GH nabbed Dee Wallace for the high-profile role of Luke and Bobbie's long-lost sister, Pat — and the actress tells Digest that she had a very personal reason for taking the job.
"I was drawn to it, one, because I'd never done a soap before," she says. "But my late husband, Christopher Stone, had done some work on DAYS OF OUR LIVES [as Bill Horton] toward the end of his career, and I remember him coming in the first day going, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t think I can do this!’ And within a week, he said, ‘Dee, I think this is one of the nicest experiences I have ever had in my career,’ which is a lot, for him to say that! So that was part of the reason I was interested. Plus, my agent said, ‘It’s a very pivotal character, they’ve been talking about her for a long time, and you’ll get to work with Anthony [Geary, Luke].’ I was free, so I said, ‘Why not? I’m an actress, that’s what I do!’ "
Given the enormity of the daytime undertaking, Wallace did question the wisdom of her decision once the scripts started rolling in.
"Seriously, when I got the first script, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, maybe it’s not too late for me to get out!’ I was scared! It was daunting and I thought, ‘My God, surely they are not going to do this in one day.’ But we did — and we did it well. I have to tell you, I would never have gotten through it without those wonderful people in that company. They just took me under their wing and showed me the ropes. From Tony to [Executive Producer] Frank Valentini to the casting director, Mark Teschner, everyone was absolutely lovely. I felt like part of the family within half an hour. It's just a beautiful company and it was a wonderful experience for me."