General Hospital's Genie Francis dishes on Laura's future romance

Jan 6, 2016 at 5:46 p.m. ET
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For many General Hospital fans, Nov. 17, 1981 is a day embedded forever in their minds. Luke and Laura’s wedding was a television event that was watched by 30 million viewers and is still the highest-rated hour in U.S. soap opera history.

For decades, the iconic characters have had separations and reunions, but actor Anthony Geary left his role on the show last summer. In an interview with SheKnows, Francis explains what life is like on set for her now.

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“Oh yes, [the set] feels really, really different [without Tony]. To some degree, I feel a responsibility to keep my work at a high standard,” Francis says. “It’s a responsibility for what we created together. I want to keep that legacy going. I don’t want to wimp out or get lazy.”

It doesn’t sound like Francis will be getting lazy anytime soon, because she gave SheKnows the scoop on Laura’s love life.

“I know that the show is wanting me to have a new romance,” she reveals. “That’s as much as I know. I don’t know how it happens. I don’t know if it’s someone on camera now.”

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Francis shares that the writers want Laura to get her life really grounded on the show.

“They want Laura to be well-established in Port Charles,” she says. “I think a part of that comes with her having a relationship and her having a job.”

Francis isn’t worried about fans accepting a new love interest, either. She knows they are going to smoothly roll with how the storyline unfolds.

“I think the fans are [ready],” Francis explains. “The fans have seen me with other people and it’s never been a problem. I don’t think it will be a problem here either.”

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Francis knows that finding her next leading man isn’t an easy task. It’s all about chemistry.

“The bigger issue is do you find the right person to put me with,” she sums up. “That’s sort of a crapshoot. They make their best guess and see how it’s working.”

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