She continues to act and also coaches and mentors actors.She decided to leave the series, and Emily was murdered in November 2007; however, Livingston continued to appear periodically until May 7, 2008 as a hallucination of Emily seen by her love interest, Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher).The directors had a very different way of working with me.
Prior to her role as breast cancer survivor Emily Quartermaine, Livingston had performed a breast self-exam after watching an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show that promoted awareness for the disease. Livingston has been actively involved with the Susan G.
Komen Foundation and Revlon Run/Walk for Women, helping to raise money and increase awareness through national campaigns and PSAs.
But then you add a storyline like this where you have to act out this horrible, horrible thing with someone you love in your real life, and then the have to do it in front of the whole world. It’s nothing you want to even have in your subconscious. One of the writers had her own experience with rape, and it was really, really important to her that the story be told as truthfully and realistically as possible and that we were able to help the victims in some way. She had told me her story and what she had dealt with.
Tyler was so thoughtful and considerate and cautious and mindful of everything we were having to act out, so that made it easier. A Sensitive Approach The writers were very thoughtful in the way that they approached me with the rape story. A lot of us doing this story was because of her and what she had dealt with.
Also, afterwards too, because it’s not something that you quickly come down from. I understand that because even as an actor, I can’t remember it.
It was, “OK, let’s take a break and calm down from this.” It’s definitely an out-of-body experience. After those scenes, there was a recovery period that Tyler and I experienced as actors, where our interactions had to be so soft and gentle. It was in no way that any sort of trust was lost, because it’s not the person, it’s an actor playing a character.
On January 15, 2009, Livingston returned to General Hospital for eleven (11) months as new character Rebecca Shaw.
Livingston also appeared in the films Popstar (2005), and West of Brooklyn (2008), as well as the upcoming 2012 film Rough Hustle.
A day after it was posted, the message was plucked from the site and presumably will not be returning.
Christopher's post was a response to an article that appeared as a cover story in the November 8th edition of Soap Opera Weekly, claiming that Christopher and Willis looked "mighty cozy" at a benefit the month before.
But it was the ending scenes that pulled at the emotional heartstrings in a wonderful performance by Tyler Christoper, who goes from a quick moment of levity with Emily to tears, as he realizes how much he misses the love of his life and how she truly could never be replaced.