webber. From there, it’s soap history. Liz is currently taming former serial killer Franco (Roger Howarth) and making peace with her past.
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