Genie Francis Talks Returning To General Hospital As Laura Spencer (PREVIEW)

Access Hollywood
Genie Francis attends the 2012 TCA winter press tour - Hallmark evening gala held at the Tournament House, Pasadena, Calif., on January 14, 2012 -- Getty Images

Genie Francis makes her highly anticipated return to "General Hospital" on Monday, and Access Hollywood was on set with the actress ahead of her return debut.

"I'm as comfortable here as I am in my own living room," Genie told Access Hollywood of stepping back into the shoes of Laura Spencer, a character she began playing in the late 1970s.

PLAY IT NOW: Kelly Monaco & Frank Valentini Talk Genie Francis Returning To General Hospital

(Click HERE to see a photo of Genie on the "GH" set with Access .)

Genie's character became a legendary part of soap opera history. In fact, the original wedding of Anthony Geary's Luke and Genie's Laura was seen by 30 million viewers in 1981!

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Genie Francis Through The Years

Coming home to "GH," 50 days before the soap's 50th anniversary (which occurs in April) has special significance for Genie, one of the show's most famous faces.

"I just celebrated my 50th [birthday] and now I'm here to celebrate this show's 50th," Genie told Access . "I'm the same age as the show. So, you know... me and 'General Hospital' are linked -- no matter where I go or what I do in my life."

For more of our on-set interview with Genie, tune into Access Hollywood on Friday! Check your local listings.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: General Hospital Stars: Photo Flashback — See The Cast In Their Younger Years

Copyright 2013 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.