Ins & Outs
Fans were shocked by the news that Robert Palmer Watkins had been taken off contract as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Dillon. But there is some good news on the horizon: The actor will be sticking around for a while!
The In Depth Story: Watkins initially learned that he’d been dropped from his GH contract while off filming the lead role in the indie thriller Last Three Days. But with his current cycle good through late October, he returned to work shortly after Labor Day. “Somebody’s back on set today,” he cheered in a video message posted earlier this month. “Still at GH through end of October. Then we shall see what happens.” The actor told the Twitterverse that he had “no idea” whether he’d get to recur on GH after that, adding, “Nothing is confirmed. I don’t know what’s happening, but thanks for the support.”
With his Port Charles future up in the air, Watkins hopes his GH run isn’t over. “I loved where Killon was going,” he said of his character’s romance with Kiki. “I was excited, and the fans are responding to it. Plus, Dillon’s a Quartermaine! There’s
so much to play there.”
Worst case scenario, Watkins wraps at GH when his contract ends. If that happens, he admits, “I’m going to miss the people and the friends I’ve made here. I really started to feel like this was family. Plus, working in daytime, you’re basically in an actor’s boot camp every day. I’m going to miss that energy… but I’ll go find it somewhere else!”
Whatever’s to come, the ongoing fan support has helped keep Watkins feeling positive about his prospects. “Whenever you’re let go from any type of job, you start to question yourself,” he admits. “But seeing how much fans loved me as Dillon and the way they’re fighting for me makes me feel like I’m going to be okay either way. So I’m just trying to stay busy and focused.
“This business is tough,” he adds. “Sometimes it’s unpredictable… but I’m not stopping now.”
“I still don’t know,” says Watkins, about what will happen when his deal expires.