TV Guide'sMichael Logan spoke with Vanessa Marcil about what finally nudged her to return to General Hospital.
TV Guide Magazine: So why the return to GH now, and with a one-year deal? Why not enjoy married life for a while?
Marcil Giovinazzo: Because it feels so right. A lot's been going on. We found out that my older sister, Sherry, has breast cancer. We've bought a farm in upstate New York and she and I went up there to spend a week together before she had to start her chemo, and it got me thinking about how grateful I am to GH for giving me pretty much everything I have. [Head writer] Bob Guza and I got back in touch again during that time. I told him I wanted to settle down for a while so that I could be available to my sister and my family, and that maybe during that time I could come in and out at GH for a couple of days a week. I called [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons and asked him if he would have me back, and he was gracious enough to say yes. I just couldn't feel any more grateful that I'm still allowed to visit such a great place. I love that Julianne Moore went back to As the World Turns to honor where she came from. It's important to do that. I left GH for a few different reasons, but it was never because I wasn't madly in love with the show and the character and with daytime.
Marcil clarifies the constant rumors circulating over the years about her coming back to GH before now.
TV Guide Magazine: This return has been in the talk stages for years, with so many false alarms that it got to the point where it seemed like you were just screwing with us.
Marcil Giovinazzo: We came close to a deal a few times before this. Very close. It was always a matter of when, not if — and I said that in every conversation I had with Bob Guza. But, for me, there could never be a return where Brenda wasn't incredibly involved with the characters who are basically her family. She doesn't have any blood family. She has no parents. I'd tell Bob, "You know my list — Sonny, Jason, Robin, Jax. These are the characters I want to work with every day. If you can promise me that's going to happen, we can work this out." He called me one time and said, "Listen, James Franco's coming on the show and we'd love for you to walk in with him." But I didn't want to do that. He's a great movie star and an incredible actor and it's an honor to have him on GH. But what does he have to do with Brenda? It was important that Brenda's return be about her people, her family.
Love she's all for staying true to her character.