General Hospital will be back on-screen with new episodes this Monday, August 3, but the upcoming material isn't the only new thing in store for fans. The character of Sam McCall will have a totally new face when she makes her way back to television screens next month.
Due to a breathing problem that happened her first day back on set at GH, Kelly Monaco, who has been playing the role of Sam since 2003, had to quarantine and test for possible COVID-19. As the show must go on, GH temporarily recast the character with daytime alum Lindsay Korman-Hartley (ex-Cara Castillo, All My Children; ex-Arianna Hernandez, Days of our Lives; ex-Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, Passions), who will be playing the role for a couple of weeks.
Says Hartley, "Some big shoes to fill... precious too. I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily."
Some big shoes to fill...precious too. I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily ❤️🙏🏻 https://t.co/o7aTNni5dN- Lindsay Korman-Hartley (@L_Hartley) July 31, 2020
As for Monaco, her mother, Carmina, took to Twitter to assure fans that the actress is doing well and will be back to work as soon as possible.
"Kelly is great and should be back on set Monday," she shared. "14 day quarantine after a breathing problem with mask 1st day back. 3 negative Covid test, I'd say she is better than great. Thank you for all of the love."
Kelly is great and should be back on set Monday. 14 day quarantine after a breathing problem with mask 1st day back. 3 negative Covid test, I'd say she is better than great. Thank you for all of the love 💕- Carmina Monaco (@kellysmom1) July 31, 2020
Temporary recasts aren't new to the soap genre, and GH has had to resort to short-term fill-ins a few times in recent years. Soap alum Nick Stabile (ex-Mark, Sunset Beach) stepped in for Tyler Christopher in the role of Nikolas Cassadine back in 2016, while Days of our Lives alums Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie Jonas) and Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa Donovan) briefly took over for Kirsten Storms in the role of Maxie Jones in 2016 and 2011, respectively.
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