Flash­back: Robin

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son

IKim­berly McCul­lough re­flects on the har­row­ing life of one of GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL’s most in­de­struc­tible hero­ines

t’s a rare soap char­ac­ter that makes it from early child­hood to adult­hood with the same ac­tor play­ing the role. Throw in the fact that GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL’s Dr. Robin Scor­pio-Drake has also been kid­napped re­peat­edly, drugged, shot and even sub­jected to elec­troshock, and it’s a mir­a­cle that she’s even still alive!

“Robin’s my hero!” en­thuses her por­trayer, Kim­berly McCul­lough. “That girl’s been through ev­ery­thing and come out un­scathed. She’s ac­tu­ally been blown up, and she still had a baby after that. Right?”

It Takes A Vil­lage

One of the rea­sons that Robin’s such a sur­vivor is that she comes from pretty tough stock. Her par­ents, Robert Scor­pio and Anna Devane, were in­ter­na­tional su­per­spies! How­ever, the other rea­son the kind-hearted young woman made it is that she’s had no short­age of peo­ple look­ing out for her. “Robin grew up in Port Charles, so she’s con­nected to lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, McCul­lough ac­knowl­edges. “She’s a per­son that so many char­ac­ters have wanted to pro­tect and see do well.”

Los­ing Stone

Given the fact that Robin’s folks had a habit of dis­ap­pear­ing and “dy­ing,” the com­mu­nity be­gan build­ing that pro­tec­tive co­coon around her early on. “I don’t know how old I was, but I do re­mem­ber los­ing my par­ents. Robert and Anna [sup­pos­edly] died at the same time,” McCul­lough re­calls. “It was a very quick com­ing of age for me, hav­ing to hold my own as an ac­tor on a show where [Tris­tan Rogers and Fi­nola Hughes] had taught

me ev­ery­thing. It was scary.”

McCul­lough did more than hold her own in 1995, when Robin’s first love, Stone Cates, con­tracted HIV and left her pos­i­tive, too. The ac­tress says that the sto­ry­line in which a teenaged Robin showed strength as Stone faded away was the one that she con­nected with most “just be­cause HIV/AIDS was preva­lent at the time, and it was such an im­por­tant story to be told. I was so grate­ful to have the chance to tell it.”

Her Tough­est Sto­ry­line

How­ever, like ev­ery good hero­ine, Robin has also had mo­ments of self-doubt and weak­ness. One of the most tr ying to play was the af­ter­math of Emma’s birth. “I was very un­com­fort­able with the post­par­tum de­pres­sion sto­ry­line be­cause I al­ways wanted a baby my­self,” the ac­tress re­veals. “So it seemed coun­ter­in­tu­itive to have a baby on the set and not want to hold it.”

How­ever, now that she’s be­come a mother her­self, McCul­lough says she un­der­stands the bru­tal com­bi­na­tion of sleep­less nights and hor­mone hell. “I didn’t have post­par­tum,” she shares, “but I’ve def­i­nitely ex­pe­ri­enced the ex­haus­tion and feel­ing like you just want a break.”

McCul­lough has fond mem­o­ries of play­ing Robin and Pa­trick’s love story with Ja­son Thomp­son (now Billy, THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS). “Out of ev­ery­one I worked with,” she says, “we had the most nat­u­ral chem­istry.”

Even now, Stone’s mem­ory lives on in Robin’s heart.

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