Stafford’s long-rumored addition to the cast was made official when her character Nina, the presumed-dead wife of Michael Easton’s Silas, suddenly appeared at the very end of the episode.
GH headwriter Ron Carlivati told Daytime Confidential that executive producer Frank Valentini snuck Stafford on set to tape the secret scene in the hopes that fans wouldn’t see it coming.
“We’ve been sweating it out ever since that it would stay under wraps!” the scribe said.
In addition to Silas, Stafford’s new role connects her to several already well-established GH characters, including Madeline Reeves (her mom) and Dr. Obrecht (her aunt).
Stafford, a multiple Daytime Emmy Award winner, played Y&R‘s Phyllis on and off from 1994-2013. Since leaving the sudser, she starred in The Stafford Project, a comedic Web series loosely based on her life as an actress and single mother.Follow @kimroots