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Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Robert Palmer Watkins (EXCLUSIVE)

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What Robert Palmer Watkins admired most about GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Dillon is that “he could’ve stayed in Port Charles and had an easy life with his family’s money and power, but he chose to leave and follow his dream of becoming a filmmaker.” As Watkins follows his own dreams, he’s finding that they’re actually multiplying.

Prior to leaving the soap, Watkins began making music videos. Now, he’s co-writing some tunes. “We got about six songs done. It’s definitely an R&B/pop feel,” he told Soaps In Depth. “I’m loving the creative process.” Watkins has yet to determine how he’ll release his offerings but promised that “something’s gonna happen this year.”

In the meantime, he’s got other projects keeping him busy, like working as a guest correspondent for EXTRA. “I’d gotten my feet wet co-hosting GH fan events with Laura Wright (Carly),” he said. “It’s a really fun challenge that’s allowing me to meet all kinds of cool people… I still get a little starstruck.”

Robert Palmer Watkins Extra

“I interviewed the AMERICAN IDOL judges” for EXTRA, Watkins said. “When doors in the entertainment industry open, who am I not to run through them?” (Photo Credit: ABC)

You can catch Watkins next in the TV thriller Looking For Mr. Wonderful. In it, “a woman is being stalked,” Watkins previewed. “My character gets involved because he’s both her friend and her boss.” The performer is also waiting to hear where GREEN VALLEY, the comedy for which he recently made a pilot, will land. “It’s like THE OFFICE meets WORKAHOLICS meets ENTOURAGE,” he laughed. “I play the goofy CEO of a fictional cannabis company.”

This summer, Watkins is getting serious in Cyprus, where he’s filming a war movie that, next to GH, could be the biggest break of his career. In it, he’ll play a member of a platoon that goes in search of a fallen comrade, only to find something else that provides unexpected hope. “It’s a tearjerker and an action movie,” he said. “They’re putting us through boot-camp training to make sure that we’re physically ready in the mountains and jungles.”

General Hospital Dillon Kiki

“The Nurses Balls were really cool because they put attention on our story,” Watkins reflected. “And I got to show my musical abilities!” (Photo Credit: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)

While the GH alum regrets that Dillon wasn’t brought back to mourn lost love Kiki, he’s proud of their love story and grateful to have been part of the cast. “It’s opened so many doors for me,” he reflected. “I’m in a really good place.”

For more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.

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