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BREAKING NEWS: Genie Francis OUT at The Young and the Restless!

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Here we go!  The pink-slips are coming over at The Young and the Restless and it looks like one of the first casualties is none other than daytime icon Genie Francis (Genevieve Atkinson)! According to CBS Soaps In Depth today, they have learned that Genie has been let-go and the Daytime Emmy winner was informed that budget cuts were the reason!  Rumblings are also fast and furious that there will be more Y&R talent exiting the series soon!

Now as far as Francis, this could potentially pave the way, if Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati were interested, in bringing Genie back to GH as Laura. However in late July at the GH TCA Panel, when asked about a return for Francis to her original soap home, Valentini commented,   “I would just say that there is rich history that General Hospital has and there are many wonderful characters on the show right now, and in addition some people we are interested in bringing back. At this point unfortunately contracts forbid us to talk about things like that, but all I will say is we are big fans of Genie, I wish her the best, but I think we are pretty solid right now.”

So soapers, what do you think about the decision to let-go of Francis from Y&R? Are you happy about the move? Many have been critical of Francis as Genevieve.   Now, do you want her to come to GH, even though up to this point she has had no interest in playing Laura again as well?  Perhaps the new regime change could fix that in Port Charles?  Weigh-in!

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Scott
Scott

I LOVED Genie as Genevieve was she was a schemer, but MAB ruined that. If she went back to GH, I’d watch, but I much prefer her on Y&R.

Dan
Dan

Frank needs to bring Genie Francis back to GH ASAP! It’s where she belongs. It never felt right seeing her playing another character on Y/R. She’s always gonna be Laura. And imagine bringing Laura back now with all that’s gone on between Luke and Anna. Talk about some rich history, and a story that pretty much writes itself.

Make it happen, Frank!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I am disappointed for I thought Genie Francis added something to Y&R. Sadly, she was quickly saddled with all that is-he-or-isn’t-he Cane story and her ex-husband battling with Tristan Rogers was short lived. And then she was only another player in the endless and boring corporate takeover snooefest among Newman, J’abot and Beauty of Nature. Again for Y&R, star players, earthbound writing and plotting.

I expect more to fall, too, and new characters to come to town. I pray for a strong solid compelling reboot.

Now I could really go for Genie Francis’s return to GH as Laura, hopefully a stronger Laura. I liked the maternal nature of the character, something Lulu could use right now!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ditto. I would like to see her return to GH for the 50th anniversary & the birth of Lulu’s baby. But, I want Laura back before the old regime turned her into a catotnic mess. Hated that storyline.

Remedy
Remedy

Well the rumors are true we all knew that was first Genie out wth JFP at the helm. We will soon see her fav Steve Burton and MB and LW over there cause they want the spotlight and FV wasnt going to give it to them thank god! I say let the trio of suck LW, MB, SB go to Y&R and tank it like they almost did GH. Bring back Genie and join a cast that wants to share te spotlight.

Lynn A
Lynn A

You do know that the actors don’t write the stories, right? How you could say that the actors want to be in the spotlight because of what a storyline dictates, tells me you have no clue how a show is written and run.

Remedy
Remedy

Yeah get back to me when you see SB over there with JFPs and MB leaves GH. Tells me you haven’t been watching the same GH as me. I have seen the same three characters/actors in all stories and most of the airtime.

Remedy
Remedy

It also tells me you have no clue how much pull an actor has to their story. Especially those three who were JFPs and Guzas favorites.

susan
susan

lynn i do not agree with you at all GH is AG,MB, and big big loss of SB
i love gh and the trio you say suck, just your opinion not the rest of GH
fans sorry!! but genie francis never fit the role at y and r period.

Remedy
Remedy

Susan I agree on AG. But MB SB and LW do suck. Im not saying all GH fans but apparently many do cause the rating of the past reflect that they were last in the runnings and still are although its getting better but when the trio were in every story and focused on the majority of the show and the “mob element” GH sucked. If you want to pull the emmy card that is only because of AG’s story of Jake’s death. SB’s departure is just a hissy fit. Believe me I have no doubt he is going to Y&R. Good Bye I say the longer they drag is exit out the longer he overshadows the rest of the cast great work turning this soap around Genie may not be a good fit for Y&R but JFP loved giving her the pink slip just like all the middle age talented women she is envious of. To make room for her fav SB.

Tracy
Tracy

A HUGE “yes!!!” Bring Genie (Laura) Bach to GH!! BUT, as Genie has said herself – bring her back as a stronger & stable woman. I’ve been waiting forever for Lulu to introduce her mom to the love of her life. And of course bringing Laura into the Luke, Anna, Tracy triangle would be awesome to watch. In my opinion, THIS is the most exciting news for GH ever!

Christine
Christine

I agree with you, Tracy.

I also think Genevieve had potential, but they wasted it.

Now that JFP and Frons are not ruining GH, “Laura” can be written as a strong woman. I can see so much potential now that Lulu is married and possibly having some sort of problem with being pregnant or fertility or whatever. SHE NEEDS HER MOM as most women do.

Hopefully the comments Carlivati made were being coy – maybe he KNEW this would happen and has plans to call her back (crossing fingers).

Scott
Scott

so sick of them firing so many great actors ,and getting rid of the best ones….

su0000
su0000

The stars get get a x3 pay check in comparison to others in the soap.
so, when it comes to budget cuts, as it is said why the letting go of GF, they will be the first to go..
Letting one star go is dollars back in their pockets.

Susan
Susan

This doesn’t surprise me. This is JFP’s motus operandi. She hates writing for characters over a certain age.

Rcraig
Rcraig

So freakin true. After she sets done ruining yr she needs to go over to fool. Then she can be remembered a the beotch that ruined the soap world! So knew this was going to happen

Jill
Jill

I agree. I’m not surprised that JFP did this. If she don’t like you, she will get rid of you. What I don’t understand is she did an interview with TVGuide saying how she and Genie had a talk and what a great actress she is, and now she is fired? I was looking forward to the storyline that Genie was going to be doing and now that is gone. I don’t want to see someone else plan Gen. She made the character her own. Her fans will support her no matter what she does. But, I hope she comes back to GH. Would love to see Luke and Laura back together where they belong.

kay/kay
kay/kay

She is not going to GH FV said so more or less in an interview with SOD. It was not her fault another miscast by MAB she was too young for Cane’s mother. Oh, JFP does not mess around I guess she does carry grudges trust me Genie knew this was coming she has a business her husband has work she will do fine. Trust me all the charaters MAB brought on will be gone.

Beth
Beth

This was a no brainer. For some reason Jill F Phelps does not like Genie Francis. She refused to bring Genie “home”, it was just a matter of time before she relieved her of her YnR duties. Seems like JFP has a bit of the jealousy bug eatting at her. I have felt this for years. There was ABSOLUTELY no reason NOT to be given a contract when she returned, AND WON AN EMMY. Go to YouTube and listen to her acceptance speech. Something like..I have been waiting for this for thirty years. But still no recognition from GH “bigwigs”. Genie Fancis is a class act and wherever she lands it will be once again be GH loss. What a great day it would be, if she does return. We can all dream. And JFP better be really careful. The way she focuses on one character and neglects others, she is under a different unbrella now…….would hate it if she backs herself into a corner. NOT. I am so relieved that she is no longer in charge of GH and look how much better OUR show is. Lets all say a little prayer that “Laura” comes home.

MK
MK

Don’t look for her to be a Days, she hated Days!

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

Wow.that was huge news!!!! We want her back to GH before 50th Anniversay next year.. I know steve Burton left out and Jack Wagner might back for sure..HECK who know. let’s God lead the way for GF. let’s pray for her might get her old job back at GH and be with Luke,Lulu minus Lucky.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I think it would be Great if Genie Francis reprised her role as Laura on GH providing there is a really good storyline to go with her return. I would not want to see her come back just to be a background character like Kristina Wagner’s Felicia has been.

LisaZee
LisaZee

I want Genie back as Laura!

susan
susan

i say bring laura back and brenda for sonny we need a sonny/brenda reunion
for good old time romance in the afternoon since abc screwed up and axed
amc and oltl

LisaZee
LisaZee

They can always bring back anybody and everybody else but there is always an excuse when it comes to Genie/Laura.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

I wish FV & RC will rethink Genie now that things have changed @YnR she can shake up whole lot between Anna, Tracy, Luke and be of help to Lulu n Dante’………….bring our Laura back please……………..

Rona
Rona

Her Y&R character wasn’t developed well. Now, it just looks like they had to do something with her by sending her to look for Victor.

Ces
Ces

It didn’t take JFP long did it? Come back to GH Genie!!! You’re always welcome in PC =)

JustSaying
JustSaying

Budget reasons… So does that mean that they will re-sign Christel Khalil?

Doubtful.

Liz
Liz

People do get fired of budget reasons. I know it’s apparently hard to believe that but it happens.

heidi
heidi

It would be wonderful to have Laura back and for the 50th year it would be very appropriate!!! She must come back as a strong loving mother and not what they have done to her in the past. She is a very talented lady and GH could benefit greatly from her return… and isn’t that what everyone… including TPTB should want? Agree with the comment that when they bring her back that she doesn’t get sidelined forever like Felicia and Mac. She needs to be in the ensemble like everyone else! If GH doesn’t bring her back when the contractural issues are non-issues… they are crazy!!!

MemphisBelle
MemphisBelle

GH has a full cast now, in fact, they can get rid of a few characters and still have enough cast to tell the story. Great way to save money so they can keep the major players happy.
Not a fan of Genevieve – I just started watching Y&R again after a year or two. The character won’t be missed. There was no chemistry with any of the actors she played with.

Michael S
Michael S

Frank and Ron would be fools not to capitalize on this opportunity to secure Genie even if they push out her start date until next year. Genie needs to be on our screens again for GH’s 50th celebration!

su0000
su0000

there needs to be the money to bring GF on, and GH is full up and oa tight regulated buddget..
Y&R cut her for budget reason, I do doubt GH will take on the debt of paying her, not at this point in time.
It is not always about what fans or FV/RC wants, it is about business and budgets.

Derrick
Derrick

Really not surprised!

kristi
kristi

I loved Genie as Genevieve and thought Genie did an amazing job in this role. Genevieve was such an interesting character and so multidimenional. I loved watching Genie in this role ! I can’t believe they would fire such a talented actress and keep some of the untalented ones. Maybe, that is why soaps are dying because they get rid of all the talented actors and keep the others. I will miss Genie in this role and I actually grew to love “Genevieve” more than “Laura” !!

ricardo
ricardo

genie francis will not come back to general hospital. i would love to see her back myself as laura spencer but i don’t think she wants to go back to general hospital. especially the way they wrote laura weak writing. they will do the same thing. maybe days of our lives will call genie again. i loved her as diana coville.

MK
MK

genie hated DAYS

Robert in Jersey City.
Robert in Jersey City.

those writers are as gone as All My Children……Frank wont muck up Laura this time.

Tori
Tori

I love Genie and GenV. She’s one of the few layered,unpredictable and interesting people they have on the show so I have to say it makes me sick to hear they fired her. Their was so much potential for her character. Was looking forward to her and SN getting a storyline about their past and Jess Walton and Gen were great together. I’m at a lose for words and only started watching Y&R because of Genie being on it. When she goes,I’m leaving and won’t watch this loser of a show again!

Christine
Christine

I don’t think they were ever going to explore Tucker and Genevieve – just like we are still waiting to find out the big secret behind the breakup of Noah and Eden.

They moved Sharon into Tucker’s universe. So Genevieve is left twisting in the wind.

Mary
Mary

I am not a viewer of GH so I never had problem with Genie Francis playing a different character. The problem I had was the writers were all over the map with trying to figure out who this character was. First she was crazy trying to kill her ex husband, then she was a strong confident woman finding love with Jack, then she was a backstabbing, money hungry,power seeking mogul and now this lacky doing the dirty work for powerful men. If I was playing that role I think I would be relieved to be let go and pursue better roles. I wish her nothing but the best and if GH can use her talents better than YR than she should go for it.

LJ
LJ

Genie is hardly a diverse actress and her character on YR was boring. She will always be Laura, she might as well accept it.

susan M.
susan M.

I liked her Hallmark movies she made….It would be nice to see her on GH again..Would Luke choose Laura over Anna?????????????????? But it doesn’t look like that will happen…………………….

Robert in Jersey City.
Robert in Jersey City.

I really enjoyed Genie Francis on Y&R. It wasn’t Laura on that show and I was impressed. (sssh) I watched Laura find the gold in 1983, I never thought I could see her as someone else. She was good.

Now, JFP called her fat and wouldn’t let her back on GH past the reunion thing a few years back, so this is no surprise.

GH MUST MUST MUST bring her back to the new fabulous GH. Even for a short time. A Laura/Scotty/Heather story? YUP!

Y&R belongs to Jill and Catherine anyway. GH belongs to Laura. Too many icons jammed on one show. There’s gonna be room on B&B for a matriarch. Lucinda Walsh to B&B! That would be HOT! Viki to Days? Trevor St. John to B&B.

Tom
Tom

Genie Francis is amazing–but it seems that only soap fans TRULY appreciate her rather than the behind the scenes people. Oh well. I’d watch GH again if Laura came back.

Linda
Linda

I think FV and RC spoke the way they did because they couldn’t talk to Genie while she was part of Y&R. Let’s hope they bring Laura home where she belongs!

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Come back to GH, Genie!!!!

Jill
Jill

I agree. I loved her on Y&R. But, I do want her back on GH. She will always be Laura. I want to see Luke and Laura back together. But, I don’t want it to be easy. I don’t want to automatically. I want them to work their way back to each other. I want to see the Luke and Laura love on my screen again.

KristyLove
KristyLove

I loved her as Genevut i aieve, and will miss her on Y&R, but I am a huge GH fan too!!

ricardo
ricardo

recast laura spencer on general hospital. trust me genie does not want to go back to general hospital. she enjoyed her stay on days of our lives. please come back as diana coville genie.

aria
aria

um no!

EventsDiva
EventsDiva

Would love to see Genie return as Diana Colville before going back to GH. Her chemistry with Drake Hogestyn was off the charts,their romance was so real and believeable. I hated when she left Days. She hated being a prop for TG on GH and he looks old enough to be her grandfather. Genie deserves so much better then this garbage treatment!

Dange
Dange

OMG, I would be so happy to see Genie on DOOL. She and Drake (as Diana and RoJohn) made a really great (can’t find the right word – let’s say – organic ) soap supercouple and were incredible funny as well. However, her comments on “her stay on Days” were contradictory. In 2001 she open expressed her disappointment about what she did on Days, but in an interview (from 2011) she told that only the first half of the year was rather complicated but then everything was going funny and said some nice words about Drake once again.

Michael
Michael

Recasting Laura would be soap opera suicide for General Hospital.

Sassy
Sassy

Ron and Frank need to be on the phone with Genie and Tristan agents..This is the perfect time to bring back Robert and Laura….As a couple!! Yea, that would have smoke pouring out of Luke’s ears. He can’t seems to keep his paws off Robert’s great loves , now it’s time for him to watch Robert romance his old friend….Laura

Lisa
Lisa

Ha, ha, ha! Now that would be funny indeed. The biggest ripoff was when TPTB made Ethan Luke’s son and not Robert’s! So unfair to one of the best supercouples ever…Robert & Holly. Luke is supposedly off looking for the three of them. Why can’t TPTB show that instead of this crap with Trey/Kristina/Joe and Kate? Bleah!

Debbie McClendon
Debbie McClendon

I have always loved Genie Frances and would love to see her return back home to Port Charles. It’s where she belongs.

Benjaman
Benjaman

So sad for Genie. Once again Y&R brought a talent on and then didn’t know what to do with her. This show will forever be about the same characters and all the rest are there to temporarily orbit them. As a veteran of daytime Genie deserved better treatment. I hope she doesn’t stay away from our screens for long.

Christine
Christine

As much as I like Genie Francis, I am hoping this means that “budget cuts” will be for keeping the likes of Y&R VETERANS – those faces we have seen for years and years (and you know who I am talking about). 🙂

Sue
Sue

Definitely want Genie back in her signature role of Laura Spencer!!!

Jared
Jared

First of all, Genie is a stunningly beautiful and talented woman/actress, who deserves so much better than the misfortune of portraying one of MAB’s misguided character creations. I hope that RC/FV Dream Team snatch this jewel of daytime quickly. I’m sure they can appreciate her and write for her story that she deserves.

Blake
Blake

Genie needs to go back to GH, seems everyone agrees.

And Jill knows how to clean up Y&R, she’s doing it one character at a time.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I don’t have an opinion about Genie Francis but didn’t care for Genevieve. The character was poorly written and, as the mother of another character with only a “slim” connection to the show, the loss of the character really means nothing to Y&R. I’d like to think this had nothing to do with a purported bad history between the new producer and Francis. The character was just extraneous.

Jeanne Cooper herself said in the video interview on this website that Y&R had too many extraneous characters and that the show needed to get back to the basics. Genevieve would have been one of my first choices to remove from the show. If the new crew knows what they are doing and are serious about improving Y&R, they would follow what Cooper correctly said and “clean house” of the unnecessary characters. Genevieve was a good start. Now, I hope they decide to jettison other “dead wood” — Cane, Sarge, Yo-Harmony, Murphy, Eden, Ronan, and Avery. Heck, I could even understand ditching Adam and Chelsea.

It made no sense to send Jill Foster (sorry, still can’t bring myself to call her Fenmore) packing and keep these people. The show needs to refocus on the its core: The Abbotts followed by the Newmans and Kay’s crew (very few of them, including Kay, are Chancellors). Give these people decent, original storylines and the show might stand a chance.

Nothing against Genie Francis but Y&R really wasn’t her “game.”

Glen
Glen

Would love to see GF return to GH. BTW, Marcy Rylan (Abbie) has apparently also been let go. She just announced it on Twitter.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Well do not want to be a wet blanket but I will be on 9/11/12 we had an attack again against americans so I really could give a flying shit if a soap actress lost their job. We were attacked at an American Embassy and our President was dancing in the streets with Beyonce. And please save your attacks this will be the last time I post I am disgusted beyond words..

randy
randy

genie and now em rylan…abby newman,,,how sad 2 of the best actresseson y and r,,i feel bad for genie she did amazing work with the scripts she was handed only to be repaid by the ax,,i havelost all respect for this show and itsso called team…today it got removed from my pvr…jfp says it is not personal,,,but then why not try to write a good storyline for an amazing actress like genie..all i can say to jfp thnx for puttin the final nail in the coffin,,to bad ive ben a fatefull viewer since its debut,, but enough is enough

RJ4
RJ4

Would love to see a her come back to GH as Laura and have a Luke and Laura reunion! Feeling very nostalgic lately, and I may be old school, but missing the old ‘ Golden Days’ of soaps when I was in high school and College. Would still love to see some of that romance, and intrigue return for a bit anyway…

Trammell
Trammell

YES!

Nikki
Nikki

THANK YOU Y&R! I am not a fan of Genie Francis, especially not of her portrayl and role on Y&R. I much rather have a new character like this let go as opposed to Y&R vets. I’m sure that despite what Frank said at the press panel, GH will snatch her up if budget permits, however, I much rather have Robert and a few others return before her.

Lisa
Lisa

I agree with you. GH is really missing a ratings bonanza by not showing Robert and Holly trying to rescue “their” son Ethan from the evil Helena Cassadine. They teased us a couple of weeks ago when Luke finally told Anna that Ethan is really his son with Holly. Robert & Holly were one of the best supercouples GH ever had…and not to use Emma and Tristan’s magic again is so foolish.

aria
aria

wow, JFP cant even hide her dislike for FRANCIS, this is so unfair overall, but hopefully Francis can return to GH, Laura has heart, and soul, and maybe to francis this is weak, but to me Laura doesn’t come across that way. Laura has a son whose a billionaire, she should come back helping him run his business, and more of a career women. either way, laura rocks.

LLATWTF
LLATWTF

I’d love to see Laura return to GH! GH could really use some more focus on GH characters. Maybe Lesley could return too? I know, that’s too much to ask.

Andy Gard
Andy Gard

This is a shockingly stupid decision on the part of Y&R, and any show that snatches up this supremely talented and telegenic actress will be lucky to have her!

kalamaty
kalamaty

I honestly didn’t care for the character at first, but she has really grown on me; especially in these last several weeks. Genie will be fine, everyone. It was a lot of fun to see her on my favorite show, though, and I will miss seeing her.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Though I would love to see Genie return to GH-IF she does, be afraid, be VERY afraid…

Trammell
Trammell

Maybe a Jill issue? They never seemed to get along much.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I know Genie must be sad–and frustrated at the timing of this “firing.” I really hope that TPTB will be smart enough to beg, if that have to, and bring Genie Francis back to GH. We loyal fans have hoped for her return for so long–and Genie has said repeatedly she would be willing to come back. For some reason, they have turned a deaf ear before, but what better time to bring “Laura” back? Lulu needs her now that she is pregnant–and Luke needs her–and loves her–now, even though he and Anna are involved. He can be friends with Anna–as can Laura–and Duke and Anna can have a big romance along with L and L. And watch the ratings soar! What a whopper of a story for the 50th anniversary celebration in April 2013.

lisa
lisa

I would be thrilled if Genie made a return to GH as Laura.
But as she said on the Oprah show -she didn’t want to play a victim role.
So if a possibility exits for Genie to return ….please don’t make her the perpetual vic again.

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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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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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