Brenda/Vanessa Marcil has always been a very pretty woman. The last time GH audiences saw her, she was in her 30s. I was prepared for her to be older, but I was not expected to look like she had rough life. She looks like relatives of mines who are drug addicts; she is too skinny! This makes her look older than what she is! Only thing that I can think of is that Brenda the character is really sick, and the actress is preparing herself to play a sickly Brenda? Brenda's mother was supposed to have been sick, and Brenda was supposedly inherited her mother's disease.