Rebecca Budig: I'm Like the Brett Favre of Soap Operas!

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To the surprise of many, Rebecca Budig is returning to All My Children this winter.

It ought to be interesting to see how the actress reprises the role of Greenlee Smythe,  considering the character died in a motorcycle crash last year.

Debuting in January on the series, Budig spoke to TV Guide Magazine about the decision and made a humorous comparison to a certain pro quarterback. She said:

"I leave. I come back. [Laughs] I’m the Brett Favre of soaps. I think Greenlee went into a river. Or maybe a lake. I don’t know. Pine Valley is ridiculous. They even have a freakin’ ocean in that town. It’s a contract deal.

"[Executive producer] Julie Carruthers and I had a really nice conversation where she was feeling me out about coming back. I said, 'I’m open to returning, but I just want to make sure there will be a great story because it’s going to be right at the start of pilot season. I don’t want to commit to something that’s not worthwhile and fun.'"

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How might Greelee return?

"Good question,"Budig replied. "When I got the call about coming back, I said, “Tell me how you’re gonna get outta this one!” They said, “You got any ideas?” I’m, like, “Nooooope. Not a one. That why I act and you write. So what’s your pitch? Cause I ain’t got nothin’!”

All My Children viewers will need to tune in this January and find out.

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All My Children Quotes

Maggie Stone: I wonder if it's the number of nights that really matter. I mean, love, it's more than just the physical part. It's whether or not you connect. You can't plan who you fall in love with.
Jamie Martin: Well, how do you even know if it's real? I mean, so many people fall in love and go through the motions, but it's not even close.
Maggie Stone: Maybe some people don't even get to have it.
Jamie Martin: Or they don't recognize it when it comes along.
Maggie Stone: Or when you do finally get it so deep it's a part of you, only to have it taken away. You know, when I - when we couldn't find Bianca, I experienced an emptiness I've never felt before, I mean, like what it would be like if Bianca had never surfaced again. I had to put that out of my mind. I had to forget it.
Jamie Martin: It's complicated - love. It's so unique every time, with every person. And when the real thing comes along, I guess we just have to hope we see it.
Maggie Stone: Or hold onto it.

Braden Lavery: Let me get this straight. You want me to seduce your niece.
Palmer Cortlandt: Well, that's putting it a little indelicately. I'd much prefer "court" or "romance", but whatever.