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Finola Hughes Expected To Be Off General Hospital for 3 Months While She Directs The Film BYRD AND THE BEES!



Finola Hughes, who has been turning in exquisite performances this past week as Anna comes to grips with the fact that Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) was shot and killed, will be taking a short leave from General Hospital, according to the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest.

The actress is expected to take three months off of her role on GH this summer to direct her new film, Bryd and the Bees.  The film is set to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers which is said to tell the story of  struggling author, Rebecca Byrd, who on an impromptu trip to Scotland  lives the most romantic story she’s NEVER written.

GH’s head writer Ron Carlivati related to SOD, on working around Hughes short leave:  “We worked with that, so you get to see some of what becomes of Anna after Duke dies, and we’re forced to hit the pause button a little bit with Anna Devane, but she will be back, rest assured.”

It remains to be seen if Anna will be written-out for awhile, or if she will be on the canvas but not appearing on-screen.

So, excited to hear Finola will be shooting her new film? How do you think GH will handle her short break from playing Anna?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. MBmomof3

    May 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I will miss Finola during her absence. She always puts forth amazing work!

    Wish you well on your project, but hurry back to GH.

  2. aria

    May 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    i’m happy for Finola, but i hope its not 3 staight months off the air, i was so happy that she was appearing more on screen hopefully if she does go off they will have her finally looking for Robin, Robin needs to tell her mom all the people who have done her wrong so that anna can start getting back at people like Helena and jerry who both have kept robin their prisoner.

    • Timmm

      May 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      I like how you think. Yes, go off and find Robin and bring her home! Kim or some other actress, it doesnt matter at this point!

    • Eileen Hargis

      May 26, 2015 at 1:22 am

      If she directs a film, its 3 straight months, she cant make a film crew sit around to run back and do GH.

  3. Rebecca1

    May 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Very impressive…directing Jonathan Rhys Myers…one of my favorite actors! While I’ll miss her character on GH…taking time off to grieve Duke will enable Anna more ready for a new love if they take her down that road. Anything sooner would have been disrespectful to the romance of Anna and Duke.

    I’m pretty sure this film will be great..have never seen Myers in anything that wasn’t. Great news…

  4. su0000

    May 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    GH’s cast are very talented in the arts..
    It is good that they can do other projects to express their talents..
    One should not spend their lives on a soap opera there are other things to do, also ..
    Finola will be missed.. but- she will return and that is a good thing ..

  5. Maureen Stephan Hoeler

    May 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I hope they send her to Scotland to lay Duke to rest in his home town.

    • Fanny

      May 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      I second that…

  6. Michele

    May 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Would have been nice if they’d sent her and Duke off together somewhere. Let’s hope they handle it by giving Anna some hope that he’s alive and sending her to find him!

    • JR

      May 14, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      I second that! If she and IB both needed to exit the canvas to work on her film (IB is in it too) then they certainly could have had Duke & Anna leave together instead of having Duke die so suddenly. Maybe after they were wed. That would have brought in the viewers as much as a funeral.

      The only way they can rectify this with legacy fans who are disappointed at yet another legacy character dying is by giving Anna a clue and an inkling Duke is still alive somewhere before she leave for summer.

  7. Mary SF

    May 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Since the summer scripts are most likely already in the hopper, I think they could just have her bank some scenes and show them throughout the summer. They did that last summer when TG was off– Fluke showed up in a brief scene here and there– especially since they knew this was coming for a while no doubt. But whether seen or unseen, she will not be forgotten and look forward to seeing the film she is directing when it comes out.

  8. Howard

    May 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I hope that 3 months goes by quick. Love Anna so much. Hoping Anna can find Robin out there.

  9. Timmm

    May 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Rarely do I get so pissed off about my favorite soap but Finola leaving for three months would have been a perfect excuse not to see her while her and Duke head out of the country. No they had to kill Duke and THEN F with us and think he is alive only to find out it was only a dream of Sonny’s! Terrible. Terrible.

    • CeeCee

      May 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I know, Timmm. She always brightens my heart when I see her. I love her so much…and, will be sorely missed, albeit summer is fast approaching…kids out of school and all…..I hope not to miss much of my soaps.

      • Timmm

        May 18, 2015 at 6:06 am

        Hopefully Anna comes back with Robin. Recasted or not. DVR GH and watch it after the kids are fast asleep!

    • CeeCee

      May 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Easier said than done, Timmm. Two hours with my son and I’m exhausted….the kid has more energy than twenty, six-year-olds combined. Thank God for nanny and my family.

      I don’t know about a Robin recast. Most fans will be up in arms, no? Robin left soon after I started watching, I don’t know her….so, it makes no difference to me if she is recast. It would be great if Anna comes back with her daughter.

      After Jake wakes up from his ‘stupor’, chances are he and a Sam will end up together….all his feelings for her will be flooding back. A double whammy for Lizzie…her deception and her rival Sam. Jake’s shiny perception of Liz will leave a bitter taste in his mouth. Little miss-goody-two-shoes is not at all what she seems. Too bad. I really wanted this relationship to work. Her own fault!!!!!l
      The way to Patrick would be open for Robin….not that there would be any doubt he’d go running to Robin, slo-mo, ….so, yes, I’m all for a recast if Kimberly is not ‘available’.

      • Timmm

        May 18, 2015 at 8:43 am

        My best friend has a son and she usually watches Y&R around midnight! So I know you got your hands full!

        I love Kim playing Robin. She is a rare child actor who got to play her character as an adult and play it well. If Kim doesnt want to return and GH needs the star on screen, thats when I would recast. Your seeing it right now. Robin’s “Uncle Duke” died and Robin is nowhere to be found!

        I just like looking at Jakeson and Sam together. They seem like a perfect fit. Plus, they seem to have chemistry and heated passion.

  10. Dottie

    May 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I think Anna should have a show down with Carlos and he ends up dead! So she has to go to headquarters to be questioned & do paperwork and stuff then she says she needs a little break!! By then 3 months will be up before you know it!! We’ll miss you Anna!! They can write a good scene of you having it out with Carlos!!

    • Eileen Hargis

      May 26, 2015 at 1:27 am

      Didnt u watch the show, thats what happened, she killed Carlos

  11. beebet abeto

    May 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks GH for permitting Finola maximize her Talents.I am far far away,Philippines but I am religiously following Anna.Canvass please so we won’t miss her!

  12. coral bardin

    May 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Can we have a contest to have fans vote for next seasons DANCING WITH THE STARS, soap star dancer. The winner to be announced the first day of the show?

  13. CeeCee

    May 15, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Interesting title. This film will definitely be something to see……especially since it’s set in Scotland.
    I will miss her….
    Sealbh math dhuit! …. And, Godspeed.!!!!!

    • Shay

      May 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      I shall miss her loads, too, CeeCee. In addition to Dr. O., she is my favorite over-50 lady on the GH canvas due to her cool, classy, calm and collected presence. Shall be a long summer without her, but I also wish her well! (Seems she shall need it….apparently, JRM has once again fallen off the proverbial wagon, as his disheveled, disgusting self has been photographed staggering around London for all and sundry to see….nice one! Hope his latest drunken escapades don’t interfere with the filming schedule….)

      • Rose

        May 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm

        Shay, Shay, Shay…favorite over-50 lady on GH? Does this mean you have over/under 20, over 30, over 40, ladies, girls, men, guys, etc? I think from reading your other comments you meant well, but…:))

      • Shay

        May 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        @Rose….Well, thank you for the benefit of the doubt! Of course, no harm was intended, I simply was noting that Finola’s absence shall be sorely noticed, not for the least of reasons being that Anna is such a shining example of everything “a woman of that certain age” should be! Except for the character of Dr. O.—as so charmingly portrayed by Kathleen Gati—I find all the other females in Port Charles’ 50-something age bracket to be wanting on so many levels….you already know that I consider Lucy and, most especially Alexis, to be utterly disgraceful!!! (No need to further expound on that thought…..LOL!) Hence, in addition to just outright missing the admirable Anna and all that her character brings to the GH canvas, I shall truly be longing for the tasteful sophistication that is Finola Hughes’ trademark. Her discerning presence is not just welcome, but irreplaceable, as well.

  14. Linda

    May 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I will miss Finola but wish her well with her new adventure. She was outstanding today with her live performance when she shot Carlos.

    • Patty

      June 4, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      I will miss Finola, she is a great actor. Wish her
      Luck with the film she is directing.
      Hurry back to GH, it won’t be the same without you.

  15. aline robichaud

    May 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    well I think she will come back with a solid strong wowan that always be can’t wait to see more of anna

  16. Betty cuanalo

    July 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    When will her movie come out we will miss you come back very soon

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