Kelly Monaco on Juggling General Hospital With Dancing: They'll Have to Put Sam in a Coma!

General Hospital Kelly MonacoIf you’re wondering how Kelly Monaco is going juggle two über-time-consuming series — General Hospital and Dancing With the Stars — come fall, you are not alone.

I’m still trying to figure it out,” the suds fave tells TVLine with a laugh. “I’m going to have to really convince [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] to either put [Sam] in a coma, lessen my dialogue by 75 percent or not have me there at all — which I don’t think is going to work!”

All kidding aside, Monaco, who won the premiere season of DWTS, is well aware that “in order to be able to put 100 percent into Dancing With the Stars, [the GH writers are] going to have to lighten up just a bit” on her character’s storyline for a couple of months.

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“We’re shooting 10 shows a week right now,” Monaco explains, shedding perspective on her impending schedule-madness. During DWTS Season 1 “Our hours [at GH] were about the same, but now there’s no time [in the schedule] for messing up, so you really have to come in prepared. They don’t accept slack at all.”

Fret not though, fans: None of this will impact her performance on either show — of this the actress is certain.

“I know how much it takes to be successful with Dancing With the Stars and General Hospital,” Monaco assures, “and I don’t want to slack anywhere. I’ll make it work, somehow. I’ll find the strength to do it — though I don’t know yet where it’s going to come from!” (With reporting by Matt Webb Mitovich)