Having made her daytime debut on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Carly, Tamara Braun is thrilled to be back in Port Charles as the mysterious Dr. Kim Nero. “It’s been like going back to camp,” she told Soaps In Depth. “Some of the counselors and kids are still there, and some have moved on. So everything’s a little different but still familiar. It’s been great to see those familiar faces and make new friends.”
Having already played Carly on GH, Braun admitted she had a little bit of hesitation about returning to the same show 12 years later. “I’ve actually been asked to come back before and it didn’t seem like the right time, story, or character,” she revealed. But this time around, executive producer Frank Valentini got to the veteran of ALL MY CHILDREN (as Reese) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES (as Ava and Taylor). “He talked to me about this new character and storyline, and things just lined up,” she confided. “The character just tickled me. I was curious and intrigued. It felt like a good fit!”
Braun played the second Carly Corinthos. (Photo Credit: Jeff Katz/ABC)
Still, the Emmy winner turned to the experts before making her final decision. “I got to play Carly for four years and loved her with all my heart, so I asked my friend who loves soaps for her thoughts on actors returning as different characters,” Braun shared. “She said, ‘If they’ve become a character I love, then I just want to see them — regardless of who they play. You fall in love with the actor.’ And I’ve been getting [online] comments from fans saying, ‘Come back as anything!’ So I thought, ‘What the heck? Let’s see how this goes!’”
When whispers of Braun’s return first started circulating, fans quickly responded... and began guessing at the character she might be playing. “They all had their theories,” the actress recalled with a laugh. “Some were right… and some were not. But it’s always fun to see people involved and excited — so much so that they start the guessing games! It made me feel good about coming back.”
When she finally hit the set as Oscar’s mother, she jumped right into the action — and right into scenes with Carly! “Laura Wright was so nice,” Braun raved of her successor in that role. “Our first lines to each other made me giggle. It was a cute little wink.” As for playing that awkward Thanksgiving dinner with her old cohorts, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny), “it was a very different energy, just based on the characters not having any history,” Braun shared with a happy grin. “So that was fun.”
Braun declared that on-screen son Garren Stitt (Oscar) is “lovely.” (Photo Credit: Jim Warren)
Well... Kim actually did seem to know someone at the table! “That run-in with Patient Six rocked her world a bit,” Braun admitted. “She’s been reminded of someone from her past who obviously had quite an impact on her life.” Although that actually turned out to be Patient Six’s twin brother, Drew, who everyone had believed to be Jason. Kim knew Andrew Cain back in the day, and has now revealed that he is Oscar’s biological father!
The actress still can’t reveal much more about her new role or the secrets surrounding Kim’s past... but she has confirmed that the character is no Carly. “They’re from very different backgrounds,” Braun shared. “Carly went to the school of hard knocks. That was her education. Kim’s a doctor, who spent a lot of time being educated and specializing. That’s a pretty big difference right there. They also have very different energies, but you just have to watch to see how else they’re different... or the same!”
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