This year, Kathleen Gati took part in the A Christmas Carol-themed episode of General Hospital. Fans still recall her stint as Krampus from five years ago in GH’s holiday-themed show.
Kathleen Gati: General Hospital Holiday Style
The Krampus is a mythological figure in Central European folklore described as a half-goat/half-demon who punishes misbehaved children at holiday time. Dr. Obrecht (Gati) thought it’d be a great idea to educate the children at the hospital about the legend of Krampus, much to the horror of all the adults!
“That was a very special episode for me for multiple reasons, and has left me with great memories!” Gati recently shared with TV Insider. “First of all, introducing this well-known European character to our audience here was an honor.
“I remember worrying about the many young child actors in the scenes with me, and requested that I may talk to them all before the shoot to show them that I wasn’t really nasty or evil, and it was just a big hairy and creepy ‘costume’ and that they shouldn’t be scared.”
It turns out that Gati need not have been concerned. The child actors were all cool with the Krampus costume and Gati’s powerful performance as the holiday demon. “[T]hey were like, ‘Yeah, it’s all good!’ I was shocked! But once the camera started rolling, it was the opposite. Obrecht was so excited to share this ‘innocent character and story’ and was surprised that the children were scared.”
Whether it’s playing Krampus or a Ghost of Christmas (as she did in this year’s “Scrooge” episode), singing at the Nurses Ball or coming up with her latest scheme, Gati says she adores playing Dr. Obrecht.
“It’s always fun to get each new script, and see which direction the writers will have me go on any particular day,” Gati says. “It’s a dream role for an actor.” General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check local listings for air times.