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A First Look at Rebecca Budig’s New Role on L.A.’S FINEST!

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Fans who miss seeing Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes on GENERAL HOSPITAL can take heart that they will soon be able to see her in a brand new series: L.A.’S FINEST! The drama series is slated to premiere this spring on Spectrum cable, and Budig is slated to appear as Carlene Hart. “I’m trying hard to stay off social media as an example to my daughter but checking in from time to time,” the actress tweeted back in November of 2018. “Loving L.A.’S FINEST. I’ll be in a few episodes. Can’t wait for you to see it next year!”

The series stars Gabrielle Union as Sydney “Syd” Burnett, the character she played in the 2003 movie Bad Boys II, and Jessica Alba as Nancy McKenna, both LAPD detectives who don’t agree on much but find common ground when taking down dangerous criminals. The cast also includes actor Ryan McPartlin, who may be best known for playing Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the NBC series CHUCK, but who soap fans will remember as Hank Bennett on the NBC soap PASSIONS. And Budig has shared some images from the L.A.’S FINEST set alongside her co-star.

Although Budig hasn’t said yet exactly what her role on the series is, she’s obviously sharing her scenes with McPartlin, and possibly playing his office co-worker, based on the Boomerang animation she shared (and taken by McPartlin) of her on set pretending to answer a call. “Answering phones,” she joked. “I do it all.”

Over on his own Instagram, McPartlin shared a cute little animation from the set where the two of them looked at each other and then at the viewer as they waited for their turn in front of the cameras. But he also hasn’t revealed any details about their roles, so we’ll just have to stay tuned.

Budig was already well known to soap fans for her roles as Michelle on GUIDING LIGHT and Greenlee on ALL MY CHILDREN when she made her GH debut as the mysterious Hayden in 2015. The character became a hit with fans, but was written out in September of 2017 leaving them waiting for her return, preferably with Finn’s baby in tow! Although Budig has told Soaps In Depth she would love to come back, and ABC executive Nathan Varni admitted Hayden’s return is “definitely a possibility,” there are currently no plans in the works. So fans will just have to keep an eye out for L.A.’S FINEST this spring. We will keep you up to date on a premiere date as well as any other projects Budig has in the works, so stay tuned!

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