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Brooklyn Rae Silzer Chats On Her GH Goodbye, Final Scenes With Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough & How She Would Write Emma Back Into Story!

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, there could not have been a dry eye in the house if you were a longtime fan of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough), and their daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer).  Viewers watched as the Drake family said farewell to Port Charles to start their new life in California.  With that, it not only meant  the final GH episode of Jason Thompson (who is now on The Young and the Restless) but for now of Kimberly McCullough, and talented young star, Brooklyn Rae Silzer.

In touching scenes during her final show, Emma watched as her parents remarried, then says goodbye to her beloved grandma Anna (Finola Hughes), and more.   In real life shortly before Thanksgiving, Brooklyn finished her final scenes that aired today with her longtime scene partner, Jason Thompson.   Together as Patrick and Emma, the actors created a unique and special bond, and relationship.

Tonight, following us watching the episode, we hopped on the phone with this little scene stealer to get her thoughts on the big Scrubs ending, her time at GH, her relationship with Jason Thompson,  how she hopes she will come back to the show for a visit and even a storyline that she thinks would be quite interesting for a return!  Taking her final bow (for now) with On-Air On-Soaps, here’s what Brooklyn had to share.

During Patrick and Robin’s wedding that aired on Thursday, each of them actually made some special vows to Emma during the ceremony.  What did you think of those moments?

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BROOKLYN:  It was really sweet.  I almost cried when they were filming it, but I know Jason really meant it because it was the last day.  It was our last scenes together as a family, and it was my final scenes with Kimberly and Jason.  I kinda didn’t want that scene to come, because I knew I was going to cry.  I’m happy for Jason, and I am just happy that I got to be there that day.

You spoke at Jason Thompson’s farewell and cake cutting ceremony that GH had on set during his final tape day.  What did you say?

BROOKLYN:  I just said how much I loved him, and that I’m happy for him. It was also very sad because it was our last day together, and our last day working together also at General Hospital.  I’m thankful for all of the shows that Jason helped me with, and that Mr. Frank (Valentini) gave me a chance to be on GH for such a longtime, and thankful to the writers that they wrote for me.  Everyone is so sweet there, and I’m going to miss them so much.

Can you believe what a cool experience this has been for you to be a major and beloved character on a television show for as many years as you have?

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BROOKLYN:  It was amazing!   I started out as little girl in pre-school.  It was just one scene I was supposed to do on the show, and it turned into four and a half years.  I am just so grateful that everyone over at GH took good care of me.  Jason Thompson felt like a real dad.  I felt like the Drakes were another family of mine, because I kinda grew up on the show.  It’s been half of my life.  I was really happy to have the experience with everyone there including: Mr. Frank, and all of the camera guys.   They are all so nice. 

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Another touching goodbye scene was between Emma and her grandma Anna, played by Finola Hughes.

BROOKLYN:  Yes. Grandma helped me (Emma) get an airline ticket, so I can come visit at General Hospital some time.  Maybe, I can come visit Anna’s house sometime.  Maybe, I will cause trouble for my mom and dad, and they have to send me away … so I have to go to grandma’s! (Laughs)

So, you want Emma to become a real troublemaker?

BROOKLYN:  Yeah!  My mom and dad can’t handle me anymore and so they go, “You know what?  That’s it!  We are going to go on an island, and spend the rest of our lives without you and have a real good time.  So, you just go live with your grandma!”

Well, you know how this works on a soap opera … people always come back!

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BROOKLYN:  Right.  I’m not even dead either! (Laughs)  Some people come back from the dead!  So for me, there is more of a chance I can come back.

Fans of GH always tell me that you feel like a very special part of the family to them.  What has it been like when you meet the fans, or hear about their reactions to you, or Emma?

BROOKLYN:  I would like to say they are all very sweet.   I am so glad I get to meet some of them, and sometimes I meet them at the mall.  Sometimes they hug me, or want to take pictures with me.  They make me feel very special, and they think it’s special.  I am so thankful that they watched me on General Hospital, and that they like Emma, because I really like Emma, too.

You actually will be appearing on another TV show soon!

BROOKLYN:  Yes.  I filmed that in the late fall.  It’s a part on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.  I think the series begins to air in March.  I’m in one episode.

I bet you will be back sooner than later on GH!

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BROOKLYN:  Maybe they will have me back for the Nurses Ball, or something.  But it really won’t be the same without Jason.  As I said, he was like another dad to me, and he always protected me.

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Speaking of Jason, when you look back on your time together, what was one of your favorite scenes with him?

BROOKLYN:  One of my favorites was when I talked to Jason when I started playing the guitar.  I thought we could do a song together.  We told Mr. Frank and then Jason wrote the song for the Nurses Ball.  He helped me practice guitar, because I was just starting to learn then.  Jason taught me a few notes and we started singing and practicing together.  I couldn’t believe we got to do the song!   It was such a magical moment for us.  I didn’t know Jason was going to be leaving at that time, so now it’s even more special to me, because I can remember it forever and ever.  I have some pictures of it in my room as well.

Jason is a good songwriter!

BROOKLYN:  Jason is a great songwriter.  He needs to write some more songs so we can start this little band of ours!

So wait.  You’re going to start a band with Jason?

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BROOKLYN:  Yes.  I will talk to him about it.   He will probably say, “Yes”! (Laughs)

How do you feel about Jason going to Y&R?  Will you watch him in his new role on it?

BROOKLYN:  I will watch, but my mom will only let me watch Jason’s scenes. (Laughs)

How was having Kimberly back this time where Robin was not being kidnapped, but was actually acting in scenes with you?

BROOKLYN:  When I saw the script for the Christmas Eve scenes, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to do them.  Now I thought Kimberly and I were going to be together on the phone call scenes, but it was the stage manager talking to me.  So, it wasn’t the same as talking to Kimberly. (Laughs).  But then I was happy that I finally got to work with her.  I missed her so much.

What do you want me to tell all of your fans on social media tonight who are sad because today was the final show of Patrick, Robin, and Emma together?

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BROOKLYN:  Tell everyone thank you for me!  I don’t have social media so I can’t post messages.  I want to thank them for all of their love and support.  I have so enjoyed playing Emma.  It was a pleasure to work with Kimberly and Jason, and everyone there on the show.

Are you going to watch the final episode tonight?  I needed a box of Kleenex through it, so I’m just giving you a heads-up.

BROOKLYN:  I am going to need two boxes of Kleenex, but I have to watch after I finish my homework.  I can be a big crybaby!

What did you think of what Brooklyn shared about working with Jason Thompson? Her favorite scenes? What did you think of today’s episode, and watching Emma during the the Scrubs wedding? Share your thoughts on our chat below!

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Sandy
Sandy

What a wonderful interview, Michael and Brooklyn. It has been such a pleasure watching Brooklyn these past four years on GH. She’s grown into an amazing young actress on the show, and a beautiful young lady. I loved her duet with Jason at the Nurses Ball. That was the highlight of the whole ball, without question.

Today’s show was fantastic, and it was so wonderful to see Robin, Patrick, and Emma have a happily ever after to end this amazing story that started back on December 7, 2005. I loved Robin and Patrick saying vows to Emma, and watching Patrick give Emma that sweet kiss when she came down the aisle was just heart melting because you could tell it was so Jason and Brooklyn, and not just Patrick and Emma. This whole wedding was wonderful.

Congratulations to Brooklyn on her upcoming role in the new Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and the very best of luck to her in everything she does.

Thank you both for the wonderful interview, Michael and Brooklyn!

Denise Pettit
Denise Pettit

Brooklyn you are such an Awesome Little Actress Sweetie youll go far in Life just keep that Sweet Spirit about you Im going to miss you Honey you are one of the BEST!!! on Soaps Love you Denise Pettit PS I have 2 Daughters and a Grandaughter about your age

Amy
Amy

Sweet, precious, awesome, kind. Polite and thoughtful

Steve Sehnert
Steve Sehnert

Brooklyn is quite the amazing actress. She had so many memorable moments that blew me away! I will miss her!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

A lovely little lady–love the relationship between her and Jason and Robin and Finola–very genuine. I wish her much happiness and good luck!

Sheryl
Sheryl

it was a great show even though it was so sad to see them all leave . We wish them good luck in whatever they do next. We will definitely watch Jason on Y&R and hoping to see Brooklyn again very soon. Thank you Michael for sharing your great interviews as always we enjoy them very much.

Scoma60
Scoma60

I think I’m going to miss Brooklyn more than Jason. At least I can see him on YR. I’m all for Emma returning to live full time with Anna. Brooklyn is such a talented and beautiful little girl with a bright future.

Tristan
Tristan

What a delightful, intelligent child she is! I had long held out hope that the audience would be able to see Brooklyn grow up on GH as we had seem KMc. Indeed, a part of me wishes she were staying. But getting that happy ending trumps all!

GH has intimated that Brooklyn will be back from time to time to visit “grandma.” I want to hold them to that. This young lady so lights up the screen, that there should always be a place for her at GH.

The loss of the Scorpio-Drakes leaves a huge, really unfillable hole on GH. Gone is the normalcy and reliability and genuine goodness that their characters brought to the show. Without them GH will become even more of a moral black hole, as “family” is now represented exclusively by the mobster clans Corinthos and Jerome. The loss of this family, then, is a major loss to the fabric of General Hospital. Considering the light that the Scorpio-Drakes brought to the otherwise relentlessly dark GH, they are probably not only irreplaceable, but will not be replaced because the show’s runners will continue to traffic in darkness and depravity.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

So well said Tristan.

Brooklyn was amazing–and today they all made me cry.

The wedding show was excellent–so emotional on so many fronts

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

ITA, Tristan is supposed to return for another adventure, but it will probably be short-lived. Then what’s left? Mob, mob and more mob. Awaiting Tristan’s return is about the only thing holding me to GH right now.

Tristan
Tristan

Maddie, seriously, I don’t really have that much of a reason to watch, though I love FH and always hold out hope that Genie Francis will get a story. But think about it: the major families are now JUST the Jerome-Davis clan and the Corinthos clan. We lost the core of the one morally-centered family on the show. Anna now has no one, so she isn’t “a family,” and we know Mac and Felicia won’t be seen. As for the Q’s??? Michael gave his allegiance to the Corinthos clan, and we know where the Borg stands. I don’t think people really realize the devastating impact of the loss of the Scorpio-Drake family to GH. This is huge, and without some goodness somewhere, why watch?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Definitely another nail in the coffin, to be sure.

Dawn
Dawn

OMG!!! This little actress’s is brilliant tell her I said so I hope GH does not lose this girl the scenes were so touching I can’t believe they’re gone!! God willing they bring back Kimberly and Brooklyn it will be their (GH) mistake

Nancy
Nancy

Brooklyn was so quiet and always smiling when she first came on as Emma. A huge change from the little girl that briefly played Emma before (as cute as she was, she was distracting). Over the years she has really grown as a person and an actress. I’m glad that she was the daughter of my favorite soap couple and I can’t wait for her visits in the future.

aria
aria

i miss her already, i can’t stand it, i wish their was a way for her to come back without it being tragic, like robin and patrick dying or something like that,its nice to see a couple go off into the the sunset happy. still i’m going to miss little brooklyn rae. maybe she can come back as another member of the family that happen to be a spitting image of emma, like cousins, maybe anna’s twin alex little girl, something like that. The show needs to add some new members to the devane/scorpio clan. I feel t the show could bring in another offspring of robert and anna, another daughter born after they were pressured dead, she would be in her 20’s now and the backstory would be that when Robert and Anna were on the run anna was pregnant, as we all know, GH never really gave an explanation for why when Robert and Anna were presumed dead along with cesar they separated. we know Anna showed up in pine valley all my children with amnesia, so it could be explained that she forgot she had a kid and that since robert wasn’t around he never knew she was pregnant. She could have a “memory” now that she’s in therapy. okay back to Brooklyn Rae, we need to find a way for her to come back, so maybe a lookalike relative wouldn’t be so off. just saying!

Fanny
Fanny

Wonderful parenting has gone into raising this thoughtful, kind and
beautiful little girl up. What a gem…Bring her back soon!!!

Timmm
Timmm

You said it all Fanny, this little sweetheart is a product of her parents! Good job folks.

Michael
Michael

That is one articulate 9 year old!

Ron Klimmek
Ron Klimmek

I really enjoyed Brooklyn Rae Silzer as Emma Drake . I hope she could come back to General Hospital . It’ll be such a loss to losee her . She really is an excetional little girl . She reminds me of Natalie Wood when Natalie Wood was her age . She really has a special quality. She is a gifted little star .

Cathy
Cathy

Thank you Michael. ..such a sweet little girl who brought many wonderful memories..so happy we got our HEA but will not only miss Jason and Kimberly but a character like Emma! Brooklyn will always have a special place in our heart! Like she said she’ll be back!

tsyent
tsyent

What a sweetheart!! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they do bring her back! She will be missed. The show is changing so much each year. The original n families that started the show are almost gone, so sad. It would be great to see more original’s…

lovesam1122
lovesam1122

She is such a grown up little girl for her age. I am fascinated by the fact she would like to work again on the show contrary to a lot of adults who just want to think about them being this happy family I would love to see her back and living with Grandma Anna. I think there are big things ahead for her, she is just too good of a little actress

Alan
Alan

Great interview.

The show really dropped the ball not having a scene with Spencer and Cameron telling Emma goodbye. And what was with mute Felicia as set decoration? Stellar writing GH.

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Exactly what I was thinking. Such a shame that Spencer and Cameron weren’t there to tell Emma goodbye. I guess they are off camera with Jocelyn raising themselves.

Melissa
Melissa

Absolutely right. The boys should have been there to say goodbye to their friend.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She’s a keeper!

Shari
Shari

Such a mature and intelligent girl. I will miss Emma and I hope she does come back to see Anna. The only thing I had hoped for was a goodbye scene with Spencer. We haven’t seen him at all –even after Nik fell and is in the hospital. I was hoping they’d have had Uncle Sonny bring him to the wedding though for a goodbye.

Lois Welch
Lois Welch

I will miss Emma. She is a great actress.she a a bright future. Sad to see them leave. Will miss the scrubs snd the family.

Gerr
Gerr

Great interview! So polite and thankful! She has done an excellent job on the show and will be missed. I hope she gets to use that plane ticket soon.. ❤
Port Charles won’t be the same!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I remember the first time I saw her, Sonny & Jax had a shootout in Robin’s living room! And poor little Brooklyn walked out looking sad and scared. Little did we know that little tot was going to become as beloved as Kimberly became to GH watchers. So glad GH gave us the Scorpio-Drake family and the special love they all shared, so reminiscent of Robert, Anna and Robin. I hope Patrick & Robin will give Emma a baby brother or sister very soon! And I’m very much looking forward to Emma’s visits to Grandma Anna. 🙂

Kelley
Kelley

Such good actor and actresses that family will be miss on ghost that was sad

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

Robin and Patrick can no longer take care of her …Brooklyn has been found taken Flintstones vitamins and staying out past her noon curfew…just recently Robin caught Emma taking more than one free sample at the local deli…the Drakes can no longer control their troublesome kid…its off to Anna she goes!…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Anna is on assignment so Emma goes to live with Sabrina and Emma kills herself! THATS HORRIBLE!

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

Lets make Emma the hero…she knocks off Sabrina and she is rewarded a medal for help curing all of us of our misery…lol

Erica
Erica

I would just like to say that I miss Brooklyn on GH already so much. I wish her all the best and hope to see her soon on GH with Kimberly and Jason soon! I’m looking forward to her one episode stint on the new show and I hope that some day in the future that she can get social media so that we can stay up to date with everything that she is doing. I also hope to see her at the GHFCW this year and hope to see her again some day (possibly at the mall)! Lol. Best of luck in everything you do Brooklyn and hope to see you on GH soon! Lots of love and luck. Xoxo

Karen
Karen

I am going to miss you

James
James

What a wonderful interview. Brooklyn did a fantastic job as Emma. This girl has a bright future in the business.

Merry
Merry

I love GH Emma is so beautiful and smart played her really well.i hope she will come back to visit her grandmother. Patrick why are you leaving give my love to Steve. Kimberly will be missed also.she always come back. No one can ever replace Jason.

Joe
Joe

Sounds like a GRRRR EAT idea on Brooklyn s part. She is such a tremendous young actress and should come back ASAP!

Mister Media
Mister Media

Watching Brooklyn as Emma was always a bright spot in my day. Her old soul shines through her beautiful little face and she is able to portray emotions as well as, if not better than, most adult actors. The powers that be have to realize the enormous affection that the audience has for her and find a way to get her back to Port Charles as soon as possible. It bothers me to think that her role was sacrificed due to the other casting circumstances.

Al
Al

Such a beautiful & talented little girl and will be missed on GH

Mister Media
Mister Media

Here’s a story idea for Emma: After a month or so in California it becomes obvious to Patrick and Robin that she is having difficulty adjusting. Now that the family has reunited she is starting to come to emotional terms with all the craziness that they went through. She has had her security stripped from her so many times that she interprets their happiness as merely a set-up for the next big calamity. She isn’t acting out through bad behavior, but she is emotionally troubled. Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Franco has helped Elizabeth get to the bottom of the issues with her troubled son, Jake. She tells Patrick that Franco has worked wonders through his art therapy and actually relates well with children. Patrick and Robin agree that Emma can return home and stay with Anna and be treated by Franco, as long as Anna keeps a close eye on the proceedings. Viewers of OLTL know that Roger Howarth as Todd had an amazing relationship with Kristen Alderson as Starr when she was a child. I would love to see Roger and Brooklyn in scenes together. I think they could create soapy magic.

Deidre
Deidre

I Loved it….I was tearing up as I was watching the final episode of Jason, Kimberly and Brooklyn…..I wish that neither one of them was leaving……..I Loved watching them all of these years…….They all will be missed……They are such AMAZING actresses and actor …..I just hope that they all will visit Port Charles from time to time but of course with the original people playing the parts…….I will be watching Jason on Y&R…….I also watch that soap everyday too so I will still be seeing him do his thing…..But the final GH episode with the 3 of you was a happy one as well as a sad one….And I will miss you all….Hope to see you all in the near future together again…..Thank you♡♡♡

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

What a special little girl! She is so mature! She’s going to grow up to be just as extraordinary as Kimberly McCullough and Kristin Alderson. You can tell she’s been raised properly and has a great head on her shoulders even at such a young age. She’ll be terribly missed on GH, but I think I can speak for most GH fans in wishing her continued success and a long, wonderful career!

Lauren
Lauren

I will miss Brooklyn the most. What a special, beautiful, talented young lady. It will be a major loss to GH in her absence! This was Jason’s choice to leave to go to another soap, too bad it had to impact Brooklyn’s role:(

Liz
Liz

I will miss Emma and Brooklyn very much. I too feel like she’s family. I hope she visits her grandma Anna soon and often. She is a great actress and her work this year has been outstanding. I hope she gets an Emmy. I’m sure she will be successful in whatever she does.

Xoxo, Brooklyn Rae. Peace and love.

Kelly
Kelly

I will miss all the Scorpio-Drakes. The were my only reason for watching GH. Have to say that Thursday’s scenes with Anna, Robert, and Mac were perfect. Anna’s heartfelt goodbye to Robin and Patrick made me cry. I adore all of these actors. They brought the family to life and there is hole in show without them. I hope Brooklyn and Kimberly both return to visit Anna at least once in a while. GH would be remiss to let these wonderful actresses go.

Debb Linke
Debb Linke

I think Brooklyn is amazing. Beautiful and talented. The entire package. Can’t wait to see her again.

Elhu
Elhu

Excellent interview. Talented, sweet, smart, beautiful, young girl. I look forward to her return visits to GH. Maybe at some point they can work her back into a contract role again. Wishing Brooklyn much success in all she does. She is so talented, I would not be surprised if she gets picked up by another soap or evening series quickly.

Ellen
Ellen

This little girl is phenomenal. While I would love to see her back on general hospital, I would be nice to see her work with Jason again on the young and the restless!

Rodd
Rodd

What a sweet little lady! Her parents have to be so proud of her.

I will miss Emma on GH and hope they bring her back soon or at least often for visits with Anna. I really enjoyed the little theatrics Emma had with Spencer and Cameron. They were all good little actors. And, of course, when you watch a young actor grow up on a show they kinda become a part of your family.

I wish well in whatever she does next.

Thanks for the great interview, Michael!

Alyssa
Alyssa

My husband and I adore her. We can live without Patrick (like him very much, sorry he’s leaving) but losing her is crushing. We vote for any plot that brings her back. Or we’d adopt her.

judy
judy

I really think Jason Thompson and Brooklyn rae silzer should be nominated they both did a hell of a job when Sam and Patrick broke up….and Billy Miller should be nominated as his own version of Jason morgan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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