Brenda Barrett returns to General Hospital

LOS ANGELES Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo is returning to "General Hospital". The fan favorite hasn't been seen in Port Charles for seven years, but she's thrilled to return to her old stomping grounds.

"It's always been a matter of when, not if," Giovinazzo said. "I have my old dressing room. Isn't that cute? And there's supposedly some big, rock star dressing room that they wanted to give me because there's a window and you get cell service, and I'm such a nerd and I'm so superstitious and I'm nostalgic, so I wanted my old dressing room."

In 1992, the gig as Brenda Barrett was Giovinazzo 's first real job in Hollywood.

"When we were casting for the role of Brenda, I read almost 200 actresses for the role, and this was one of those unique times when an actor walks in and you know immediately that you've found what you were looking for," said Mark Teschner, the casting director for the show.

"She's so good in the roll and she so owns the role as if it's a part of her that she can slip back into it instantly. I think that fans are very anxious to see this. This will not be a situation where they're going to be disappointed," Teschner added.

When Brenda returns, she'll be seen with a new man, played by actor Brad Rowe.

Fans can rest assured, those highly-anticipated scenes with Sonny, Jax and Jason are coming, and Giovinazzo said she can't wait.

"I get terrified before those kinds of heavy scenes, but I get terrified some days when I go to 7-Eleven to buy a Slurpee, so it depends on the day," said Giovinazzo.

These days, she's back on familiar territory. She's newly married and is the proud mom of an 8-year-old son.

"I'm probably happier than I've ever been in my whole life," she said.

"General Hospital" airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on ABC7.

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