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2-Time Dad & 5-Time Daytime Emmy Nominee Bradford Anderson Talks Finola, GH's Spinelli & The Gold Statuette!

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It’s been an amazing 11 days for former General Hospital star Bradford Anderson, and a lot to take in!  First, Bradford landed his fifth Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category for his role of Damian Spinelli! What followed was the birth of his real-life second daughter, Finola!  Talk about getting a double dose of great news!

While Bradford was learning that he had been nominated for the upcoming 41st Annual Daytime Emmys, along with many of his former co-stars and friends in the same category including Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH), he was also on high alert and ready to take his wife Kiera to the hospital to give birth to their second child, when the time came.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with this now two-time dad and five-time Daytime Emmy nominee for a special interview on: new baby Finola, the choice of the name, the killer performance that scored Bradford a nomination, his decision to leave GH and more!  Here now is what Bradford shared with us!

So you have had quite the last week and half!  First, comes a Daytime Emmy nomination, and then comes a baby within basically 36 hours of each other.  What went down at the Anderson home when you found out you scored a nomination from your peers?

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BRADFORD:  Well, I had a lot of big news!  So the nomination came out last Thursday, but we were in baby watch at that point anyway, because our doctor told us she would probably come a week early.  So we were expecting the baby to come the weekend prior.  I wasn’t anticipating the nominations, because the night before I did not have time to think of what was happening the next day.  It was about making sure the bags were packed, and making sure we were set if we needed to get out the front door at a moment’s notice to the hospital.  Thursday morning, my phone lit up with a lot of alerts, emails, and texts.  I kind of thought …“Why would this be?” (Laugh)   Then, the first texts were from Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) and Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) which was a cool way to find out.

And then next, you are trying to celebrate the news of your nomination … and Kiera goes into Labor that evening?  And then I try to call you to chat about your nomination the next afternoon … and you inform me you just became a dad again!  My timing is impeccable! (Laughs)

BRADFORD:  (Laughs) Thursday night around 9PM Kiera got contractions.  We had a rough night Thursday night and a sleepless night.  We called our doctor Friday morning at around 7AM and she said come in to the hospital …. and the baby was born that day at 3:30PM.  And then Michael Fairman called around 5PM! (Laughs)

You named your daughter “Finola”.  And everyone immediately drew the reference to the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna) of General Hospital.   How come you and Kiera chose “Finola” for your new little bundle of joy?

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BRADFORDIt’s a great aunt’s name, and Kiera’s Irish heritage is very important to her.  The derivative of Finola we had even talked about for our first daughter which was “Nola”.   And then Kiera said, “What about Finola?”  When we realized we were having a second daughter we played with the name … and having a little girl named “Fin” was so cute.  It was interesting.  Sometimes when you name your kid it’s fun to not have any prior association with it.  We talked about that, because we knew people would say we named her after Finola Hughes (Anna, GH).  It’s a family name, but at the same time, if that’s the association people make with our daughter, we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Did Finola Hughes reach out to you after realizing you named your daughter, “Finola”?  Or, did she already know that was a strong possibility?

BRADFORD:  I went to visit GH a few weeks ago and I saw her.  A couple of friends that are at GH knew I was going to be naming our baby “Finola”.  It’s funny because Finola came up to us a couple of years ago when I told her we were thinking of naming our second child her name.  She said, “Don’t, don’t.  It was the worst name when I was a kid, and people made fun of me.”  I think she was being funny.  So I went up to her and said, “Hey, I know awhile back you told us not to name our baby “Finola”, but … our daughter is going to be named “Finola”.  She had a tear in her eyes and it was very sweet. It will be a great moment when they finally meet.

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What happened when your now eldest daughter Juna meet her sister, Finola for the first time?

BRADFORD:  She came to visit at 6PM last Friday night, and she was really sweet. Juna brought a teddy bear to give Finola.  She has been keeping tabs on her, and if she is not in the room, she goes, “Where is my baby sister?”  I think she has more of a sister vocabulary now from watching Frozen a hundred times! (Laughs)  One her favorite things to say in general now is, “Please don’t shut me out…” from the song from the movie!  Juna will be three in July.

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Back to going for the gold at this year’s 41st Annual Daytime Emmys.  I looked at this list of Supporting Actor nominees and it’s a great group, and some of your close friends!  How does it feel to be nominated in the same category as Steve Burton?  The two of you made Jason and Spinelli, or the Jackal and Stone Cold, such a unique friendship on GH.  Now you are pitted against each other for a Daytime Emmy!

BRADFORD:  That was one of the cool things.  I don’t get to see those guys very often anymore, and it’s hard to get Steve Burton out of the house!  (Laughs)  The first thing I asked him was, “You’re going to be there, right?”   But also his wife is due around that time.  He gave a pretty definitive, “I’ll be there”.  It’s weird to be pitted against each other.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in a category with Steve.  In the situation we were in at GH, I never thought I would be in the category with him, because he was a leading actor.  Of course, all of us would like to win, but at the same time, it’s really a celebration of the soap community, and being with all of our friends that makes it more fun.

And this is your Fifth nomination!  Could five times be the charm, Bradford?

BRADFORD:  A fistful of nominations, yup!  I figured how many nominations do I get before Susan Lucci gives you a call? (Laughs)

What episode did you submit that won you the nomination?

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BRADFORD: When Ellie (Emily Wilson) tells Spinelli he is the father of Maxie’s baby, while he is outside the nursery window in the hospital watching Dante with his son.  Dominic Zamprogna was my favorite part of my submission!  So Ellie rehashes the night that Maxie got pregnant, which Spinelli deflects because he believes Maxie used a second embryo.  Then Ellie goes, “No.  She didn’t have to get a second embryo, because she was already pregnant with your kid!”  She convinces him, and in the moment that he processes it.  He kind of walks over to the window of the nursery. Dominic gives us this ho-hum wave like, “Why are you staring at us?”  It’s this nice little moment. Spinelli is having this crazy moment in the hallway, while Dante gives this chummy wave!  It contrasts so much with what Spinelli was dealing with outside the nursery, and when we taped the scene I was worried I was going to laugh!

I remember watching those scenes when they aired.   I truly thought it was one of your best performances … ever!  It gave the character of Spinelli an opportunity to really man up, and not let Ellie, or Maxie, or anyone off so easy for their lies, but also offered the contradiction of the knowledge for him that he is a father … which is something he wanted to be.

BRADFORD:  The reason why I liked it was it has a bunch of different colors in it. It’s “Oh, I am a father!” Then, “Wait, why didn’t Maxie tell me?”  Then Ellie is like, “Well, she wanted to keep it a secret?”  But then he realizes Ellie knows too! And then it’s, “Wait! You lied to me to?  What the hell!”  It’s quite the arc. It was fun to play.  Emmy episodes are tough, because it’s a one episode submission for the actors.  This one kind of made sense because it had a heightened circumstance.  It was good material.  I was happy with how I handled it.  I think sometimes, we are ourselves, are not the best judges of our own material.  You fall in love with certain things and you see it from your eye.   But at the end of the day, you have to think about how other people are going to view it.  My wife is a good judge of that, because I showed her a couple of episodes and she watched the one I submitted first and she said, “Yeah, that’s kind of perfect.”  Then we watched a couple others that I thought were charming and what not.  And she said, “You know what?  I get you see this as charming, but the circumstance of the other one is so heightened that you got to go with that.”  This is the biggest storyline I ever had.  It made sense to use that and just not try to find something that was charming. 

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It did have many twists and turns within the episode for Spinelli.

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BRADFORD: Yes.  You get to see Spinelli coming to terms with that he is a father, so there is that element to it.  There is the happiness of it and I felt that was interesting, and then the realization that he was betrayed by two people that he cares about.

So to back-up a minute, is it true that you had already made the decision to leave General Hospital, but decided to stay on to finish out this storyline? 

BRADFORD:  My contract was up in May of last year, and so I could’ve just walked away then.  However, I was so grateful that they trusted me with a story like that, and once you have a kid on a soap there is a legacy there.  I wanted GH to know how grateful I was to be given that story.  I wanted to do right by the show, and by Kirsten Storms (Maxie).  I didn’t want her to have to play a shortened version of the story where it couldn’t reach the potential it could go, and she is having a baby and that story directly effects her.  I wanted to do right by my character and I wanted to handle it with respect, but at the same time doing right by my decision to leave.  So it made sense to just go on recurring until the story wrapped-up in the way that everyone was happy.  I felt like we got the most out of it from the time that we had.

In closing, what do you deep down in your heart of hearts really think about your shot to win the Emmy this year?

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BRADFORD:  Ultimately, it’s bestowed upon by your peers, which makes it really special, but at the same time, it’s not bestowed upon by the “acting gods”, which makes this unique.  It’s the outsiders that watch the tapes that aren’t in the circle of actors that can watch the submissions more objectively, and as much as the actors try to watch objectively, these are our co-workers.  And no one can be blamed for that, and no one can be faulted for who wins every year, because every one that is not nominated deserves to win.  So, you can’t take it too personally if you don’t win, and if I do win, I can’t take it like, “Well, I’m the best!”   If it’s my turn, fantastic!  If not, I got nominated again and that’s pretty cool.  It’s also kind of hard to want to win in my category.  I know this may sound cheesy, but I am rooting for others in my category too!  Dominic Zamprogna has done such great work for a long time.  Steve Burton is someone that I admire so much.  Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B) had been one of my buddies for awhile, but I think he has enough trophies (laughs), and Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) is a good friend of mine, too.  What a group!

So, what do you think of Bradford’s chance to win the gold?  Did you love his performance when he found out that he was the bio-dad of Maxie’s baby?  What do you think about the  choice of the name “Finola” for his second real-life daughter? Do you miss Spinelli on GH big time?  Let us know!

 

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mfarris70
mfarris70

Hoping that the rumors Bradford is coming back are true! I miss Spinelli and Ellie’s quirky romance and would love for Ellie to be Silas and Nina’s daughter!

Patrick
Patrick

theres so much potential… with this possibility

two characters the audience identified with… and easily found there place on the canvas … and we continued to root for

I loved this pairing

should they return… they’d be welcome’d warmly and without question

sometimes I think they overloaded Silas… as he has so much going ON…

but, knowing… that it’s Ellie and Spinelli

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Id like to see him return…Ellie as their daughter could work…hopes both happens…fingers crossed!!!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Id love to see him win, Bradford is a very unique actor and Spunelli is a gem!

Greta
Greta

Bradford just blew me away with the baby story. I thought everyone in it was spectacular (I still can’t believe his co-star Kirsten Storms wasn’t nominated!!!). Dominic was amazing too, but I feel this is Bradford’s year to take the Emmy. The scenes he submitted were great. Fifth time’s the charm.

Cathy Borruso
Cathy Borruso

I love Bradford from the first I met him he is truly a genuine giving person it would be so cool if he
WINS! ★★★★

Mark
Mark

I hope he wins he was so good in those scenes and he is always good and I hope he comes back for good

Dan
Dan

That’s funny, cause as soon as I saw the headline where it says Bradford talks about Finola, I immediately thought of Finola Hughes, lol. It’s certainly a unique and beautiful name, and congrats to him and his wife!

I always enjoyed him on GH, so it would be cool to see him finally win an Emmy as a way of tying the bow around his time at GH. He submitted some heavy scenes. I remember that episode very well, cause it was so emotional and the acting was so brilliant from everyone. One of the many stand out shows from GH this past year. It could be Bradford’s year.

Of course, it’s hard to guess when you don’t know what the other actors in the category submitted. I know I’ll be rooting for either Bradford or Dominic to take it home for GH!

su0000
su0000

I miss Bradford/Spinelli 🙁
perhaps someday when his personal life would allow time for him to return to GH, I hope he will..

GH50
GH50

Bradford says, “Once you have a kid on a soap there is a legacy there” and “I wanted to do right by my character and I wanted to handle it with respect.” That’s the right attitude for people in the soap world to have. That’s why it is so appalling how TIIC of GH constantly piss on legacy characters. Look at all the “respect” FV and RC have NOT shown AJ Quartermaine and Robin Scorpio.

su0000
su0000

AJ and Robin, both left ..
again;
// SK and KM walked out .. they walked out on FV and RC and GH and their fans //
They deserve no bowing ..
neither are soap gods..

I would have told them both not to let the door hit their ass on the way out!

GH50
GH50

And you absolutely miss the point. The actors left, regardless of why, it is about what FV and RC did to their characters that is at issue. The characters of AJ and Robin have been trashed. That is the point. Get it?

Dan
Dan

I will agree with you that they didn’t do a good job writing AJ after Sean Kanan came back, and I don’t blame him for wanting to leave.

But as for Kimberly McCullough, I think they had a situation where she wasn’t gonna stay long-term, so they had to come up with a story to explain why a woman would leave her husband and daughter after just being reunited with them after 2 years, and think that they did the best they could under the circumstances.

I don’t blame FV and RC for that. I think they did a good job with the storyline of Robin’s return for the short time she was back, but there’s only so much you can do with a character that is only gonna be back for a short time.

andrew hass
andrew hass

GH50 i think everyone including us the fans knew Kimberly McCullough wasn’t coming back to GH full time.So no matter what happened Robin was going to leave her husband and daughter.Plus the way the show wrote Robin off opens the door for future story for when she returns again with her helping Jason.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I do think the show could have done better with Robin and AJ storywise but Sean Kanan asked to be let go from his contract and KMC didn’t want to be on GH full time.I think GH would want Kimberly back as Robin but maybe not if she’s going to leave after a few months.As for Sean Kanan i keep wondering if they didn’t know B&B wanted him back would he have asked GH to let him go?

Betty
Betty

I have been a huge fan of Spinelli since the beginning. The way Bradford cultivated Spinelli and helped him become such a complex character was brilliant. He went from a bumbling computer geek, to a real leading man with a lovable quirkiness. I miss him & Steve Burton so much on GH. I have been a fan of GH since the beginning, and Spinelli was one if my all time favorite characters. Bradford made him what he was. I hope he wins an Emmy. I wish him great success, but selfishly I hope he comes back to GH someday.

Cat
Cat

I totally agree with you. I could have written your post myself. Bradford is a phenomenal actor and I’ve lived his work since day one. It’s his turn to win. He deserves it!

Nick D.
Nick D.

Best of luck to Spinelli on the Emmys and looking forward to maybe seeing him pop up on GH real soon – maybe we will get a peak at his life in Seattle with Ellie and the baby! 🙂

aria
aria

spinelli is so much missed, wish Bradford would come back. Love the name Finola, and Fin is a perfect nickname, and of course he should win the emmy, he was really the heart of that storyline.

Johnny
Johnny

I think he is awesome and I hope he wins the Emmy. He has a beautiful family.

GB
GB

i’m in two minds about this. i do want him to win, because of how good his performance was. what irks me, though, is that this is a “straight” soap storyline. what anderson proved he could do that i’ve seen not many actors pull off is what he did with the regular spinelli material. i don’t know if people realise how difficult it is what he was called upon to do. his job was to sell not just really text-heavy, but really overwritten material (coming from the way Spinelli talked) – and not showing how overwritten it was, but selling it with such ease and, moreover, using it let us glimpse the spinelli underneath was a huge deal. and he never got recognition for that, even though it’s one of the hardest things to do as an actor. if he wins the emmy this year – and again, i hope he does because he deserves it – he will have done so for doing excellent, yes, but run-of-the-mill soap acting. anyway, rant over.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I hope Bradford wins the Emmy because i think last year he did his best work ever.I also hope he returns to GH and maybe not full time but maybe for visits from time to time when the story needs Spinelli.

Timmm
Timmm

As if they dont have enough cast members! Spinelli was Steve Burtons little buddy, Gilligan. Steve is gone and Spinelli should stay gone. The character is a one trick pony. He is annoying and immature. Stay away and keep that fish with you!

andrew hass
andrew hass

For a one trick pony Spinelli was on GH for 7 years.Plus i think Spinelli made a name for himself on the show apart from his connection with Jason.As for bradford Anderson he’s been nominated 5 times for an Emmy in the 7 years he was on the show.Plus as long as he shares a child with Maxie i think there’s always going to be a place fro Spinelli on the show.

Sue Ellen
Sue Ellen

I really hope Bradford wihns this year. The reel he submitted was the best moment of that whole story. I also really hope he returns to General Hospital, Spinelli provided a sense of fun and whimsy that the show needs given all the darker elements playing out in many stories. I would really like to see Spinellli return and reunite with Maxie. Those moments at the end before he left finally sold me on that pairing which I was one of the most vocally opposed to for a long time. Spinelli was a different more original kind of soap character who I always thought they didn’t explore nearly enough, remember, we never learned Spinelli’s parentage, so he could return as Neena’s lost child maybe.At any rate, the show needs Spinelli back. I hope I get my wish and that Bradford gets his Emmie.

Rod
Rod

He BETTER WIN

Jessica
Jessica

I hope you win Bradford. You are missed at GH. Hoping you return for more than a couple of episodes in the future.

Wendelyn Sullivan
Wendelyn Sullivan

I adore the character Spinelli. His scenes when He found out He was a Father were amazing. I love Him and Maxie together. I hope He wins the Emmy. He is truly deserving of it . I am hoping Spinelli’s return is long term. I have missed Him.

Don H
Don H

I hope the Spinelli to come back and stay. He a good actor and an asset to GH.

Pam Page
Pam Page

MY HOPE was always that Spinelli and Maxie would get back together and be a long-lasting couple! Those two played so well off one another and I always enjoyed every one of their scenes together. Having them as parents would have been superb! I still hope for that reunion one day (which means I have to hope for a Spinelli return)! In the meantime I guess I hope Maxie will end up with Detective West and she sends that wacko Levi packing! Come on back to the canvas Spinelli!!!

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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