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Bradford Anderson and Emily Wilson Finish Their Return As Spinelli & Ellie Exit GH!

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If you caught Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, you know by now that Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Ellie (Emily Wilson) reunited when everyone had a come to their senses moment!  Spinelli chose to be with Ellie, and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) realized she loved Nathan (Ryan Paevey)

It all came about when Spinelli (after the the Nurses Ball concluded) shouted to the heavens, and to Ellie, that he loved her unconditionally and was strictly devoted to her.  Next, he picked her up an whisked her away, as the duo headed back to Portland, thus ending the return run of fan favorites Bradford Anderson and Emily Wilson.

The duo shared with ABC Soaps In Depth they would always welcome a phone call to return to the ABC soap opera: “I’m always happy to receive a phone call asking to come back. I would do that in a heartbeat!” Wilson shared.  Meanwhile Bradford Anderson said, “The time away from the character made me love him even more and made coming back to play him even more fun. I hope they’ll call me when they have an idea they’re excited about!”

Of course, with Spinelli being the bio-dad to Maxie’s daughter Georgie, certainly he will return for visits down the line.  And as for Naxie fans, it looks like you got your wish when Nathan and Maxie also pledged their love for each other!

So, are you happy that Spinelli reunited with Ellie and they left Port Charles? Are you rooting for Naxie to stay together from here on out?  Share your thoughts below!

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Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Who has baby Georgie now?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Maxie has her daughter. I believe Spinelli ceded to joint custody.

mary
mary

I hope Spinelli can come back soon. He is a great actor playing a wonderful, unique character.

Greta
Greta

I love Naxie together. They’re my favorite couple on the show right now. I’m glad they reunited.

Maura
Maura

I’m pleased that both Spin & Ellie and Nathan &Maxie are back together. Spinelli and Maxie will always be a part of each other but they both needed a partner who would help them grow. All is right. Now let’s move on to Naxie’s next story!

Beth
Beth

It’s always nice when everyone gets a happy ending and I think little Georgie is the big winner as she now has 4 parents who love and adore her. I was so proud of Maxie yesterday. She’s finally grown up and now has a chance at true love with Nathan. Nathan brings out the best in Maxie and loves her unconditionally.

I think there’s a possible payout for Spixie fans too Spixie has chemistry and great comedic timing together. Why not pursue their relationship as BFFs rather than romantic partners? We need Ellie and Spinelli in PC. Since Nathans mon is Chief of Staff at Gh, maybe she can give Ellie an offer she can’t refuse.?

Jimmy
Jimmy

This pretty much makes the last several weeks of “who will she choose” nonsense a complete waste of time. Why would they bring Spinelli and Ellie back to town only to have the story end up the same as it would have if Maxie and Nathan had made up and moved on from their fight?

Also, I wouldn’t call Ellie a “fan-favourite.” To be honest, I’ve always found her to be really annoying and pretty useless. The character never served a real purpose, so I’m glad she’s on her way out again.

I do agree that Ellie and Spinelli are perfect for each other, but why break them up off screen, have Spinelli come and cause problems for Maxie and Nathan, if they would end up reuniting anyway? Let’s face it, I don’t think anyone believed Maxie and Spin would stay together, and Nathan/Ellie seemed unlikely too. It all just makes the past few weeks seem like a waste of time, and a let-down.

Also, as much as I love Spinelli, he really pissed me off this time around. It seemed like he turned into a vindictive, manipulative snake who was only focused on winning Maxie back at any and all costs. I didn’t like this version of him, so at this point, his exit is welcomed. Hopefully he can return in the not-too-distant future and act like the Spinelli we all knew and loved again.

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

Spin and Ellie’s lame return was a short filler arc to temporary delay the obvious coupling of Nathan WestWOODEN and Maxi ‘DizzyHeaded’ Jones!!!

su0000
su0000

you are both wrong..
a good part of Spins return was to find out that Hayden was not Jake’s wife and to kick Ric to the curb and to give Liz her now story/the secret ..
There were a number of reasons Spin was back..
Spin uncovered Ric, and Hayden, and gave Liz a huge secret to suffer with..
The couple love stuff was just what it was, couple stuff..

Kevin
Kevin

su0000: nail on the head!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Ur such a party pooper!! Its was perfectly and believably done, both Spinelli and Ellie needed to come to their senses and it was done in a most enjoyable manner. Off screen there would have been no impact. We got a great scene and an even greater resolution.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ellie’s purpose is to show that there are attractive, pretty, beautiful, intelligent women in this country and not airheads such as Maxie. I like the woman, but, c’mon; can she even add or subtract?
Ellie is a brainiac….she belongs with Spin…rightly so !!!!!
Many of us women speak the same language as Ellie. I wish she could have lingered….or stayed.

Shay
Shay

I hear you, CeeCee! I would have liked to see (at least) Spin last awhile longer in Port Charles….it was so refreshing to hear someone actually speaking with a multi-syllabic vocabulary!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
I know Harry, I know. It’s frustrating, this name merging. As Su says, childish and silly.
As far as Nathan and Maxie being boring and flat? You got me thinking…other than sex and prancing around in their underwear ( which I do not mind if it’s Nathan…LOL), what could they do for entertainment…hmmmm; how about Maxie counts his well-turned muscles, while Nathan counts her hair extensions? Perhaps she can teach him how to apply nail polish, and he could teach her how to manipulate manacles.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I never liked Spixie together. Maxie acted like a cartoon character when she was with him. Never believed she was in love with him. Naxie are totally believable to me. She’s a ditz, she needs a man who can talk some sense into her. Same with Spinelli, he was always a joke in the romance department until Ellie came along. I can totally see them together.

Rob
Rob

THANK GOD.

Fanny
Fanny

Can Spin & Ellie give Valerie,Sabrinnnna, “New” KiKi, …
a lift out of TOWN.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, I hope this is the start of housecleaning. Genie Francis is not cheap!

Fanny
Fanny

No kidding Timm. Even if Genie’s is on for a short stint,I hope she
makes “the powers that be” pay a heavy price 4 all the past injustices
made towards her. Let us not forget the character of LAURA was equally
instrumental in keeping General Hospital on the Air, not just Luke.

Lew S
Lew S

I agree with you about Valerie & the new Kiki.

Timmm
Timmm

I will give Valerie a little more time to develop.

su0000
su0000

I do not like Maxie and Nathan= boring..
It was good to have Spinelli back, and it’s also good that he and Ellie rode off into the sunset..
Always a treat to hear Spin sing, also..

su0000
su0000

and-
Naxie … Spixie <—- really, talk grownup, please..
Using those horrible shorts sounds like a kindergartner saying a neener neener..
It is not cute it is stupid speak.. (not to be used by intelligent grownups..

(I so wanted to speak up about the annoying kiddy speak)… lol 🙂 that felt good!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Su.LOL.
Neeter Neeter? Too funny.

Harry
Harry

Well, for me, this habit of fans merging the names of their favorite couple just confuses me. I have to sit there and try and figure out of whom they are speaking. I really don’t want to go out and buy a “Soap Opera Couple’s Names for Dummies” book either.
I also agree that while Maxie and Nathan are very pretty together, they’re rather flat and dull together.

vinnie
vinnie

No, like Spin with Maxie, Nathan is cute, but boring. I cthought Spin had custody?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Not anymore, vinnie . I believe they have joint custody. But, Maxie is now the primary custodian/guardian. Georgie/Harper (Barash) is Kirsten’s/Maxie’s real-life daughter.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Alls right in my GH world, thanks!!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Ellie matches Spinelli, language and all!

cindy
cindy

No!!! I’m not happy about both couples being reunited, or for SPINELLI leaving!!!!

Harry
Harry

As usual, I am out on a limb with my opinion. I like Ellie. I like her because she is brilliant and ethical and doesn’t engage in any silly cat fighting.
Strangely enough, I thought Ellie and Nathan enjoyed some really interesting and powerful chemistry. He’s a simple fellow and she’s a brainiac–it’s the law of opposite attraction.
I think Nathan needs an intelligent and ethical woman in life life and Maxie ain’t it!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like Ellie, too. She very cute, a good person and quirky/brilliant like Spinelli. They are a great match…

But I don’t think Maxie’s an airhead. She’s sensitive, loyal, loving…had a great business sense when she worked for Connie at the magazine. Just because she’s high energy and unsure of herself doesn’t make her ignorant or not intelligent. She’s a wounded girl/woman…abandoned by both parents when she was young, near death several times, recipient of a heart transplant, she lost her sister…and through it all she’s been trying to find herself. I find her very endearing and sincere…which is why I think she’s great with Nathan who is also a good soul. I don’t think he’s “simple.” I think he’s a guy who could have accomplished more but decided to become a cop to solve what he thought was an attack on his sister. He followed a path out of love… But he’s grounded, he had a great head on his shoulders when he suspected Levi, he knew to go up against the judge for Maxi in her custody hearing…point is…don’t judge this book by his beautiful cover.

Maxi is very much ethical…heart of gold…and there’s nothing non-intelligent about her. She just puts herself down so much she’s convinced you she’s less than she is…

Fanny
Fanny

True True Rebecca! I believe Nathan is a good influence on Maxi, he keeps
her real. A few yrs back she would have never stepped forward so quickly,
to declare her feelings so openly and honestly. This is truly her first ADULT
relationship.

Harry
Harry

I guess you’re right, Rebecca. Robcocop is probably good for Maxie.
I just wonder if they have to fight for mirror time in the morning.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m sure they have more than one mirror, Harry, but no need. They can see each other’s reflections as they gaze lovingly thru two pairs of beautiful eyes, hearts and souls…

Cheesy, eh? Lol..I know! But I kinda mean it!

CeeCee
CeeCee

The only word that comes to mind describing Maxie is ‘spacey’…..out there, somewhere in perpetual oblivion.
Just listen to the conversations between her and Lulu…..colorless and anemic.

It irks me to no end why blondes are constantly portrayed as dolts. I ain’t no dummy !!

Patrick
Patrick

Harry

what a marvel

i swear… I thought as much… that Nathan became interesting, WITH, Ellie

his facial expressions (tics) were normal… he had steady eye contact… it was fun to see him and Ellie playacting … it could have developed in to so much MORE!

dang! love the eye candy thing : but it’s not working for, “Nathan” and “Maxie”

I posted below earlier about Nathan

Ellie may be a brainiac… she’s still cute to boot

CeeCee
CeeCee

Same here. I loved Nathan and Ellie together. I t would have been very interesting to see where a liaison between the two would have led. With Maxie, we seem to be served the same staple…breakfast, lunch and dinner/supper.

PGP
PGP

Nathan and Maxie just make sense!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

It was a filler story because I never bought the premise Spinelli was staying in PC, so I knew his romance/ reunion with Maxie would be brief. It created a obstacle for Nathan and Maxie to overcome, which was okay, because without them, couples get dull real fast, but this one was so obvious did anyone have any doubts that it would turn out just like it did?

However,I enjoyed having Spinelli back and was impressed that he was the only one to see Jason in Jake– just wished they had him work on that more, did some digging to find out whether Jason really died at the clinic, maybe have him to be the one to find out the truth– but that was not meant to be. I’m sure when it suits Ron’s purposes they will dust Spinelli off, and bring him back for short story arcs now and then.

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

I like Ellie but her return and Spins was too predictable…just there to drag out Nathan and Maxi from getting back together(which i said in my comments under a different topic)…wouldve enjoyed it better had Spin and Ellie returned just to visit the baby and take part in the nurses ball…but i guess a short visit was better than nothing!!! i think Maxi and Nathan were already dull…lol

M Cancelli
M Cancelli

I am disappointed! Wanted Spinelli to stay!

Marko
Marko

So glad they are gone. I cannot stand Spinelli.

Timmm
Timmm

THANK GOD!

rebecca1
rebecca1

There ‘s too much coming and going at GH. Britt, Robin, Johnny, Spinelli, Ned, the vets that peek in for a bit and aren’t seen or heard of for weeks…didn’t watch today’s ep yet…Is Duke out? Dead? Ugh…hope not. Still love him and thought he actually brought more poignancy to his performance yesterday when he and Anna reclaimed their love…which makes me fear his demise…

I’ll miss Spinelli. One of the major allures of soaps is that sense of familiarity…characters we come to know and love and expect to find there in TV land…once they all start dropping like flies the connection is lost.

su0000
su0000

people come and go on GH..
we love them all !!
and it always a great time to see them again!!
The ”main” cast is always strong.. the short/story stays are awesome..
Never gets stale and boring with the same ol’ ..i like the new and moving..
When there is story for them, they will return..
the writers can not write for 50 ‘active’ cast members lol

Some of the cast of GH are busy doing other thing and want less time..
The vets are retired or whatever they are doing and they like being short stay..
All is well and as it should be : GH holds them all to come back for story wheels..

I hope Duke doesn’t die
but
ALL stars want to go in a big bang!! not a whimper, they desire the big kill off/out in a bang..

That is what Kimberly/Robin wanted, to go out in bang and her wish was granted..
So- if Duke is to end I wish him a BIG A bang out !!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Su…lol…yes, I hear you but the “main” cast, and I know you don’t see it this way because you’re more about the newbies…the main cast IS Robin, Duke, Felicia, Mac, Lucy, Scott, Laura, Ned…and then Spinelli, Johnny, etc.

It’s not about age…but these are many of the core characters that have been the essence of GH for a long time. They’re not dead and they’re not old. They old-ER than Molly, TJ, …then 20-somethings, 30-somethings…but they’re still attractive, viable, important players in Port Charles. So, when so many of them are killed off the show, which again, I still enjoy, but it still feels a loss when there seem to be so many leaving. I’d rather Anna have hustled Duke out of the country…but I’m pretty sure he’s dead. The live show looks to be a funeral, and since Carlos is part of the cast, it must be Duke.

If they show his body he’s dead/dead. If they don’t, then maybe, down the road we’ll find out he was saved in the last minute and someone helped him get out of town.

I have no desire to see my favs killed off… If the show was set to be cancelled that’d be another story, so to speak.

I doubt Ian is retiring…he’s only in his 50s. Mac, Felicia, Lucy, Scottie…none of these people are retired and from what I’ve read from them they’d welcome an opportunity to be stay on, but of course if they’re cut they look for other work.

Sigh. Hellos and goodbyes…such is life. And art imitates life…

Harry
Harry

I still love Duke too! I loved his tango into the past with Anna. And speaking of whom, Anna breaks my heart. She’s had her heart broken one too many times and always seems to be left alone.

Charday
Charday

This storyline wrapped-up too quick. I like Elle (Trout…what a last name!) and Spinelli.

Lin
Lin

I’m sorry to see Ellie and Spinelli leave. We need them. She’s funny and he’s a great detective. Interesing stories.

Patrick
Patrick

“oh” bingo

gavel

must haves

they are more intriguing than Maxie and Nathan

period

Ellie and Spinelli mix so easily throughout the cast

Meh
Meh

I love Spinelli. He’s one of the most unique characters in soap history, and I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for his geeky charm, so I’m happy whenever he visits Port Charles. But as for Ellie, I tried to like her during her first term on the show and just never could. While her brainy babble makes her a perfect match for Spinelli on paper, her annoyingly self-righteous busybody ways ruin the character for me. While Maxie is far from perfect, I enjoy her chemistry with Spinelli, and they have a compelling history together. Nathan, though a nice guy, is one-dimensional, and he and Maxie make a rather boring couple. So, no, I’m not happy that Ellie and Spinelli ended up back together or that Maxie and Nathan are back to bore me for another round. Ah, well. Such is life on GH.

Suzanne Stephan
Suzanne Stephan

Agree Spinelli is such a complex and funny character and is perfect for Maxie! Nathan is sorta boring. Spinelli needs to stay to find out about Jason!!!!!!

Suzanne Stephan
Suzanne Stephan

I want Bradford to stay after all Jason will need him!!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

i was definitely, more excited at Ellie and Spinelli reuniting over Maxie and Nathan

Nathan brings Maxie down several notches and pegs (or vice versa)…. she’s not that interesting any more. (ps: enough with the fake eyelashes)

Nathan really needs a pairing that he looks comfortable with… at least natural…
think how well he was with Levi
I liked his acting with Sloane
he was off the charts w/ Ellie

so go figure

i’m going to miss Ellie

Vicki
Vicki

Will miss Bradford Anderson and Spinelli-I think they really missed a chance in NOT pursuing his family lineage more. Ellie is a nice character but there isn’t a lot storywise they could go with her. I agree with OTHER posters though, WAY too many newbies and some really poor choices for casting. This show needs to get BACK to the BASICS that’s why we all love the show.

Christy
Christy

glad the couples got back to where they really belonged… sad to lose Spinelli & Ellie are leaving again. I really enjoy watching them on GH.

Wished so much that he and Sam would figure out who Jake really is.

Margaret Simon
Margaret Simon

I have enjoyed Spinelli the time he was on the set.I will welcome him back at anytime, as long as he’s with Ellie. I do love Spinelli though

Brigitte
Brigitte

Please bring Spinelli back, he’s such an asset to the show. Also, could you please arrange for his song “It Might Be You” to be available on iTunes? His voice is phenomenal and he’s such a great fit in the show, especially when Jake finds out that he’s Jason, Spinelli should be there too!

Shay
Shay

@Brigitte….So, I guess I wasn’t the only one positively enchanted by Spinelli’s surprisingly endearing rendition of “It Might Be You!” He truly brought a charming and unexpected treat to an event that has seen far better days….

lizzy
lizzy

Sorry Spinelli is leaving again. It was like a great visit with a dear old friend. He has been the bright spot of the show for many years. This year he absolutely stole the show at the nurses’ ball!!!!. I’m sure he’ll be back from time to time. Where else can we see him? What’s he doing?
I thought he might even be the one to discover that Jake is Jason. Oh well we’ll miss you Spinelli. Bradford wishing you well in whatever you do.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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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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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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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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