Ins & Outs
With Hayley Erin busy shooting Freeform’s PRETTY LITTLE LIARS spin-off, GENERAL HOSPITAL has had to bid her adieu — and boy, did they make Kiki’s exit count!
The In Depth Story: There was much speculation about how Erin would balance her new role on THE PERFECTIONISTS with her duties at GH… and Kiki’s untimely demise answered that question while setting off some big story! (For more, turn to News, page 2.)
When Erin first landed the primetime role, the soap hoped to find a way to share her with Disney/ABC Television Group sister network Freeform. While that didn’t work out, there are clearly no hard feelings. “We love Hayley,” shares executive producer Frank Valentini. “She was a big part of the GH family, and she will be missed.
We wish her all the best on her next adventure.”
Erin, who also played THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Abby from 2008-’10, replaced Kristen Alderson as Kiki in 2015. “The time has gone so quickly,” Erin marveled when Soaps In Depth chatted with her in the early fall. “I don’t know where the last few years went! But I think people have warmed up to me now. At first, it was hard, because you want fans to like you… but Kiki wasn’t exactly doing things for anyone to be a fan of! I paid my dues.”
This year, Erin was rewarded with Kiki’s #GHToo tale, which ranked as an all-time favorite storyline for the actress. “It’s been the most important, for sure,” she said. “People really connected with the story, and it’s resonated. I’ve gotten a lot of tweets from people who’ve had that happen in college or [on] their first job. Daytime has always been a way for people to connect.”
On the romantic front, Erin appreciated the Morgan/Kiki/Dillon triangle. “I love the way that worked out,” she gushed. “Kiki and Morgan was a great love story, but there was so much baggage. I wouldn’t dare to call it an abusive relationship… but it definitely wasn’t a healthy one! So having this beautiful, perfectly sweet, innocent relationship with Dillon was just what Kiki needed.”
In contrast, Erin’s swan song — Kiki’s relationship
“Hayley was a big part of the GH family and will be missed.”
with Griffin — was far from innocent! “It is a quintessential soap opera love triangle, but it’s got all these funky, dirty, messed-up layers to it,” Erin said as it developed. “It’s awesome! Where else do you get, ‘I love my mom… but I love her boyfriend!’ I’ll probably never get to do this again as long as I live, and I just love Maura West (Ava) and Matt Cohen (Griffin), so I’m enjoying it.”
As for Erin’s PERFECTIONISTS character, it’s being kept a closely-guarded secret that we’ll learn once the Freeform soap premieres next year.
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Erin loved playing thecontrast in Kiki’s relationships with Morgan and Dillon.
The death of Kiki (may she rest in peace) will affect Ava and Griffin for a long, long time to come!