Ge­nie Fran­cis has en­joyed a much warmer re­turn to Port Charles than Laura!

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After spend­ing the be­gin­ning of this year re­dec­o­rat­ing her new Los An­ge­les home, paint­ing, knit­ting, trav­el­ing and hang­ing out with friends in Cal­i­for­nia and Maine, GH leg­end Ge­nie Fran­cis isn’t just back to work as Laura — she’s al­ready hip-deep in front­burner story! Here, the soap icon, who was signed to GH as a teenager and went on to be­come a house­hold name, opens up about re­turn­ing to the fold.

Laura’s Ex­pand­ing World

When Fran­cis re­turned to the GH stu­dio this Septem­ber, she had no trou­ble set­tling back into the show that’s been part of her life, on and off, since 1977. “I feel like I’m in the groove, and it hap­pened quicker than I thought,” she mar­vels. “It’s funny. That place re­ally doesn’t change. The big­gest change for me is that Laura has her own apart­ment — and it is beau­ti­ful!”

That fancy apart­ment also comes with juicy story… and a

se­rial killer! “It’s start­ing to get re­ally in­ter­est­ing,” Fran­cis teases of the Kevin/Ryan swap (which, you’ve prob­a­bly no­ticed, she dis­cusses at lengths on page 24). “I can’t wait to open up my scripts and see what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

While Ryan’s new reign of ter­ror prom­ises to be shock­ing, Fran­cis is also thrilled to find Laura cross­ing into more sto­ry­lines than dur­ing her last run. “I was in this lit­tle pocket of be­ing there to be Lulu’s lis­tener,” she re­minds. “And as much as I love Emme Ry­lan, just get­ting that one thing to do got bor­ing! So I’m hav­ing more fun, be­cause I’m get­ting to do some stuff that I haven’t be­fore.

“I feel like I mat­ter and I’m def­i­nitely back on the show in a real way, not a tem­po­rary way,” she adds. “It’s a good feel­ing.”

Seems Like Old Times

With Laura find­ing her foot­ing once again in Port Charles, Fran­cis has al­ready flirted with Jon Lind­strom’s Ryan, bat­tled with James Pa­trick Stu­art’s Valentin and crossed paths with some of her fa­vorite old friends. “I’ve en­joyed get­ting to work with Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Kristina Wag­ner (Fe­li­cia), Laura Wright (Carly), Becky Herbst (El­iz­a­beth),” she says. “They’re mov­ing me around to all the peo­ple Laura knows — which is great. She lived there all her life, so she’s got deep, long ties.

“These are friend­ships that have been build­ing on the show for years and years,” she goes on, “so it’s good to see them some­times!”

Ge­nie’s Mes­sage To You

While the ac­tress is ex­cited about Laura’s fu­ture in Port Charles, she’s also fu­eled by the love she re­ceived while she was away from GH. “I’m very grate­ful to the fans for fight­ing for me the way they did,” she shares. “It was over­whelm­ing, and I was shocked, de­lighted and moved by it.

“So,” she con­cludes, “I will do my very best to turn in good work for them!”

“I’m get­ting somemeaty scenes to play,” says a thrilled Fran­cis.

“I like that I’m get­ting to work with dif­fer­ent peo­ple,” says the Emmy win­ner, here with Re­becca Herbst (El­iz­a­beth).

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