Exclusive: General Hospital's Jon Lindstrom on His Marriage to Cady McClain
Jon Lindstrom. Cady McClain
It’s good to be Jon Lindstrom! The multi-talented fan fave, best known as Dr. Kevin Collins on ABC’s General Hospital, has directed his first feature film, the psychological chiller How We Got Away With It, about an annual reunion of friends that goes horribly wrong. It hits cable VOD later this month and opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles in April (check howwegotawaywithit.com for details). On top of that, the actor recently got hitched in a hush-hush ceremony to his longtime love Cady McClain — the iconic Dixie on All My Children and soon to be Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless. TV Guide Magazine had a gab session with Lindstrom to discuss it all!
TV Guide Magazine: Congrats on the marriage. Glad to know the buzz was true!
Jon Lindstrom: [Laughs] Yes, the rumor mill has been churning! Cady and I got married on February 14 down at the Beverly Hills courthouse and had a wonderful party at home afterward with our close friends and family. Very intimate. We had it catered by a burger truck and set up a bar in the back yard. It was simple and perfect. Cady did an amazing job putting it together. My folks came down from the Northwest and Cady’s sister came up from San Diego. [GH stars] Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner and John York were there. Just a few old pals. It was a great day!
TV Guide Magazine: The Beverly Hills court is famed for its spontaneous show-biz weddings. Was that the case with yours?
Lindstrom: In the courthouse they actually have photos on the walls of all the stars who got married there, like Bogie and Bacall, kinda like those restaurants that put up pictures of their famous customers. [Laughs] Only in L.A.! No, it wasn’t spontaneous but nor was it always the plan. We’ve been engaged for quite a while and it just seemed like the natural order of things. We also felt that there would be real protection for one another if we got married. We love each other deeply and get along so well that it was kinda like, why not? I’m not going anywhere. Cady’s not going anywhere. So, really, why not?
TV Guide Magazine: No thoughts of doing something more elaborate?
Lindstrom: There was never a chance we were going to do a big thing. Some of the magazines heard we were planning something and wanted to come photograph it. That would never happen with us. We’re very private people and we don’t like to share those things. [Laughs] We’re not into pomp and circumstance.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you have a honeymoon?
Lindstrom: We went off to Mexico to a fantastic place near Ixtapa. Very chill, very low key, just exactly what we wanted. Eric Idle was staying there at the same time, which was kinda cool.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you talk him up now that you’re a hotshot film director?
Lindstrom: [Laughs] Are you kidding? Of course! And I gave him my card, don’t doubt that!
TV Guide Magazine: So fill us in on How We Got Away With It. I had a chance to see the film and it’s really terrific, not to mention weird and fascinating and chilling and funny and totally f’ed up! You direct with great confidence.
Lindstrom: I’ve talked to filmmakers that I’ve known for a while, people who’ve made eight or nine features, and when I tell them I just got my first feature done and it’s actually coming out in theaters, they just want to hug me. [Laughs] They all know what I’ve been through! This is two and a half years of my life, to the exclusion of almost everything else, professionally speaking, but that’s what is required to keep a film on track, to make sure it’s handled with respect and to make sure it gets submitted to all the right festivals. It certainly takes a big toll on everyone involved but, in the end, it’s great. [Laughs] And I’m attached to direct another movie, so it’s not that rough!
TV Guide Magazine: Your film is a bit like The Big Chill, only with murder. You’re also a co-writer and co-producer and play a key role. What intrigued you about the material?
Lindstrom: It really conjured up some of the great new-wave crime thrillers of the ’60s and ’70s, particularly the European ones. It’s the kind of film you experience almost voyeuristically, uncomfortably.
TV Guide Magazine: And this being an indie, you had to work fast and cheap. Did your daytime experience come in handy?
Lindstrom: Doing soaps trained me a lot for this. Some of my first directing experiences were on All My Children, One Life to Live and As the World Turns. Daytime teaches you how to move quickly. You learn that when you hit the crescendo it’s time to move on. There’s rarely the luxury of another take.
TV Guide Magazine: And now you’re a filmmaking family! I’ve seen both of Cady’s short films and they’re exceptional.
Lindstrom: My beautiful love was an associate producer on How We Got Away With It and was invaluable. She really got inspired to go out and make her own films. She’s an extraordinary visual artist and really nails it as a director. It’s been so incredible to have each other as we expand our careers in this way. We’re a constant source of love and support for each other. It’s what we do.