It’s been over a year since Dominic Zamprogna exited as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Dante, but the actor told Soaps In Depth that when production resumes, he’d love to return to Port Charles! When the actor stepped away from the show in the summer of 2018, Dante was sent off on an undercover WSB mission. After two quick-hit comebacks, the Port Charles hero asked Lulu for a divorce and left town to treat a serious case of PTSD. Now, just as Lulu’s finally moving on, the timing is perfect for Dante to return — and Zamprogna has reached out to his old boss, executive producer Frank Valentini, about doing exactly that!
“Frank knows I am ready to come home,” the actor told In Depth exclusively. “And I’d be totally open to a contract. There’s so much potential with the character and the story right now. With everything they’ve done since Dante’s been gone, there are so many options, and they’d all be fun to play.”
Zamprogna added that his plan “was never to disappear. Since last September, I started to really feel the pull back — because GH is a huge part of my life. I called Maurice Benard (Sonny) a couple of weeks ago and honestly, almost cried. I love that place, I love those people, and I love that job.”
While Zamprogna’s kept in touch with Benard, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Emme Rylan (Lulu), he’s also met the guy who plays Lulu’s new beau, Dustin! “Mark Lawson’s kids and my kids go to the same gymnastics place,” Zamprogna explained. “He came up and introduced himself, and I was like, ‘So you’re the new guy!’
“And me, Chad Duell (Michael), Mo and Steve Burton (Jason) have a group text,” he added. “Usually, we’re just making fun of each other. But yes, I’ve been keeping tabs on Port Charles!”
The actor, who returned for Sonny’s standalone 2018 episode and Dante’s rescue from Turkey last year, reminds readers there was no bad blood when he left the soap. “It was about taking chances and being my best self,” he said. “I was at GH for 10 years, and it was amazing. But I started to feel like I wasn’t in the best frame of mind. It felt like the time to do some work on me. Now, I feel like that time away was beneficial in so many ways, for me and my mind, for my family and for moving forward in my career.”
This story originally appeared in our print magazine
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