Ins & Outs

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When Wil­liam deVry’s con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions with GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL hit a stale­mate, Ju­lian was sent to prison. But the ac­tor, who has been off work since June 30, has finally ham­mered out a new deal with the show, and Soaps In Depth has all the de­tails!

The In Depth Story: The fan fa­vorite filmed what very well could have been Ju­lian’s exit scenes be­fore GH’s sum­mer hia­tus. But de­spite his on­go­ing con­tract rene­go­ti­a­tions, deVry al­ways knew he and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Frank Valen­tini would come to an agree­ment. “I kept my dress­ing room all set up, wait­ing for me,” he winks. “I left it there for a while, be­cause I had that much con­fi­dence in Frank. I be­lieved all along that we both wanted Ju­lian back.”

Now that they’ve reached an agree­ment, re­port­edly for three more years, deVry is ex­pected to re­turn to the set in early Oc­to­ber. “Orig­i­nally, we talked about Septem­ber, but based on my work sched­ule, it got

pushed,” ex­plains the ac­tor, who will be busy shoot­ing his wine com­pe­ti­tion se­ries, BEST BOT­TLE, this month and is also up for a few prime­time guest spots. This will likely keep Ju­lian off the can­vas un­til Novem­ber or De­cem­ber, but the ac­tor quips, “With two Ja­sons, there’s go­ing to be a lot of story to tell on GH.”

While view­ers are sure to be en­ter­tained by that drama, deVry can’t wait to dive back into Ju­lian’s story — and out­spo­ken fans who took to so­cial me­dia dur­ing his ne­go­ti­a­tions clearly felt the same. “I saw an out­pour­ing of sup­port from fans like I’ve never seen be­fore,” he mar­vels. “It was very un­ex­pected. And it

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felt like they were just mad­der by the day. That wasn’t any kind of lever­age, though. That wasn’t the is­sue. I wanted what I was ask­ing for. You have to know your value.”

To that end, he re­minds fans, this was never per­sonal. “Frank doesn’t have an easy job,” he sighs. “I know fans were frus­trated by my sit­u­a­tion. I want to say thank you for sup­port­ing the show, Julexis and Nancy [Lee Grahn, Alexis] and my­self. We ap­pre­ci­ate it. Frank ap­pre­ci­ates it. Hope­fully, we can move on

“I be­lieved all along that we

both wanted Ju­lian back.”

from this, and it’ll be like it never hap­pened. I’ve loved th­ese last four years on GH. I like my bosses, the char­ac­ter, my co-stars and my co-star Nancy. This is a great team — which is why I wanted to be a part of the so­lu­tion.”

Now, GH just has to fig­ure out what to do with Ju­lian! “Peo­ple get out of jail all the time,” Valen­tini teases. “So it’s: A) Will he get out of jail? B) If he does, why and how? and C) How does that af­fect Alexis, Julexis, Mulexis? Any­thing can hap­pen — and that’s what’s fun!” (Turn the page for more Ins & Outs!)

Dur­ing his time away from GH, deVry has been au­di­tion­ing. “I’ve got some stuff that could po­ten­tially take hold,” he shares.

Ju­lian’s sac­ri­fic­ing him­self to save his fam­ily was “self­less,” says deVry. “It was true love.”

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