"Alex Cross" Premiere.Held at the ArcLight Theatre on October 16, 2012.

Credit: Steven Bergman

Ingo Rademacher will be back on the GH set later this month, with the first episode of Jax’s return slated to air on July 29. “It’s about time!” teases the actor, who last appeared on the show in 2013. “It’s been a long time,” he allows. “I’ve never had a problem stepping back in, although I have to admit, sometimes you do kind of question, ‘Can I still do it?’ But I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve always had great respect for everybody on the show and can call them my friends. I know it’s going to be fun.” Rademacher says he hopes that he’ll get the chance to spar with longtime on-screen rival Maurice Benard (Sonny). “There’s always going to be that rivalry between Jax and Sonny. Maurice said Jax is ‘my favorite candy boy’ on Twitter [when news of Rademacher’s return broke] and I said, ‘Yeah, right on! Let’s keep that going!’ “ He was touched by the positive response he got from castmates and viewers alike when his comeback was announced. “It’s really nice to see. I’ve had this great following since I came on the show and I appreciate all the Jax fans.” We’ll have much more with the actor in an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.