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43rd Daytime Emmys: Watch Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Nominated Reels!

It’s the mostly hotly contested race at this year’s 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys, and now NATAS has released the five nominated performances in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  Who will win the gold on May 1st? Nominated are: Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) General Hospital, Anthony Geary (Luke) General Hospital, Justin Hartley (Adam) The Young and the Restless, Christian LeBlanc (Michael) The Young and the Restless, and Kristoff St. John (Neil) The Young and the Restless.

Of the nominees: Geary has won 8 times.  If he wins this year in his final turn as Luke Spencer, he will take home his record 9th Emmy tying him all-time in Emmy acting categories with Cloris Leachman. For LeBlanc, he has won three times previously, and as for St. John he has won twice before, but never in Lead Actor. A win would make him the second performer in Daytime Emmy history to have won in all three acting categories: Younger, Supporting, and Lead.  That distinction is currently held by Heather Tom (Katie) of The Bold and the Beautiful. As for Tyler Christopher and Justin Harley, a win by either of them would be their first.

So who should take it? Christopher’s Nikolas, who is overcome with grief and concern when his son is badly burned in a fire at Wyndemere?  Geary’s dual roles as Luke and his father Tim Spencer in the 52nd anniversary episode of GH, where Luke remembers he accidently killed his mother and murdered his father?  LeBlanc’s Michael, who is dealing with his diagnosis of prostate cancer, and who hires a hooker to have sex with, but bares his soul instead? Hartley’s Adam, who finally had to let the cat out of the bag to his wife Chelsea, that even though he has had complete resconstructive surgery and has been posing as another man, he is her believed-to-be-dead who came back for her?  Or, St. John’s Neil who lets it rip on his family high above the skies for Hevon’s affair behind his back, which eventually turns him back to the bottle?

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Watch the nominated performances after the jump and then let us know your choice for this year’s Outstanding Lead Actor in the comment section below!

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Soaphound
Soaphound

This may be a close race to many, but for me it’s an easy call. First, I didn’t find anything extraordinary about Christian LeBlanc or Kristoff St. John’s work this year. LeBlanc is consistently excellent but that cancer story just didn’t hit me right. Mr. St. John is always competent, but, to me, he holds back and I find a certain coldness in his work. Maybe distance is a better word. And the same goes for Tyler Christopher, though I do think this reel represents some of his best work to date. That leaves Geary, who was truly great (again) and the brilliant work of Justin Hartley. So I’d vote for Justin, as he’s done what is so rare, especially on Y&R — he’s outdone his predecessor. I never thought I’d forget the equally sublime work of Michael Muhney but I nearly have. No small feat.

Patrick
Patrick

#1. I am THRILLED… absolutely LOL giddy… that the majority of posts…

Justin Hartley , here ye… for… THE WIN !

an accolade so deserved

“however”

out of sight out of mind… does not… lessen the equally sublime.. Michael Muhney

just had to throw that in

TRULY

I am torn… OUT THE DOOR… and from the get go… Justin Hartley tho not solely instrumental in giving Y&R all its worth… you’d never know… he STIRS

Tyler Christopher: in all of year 2015 … gave a whopping of a performance.. after performance.. and REELED like no get out… the best in Port Charles… the Man

there you have it… two man race… i’ll relent and cherish either or.

Anthony Geary… it’s best to leave well enough alone… you retired… and yes you worked … is your mind that much more stimulated with a 9th emmy ? is it that much a pivotal threshold to laud? this is in Soap Opera Land… where you will forever have an ( * ) asterisk in question

Christian LeBlanc and Kristoff St. John… two leading men… who are not revered or respected enough… by the behind the scenes… OK

they are worth much more meaty material… just strong delivery is all that’s needed… the younger generation are not ready… blech… the overdose on Victor

over the top… and no see through… see @Mateo… with regard to Michael Baldwin… in how the story was not fleshed out and fruition on the finale.

GIVE Michael and Kevin BACK THEIR MOTHER.. Gloria

Patrick
Patrick

ie: Michael with the cancer “scare”
ie: Neil with the temporary “blindness”

alive and well.. and ??? backburner… or not given their right… Lead scripts worth their REEL

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Difficult?…nope-Tony Geary of course but ive seen all and they all are outstanding here-however, i still have to go with Geary!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

OMG they were all superb, all unique and outstanding in their own way. Again, I said this before I will say it again, we the viewers are the winners because we get to watch these moments every day on our soaps. I would love Christian to win, I thought that scene with the hooker was one of best I have seen on television ever. Tyler’s was great too, and I think it would be wonderful if he won, but I’m think TG will be hard to beat– it is his to lose– so maybe the Academy members will think 8 is enough and give it to someone else– it is the only way I think Tony will lose it.

Tony
Tony

Justin Hartley was consistently outstanding no matter how great or bad the material. he’s a natural like Dustin Hoffman or George Clooney. Bigger than a soap star. Geary was Geary; he overacted most of the year and if the writing hadn’t been so strong he may have come across as cloying. LeBlanc and St. John has bad material much of the year and couldn’t make it work. St. John was particularly painful to watch during the blindness story. Tyler is super solid but not out of this world like Justin. I say Justin!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

NOT ANTHONY GEARY! He was so disrespectful of EVERYONE (writers, fans, Genie Francis) and so very unprofessional. And he singlehandedly destroyed the legacy and history of the most romantic love story of all time–Laura and Luke–as well as doing violence (pun intended) to the history of the Spencer family.

Paula Page
Paula Page

I completely agree. He was a complete a$$ to Genie Francis. Geary would not have risen to fame without her – and he hates that. I believe the writers, directors, & other actors, particularly young Luke, young Patricia, & Laura Wright, deserve the praise for those scenes. Not Geary. Playing an a$$ is second nature to him……I am afraid, though, that he will win. Tyler Christopher, however, worked extremely hard & deserves praise.

Judy
Judy

I personally think people are not understanding the history of Luke. I have watched the show since the beginning. Yes I am that old. To me the story has come full circle for Luke. The reason why he was the way he was and why even though he loved his family he could stick around for long periods of time feeling within that he was so much like his father and not wanting to bring it on to his family. I love Anthony I was not liking the way he acted but I fully understood the reason for the story line and the way they explained his and Bobbies up bringing to complete Lukes era before leaving the show. He has 8 awards because he is that good. He has the 8 because of his characters role which he played wonderfully. And I think he deserves the 9th for closing the chapter of Luke Spencer. Like him or hate him for the way he acted, he did the role so well for everyone to not like how he turned out, but that was the role he played and I think he deserves the award.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I couldn’t disagree with you more, Judy. I, too, as I’ve posted many times, and in this thread, have also watched the character of Luke from the beginning–and he was NOT the same character in the end. (Yes, I, too, am that “old”). The way he explained the upbringing of him and his sister “Barbara Jean” is NOT the way he explained it later–most notably as portrayed in the highly-touted (not in MY book) 52nd anniversary show. Luke and Bobbie, in the beginning, were STRONG characters who survived, and overcame, a horrible childhood with an alcoholic father, NOT THE VICTIMS they were portrayed to be in the crazy 52nd anniv. episode. Luke was most of all sensitive and in love (“saved” by Laura’s love, if you will–it made him a better person). He was NOR a killer–and he DID NOT KILL his mother. Thus, unlike you, I do NOT understand the reason for the storyline–and, I fear, TG strongarmed and “bent” the writers and TPTB to write it “HIS WAY.” A wonderful character should NOT have been violated and sacrificed on the alter of an actor’s ego–nor should faithful viewers (like me) who loyally watched the character’s work and the great story Genie Francis and he (originally) created. I call it a slap in the face. Therefore, Geary does NOT deserve the award. Give it to an actor who is appreciative and who has “stayed hungry.” I do not “love him nor hate him”: I simply loathe his violation of a beloved character and his thumbing his nose at loyal fans. Take that, Mr. Geary–and smoke it! LOL!
PS To say Luke was “like his father” is the most limiting thing–repugnant to my ears and to me–who LOVED the character and TG’s sensitive portrayal those many exciting years that he was fully engaged in the passionate, exciting love story of Laura and Luke. Romeo and Juliet is a “timeless” story–and a great one; Laura and Luke was a timeless story and could/should have remained one. Sadly, one actor was allowed to change all that. Truly a crying shame.

Harry
Harry

I have to agree with Nancy and applaud her post.
Moreover, I have to go one step further and express what I imagine is an unpopular opinion. I thought Tony was engaging in major scene chewing. His acting was over-the-top, loud and so embarrassing that Talk Soup made fun of him not once, but twice.
The best actors show how their character is feeling and they do so with a whisper of nuance they don’t scream it from the rafters the way Tony Geary did during his exit story.
This opinion comes from someone who has greatly admired his body of work for well over thirty years.

su0000
su0000

Love him or hate him;
Anthony Geary (Luke) General Hospital
Is the winner, no doubt, and he deserves it !

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

No way, su00-Tony USED to work hard and really put his heart into the role of Luke–he was funny, quirky, inventive, energetic/frenetic–then he just got jaded and sloppy. I believe that each performance is a NEW one–one does not get a pass simply on his name or past honors. Let another “hungry” actor win this time.
(TG was eager and hungry when Gloria Monty brought him on–he had been kicking around a while playing bit parts on Quinn Martin productions and had played a rapist–curiously enough–on Y and R for about 6 mo. or so,). Curiously enough–again–I have never, ever heard him complain about that role or about the “fans” yelling, “Rape me!” when he played that role. Then again, he did NOT have a huge fan base pre-GH.) And I loved the character the played on the short-lived soap “Bright Promise,” where he also worked with Gloria Monty and other players that came on GH. I would respect TG more if he had follow the dictum my parents taught me: “Always be grateful for what you have–and, always, always, treat everyone the way you wish to be treated–with kindness and sensitivity.
My sister and I, as I have posted before, followed TG’s career BEFORE he ever appeared on GH as Luke–we saw that spark, that “hunger” in his performances. Too bad he “stayed too long at the fair,” lost that hunger and his objectivity, and became a disgruntled actor who ridiculed fans whenever he could–the very ones, ironically, who supported him for all those many years. Inflated ego has destroyed many a person–and it got to TG, obviously. More’s the pity! He could have gone out with greatness; as it stands, HE has become an object of ridicule–brought on by himself and his deplorable actions.

Harry
Harry

Now Nancy, be fair. Geary has reason to be bitter–he is paid well over six figures and the man was forced to take over three month long paid vacations every year. Poor baby! No other actor in daytime history has been paid that much for working basically part time.
He has reason to be bitter–he’s been spoiled rotten.

Patrick
Patrick

argh! I was hoping to add venom

LOL… he took a “cut” in pay for well written scripts to pedestal far away from… it’s Laura Webber husband

Nikki
Nikki

I have to say I have watched them again & again and although my two favorites are Justin Hartley & Anthony Geary. What I think should happen and what I feel will happen are two totally different things. 1st. I believe the best acting out of all of them is Justin Hartley followed closely by Anthony Geary but I think because he retired from the show and it’s his last trip up on stage for G.H. Anthony Geary is going to get it which in my opinion is very wrong because I would like to see people watch the reel with Justin and watch his eyes when he realizes that he has to tell the truth or face losing Chelsea. OMD If that isn’t acting at it’s best I dont know what is anymore.

Paula Page
Paula Page

Geary probably won’t even attend.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

A great thing, for all the others attending, I’ll bet–LOL! But, despite his protestations, I believe that TG hungers for that spotlight–he pursued it with such tenacity in the very beginning.

Harry
Harry

Yep–and Nancy, rumor has it Geary has been seen on the set filming for the Nurse’s Ball

Rose
Rose

I’m going with Justin Hartley, not just for his admitting to Chelsea (who was also very good) that he was really Adam. But for me he came from roles like Oliver Queen ( Green Arrow) Smallville, to Revenge, to have to take over an important role on Y&R that also had a lot of baggage associated with it. And he did convincingly, and without skipping a beat.

Next Tyler. He’s come a long way as Nicholas. And when he’s finally given a storyline line where he gets to show how he’s grown, he should get a lot of credit for it. They don’t come around that often, and currently we are seeing a Nik of a different stripes.

Have to mention Tony. Not saying he wasn’t very good in his final GH scenes, but in many ways he’s been playing variations of the same role for years. And gotten Emmy’s for it. Plus in the tape submitted he had a great supporting cast and concept. Without them, it wouldn’t have been nearly as effective.

I have really grown to like Christian since I’m a relatively new viewer to Y&R. And Kristoff a bit, and he had a tough role, but it got tedious after a while. But in both cases I didn’t really like their stories, and I guess it affects how I feel about their winning an Emmy this year.

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

Agreed. Laura Wright, who portrayed Luke’s mother Lena, did such an amazing job in that one scene that I can clearly remember… And will always be near and dear to me, myself, and my heart. Great and wonderful and fantastic supportive / supporting acting, does help to breed other actors in scene do good. Everybody carries each other, in their own ways.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

She got robbed!

Paula Page
Paula Page

I agree. The writers, director , and “supporting” actors (Laura Wright, young Luke, & young Patricia) were the real stars. Honestly I didn’t recognize Laura Wright at first, she was that effective transforming herself.
Geary strong armed TPTB to write a story for him and they responded with a great April 1st 2015 story – though I have to say I didn’t appreciate the rewriting of history. When Luke came on the scene in the late 70’s he was an introspective young man trying to better himself @ Port Charles University. Sure, he had an alcoholic father. But he also had a fantastic Aunt Ruby who looked after him and Bobbie & provided the emotional stability they needed. Neither Luke nor Bobbie suffered fools lightly or easily fit into the rich, waspy Port Charles community. But they weren’t shattered, confused siblings. Luke ran the campus disco & was smitten with the recently married Laura Baldwin…..And the rest is history.
In the early years TG gave sensitive performances that were often laced with ad-libbed funny lines and energetic dancing. Later I found his performances uneven, self-indulgent, & arrogant. His scenes with Genie Francis the last few years were down-right rude – sometime barely looking at her. He was over-wrought & inconsistent in 2015. He does not deserve the emmy.
Though I love Tyler Christopher’s performance, I have to say I was very impressed with Justin when I watched his clip this afternoon. He gave a very intelligent, engaging performance. I never watch Y&R, but his performance intrigues me enough to want to start watching.

Mateo
Mateo

For sentimental value I am going with Tyler Christopher as Nik Cassadine on GH. Those scenes were top notch. He hasn’t been that vulnerable or real in a long time. He sometimes doesn’t hit the mark but in these scenes he consistently hit all the marks he needed to. He deserves the win. Anthony Geary was very good, if not excellent, in the scenes submitted but I have to say after his attacks on Ron Carlivati as writer I have a lot less respect for his work. Ron made Anthony Geary’s exit from the show a priority and we had to deal with this story for a long time, even putting off the Jason Morgan reveal so he could get a proper send off. Anthony Geary has won plenty and I think he should enjoy his “retirement” and not be rewarded for being so harsh on the show that brought him his good life. Christian LeBlanc is a stellar actor but the cancer story was a rip off. The writers made us feel like we were going to lose Michael Baldwin and then all of sudden he was just miraculously cured. No discussion of his healing. No doctor visits for follow up. Nothing. Just a healed person. Kristoff St. John is another good actor but the Hilary storyline was just not a good one. I don’t like “make em blind” for the sheer heck of it type of story. He is great but he deserves more. If Tyler Christopher goes without then Justin Hartley does deserve kudos for taking on a hard role and filling big shoes. He has won me over daily with his solid and realistic performances on a daily basis. He makes even silly story development with finesse. So first and foremost Tyler Christopher and then Justin Hartley. Congrats to all the others for their noms but let’s give the boys who deserve it their prize.

Nanci
Nanci

Definitely Justin.

Dan
Dan

With all due respect to some of the comments here, these aren’t Emmys for being a good person, they’re Emmys for great acting, so what kind of person Tony Geary is, or the way people feel about how he left the show should have no bearing whatsoever on whether he deserves the award or not.

Regardless of any of that, and regardless of how many Emmys he’s won in the past, when I watch these submissions, everyone was very good, but I feel Geary was on a totally different level from everyone else. I thought it the day I watched the 52nd Anniversary last year, and I think it now seeing the scenes lined up against the other nominees. This is Tony Geary’s award to lose, in my humble opinion.

If GH was smart and submitted this episode in the Best Show category, I think they’ll be walking away with their 12th Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, as well. It was that good.

Rose
Rose

Hi Dan…Just a thought….I think you’re right about the b/w 52nd as an outstanding Best Show, regardless how viewers felt about Fluke and Ron. But it was an ensemble of incredible young actors, Laura, Bobbie, and the b/w concept that pulled it off…not just Tony’s acting. He wasn’t just a stand alone like the other nominees. That’s why I want to seem them get their chance when they finally had something to work with.

Dan
Dan

I agree with you, it was a great job by everyone. The actor that played young Luke in particular did a phenomenal job, in my opinion. The Outstanding Drama Series nomination is a reflection of everyone’s effort that went into putting that show together, the actors, writers, production team, everyone. Tony’s nomination is a reflection of his individual effort, and one that I think he is very deserving of. Hopefully he gets his award that night, and everyone else that participated in that show gets theirs in the form of a win for Best Show. I think all are very deserving.

su0000
su0000

Hi Dan..
Anthony Geary/Luke Spencer General Hospital is the King.
None better than Tony..
He will take home his 9th emmy ..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

No way! The only King I know of was the King of England–lol!

Dan
Dan

Right on Su!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Justin Hartley and Kristoff St. John.

Anthony
Anthony

Well it looks like Anthony Geary again – and deservedly so, BUT if he has any class at all he will most definitely thank Ron Carlivati for the story arc and for the writing. A wonderful piece of GH history for years to come.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I wouldn’t hold my breath on that on, Anthony (ANTHONY????) Not Anthony Geary???? LOL!

Paula Page
Paula Page

If he does, he’ll thank Ron begrudgingly.

Ces
Ces

I vote for Jason Thompson! OH wait, he was robbed again — okay, I think Tyler Christopher’s reel was good and it would be kind of cool to see him win vs. Tony Geary. While I do love TG’s work and he is deserving of another Emmy, honestly, this story wasn’t exactly my favorite that he has played so … I wouldn’t give him the statue for this one.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, both Jason Thompson and Kimberly M.
Jason Thompson was robbed also. HE, unlike Tony Geary, is “still hungry” and gave his all–WITHOUT any grandstanding.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Love him or hate him but Tony has the best reel out of the five with Tyler coming a close second.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

For Harry re Tony Geary: Do you think he’ll sing “My Way” again at the Nurses’ Ball? LOL!! And I love that comment: “He has reason to be bitter–he’s been spoiled rotten.”
🙂

Michele
Michele

Range, versatility, depth, consistency – Anthony Geary
My sentimental favorite who has grown exponentially into a riveting actor – Tyler Christopher

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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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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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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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