What’s Next For Ju­lian?

Although GH’s Ju­lian is cur­rently lan­guish­ing away be­hind bars, view­ers are dy­ing to know when the char­ac­ter — and por­trayer Wil­liam deVry — will re­turn!

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The In Depth Story: You’d prob­a­bly be hard-pressed to find a sin­gle GH fan who thinks that Ju­lian is go­ing to serve 15 years in prison. The ques­tion is, what will hap­pen once he’s back in Port Charles? While a whole lot of peo­ple want to see Ju­lian re­unite with Alexis, there are those who still have is­sues with him hav­ing held a knife to his then-wife’s throat. “I’m try­ing to play that he was pro­tect­ing his fam­ily,” says deVry. “His whole fam­ily would have died, and he had to sell some­thing… and what he had to sell was not very pretty!”

One thing the ac­tor doesn’t buy: that Ju­lian has been writ­ten into a cor­ner. “I don’t be­lieve in cor­ners,” he scoffs. “Good sto­ry­telling can get you out of any cor­ner!”

In­ter­est­ingly, while some view­ers (and a few char­ac­ters) have put Ju­lian on blast, deVry be­lieves that’s had an un­ex­pected side ef­fect. “Iron­i­cally,” he says, “that’s built some sup­port! I don’t think Ju­lian sees him­self as a vic­tim. He did what he had to do, and he’s pre­pared to pay the price. He doesn’t want to pay that price. He doesn’t want to lose his fam­ily. But he did what he did to save them, and he’s okay with that!”

Can Ju­lian over­come the naysay­ers — in­clud­ing his ex — and win Alexis back? Only the writ­ers know for sure, but deVry is up for the chal­lenge. “I’ve en­joyed how hard it’s been for the char­ac­ter to re­deem him­self in her eyes,” he says. “And in a lot of ways, it’s also dif­fi­cult for the writ­ers!”

And ex­actly what do those writ­ers have in store once deVry is back on the can­vas? “There will def­i­nitely be com­pli­ca­tions ahead for Ju­lian and Alexis,” teases co-head­writer Shelly Altman. “But whether it will be as a cou­ple or as sep­a­rate peo­ple is yet to be seen!”

“It’s quite ridicu­lous to say that” Ju­lian’s been writ­ten into a cor­ner, muses his por­trayer. “That’s a cop-out.”

“Just be glad your crazy Aunt Liv didn’t come af­ter you, too.”

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