General Hospital is getting a temporary new Monica as her portrayer, Leslie Charleson, is out with a minor injury.
As previously reported, Charleson was out walking her dog, Riley Rose, when the actress fell, injuring her leg, which will prevent her from taping episodes that have already been written.
Soap Opera Digest has broke the news that actress Patty McCormack will fill in as Monica while Charleson recovers.
McCormack began her career as a child actress, starring in The Bad Seed as Rhoda Penmark, a 8-year-old girl who was also a sociopath.
McCormack’s no stranger to the soap world. She recurred as a student nurse on the NBC serial The Doctors and the short-lived soap The Best of Everything, based on the movie and the novel.
The soap also starred Kathy Glass (ex-Jenny, One Life to Live) and Susan Sullivan (Maggie, Falcon Crest). It ran from March to September in 1970.
The actress has some nighttime serials on her lengthy resume, too. She recurred on Dallas as Evelyn Michaels, the wife of a wealthy doctor, who urged Dr. Mitch Cooper (Leigh McCloskey) to go into the profitable field of plastic surgery.
More recently, McCormack has appeared on the series Hart of Dixie, Grey’s Anatomy (which shoots on the same lot that GH does so the actress should have no problem finding the studio!), and The Sopranos.
McCormack played the part of Pat Nixon in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.
Currently, the actress is shooting a remake of The Bad Seed. In this new version, which is being directed by Rob Lowe (Brothers & Sisters), the character of Rhoda appears to have been renamed “Emma” and will be played by Mckenna Grace (ex-Faith, The Young and the Restless).
There’s no telling how long McCormack will be in Port Charles. Soap Hub joins Charleson’s many fans in wishing the actress a speedy recovery!
General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check local listings for airtimes.