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Finola Hughes Picks Her Craziest Storyline on GENERAL HOSPITAL


In its six decades on the air, GENERAL HOSPITAL has proven its enduring popularity with viewers, becoming a television institution. And having appeared on the soap on and off since her 1985 debut, Finola Hughes (Anna) believes she knows exactly why.

“I really think it’s because we come into your homes five days a week,” the actress explained during an appearance on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. “So there’s a real camaraderie between the cast and people that watch. And then I also feel like we deal with social issues, and yet we also have a lot of fantasy. So you can kind of pick what you love about the show.

“And now, in particular, talking about fantasy things, we’re dealing with the Ice Princess, which is a real callback to the ‘80s,” Hughes continued. “And yet, at the same time, we just did a big Alzheimer’s story which we won Emmys for. And we obviously dealt with HIV/AIDS, which is why we have the Nurses Ball, which is back for the first time in three years.”

Of course, among the powerful social issue storylines and the romantic fantasy and adventure, there have also been some wild, out-there tales told over the years. And when GMA host Robin Roberts asked Hughes what was her craziest storyline on GH, she didn’t even hesitate!

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Fans who watched this storyline unfold will never forget it, either!ABC

“Okay, so one day I was given a script and they said, ‘Okay, so what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna bring an alien into your garage…’” she recalled. ‘And I said, ‘What, an alien? What do you mean?’ He goes, ‘Oh, from outer space.’ Like, an actual alien.

“He lived in my garage and had a lot of questions about life on planet Earth,” Hughes added. “He was an extraordinarily handsome alien. But I think it was… yeah. That was… I literally took the script and put it on the coffee table and I was like, ‘I don’t know what to do with that.’ I mean, how do I suspend disbelief?”

But as GH fans who remember the infamous Casey the Alien storyline know, Hughes made those scenes work just as she has every single other one she has played on the soap over the decades. And we look forward to seeing her on our screens for many more years to come!

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