"It's always about
the clothes. Anna is more masculine and Alex tended to be more feminine.
I put my hair in a ponytail. That seemed to work as well."
-Finola on how she made Alex and Anna physically different. (SID
GH's Anna is used to a rough-and-tumble life. But now that she's
back in Port Charles, has her style changed? "I hope that
she's got a bit more womanly in a way," admits Finola
Hughes. "She's always worn great suits made by Chloe and
Dolce & Gabbana. She recently wore a suit that had a Stella
McCartney cut. Maybe we'll see a little bit more of a sexy Anna.
Clothes Call: All this week on the Style
Network's How Do I Look? B&B's Susan Flannery (Stephanie)
joins host and real-life pal Finola Hughes to surprise a B&B
co-worker with a makeover. (SOD 8/8/06)
Anna's Dangerous New Role!
Finola Hughes is back by popular demand! On Friday, June 30, she
pops back into town just as Robert is really messing up any
progress he's made in his relationship with Robin. But don't
expect Anna to be concentrating solely on her personal life.
She'll be up to her neck in danger while on her new assignment.
Hughes likes the Diana (white freesia and lily of the
valley) candle by Reve de Vivre. "Since I wear lily of the
valley perfume, I love this candle. It makes me feel like I
stepped into a Monet painting. (SOD 7/25/06)
A Return for
Finola! It's official! GH's Finola Hughes will again be
returning to Port Charles later this summer! The In Depth
Story: Although Hughes' May ratings sweeps return was only for a
few days, she left a lasting mark on both fans and bigwigs on
"the fifth floor." Just a few days before the
announcement was made, GH's headwriter, Robert Guza Jr., told In
Depth, "I was a script writer at the time when Robert and
Anna were having all of their adventures, and I just loved it. I
couldn't wait to get her back. It just thrilled me when I
realized I had her. And yes, absolutely, our best efforts are
being made to get her back again."
According to a GH rep, Hughes will start at the end of June and
appear throughout the summer. "I dearly would love to have
Finola back," Guza says. "She left a major impression
when she was here. She's such a huge part of this canvas,
particularly now that we have Robert and Robin on. I will do
anything in my power to get her back." (SID 6/20/06)
hinted last issue, Finola Hughes is indeed returning to GH. Anna
will reappear later this month and stay in Port Charles through
the summer. "She loves working with Tristan Rogers,
Kimberly McCullough and the whole cast," shares Hughes'
manager. "She thinks Bob Guza's writing is phenomenal. Most
importantly, it's been furn for her. She'll be doing two shows
(GH and How Do I Look?) for three months. She was gratified by
the overwhelming response from the fans, and how positive they
have been about her return. (SOW 6/13/06)
Hughes agreed to return to GH as roundhouse-kicking spy Anna
Devane without any info about her storyline. "They didn't
tell me anything," she confirms. "Jill [Farren Phelps,
executive producer] just said, 'You won't be a villain and you
won't have to take your clothes off.' I thought that was really
funny. I guess she has to say that to certain actresses- but I
laughed." (SOW 6/6/06)
Did Finola Get
Her Fill of GH? Now that Finola Hughes has wrapped up her
brief return engagement on GH, fans and industry insiders alike
are wondering if the British beauty will come back again. If
Tristan Rogers (Robert) and Emma Samms (Holly) were able to make
their reprisals turn into longer gigs, why can't Hughes?
"[Headwriter] Bob Guza did a ridiculously outstanding
job," praises Hughes of her reunion with her fellow 80s
fanvorites. "I've had a great time." But is the
hostess of How Do I Look? open to more shows beyond this limited
return? "Of course!" Hughes says with a smile. Might a
reunion between Duke and Anna be next on GH's wish list? (SOD 6/6/06)
In Talks: GH
wants Finola Hughes back. According to inside sources, the show
is in talks with the popular vet to return as Anna Devane.
Hughes dropped in (literally) for a handful of episodes starting
May 12; she last aired May 19. GH went up in the ratings the
week of May 8 , but the show approached Hughes about returning
before those Nielsen figures came in. Reps for both Hughes and
GH had no comment at press time. (SOW 6/6/06)
Charmed By Guest Gig: The bewitching sisters travel
through time in the May 21 series finale of Charmed, and one of
their stops includes a meeting with their mom- played by Finola
Hughes. "I come back with Grams, so that's sweet,"
raves Hughes. "It's a lovely end episode. Everything is
sorted out. It's a rounding-out of everything, because there is
time-travel. It's really clever."
Hughes was delighted to reprise Patty Halliwell, a role she last
essayed in 2004. "I have a great costume," she
enthuses. "It's all vintage '70s. You know how I am about
clothes." The story covers about 80 years in the lives of
the Charmed Ones, looking back at their past and peering into
their future. There will also be a wedding- and a death.
(excerpt from SOW 5/23/06)
On the Way IN Finola
Hughes makes her grand return as GH's Anna on Friday, May 12. In
addition to her GH reprisal, she will also appear as the mother
to the CHARMED witches on the series' Sunday, May 23, season
finale, airing at 8 p.m. EST on The WB. (SID 5/23/06)
Hughes That Girl?
It'll be a Happy Mother's Day indeed for Robin this May on GH-
Finola Hughes is back playing her mom, Anna. "We've been
talking on the phone a lot," relates Hughes, referring to
Kimberly McCullough, who plays Robin. "I adore her. She's
an amazing young lady."
Anna will be seen first when she "drops in" on Robert
and Luke while they are both running from the law i the Maarkam
Islands. "It's going to be hard for me to keep a straight
face when I see Tristan [Rogers, Robert]," warns Hughes,
who hadn't taped the scenes at press time. "We laugh a lot.
He's very funny."
Working with McCullough and Rogers again wasn't the only draw.
"When Jill (Farren Phelps, executive director) called and
said Bob Guza wants to write for me," smiles the actress,
"I was like, 'Well, if Bob Guza wants to write for me, then
let me get the ink for his pen.'" Don't miss Hughes' first
airdate: May 12! (SOW 5/2/06)
As previously reported, Finola Hughes is returning to General
Hospital for May Sweeps. "I asked Jill (Farren Phelps,
executive producer) if I could be the one to tell Kimberly
(McCullough, Robin)," says Hughes. "She screamed. It
was great fun."
"It's going to be great working with Finola again,"
enthuses Emma Samms (Holly), who returns May 1. "I remember
Anna having that big scar on her face the last time we worked
together (in '85)." "We're in for a lot of
changes!" adds Tristan Rogers (Robert), who's back April
17. (SOW 4/25/06)
Back on Hospital Scoop! After months of speculation, TVGuide.com has
confirmation from an extremely reliable source that Finola
Hughes is returning to General Hospital for at least a week or
two in May sweeps. See? I told you all not
to give up.
Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms reprised their classic roles as
Robert Scorpio and Holly Sutton Scorpio in February, GH fans
have been asking about Robert's other wife, Anna Devane Scorpio.
Nice to finally know that all Luke's old pals will be reuniting
in May! Since it's all being kept fairly hush hush, the ABC
soap's rep had no comment. (TV Guide Online, 4/5/06) E! News
also apparent announced Finola's returning, showing a clip of
the famous Valentine scene between Robert and Anna from 1991.
Returns! Hooray! GH confirms Finola Hughes is reprising the
role of Anna Devane Scorpio. Hughes returns the week of May 8,
joining Tristan Rogers (Robert) and Emma Samms (Holly). Her
former co-star Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH; now Greg, AMC) had a
feeling his pal would eventually return. "Finola was just
in town and there is a very good chance she may go back,"
he offered when he spoke to Weekly on March 28. Hughes played
the hugely popular character from 1985-92. She was last seen on
AMC (as Anna and her twin sister, Alex) from 1999-2003. (SOW
Returns to GH: Emmy-winner Finola Hughes becomes the
latest GH star to return to the ranks when, according to a show
spokesperson, she "literally drops in on Luke, Robert and
Holly during May sweeps." The gig is short-term, but is
left open-ended. Hughes originally joined the case in 1985 and
played the role of the wily double agent until 1991, briefly
reprising in 1995. In 1999, she went to AMC, where for four
years she played Anna and/or her twin, Alex.
"Her first visit will be a short one, but we'll see what
lies ahead," says GH Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps.
"This is an extraordinary and nostalgic time for the show.
We're absolutely thrilled."
Echoing those sentiments is Kimberly McCullough, who played
Hughes's on-screen daughter, Robin. "She actually called me
to tell me the news herself," smiles McCullough.
"Otherwise, I'm sure I would have heard from somebody else.
I'm so happy!"
McCullough also made the trip to Pine Valley in 2001, where
Robin was reunited with the mother who was presumed dead in a
boat explosion in 1992. "That was the last time I worked
with her, so it hasn't been that long," says McCullough.
"But I'm really interested to see how the dynamic is going
to be between her and I and Tristan [Rogers, Robert] because I
haven't worked with them together in about 10 years. That will
be really cool."
McCullough is fond of her on-screen parents, noting,
"Finola and I have always kept in touch. She literally was
my second mother. We're very close. Tristan and I haven't really
kept in touch, but it's so interesting to go from working as a
child with somebody and then working with them as an
As for what mission Anna is on this time, McCullough can only
speculate. "I wonder if they're bringing Finola back to
help reconcile Robert and Robin," she ponders. "And,
if that's the case, I'm not sure who's she's going to side
with." (SOD 4/25/06)
Actors We Want
Back Now! Back in 1985, Finola Hughes debuted as secret
agent-turned cop Anna Devane, one of GH's most popular heroines.
In 1999, the actress popped up on AMC as Anna's twin sister, Dr.
Alex Devane, and later delighted fans by reprising the Anna
character as well. Hughes excelled at playing the strong woman
whose quick wit, intelligence, and fearlessness helped them
achieve their goals. Also known for her keen fashion sense, the
actress now plays host to the Style Network's How Do I Look?,
sells her own line of jewelry on QVC and has written the
hilarious tome Soap Suds: a Novel. Having logged three years
away from the daytime spotlight, might the working mother of two
consider returning? "You know, I love acting. Where there's
entertainment to be had, I'm all for that. Really, I love
telling stories. THat's what soap operas are so amazing for and
why it was so much fun to write the book." Interestingly,
Hughes has been keeping track of her on-screen daughter's
return. "I've actually been watching GH. I love Kimberly
[McCullough, Robin] and that young gentleman [Jason Thompson,
Patrick] that she's playing opposite." With Anna's husband
Robert now back, too, this is one family reunion that's past
due! (SID 4/25/06)
Finola Hughes on
GH Return: Rumors continue to swirl that General
Hospital wants Finola Hughes back as Anna. What does the actress
have to say about that? "We'll see," hedges Hughes,
who last appeared on GH in 1995 in a vision to Robin. (She
played Alex and then Anna on All My Children from 1999-2003.)
"I would simply love to work with Kimberly [McCullough,
Robin]. I always love working with her. She's a fabulous
actress, and we always have an amazing time together."
Hughes had no comment on whether she and the show are in talks.
According to some insiders, ABC hasn't even approached her,
while other sources maintain that the network did
approach her but Hughes rejected the offer because it was too
low. GH had no comment. (SOW 3/28/06)
The Big Secret:
Rumors persist that GH is wooing Finola Hughes to reprise the
role of Anna Devane Scorpio. "I can't say too much about
it," responded a cautious Kimberly McCullough (Robin) after
the Emmy nominations on The View Feb. 8. McCullough admitted she
has been in contact with Hughes, and they have discussed all the
recent returns, including Tristan Rogers (Robert) and Emma Samms
(Holly). "I think if the timing was right she would [come
back]," McCullough added. "I begged her. I was like,
'Please! I want to play with you! Come back!' But we'll
Insiders say Hughes would come back... if the price was right.
But is ABC willing to fork over the big bucks? "At the
present time, we have no plans to bring her back," insists
a GH rep. (SOW 2/28/06)
Will Anna be Next to Return to
Town? With Robert back in Port Charles and his ex-wife Holly,
soon to follow, is it only a matter of time before Paris
resident Anna Devane says bonjour to Port Charles as well?
Depth Story: Given the return of two former favorites, is
it too much for fans to ask that a third join the parade?
Speculation is running rampant that the other Mrs. Scorpio,
Finola Hughes (ex-Anna), might soon be jetting to town-
especially in light of recent remarks made by the soap's top
scribes, Robert Guza Jr. and Charles Pratt Jr. They said viewers
should expect to see "old friends return... and maybe some
old loves, too."
asked by SID if a Scorpio/Anna reunion was in the works, Hughes
responded with a demure, "I'm not really at liberty to
say." However, she did share that she regularly is in
touch with TV daughter Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and has been
checking in on the show on a semiregular basis. (Research,
perhaps?) "I've actually been watching GH,"
Hughes divulges. "I love Kimberly and that young gentleman
[Jason Thompson, Patrick] that she's playing opposite. I think
he's excellent, and I told her that. He's a good match for
fans can catch her on the newest season of The Style Network's
How Do I Look?, which debuted on January 16. "The show's
going very well," she enthuses. A spokesperson for GH
insists that Hughes is not returning to the soap. (SID
got really ripped off in my opinion, because how many dead baby
stories do you have in one career lifetime, and she was phenomenal.
I thought for sure that she would be nominated. The only thing I can
figure is that because she left the show, people thought, 'Oh, well,
she's gone.' But I just think she did such beautiful, beautiful
work, so I was truly surprised that her name wasn't on the
list." -Eva La Rue on what was the biggest surprise in the Emmy
nominations (SOD 3/23/2006)
& Anna Scorpio Reunite! Kimberly McCullough had an
impromptu soap-family reunion during a recent ABC Daytime
promotional photo shoot in New York City. As a stylist worked on
her hair, Ian Buchanan (Greg, AMC, ex-Duke, GH)- who was also at
the shoot- made his way over to say hello to his former
on-screen stepdaughter. The two embraced and caught up before
Buchanan was called away for his time in front of the camera.
Later in the day, Buchanan shared his plans for the coming
weekend with Soaps In Depth. "Finola's in town," he
said, referring to his and McCullough's former GH castmate
Finola Hughes (ex-Anna). McCullough was in for a surprise,
though, when Hughes showed up at the photo session to say hello
at the end of the day! The young woman, who had just finished
telling In Depth about being back on the GH set- "I kind of
fit right in. I knew what I was supposed to do," she says-
squealed and ran over to hung her GH mom as a beaming Buchanan
looked on. (SID 11/22/05)
R. Coleridge's TV Guide Online interview with Finola, July 2005-
Sassy soap veteran Finola Hughes bid farewell to daytime drama back in
2003. Life's less complicated for her now that she merely hosts Style
Network's How Do I Look? instead of doubling as Pine Valley physician
Alex Devane Merrick and her identical twin sister, ex-Port Charles
police chief Anna Devane Scorpio Lavery Scorpio Hayward. (Try saying
that three times fast!) Ms. Hughes hasn't scrubbed off those bubbles
entirely, however. She and author Digby Diehl recently cowrote Soapsuds,
a hilariously clever novel inspired by her years behind the scenes in
the glamorous and often absurd world of TV sudsers. TVGuide.com rang her
up during her vacation in Mexico to dish the minor dust-up her work of
"fiction" is causing amongst industry insiders.
So you're busy
sipping margaritas South of the Border while your former soap colleagues
fret over the book stateside?
[Laughs] My husband and I are more beer people, actually. It's safer
while we're surfing.
In Soapsuds, the
diva star of your fictional soap, "Live for Tomorrow," forces
her costars to change clothes if she feels their fashions upstage hers.
Have you really worked with anyone like that?
Uh-huh! Sure. You sometimes come up against those personalities. That's
the job! I think it's really funny. I exaggerated the s--- out of that
in the book.
character, Regina Contini, sounds awfully like your former AMC costar
Susan Lucci in some ways. The names are similar, she's been the
centerpiece of her soap for decades, she hawks cosmetics on a cable
We needed that kind of a diva in order to have conflict in the book. The
characters are just composites of people that I've met over the years.
There lots of women — and men! — on soaps who are similar to Regina.
It's really not based on one person.
tell me if any Soapsuds characters were based on real people, since you
probably want to leave the door open to work in daytime again.
Oh, I think I closed that door when I passed 40! [Laughs] I'll address
this in the sequel to the book, but there are far fewer actresses over
40 than there are actors [of a certain age] on soaps.
So you've no
desire to ever come back to soaps?
I really haven't set out to close to door on returning to daytime, but I
am really enjoying working for Style Network. I have to say, it's been
really nice not to cry for a couple of years! I did a lot of crying,
especially in my final year on All My Children. So it's been nice not to
dredge up [unpleasant emotions] and just have fun every day. It's also
quite nice to take the attention off of myself and help make somebody
else's life better on How Do I Look? That's kind of a relief at this
point in my life.
received complaints from anyone who thought you were writing about them
[Chuckles] I've had one call, yeah. I can't say who! It was an actress
who referred to what she thought was a description of herself in the
book. It was funny. She just called me a "brat." I told her I
wasn't even sure that it was her... But this lady totally got it. She
laughed and took it the way you're supposed to; it's all meant to be
taken in fun. I poked as much fun at myself as I possibly could, too.
"The Tooth Fairy has previously
lived only in the hearts and minds of children, but thanks to her
new, critical role of educating adults on fluoride, she now has
additional responsibilities," said Finola Hughes.
"Therefore, it was important to transform the Tooth Fairy into
a modern day superhero equipped with all the tools to help adults
achieve a full lifetime of healthy teeth." Click here
to read more on Finola's makeover of the Tooth Fairy.