‘General Hospital’: Kimberly McCullough Talks About Reuniting With Nathan Parsons While Directing ‘Roswell, New Mexico’

Former General Hospital star Kimberly McCullough has quickly risen through the ranks of in-demand television directors. The actress, who played Robin Scorpio on the soap opera, recently reunited with a former co-star while directing an episode of Roswell, New Mexico.

Kimberly McCullough on 'General Hospital' in 2014
Kimberly McCullough on ‘General Hospital’ in 2014 | Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Kimberly McCullough is now a prolific television director

Since departing General Hospital full time, McCullough has become a very accomplished television director. Her increasingly lengthy resume includes episodes of Pretty Little Liars, All About the Washingtons, Fuller House, The Connors, One Day at a Time, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and The Bold Type.

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In a new interview with Soaps in Depth, McCullough talked about how it was easy for her to juggle shooting multiple episodes at once because she’s used to the rapid nature of filming a soap opera.

“It’s funny because when I’m being interviewed [for a job], I’m often told, ‘Oh, we don’t have a big budget’ or ‘Our schedule’s crazy — we shoot really fast,'” she said. “I always politely look at them, and I’m like, ‘Mmhmm. Cool! Soap operas shoot 160 pages a day. Like, I got it… I know tricks to get things done quickly.’”

The actress dishes on directing a former ‘General Hospital’ co-star

McCullough recently directed an upcoming episode of the new season of Roswell, New Mexico. The show, which airs on The CW, is a reimagining of the original series, which aired on UPN and The WB.

One of the show’s stars is Nathan Parsons, who starred with McCullough on General Hospital. He portrayed the character of Ethan Lovett on the soap opera from 2009 to 2012. And he returned for guest appearances in 2013 and 2015.

On working with Parsons again, she said, “It was like hanging out with an old friend. But he was also super respectful about my choices and my position there. And he’s just lovely.”

The show also stars Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens, Michael Trevino, and another soap opera alumnus Trevor St. John.

According to McCullough, she got to incorporate some of her signature style in one of the opening moments of the episode. “I’m told my style is very layered: like a shot within a shot within a shot. Meaning I try to incorporate a lot,” she said. “… I think that’s because of my dance background. It’s like choreographing the camera.”

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC, and Roswell, New Mexico returns next week for its new season on The CW.