ABC’s “General Hospital” is adding “All My Children” alum Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) to its all-star cast, it was announced yesterday by executive producer Frank Valentini, following an ongoing Twitter conversation with head writer Ron Carlivati, in response to Valentini’s promise of a major casting announcement. “Hey @RebeccaBudig wanna join the cast of GH in a new Killer Role??” tweeted Valentini, after saying “okay okay” to head writer Ron Carlivati.
In response, Budig said, “What???!!! Only if Billy Miller will do my hair. Like Elizabeth Taylor’s. Wait. He’s not on twitter. YES!” Shortly thereafter, Valentini tweeted, “Please join me and
@carlivatiron in welcoming @RebeccaBudig to the cast of @GeneralHospital!! It’s going to be a blast # GH.” Budig played opposite Miller during his time on “AMC” as Richie Novak from 2007 to 2008.
While it’s unclear as to which character she will be portraying when she hits the set of the daytime drama series later this month, for an expected first air date in late March, Carlivati in conversation with Valentini previously stated, “this character is a real spitfire. Do you think she can handle it?”
“I can’t wait to be a part of
#GH and to work with a group of very talented people!! #excited,” tweeted Budig after news of her joining became official. “Here’s what I know. #GH fans are amazing!! Wish I could reply to all of you but I have a baby to feed! Thank you for a warm welcome!” she added.
It’s unclear at this time how her role on “GH” may affect her hosting duties on “The Better Show,” which she co-hosts with JD Roberto.