With Anna currently on the run on GENERAL HOSPITAL, she’s been laying low, and some fans have wondered if portrayer Finola Hughes isn’t currently on screen because she’s on vacation. But the actress took to social media to nip that particular rumor right in the bud as soon as it was started!
“I am absolutely not on a scheduled break at all,” she declared when one Twitter user tried to report that she was. In the past, Hughes has taken some time off, usually during the summer, and her absence has been written into Anna’s storyline. However, that is not the case this year.
“Just to be clear,” Hughes added, “since COVID 2020, I have had no scheduled breaks as it is imperative to be available in case there are changes at work. I had one week off this September.”
Hughes joined the cast of GH back in April 1985 as superspy Anna Devane and after leaving in 1991, returned for a brief appearance in 1995. She brought the character over to sister soap ALL MY CHILDREN in the early ‘00s and finally resurfaced in Port Charles in 2006, making sporadic appearances until 2008. Finally, in 2011, Hughes returned to GH full-time, only disappearing during the summers when she took her annual vacation.
However, with the COVID pandemic still very much going on, the virus has caused some changes in film and television production. Actors who catch COVID can seriously impact the shooting schedules. Sometimes it can require a temporary recast, such as when Adam Huss recently stepped in for Marcus Coloma as Nikolas, but as Hughes mentioned, the taping schedule can be unexpectedly rearranged so actors need to be available to work even when they originally weren’t planning to.
Of course, the best news here is that since Hughes isn’t on vacation, viewers can look forward to the story of Anna proving that Victor framed her for Lucy’s “murder” continuing uninterrupted. So stay tuned to see all the twists and turns ahead!
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