Popular AMC/GH/GL actress is officially back in Port Charles
Posted Friday, July 31, 2015 12:54:17 PM
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Popular AMC/GH/GL actress is officially back in Port Charles
It may not be a total surprise, but it's still exciting nonetheless -- Rebecca Budig is officially back as General Hospital's Hayden!

In news that is sure to please both General Hospital and All My Children fans, Rebecca Budig (Hayden Barnes, GH; ex-Greenlee Smythe du Pres, AMC) is heading back to Port Charles.

"Finally! I can now say I'm so excited to be @GeneralHospital," Budig exclaimed on Twitter. "Thank you all for your support!"

The character has been in a coma since May, but Hayden will soon be making a grand reentrance onto the canvas -- and the return will be lengthy, because Budig is on contract this time around.

"I was surprised!" the Kentucky native enthuses in an interview with Soap Opera Digest of executive producer Frank Valentini asking her back to the show. "I thought I came in and I did my job, and that was all that I was meant to do -- come in, cause some trouble and leave."

Fortunately for all involved, she was dead wrong about that. And she's excited to be back at work on the GH set. "I love being there and I am working with a great bunch of people."

In June, Jean Passanante, who had not yet been named co-head writer, may have let the cat out of the proverbial bag with a tweet that said she thought it was "so fabulous to write for [Budig] again!" At the time, Budig's character was still in a coma with no indication that she'd ever be seen or heard again.

Budig joined GH in March of this year in a non-contract role that was assumed to be short-term. Fans loved seeing her stir up trouble in a hot and heavy whirlwind pairing with Tyler Christopher's Nikolas Cassadine, and of course everyone is keen on seeing Hayden wake up from her coma, as she just may be the one to spill the news about Jake Doe's (Billy Miller) true identity. To read more about Hayden's time in Port Charles, check out Soap Central's character profile.

Prior to joining GH, Budig played the role of AMC's Greenlee Smythe from 1999 to 2005, 2008 to 2009, and again from 2009 to 2011. She also appeared as Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light.

UPDATE
Rebecca Budig shared her thoughts on her GH stay and how long she'll be sticking around. Click here for the story.

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