It’s been almost three years since GENERAL HOSPITAL fan favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Hayden) has been seen on TV screens, but that’s all about to change in a few months! The beloved actress is currently in Canada, filming the made-for-TV movie Fit For Christmas!
The Christmas-themed movie will be one of three original holiday films that CBS airs this coming December. Budig is working with THE TALK co-host Amanda Kloots and Hallmark Channel leading man Paul Greene on Fit For Christmas, which began filming today in Vancouver.
Kloots — who created the concept of the film over two years ago during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — shared several photos on Instagram of the Fit For Christmas cast and crew out for dinner on August 14. “Dream team right here! I’m the luckiest! After two years, we start filming tomorrow!” In reply to her co-star, Budig commented that she “can’t wait” to work on the Christmas movie!
According to Variety, Kloots headlines Fit For Christmas as Audrey, a fitness instructor at the community center in Mistletoe, Montana, a small town that is (not surprisingly!) obsessed with Christmas. During the holiday season, Kloots’ Audrey starts a romance with a charming businessman (played by Greene) who is secretly planning to buy the struggling center and turn it into a resort.
It’s not clear who Budig is playing in the film, or how her character fits into the storyline. But based on an Instagram story the GH alum shared of Greene carrying her into the restaurant because her high heels were slowing her down, it sounds like the cast bonding is off to a great start!
Fit For Christmas will mark Budig’s first television project since exiting GH back in late 2019. The actress got her daytime start playing Michelle Bauer on GUIDING LIGHT and later became one of ALL MY CHILDREN’s popular leading ladies as Greenlee Smythe. She joined the cast of GH as Hayden in March 2015 and exited for the first time when her alter ego was shot and put into a coma. Budig returned to the soap that August and remained in Port Charles for two more years before being written out again in August 2017. She reprised the role again in July 2019 but was again written out that November.
Since exiting Port Charles, Budig wrote and starred in the 2020 short film About A Girl (directed by GH’s Finn, Michael Easton). Based on Budig’s own experiences with post-partum depression, the short film has won several awards at film festivals. Although About A Girl didn’t have a wide release, Fit For Christmas is slated to air on network television this December. Be sure to check back with SoapsInDepth.com for updates on when you can see the movie on TV this holiday season!