Daytime fans were in for a genuine surprise on the Thursday, May 1st episode of General Hospital as Michelle Stafford appeared as Nina Clay, Silas Clay’s (Michael Easton) wife who just awoke from her decades long coma.
Stafford quit The Young and the Restless last year to focus on her web series, The Stafford Project, but was long-rumoured to be heading over the to ABC soap after she was photographed with her friend, Frank Valentini (who just happens to be GH’s executive producer) at last year’s Daytime Emmy Awards after party.
Daytime Confidential ran an exclusive interview with GH head writer Ron Carlivati to see how the show managed to pull off daytime’s best kept secret in years: “GH had been on hiatus for the past two weeks and Michelle doesn’t really start taping until we resume. But we realized that as soon as she did, the news would be out there long before her episodes start airing. It was actually Frank’s idea to try to slip her into an earlier show that had already been written and shot, so we could take everyone by surprise. So he snuck her into the studio recently, at the end of the day, to tape the one scene you just saw. That was inserted after the fact. We’ve been sweating it out ever since that it would stay under wraps!” Check out the full interview here.
No word yet on the details of the actress’ contract with the series.
What do you think soap fans? Was it neat that Michelle Stafford’s Phyllis slipped into a coma and then later woke up from a coma as Nina? Are you excited to see her reunite with her former Pacific Palisades co-star Finola Hughes (Anna) as well as see her square off against Maura West’s Ava and Kelly Monaco (Sam)?Photo Credit: JPI Studios