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.