General Hospital fans were über excited when Kristina Wagner announced that she was back on contract at the show she originally joined in 1984, but the actress herself knew it was only a matter of time before her beloved alter ego, Felicia Scorpio, was brought back into the action.
"When you're an actor on General Hospital, you're an actor on General Hospital till death do you part," she jokes in an interview with Soap Opera Digest, revealing that she would have been back earlier had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic. "I wasn't too anxious to come in at different times; I wasn't too anxious to see if this was going to be a risk for me. They wanted to include me in Peter and Maxie's wedding, but I was a little hesitant, which is why that didn't happen."
However, she now feels ready to be back at work in a serious capacity and is thrilled for the adventure ahead.
"My personal life has been really busy, but I have this new space where I need to kind of occupy my mind with other things and this [comeback] is a perfect avenue for that," she explains. "I'm actually really excited about just having some creativity in my life again, and being back into this environment has been riveting. This show is a well-oiled machine and we're moving at light speed. It's a very different environment to work in than what I'm used to -- and it's hard! It's very challenging but I'm up for the challenge and I'm thrilled to be there."
As for what's coming down the pipeline for Felicia, Wagner shares that there are tons of possibilities now that she's back on contract.
"There's a lot of opportunity. I like what we're doing now; I like how they've just sort of, like, put me on the canvas and it's created a lot of color for the story that's currently going on," she shares. "I think the fans are going to like it. I think this is going to be fun!"
Wagner also reveals that she is touched by the fan enthusiasm over her return. "It's profound," she says. "The fans have always rooted for Felicia, they've always wanted her to be on the canvas and have story and drama, and they always seemed charmed by her. It's just like some kind of unthinkable magic! I'm just beside myself about it. I think it's absolutely wonderful and I hope that we can deliver and please the fans, especially the long-standing fans. It's different now, but we'll find the magic in a different way and let it unfold in a different way."
For more from Wagner about her return to GH, check out SOD's full interview with the actress here.
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