Despite having been brought back on contact at Days of our Lives only to be bumped back down to recurring status a few short months later, Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis believes he might still have a promising future in Salem.
The actor, who also appears as General Hospital's Ned Ashton on a recurring basis, says in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest that co-head writer Dena Higley is a big Justin fan. "This was told to me by Gary Tomlin [former head writer/co-executive producer] in 2009 when I first reappeared after 19 years: it was actually Dena's [Higley, co-head writer] idea to bring back Justin as an attorney," he shares. "They needed a lawyer on the show, and she remembered me and remembered Justin and Adrienne [Judi Evans] and she must have liked me. So the fact that Dena's there, I think, bodes well for both Justin and Adrienne. She knows those characters, and I think she has an affinity for them, and now that she's working with Ryan [Quan, co-head writer], I have a feeling she's going to at least get Justin and Adrienne some storyline. That's my thought and I have a feeling that's probably going to happen."
In the meantime, Kurth is staying pretty busy in GH's Port Charles, which he's thankful for. "I have to say, it's very nice. It really is," he says. "There's not many of us left, us old vets that can bounce back. I think it says a lot about the fans who follow the show and who are loyal to the show. The Quartermaines are a core family and there's not that many of us left. I'm very happy to step back in as one of the Quartermaine characters and try to breathe some life into the Quartermaine mansion. When I walk back onstage, as far as I'm concerned, I'm never going to leave. I told Frank [Valentini, executive producer], 'Honestly, I won't leave unless you ask me to leave because I'm here to stay as long as I possibly can.'"
Unless, of course, he suddenly gets snagged by The Bold and the Beautiful, which could happen because soap fans don't seem to mind seeing him appear on different shows at the same time. "If the audience doesn't object, and the network doesn't object, I hope to do both characters as long as I can," he says of GH's Ned and DAYS' Justin. " I don't think that the audience minds seeing Wally Kurth more than once a day. It's not like I'm front burner on both shows. The shooting schedules are so wacky. I mean, I'm off for five weeks for Days of our Lives and all the hiatuses that General Hospital has? Honestly, I have room for Bold and Beautiful if they're interested!"
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