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Kimberly McCullough Talks 'General Hospital' Return

Kimberly McCullough
Kimberly McCullough is returning to General Hospital as Robin Scorpio, and the popular actress couldn't be happier.

McCullough tells Soap Opera Digest, "A few weeks ago, I texted Frank [Valentini, executive producer] just to check in, and I shared the news with him that I am directing another episode of Pretty Little Liars. He was congratulatory, and then said, 'So, are you available?' I said, 'Yeah, I'm available until the end of May, when I shoot PLL.' He was like, 'Okay, great!' And then the next day, I got an email with the dates [he wanted me to shoot GH]. I was like, 'Oh, cool! You actually meant it!' I didn't know he was serious!"

The actress was unaware that her return had to do with the Nurses' Ball "They totally tricked me!" she teases. "After I said yes, they said, 'Okay, great, we're going to use you for the Nurses' Ball.' I was like, 'Oh, man! Let me get this straight: I have to wear heels and I probably have to do a speech and I may or may not have to do a dance routine? These are all things you probably should have mentioned to me!' But it's fine. I wish I could say I know exactly what I'm doing, but I don't. I just know that I'll appear at the ball and probably make a speech. I would love it if I could appear with Brooklyn [Rae Silzer, Emma], although I don't know if that will be the case."

Robin hasn't been at the Ball for years. "I honestly can't remember the last one that I went to," she marvels. "The Nurses' Ball [became a big deal] because of Stone, "Robin's first love, who lost his life to Aids in 1995, "so it's nice that I actually get to show up."

"Robin has been HIV-positive since 1995 and she's healthy and she has a healthy daughter. I've never gotten to make that speech: 'I'm alive, I'm healthy.' It's something to be celebrated, for sure, that we've made so much progress and people [with HIV] are living such long lives. It's amazing. I'm excited; I know this is going to be a lot of fun."

The Nurses' Ball begins May 24.


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