Nearly four years after vacating her role as mob princess Kristina Corinthos-Davis, fan favorite Lexi Ainsworth is returning to General Hospital! That’s right, the original Davis girl is back!
Soap Opera Digest was the first to break the news. Per SOD, the actress will first air at the end of August or the beginning of September.
Ainsworth joined GH in the spring of 2009 when Kristina, daughter of mob king Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and attorney Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn), was aged to 16. That spring and summer also saw the rapid aging of her siblings Michael Corinthos (then played by Drew Garrett), Morgan Corinthos (then played by Aaron Refvem) and Molly Lansing (Haley Pullos). Over the next two years, a now rebellious Kristina became the focal point of the teen scene and played supporting roles in the escalating mob wars between the Corinthos and rival Zacchara organization.
Ainsworth’s most high-profile stories involved a domestic abuse storyline with boyfriend Kiefer (Christian Alexander) and crushes on Luke Spencer’s son Ethan Lovett (Nathan Parsons) and mob prince Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash). She earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Younger Actress.
Fans were crushed in October 2011 when, after weeks of rumors, the actress confirmed her departure from the ABC soap. In part of her heartfelt message to fans, Ainsworth called her time on GH, “one of the most rewarding experiences of my life” and “I wouldn’t trade one second of it, even the not so great parts for all that I’ve learned to prepare me for the next phase of my career.”
Following a change in creative teams, the role was recast in 2012 with Lindsay Morgan. The older, sexier Kristina was featured in widely panned storylines that involved a fictional reality show and forbidden marriage to a rival mob spawn. Morgan was let go less than a year later, Kristina was written out of town, and the character has rarely been mentioned since.
During her time away from General Hospital, Ainsworth continued working, guest starring in primetime dramas including Criminal Minds, Prom King, Chosen and iZombie. Her film A Girl Like Her, co-starring The Young and the Restless‘ Hunter King was released earlier this year.
Ainsworth’s on-screen mother tweeted her excitement about her return earlier today:
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) July 29, 2015
Pullos also tweeted her happiness with Ainsworth’s return:
GUYS im being reunited with my sister!!!!!!! @_lexiainsworth ive missed you so much ❤️❤️
— baby hales (@haley_pullos) July 29, 2015
What kind of trouble will Kristina get into when she returns to town?
Author’s Note: This is great news! Ainsworth should never have been let go in 2011. It was alleged that then-producer Jill Farren Phelps felt the actress was too young to continue in the role. Star Kimberly McCullough blasted the decision to fire her, telling Soap Opera Digest, “Young is a nice way of saying you’re not sexy enough. This has nothing to do with being young. I completely relate because I faced the same problem.” McCullough then shared how she was pressured to be sexy and almost lost her role during the 90s because of it. A similar situation happened in 2002 when Robyn Richards was replaced as Maxie with Danica Stewart. The character was taken in a sexier direction, the audience balked, and Richards returned to the role.