If you tuned into recent episodes of “General Hospital” and were shocked to see Scarlett Fernandez back in the role of Charlotte Cassadine, don’t worry, your mind wasn’t playing tricks on you, and it won’t be a one-time occurrence.
Soap Opera Network can confirm that Fernandez is officially back in the role for the first time since exiting the series in December 2021, when the soap opera replaced her with newcomer Amelia McLain.
In a post on Instagram following news of her being replaced by another actress in the role at the time, Fernandez said, “I’m super grateful for the opportunity that @fvalentinigh and @markteschner gave me in 2016. Playing Charlotte Cassadine was my favorite and I’m sad it’s come to an end. I will miss my castmates and the crew and I know the fans will support the new actor playing Charlotte. Thank you for all the support!” Meanwhile, AnaSofia Bianchi took over the role of Charlotte earlier this year, but the actress appeared for just one episode.
In the story, Charlotte and Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) visit Lulu (last played by Emme Rylan) at the rehabilitation facility where she’s been placed while remaining in a coma. During thier visit, Charlotte shared updates on what’s happening in Port Charles with her mother, hoping to inspire Lulu to wake up.
Reportedly, plans are underway to resurrect the Lulu character at some point later this year, although the ongoing Writers Strike might delay or even escalate those matters.
Fernandez has not officially commented on her “General Hospital” return. Still, she did share an Instagram story today highlighting that she and her friends are in the last days of summer, which she pointed out by using the song “Cruel Summer” by Taylor Swift off of the “Lover” album.
Fun Fact: Fernandez appeared as a young Kiri (played as a teenager and older by Sigourney Weaver) in “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which grossed over $2.248 billion at the worldwide box office during its theatrical run.