Up with Kimberly McCullough After a
successful run on General Hospital, Kimberly McCullough Breaks Out on Her Own
"For a large majority of the
daytime audience, Kimberly McCullough's Robin Scorpio is remembered as either
the precocious tot that they admired or the girl they wanted to help Anna
mother. Or the 'Mary Sunshine' character they would have like to see take a
tumble now and then. Not that this is news to McCullough, as even she admits to
sometimes wanting to put a kink in her alter ego's halo. Since her 1999
departure from General Hospital, daytime's 'angel' has been busy acquiring a
slew of high profile gigs that not only depict the Emmy winner's talent, but a
range that remained mostly untapped during her soap days.
'Honest, God has blessed me,' says
McCullough of her life. After clocking in time on the set of ABC's Once and
Again, McCullough is making the switch to The WB, for which she's shot a pilot
titled Inspector General. 'It's about a group who work in a low-income area to
uncover the wrongs in public schools,' she explains. 'My character is Chloe, an
intern who is super-smart and has total attitude.'
Considering that the Frog Network
has become a stomping ground of sorts for up-and-coming tadpoles (Charmed and
Felicity both frolic here), McCullough believes that Inspector General's unique
appeal will give it an edgge over the teen-saturated and rather homogenized
The program's topic is also a plus
as it is one frequently bantered upon by the actress. 'I like to talk about
educational issues,' she reveals. 'Like how do people expect kids in
poverty-stricken areas to get anywhere when there is no money put into their
schools? It ends up being a vicious cycle.'
Next up for the petite beauty is a
guest stint on Party of Five as Phoebe, a girl inspired by Julia's (Neve
Campbell) bravery. 'I'm excited,' she exclaims, 'because Matthew Fox (Charlie)
is directing the episode.' Like Fox, McCullough is also looking to perform
behind the camera. 'What's appealing about directing is that it's like a math
problem- logical and linear,' reasons Mccullough, who has already arranged to
shoot a short film that she peneed this summer.
Despite her success, a broken heart
was suffered. The actress' breakup with Freddie Prinze Jr. had female fans
breathing sighs of relief, but for McCullough and Prinze, it meant saying
goodbye to a four-year love. 'It's not that Freddie and I no longer love each
other,' corrects the actress. 'Love doesn't always mean people are suppose to be
together.' What about the ill will that generally follows a Hollywood split?
'There are no bad feelings,' she assures.
Not all of her relationships have
been severed: she still hangs with GH's Sarah Brown (Carly) and Maurice Bernard
(Sonny). And there is another tie that McCullough will never break, no matter
how hard she tries: the one to Robin Scorpio. Why? Because both McCullough and
Robin are really nice... but McCullough is definately cooler and a lot
Did you Know?
Mccullough began dancing at age two.
Jazz is her favorite music to step to.
GH Rewind: Robin Scorpio's
time in Port Charles was spent learning, loving and growing.
Girl talk: Brenda Barrett
played bad girl to Robin's good. The two friends were each other's confidantes
and supporters during love and health crises.
Like Mother, Like Daughter: Anna and Robin shared dark features and a strong will that no man could deter.
After Anna's death, Robin struggled to go on.
GH's Romeo and Juliet: No one
loved Robin as much as Stone Cates. The two met the disapproval of Robin's uncle
Mac, but when Stone learned he had AIDS, everyone rallied around him.
Doing Battle with Carly: Robin committed the biggest mistake of her life when she fell in love with Jason
Morgan... because Carly Roberts wanted him!"
Carolyn: How did
Finola Hughes tell you she was coming back to
General Hospital to play your mom, Anna?
said, “Do you mind if I come visit you for a
few days?” I’m like, “Of course! You can
always come visit me.” She said, “No, I mean
on the show.” I was like, “Oh! Yes, of
course!” I’ve been begging her to come back
for a while.
Carolyn: Do you
think part of the reason she’s coming back is
because of you?
don’t know. I hope so. We love working
Carolyn: The last
time you worked together was on All My Children
when Robin found out that Anna was alive?
almost four years ago. That was a limited stint.
I only did it for two days.
Carolyn: Is GH
going to refer to that reunion?
Kimberly: I have
no idea. In my experience, GH does not refer to
probably smart. A lot of GH fans probably
didn’t see it.
Kimberly: I can
only assume that Robin is going to call her
mother to tell her that her father is alive.
They did refer to it when Robert [Tristan
Rogers] first came back. I said, “You didn’t
even tell your wife that you were alive?” So,
as far as I knew, my mother didn’t know about
my father being alive. Does that make sense?
Kimberly: I think
for Anna to come back, Robin would have called
her and told her. I don’t think they are going
to play the surprise [on-screen]. She’s
probably come back to say “Hey, you jerk!
Thanks for telling me you’re alive.”
and Anna were still married when the boat
exploded in 1992?
Carolyn: And then
she got a twin sister, Alex, moved to Pine
Valley, got involved with David and had baby
Leora, who died?
Kimberly: I have
no idea, because I don’t watch All My
Carolyn: Is Robin
pursuing Patrick in part because of the mean
things her dad said to her about her life?
Kimberly: I think
it’s more about Robin. Lately she’s been
comparing herself to her parents, who were very
adventurous and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants
sort of people. Now that they are back in her
life and she’s a doctor living a sort of
controlled life, I think she’s looking at
herself and thinking she doesn’t know how she
ended up this way. But it completely makes
sense, because she did take a chance once with
Stone, and she got HIV. It’s justified. Now,
she’s thinking of letting go a little bit.
She’s angry and disappointed in herself.
She’s confused. Everyone keeps calling her
she is boring.
don’t think so. They love her with Patrick.
Kimberly: I know.
I’m so excited about that.
call you guys “scrubs” online. Have you seen
mother tells me everything. She checks all the
message boards. I don’t read that stuff.
haven’t seen anything mean about you, except
that fans are mad that you don’t have enough
Carolyn: If your
mom saw something mean about you, would she tell
she told me they were saying that I was chubby.
Kimberly: I think
it’s funny because I’m just normal. I’m
not “actress skinny.” If that is true, then
the perception of what a woman should look like
in America is pretty off.
When you agreed to come back to GH, would your
wildest dream have been a front-burner romance
with a cute actor and Finola back?
– I’m pretty damn lucky! I wasn’t sure
about my character in the beginning because she
was turning into Amy Vining Jr. But now it’s
evolving. I’m enjoying it much more.
A New Love for Robin?
As Robin struggles with unresolved
feelings for Jason, fate throws her together with Nikolas (date?)
"When a jealous Sarah snidely
tells the Quartermaines how much time Emily is spending with Nikolas, helping
him learn to talk again, the Qs put their foot down. All seems to be going
Sarah's way- until Emily seeks advice from Robin.
'The Quartermaines tell Emily she
can't go to see Nikolas anymore, and Emily is very upset,' explains Kimberly
McCullough (Robin). 'While trying to comfort her, Robin says, "Do you think
Nikolas will work with me?" Emily says she doesn't know, but she can try.
Although Robin has only met Nikolas
once, she goes to Wyndamere to ask him if he'll work with her instead of with
Emily. While Robin is explaining to Katherine why she's come, Stefan overhears
and tells Robin that Nikolas is not in need of any outside assistance. Never one
to be intimidated, Robin tells Stefan that she'll wait for Nikolas to return
from his horseback riding to ask him herself. Upon Nikolas' return, Stefan is
surprised to see the young man's response to Robin. And while Nikolas is
reluctant at first, he agrees to give it a shot.
Meanwhile, Robin is dealing with her
unresolved feelings for Jason. Witnessing Jason's growing attachment to Michael,
she worries he will feel ultimately if he must give up the baby. Robin is also
uncomfortable with Carly and Jason's growing intimacy as they share the
responsibility of a child.
'It concerns Robin that Jason is
living with a woman who is basically a liar,' McCullough adds. 'It's a very
strange situation when your ex-boyfriend is living with someone everyone thinks
he cheated on you for.'"
Soaps"R" US: The Next Generation
(by Stephanie Sloane, SOD 11/10/92)
"Veteran" is not a term
generally ascribed to fourteen year olds, but after seven years on GH, Kimberly
McCullough is one of the show's longest running cast members.
Numerous cast and
management changes have taught Emmy-winner McCullough to roll with the punches.
"When I was little, I didn't notice as much- people kind of came and left,
and I got along with everybody. When Tristan [Rogers, Robert] and Finola
[Hughes, Anna] left, that was a big change for me because I had never really
worked without them. There are a lot of new people on now."
The departures of her
GH parents forced McCullough to alter some of her work habits. "I kind of
had to figure out a new strategy of learning my lines," she admits.
"In the scenes I did with them, we pretty much ad-libbed a lot, but the
people that I work with now don't do that, so I had to change a little
attends high school and maintains a very "normal" life, her alter ego
has been through more catastrophes than the average adult. How does the actress
rate Robin on the teenage realism scale? "In some sense she's real, but in
soap operas, how realistic can you be? I mean, she's been through so much, from
kidnappings to killings. She's pretty normal for being through all of
Casey the Alien and
the Asian Quarter are among her favorite storylines. "My favorite was with
Grant Putnam. I did a really cool scene. In fact, it was really scary- he killed
my grandmother [Filomena] right in front of me. That was pretty freaky."
McCullough points out
that there are some similarities between herself and Robin. "We have kind
of gone through stages together, trying to grow up too much, little brat stages
and stuff like that," she admits. One area where the two definately diverge
is their choice of clothes. "It's not really my style, what I wear on the
show," she says. "I do comment sometimes so I don't look like a
weirdo. It's not really my choice what I wear. Some people at school watch, and
they'll say, 'Oh, my gosh, your hair the other day or your outfit the other day
was so funny...' In real life, I wear really casual stuff."
When she has the time,
McCullough squeezes in outside projects like the film Consenting Adults.
"That was really fun," she enthuses. "Kevin Kline is the sweetest
guy. He's so real. You'd never know he's an actor- he's so cool, and so
is his wife, Phoebe Cates. We just had a great time." Although she dabbled
in theater, portraying both Young Cosette and Young Eponine in Les Miserables,
McCullough says those days are through. "I haven't done theater in a while.
I don't think I will anytime soon. It's too much hard work."
Her status as a
budding movie star notwithstanding, McCullough looks forward to her Sweet
Sixteen, dating and maybe a Guns N'Roses concert. It sounds like a pretty
straight-forward teenage wish list."
Lesson (Episodes magazine,
"Kimberly McCullough is a
rarity- a child actor who has played the same character (Robin Scorpio) for more
than seven years and figures prominently in storylines. This continuity has made
General Hospital's Robert Scorpio/Anna Devane Lavery/Robin Scorpio bond such a
special one. In a sense, all three characters have grown up together one day at
a time- without skipping all the hard parts, kind of like the way it happens in
Tristan Rogers (Robert) gives credit
for the trio's chemistry to a rich on-screen history. 'I tend to draw on that
past, even (occassions) that were never actually shown on TV but built into the
characters' biographies, such as Anna and Robert's brief marriage,' he says.
'When I play a scene with Anna or Robin, I go back to the mental filing cabinet
and pull all the history out.'
doubt they'll be plenty of fodder for Tristan to work with as Robin enters the
slippery slope of adolescence. Finola Hughes (Anna) foresaw the dramatic
possibilities in dealing with Robin as a teen-ager. 'A couple of years ago,
someone asked me what kind of story I should be doing. I said it definately
ought to be the story of me with my teen-age daughter, not being able to cope
and wanting to hang her by her hair,' Finola says. 'And Kimberly and I do scenes
like we sometimes hate each other, which is important and real.'
Finola also attributes the
characters' shared past for the trio's magic, pointing out that, 'GH has always
used the Robin character well. For example, the chinatown story, when Robin was
kidnapped, made for some moving scenes.'
It's interesting to note that while
Finola and Tristan hit the chords of on-screen parenthood accurately, they
themselves are not parents. Asked what real-life experience she draws on to play
her scenes so realistically, Finola reflects, 'I don't really draw on anything
in my life. Sometimes I'll ask Kimberly's mom, "Does this sound right to
your?" I often take cues from the way Kimberly plays a scene. Mostly,
however, I try not to soft spoon [the emotions]. People get down and dirty with
their teen-agers. It's really a rough time; I was horrible at that age.'
Tristan finds that on-screen
fatherhood has come more naturally because off-screen, too, his relationship
with Kimberly has had time to evolve. 'It certainly helped that Kim came on at
such a young age; it would have been difficult if Robin had been played by a
series of actresses. Fortunately, Gloria Monty [GH's executive producer] has
never subscribed to that thinking. When one character disappears, rarely does
Finola, as well, registers her
relief at having worked with only one actress. 'I'm fortunate that I've really
watched Kim grow up, and we've become friends. I couldn't imagine Robin being or
looking like anyone else other than who she is.'
And how does Kimberly feel about her
teen-age rebel storyline? Pretty good, as it turns out, though playin a
character who parallels one's own life can be strange. 'We're not exactly
the same age- I'm 12, and Robin's 13- but I hit some of my rebellious stuff a
little earlier than Robin did, so it's funny playing these scenes now,' she
If Tristan and Finola have only
praise for Kim, she, too, returns the compliments. She enthusiastically reports,
in a rush of giggles, that "I talk about dancing with Finola [who has
danced professionally]. Finola's like my friend. I wish she would have a baby;
so many people on the show have babies, and I always tease her and tell her she
should too. Tristan would also make a great parent because he's a good
According to Kim, it's easy to play
anger in scenes with people you care so much about. 'I love playing the fight
scenes with Finola because they're so funny,' she confides. ' But those scenes
are exact too. Because of their humor, the lines have to be said just so. It's a
change of pace to work with Tristan because we ad-lib so much.'
Tristan vouches for the benefits of
ad-libbing, acknowledging it allows for vulnerability. 'When Robin and Robert do
their heart-to-hearts, I play it as I feel it, rather than how it's written.
When we're doing that kind of scene, viewers see more Tristan than Scorpio.'
What does Tristan see in the cards
for Scorpio? 'The family has never lived together so maybe we'll explore the
three of them as a self-contained parent on a daily basis would be interesting.
I'm not sure how far the writers are going to go, but I hope they allow for more
And so, too, do we."
An Eye on GH's Kimberly McCullough (by Jessica Frances, Soap Opera Update January 15, 1990)
"Ever since I had seen
Kimberly McCullough as Robin on General Hospital, I really wanted to interview her. Each
day she brings Robin Scorpio to life. Her acting was rewarded in June 1989 when she
won an Emmy for 'Best Performance by a Juevenille Actress.' Recently, I got to spend
some time with her in between taping. I thought she was a really nice person-
someone who I'd like to get to know better.
From The Files-
Birthday: March 5th
Favorite Subjects: Recess, Lunch,
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Movies: Back to the
Future, Stand and Deliver
'When did you start acting?'
KM: 'I started acting
when I was seven months old, but was only diaper commercials. Then I really started acting
when I was six. I did things like Solid Gold, Fame, the People's Choice Awards, and
then I got the job on GH.'
'How did you get the part of Robin?'
KM: "Well, I had to
go on 12 interviews, with three screentests. I had a lot of scripts to read. Finally, it
was down to two people, and they picked me.'
the people of GH feel like family?'
KM: 'Well, yeah, because
I work with them a lot, and everybody on the show is really nice, so you could say they're
my show business family.'
you do anything on stage?'
KM: 'I did a play,
"Les Miserables." I played Cosette. I did that for about six months, which
was really fun. I hope to do more things on stage.'
you always want to be an actress?'
KM: 'Yes, except I
won't be an actress while I'm in college. I won't have time. When I get out of
college I know I want to be an actress.'
would you like Robin to do?'
KM: 'I want Robin
to dance more. I'd like to dance with Finola Hughes (her on-screen mother Anna).'
I asked Kimberly to
comment on some of her GH castmates, and here's what she had to say:
Finola Hughes (Anna): 'She's a
great lady! We always dance on the set together. We have a lot of fun together,
she helps me a lot. I like her a lot; we've become great friends.'
Tristan Rogers (her on-screen
father Robert Scorpio): 'He's almost like a real dad to me. He's always tickling me and
joking with me. He's a lot of fun to work with.'
Edie Lehman (Katherine
Delafield): 'We've become good friends since she's been on the show. She's really
nice. She taught me a little piano. I admire her a lot because I want to play
Sharon Wyatt (Tiffany Hill):
'She's really funny!' (laughs) 'She really talks fast in real life!'
R. J. Williams
(Rowdy): 'Well, we're really good friends, and I'm glad to have a friend my age on
the show. He's really nice. We get along well.'
(Olin): "She's really funny. She's into herbs and stuff. She's really
neat. I like her a lot.'"
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