Paulina Bugembe from General Hospital

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General Hospital actress shares good and bad news.

Soaps.com wishes a speedy recovery to General Hospital’s Paulina Bugembe (Port Charles’ Valerie Spencer) who recently sprained her ankle. She revealed the boot she’s currently forced to wear on Instagram and said, “Good news! MRI is clear! Not as good news: gotta wear the boot for three-six weeks. Ankle sprain; but make it FASHION!” She went on to say she is grateful for the health insurance she had and was able to finally get the injury taken care of, and feels for those less fortunate without insurance. In response to a concerned fan she also revealed she would not need surgery and should be good as new by the new year.

Bugembe was cast on General Hospital in May after Brytni Sarpy vacated the role to join Young and the Restless as Elena Dawson. In addition to the recurring role on the ABC soap, Bugembe recently appeared on NCIS as a police officer in October. The actress has studied film directing and screenwriting at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and received a Master of Fine Arts from Chapman University in Orange County. She also auditioned for and was accepted into the inaugural class of the Los Angeles branch of the award-winning Identity School of Acting.

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With her fellow classmates, they recently wrote and acted in the thriller Motel, which will debut on December 4 in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese Theater.  She revealed the trailer on Instagram, which you can view below, and noted, “Last spring, along with my fellow classmates and amazing artists at @idsalosangeles, we came together to write and act in scenes to showcase what we’ve learned. Now it’s all come to fruition and I can’t wait for you all to see it when we premiere in December. I had the privilege of showcasing all my skills as I wrote one scene and acted in another! ☺️ I am so grateful for all of the tools, the challenges, and above all the *CONFIDENCE* IDSA has given me. Bravo to all of my fellow artists warriors and well done us!”