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Fans of “General Hospital’s” Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) have no doubt been thrilled to see the actress front and center on the canvas as of late, but the sad cat has officially been let out of the bag: She’ll soon be departing Port Charles! But just how will Anna’s (Finola Hughes) daughter be exiting the canvas? Soap Opera Network spoke with the actress to find out!

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

“Oh, it’s definitely not on good terms,” McCullough teases of her alter ego’s final days. “But at the same time, I don’t really feel that [headwriter] Ron [Carlivati] or [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] want to kill Robin Scorpio. In a way, it’s a very redundant. It’s overkill. And we just did that, so that’s not the direction that they’re probably going to take it.”

Ok, so big sigh of relief: Robin won’t be dying! And that means there’s a chance she’ll be back to the canvas in the future, which the actress says she hopes is the case. “It’s always tough to leave and come back, but at the same time, I get the best of both worlds, because I get to go off and do some of the other things that I love, but I also get to come home to my family,” she says. “I’m kind of spoiled that way.”

And what the actress loves doing when she’s not filming “GH” is directing. She’s been a part of a Disney/ABC directing program called Talent Creative Diversity for the past two years, shadowing directors and learning everything she can about the craft. “I just found out my next assignment is shadowing a director at ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ so I’ll be there in February,” she reveals. “And in May of next year, I’ll be shooting my first feature film, with Bella Thorne cast as the lead. I’m really excited!”

Though McCullough is spending a lot of her free time focusing on directing, she assures fans that she’s not giving up on acting. “I like to balance,” she says. “I feel like I’ve put a lot of time into acting, and I feel like I haven’t put as much time into making movies and directing, so it’s not that it’s my main focus, it’s just that I need to learn more in that arena.”

Funny enough though, the more time she spends directing, the less comfortable she feels in front of the camera — which is something she experienced with her latest stint in Port Charles! “I had been shadowing a bunch of directors on a bunch of different shows, and for a year and a half, I had basically been quiet and sitting in the background, so it was really different for me to step in front of the camera again and have that kind of attention,” she admits. “Because literally, for a year and a half, I’d been playing that game of the invisible woman, like, ‘Don’t notice me! I don’t want to get in the way, I don’t want to bother anyone,’ and then all of a sudden, you’re being asked to say, ‘Look at me!’ So it’s a totally different mode.”

But it’s definitely one she hopes to be in again very soon: “I never say goodbye to ‘GH,” she notes. “I just say, ‘See you later.’”

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