GH: Do­minic Zam­progna Re­turns!

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■ Do­minic Zam­progna, who ex­ited GH as Dante in June af­ter a 9-year run, is back on Novem­ber 12 to take part in a spe­cial hour fo­cused on Mau­rice Be­nard’s Sonny (see page 6).

His come­back was set in mo­tion, he re­ports, “When I had din­ner with Frank [Valen­tini, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer] back in Au­gust, just kind of a meet­ing of the minds, to fig­ure out where we were when the dust set­tled from me leav­ing. Noth­ing needed to be smoothed out, he just wanted to let me know a cou­ple things. He said at the time that they weren’t go­ing to re­cast, they were sorry that I had left and that the door was open. He said, ‘Would you en­ter­tain com­ing back at some point?’ And I said, ‘Of course!’ Like two weeks later, he was like, ‘Hey, we’re go­ing to do this spe­cial episode, and we want you to come back.’ They sent me the out­line and I kind of dug

the idea and that was kind of it; it be­came the plan. It’s just one day and I’m ex­cited to go back.”

The ac­tor was flat­tered by GH’S in­ter­est. “I was su­per-touched that the show came to me and wanted me to be a part of this thing for Mau­rice,” he en­thuses. “It’s a spe­cial episode for him and they could just as eas­ily have said, ‘Dude’s gone, we’re go­ing to make it about Mau­rice and one of Sonny’s other kids.’ And the script is pretty cool. I think peo­ple are go­ing to like it a lot. It’s fun.”

Some of his cast­mates learned about his re­turn when Dante’s name ap­peared in the script. “I think most peo­ple didn’t know that this was hap­pen­ing,” he says. “Lisa [Lo­ci­cero, Olivia] knew, be­cause I think Frank was keep­ing her ap­prised, and Mau­rice knew; we talked about it. But Wil [de­vry, Ju­lian] texted me the other day with a pic­ture of the script. He was like, ‘What the hell?!’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be back for one day!’ He was pretty sur­prised.”

Given the brevity of his reprisal, Zam­progna says, “I hope that the fans are ex­cited and not dis­ap­pointed that it’s just one episode for now. I don’t want to mis­lead peo­ple by say­ing, ‘I’m back.’ But I’m look­ing for­ward to it, for sure.”

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