Former soap child star-turned leading lady Kimberly McCullough (Robin)is calling a flag on the play in regards to General Hospital's decision to fire Daytime Emmy nominee Lexi Ainsworth in order to SORAS the character of Kristina Corinthos. Here's some of what McCullough had to say about GH allegedly claiming Ainsworth was too young to continue in the role, from the Nov. 1 issue ofSoap Opera Digest:
"That's baloney, because the same thing happened to me," she shares. "Young is a nice way of saying you're not sexy enough. This has nothing to do with being young. I completely relate because I faced the same problem. "
McCullough went on to reveal the brass at GH applied pressure to get the then 14-15 year-old to "vamp it up" during the time the character of Robin was sharing scenes with Jagger (Antonio Sabato, Jr.), Karen (Cari Shayne), Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) and Jason (Steven Burton). Nothing like sexualizing minors in the afternoon!
"I remember it being a really big deal and they were planning on recasting me, and I had to prove that I could be sexy."
While McCullough said she gets that sex sells, you don't toss out talented actors on a whim. For more of what the budding director had to say—including her own plans for Ainsworth's future—pick up this week's Soap Opera Digest.