As soon as Nelle went over that cliff, fans suspected it would only be a matter of time before the schemer resurfaced in Port Charles and now Chloe Lanier is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL for another run! But is Nelle really alive?
Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Lanier will be back at GH very soon. In fact, her short-term appearance is scheduled for the week of Sept. 5! “I was looking at videos of Nelle online for days,” the actress admitted of preparing to return to Port Charles. “It has been two years since I had played this role. What were my speech patterns? How did I walk as Nelle? All of these things that were once so clicked-in for me, I had totally forgotten how to do, but hopefully, it translated and I was able to slip back into character the way I did before. I’m hoping!”
Lanier made her debut on GH in April 2015, although that was just for the special 52nd anniversary episode playing Pat Spencer in flashbacks. The talented actress returned to the soap in August 2016 as the newly-created character of Nelle Hayes, who was later revealed to be Nelle Benson, daughter of Carly’s adoptive father, Frank Benson.
After exiting the role in August 2018, Lanier made a few brief returns in October, November, and December of that year. She then returned for a slightly longer run from June 2019 until September 2020, when the character was presumed dead after falling over a cliff. During her time on GH, Lanier was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards in the Younger Actress category, and took home the trophy in 2018.
Nelle is supposed to be dead, so could this appearance be flashbacks? A dream? A ghost? Of course, even when there is a body, that doesn’t always mean someone is permanently deceased in soaps. So the villainess could have resurfaced after faking her death to take revenge against her enemies. Nina might be happy to see her daughter is still alive, but since Carly was the one who let Nelle fall into the darkness, she might be less thrilled to see her again!
Stay tuned to GH to see what kind of chaos Nelle stirs up this time around!
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