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Alicia Leigh Willis Says She’d “Love to Go Back” to GENERAL HOSPITAL (EXCLUSIVE)


Back in the spring of 2015, Alicia Leigh Willis reprised her fan-favorite role of Courtney Matthews on GENERAL HOSPITAL for a ghostly visit to Nikolas and Spencer, and she was absolutely thrilled to be asked back, especially because of the very special way the return came about. “There was actually some kind of thing on Facebook where fans were voting to bring a character back for a guest star or something like that,” the actress recalled to Soaps In Depth. “And they called me and they’re like, ‘Oh, they voted for you to come back.’ And I was so excited because I got to go back and it was like a family reunion.

“To see all of these people that I’d worked with for so many years,” Willis continued, “It was really nice. It was really nice getting to give everybody such big hugs. I loved playing Courtney. That was such a big part of my life for such a long time. Even my family got involved. When I ended up getting it, my whole family was super thrilled because they loved everybody that I worked with over there.”

General Hospital Nikolas Courtney Spencer
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Willis’ guest appearance wasn’t enough for many fans! (Photo Credit: Sean Smith/

And even to this day, GH fans miss Willis’ character of Courtney, and while Spencer’s mom is dead, that’s never stopped soap characters before. And the actress admitted she would be happy to come back as Courtney’s ghost again, or even another character. “Always,” Willis declared. “I would love to go back and work with them again. Yeah, if the opportunity ever came up, I would love that. It would be fun.”

In fact, Willis confided she’d recently screen tested for another daytime drama, but just missed out on the role. “Between me and one other girl and the other girl got it,” she admitted. “But she’s a friend of mine so… But yeah, I definitely have thrown my hat in the ring a couple of times. You never know how it is with the soaps. Everyone knows each other so it’s really nice when you go to the other soaps, you’re usually seeing people that you’ve worked with in the past. It’s pretty cool.”

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