Hot on the heels of her very first Daytime Emmy Award nomination, Alley Mills has revealed that she is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Heather! Unfortunately, she has only just found out herself, so there are no details available quite yet.
During an interview with Michael Fairman discussing her Daytime Emmy nom for Outstanding Guest Performer, Mills was asked if she would ever return to GH again. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but I am coming back,” the actress teased with a smile. “I’m not sure when or how.
“I don’t know where I am,” Mills added with a laugh. “I keep thinking I’m with Anthony Hopkins drinking Mai Tais! I don’t know what the story’s going to be. He didn’t tell me this morning.”
With Heather having been arrested for multiple murders as The Hook plus all her other crimes, she should be in police custody. Of course, with a slippery character like Heather, you never know what might happen next!
The role of Heather Webber was actually originated by Georganne LaPiere back in 1976, and Mary O’Brien took over for a couple of years, but when Robin Mattson took over in 1980, she made the role her own. “Replacing a fan favorite on a soap is no joke,” Mills admitted. “Because people love Robin Mattson. Quite rightly.”
And despite Mills’ extensive career in television, this is actually her very first Daytime Emmy nomination. She confessed that there was only one other time she considered submitting herself, back when she was playing Pam on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and did a storyline with the late Betty White as her abusive mother, Ann Douglas.
“But Betty, she was submitted for that run, as best supporting actress,” Mills explained. “So I didn’t want to run against Betty. And that was, to me, the deepest work on the show. Pam was more just fun and wacko and I loved playing her. But it wasn’t really sort of Emmy acting stuff.
“Not that Heather was, either,” she added. “To me, she was just crazy, too. But I worked so hard that when it was suggested, I went, ‘Oh, okay. That would be fun.’ But no, I have never been nominated or submitted. At 73 it’s kind of a cool end-of-life thing!”
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