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Brooklyn Rae Silzer Set For A Return To General Hospital As Emma Visits Anna During Spring Break!

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The outpouring of love and support shown to the fabulous Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma Drake) did not go unnoticed by GH’s executive producer Frank Valentini.

In fact, Brooklyn is on her way back to General Hospital for a spring break visit when Emma visits her grandma Anna! (Finola Hughes)

ABC Soaps In Depth broke the news, and while all the details are being ironed out, Emma’s visit will span multiple episodes expected to air around March 30th. While Silzer is set to shoot her scenes in the coming weeks.

Valentini told SID, “Yes, we’ve already found an excuse to bring her back!” When viewers last saw Emma, she left Port Charles with her parents Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and headed for their new life in California.

So, are you looking forward to Emma visiting Anna? Do you hope this means there will be plenty of Emma to come. The actress is on recurring status with the soap. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Coco
Coco

Soooooooo happy

JUDY K
JUDY K

GREAT NEWS……SHE IS A SUPER LITTLE ACTRESS WHO ADDS SO MUCH TO THE SHOW….

Amy
Amy

Yay!!! I’ve missed her! I miss Patrick, too. Love little miss Brooklyn. Keep finding reasons to bring her back, Frank!

Trudy
Trudy

I love this young actress. So happy to have her visit Anna.

su0000
su0000

She is cute but a spoiled whiner… good actress.

tim S
tim S

Oh Carmen… .wow.. that is not nice.. why do you not like pretty little talented, charming, adorable Emma?

Liz
Liz

Yes I totally agree with you Carmen, Emma is a spoiled rotten brat.

SW
SW

Excited to see her, but a little gimicky, no?? Not sure what kind of compelling storyline will come from this.

Ina
Ina

a wonderful little actress. I’ve missed her on the show.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Stop fishing for replies posting nonsense like that. .it’s not even funny. .you’re acting bratty

Lew S.
Lew S.

Davlestev1, I totally agree!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Awwww. She’s just a child. So sweet.
Besides, every kid has a little bit of brattiness in her/him. ‘Tis the nature of the beast, so to speak. Lol.
I think Brooklyn is a true performer and a cute little button.

Tristan
Tristan

Best news from GH in a long long time!

Shay
Shay

Already? She just left! And I agree with you, Carmen! I’ve never seen the appeal of this obnoxious child.

Tristan
Tristan

Is it really necessary to be so rude about a little kid??? For some of us she is a ray of sunshine on a show that is nothing but mobsters and violence.

robbie
robbie

As much as I enjoy Emma, I don’t see what she can contribute, storywise

Tristan
Tristan

Anna has no family left in Port Charles. Emma gives her family to interact with, which is a good enough reason for me! This show also needs some light and warmth. Emma brings that.

robbie
robbie

I would still consider Mac and Robert her family, but I get your point

Timmm
Timmm

Well robbie, one of GH’s weak points is they dont have enough real family moments. They fail to connect the family dots like Y&R. I have no problem with Emma popping in for a bit to be seen with Anna and keeping Emma alive on the show. She will also head to Spoon Island and its loaded with kids now so they will get into something there.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Great news!

Guest
Guest

Think that IF there is to be a Nurses’ Ball that Robin needs to be there! There is no reason why Robin still can not visit from time to time – her Mom as well as Uncle Mac as well as Maxie [who were as close as sisters ] could be are still in PC. They did usher her off fast with Jason Thompson’s exit for the show. And with Tristan Rogers coming and going her father will be there too. Besides, the fact that PC has always been home to her – Yes she left town with her husband to start a new job and a life with him. However, People still go on vacations and visit family! Since Robin has been taken away from hers [against her own will —- there is much explanation to some people that were not present at the Wedding / farewell party.
I knew that Emma would be back since they mentioned it was going to happen during Jason Thompson’s exit interview – nothing new -besides I watched the extended cut of the Wedding/Goodbye episode where Anna did give Emma a plane ticket for her to come and visit . … so WE ALL KNEW it was just a matter of when she was coming… I imagine May Sweeps [ another attempt to bring in those ratings ! The way Frank’s brain works … anything for a ratings stunt! If he was smart since Robin & Robert brought in over a half million viewers last time he would bring them both in again as well! 😉

Guest
Guest

Oh Wait …… this is from Lynn Herring she addressed the fans ….
FROM LYNN: “Thank you all for thinking of me ….. and Lucy, of course, it means so much! I am loving ranching and Museum-ing (is that a word?) right now. I do miss playing Lucy but I am not interested in a line here or there or a day once in awhile. All the years of happiness and satisfaction I had playing Lucy are too important to me, and I would never want to belittle all the great memories I have of her adventures. If Frank and the writers need Lucy for a story or a firm connection in the show then I will jump out of my saddle and come running for sure.
P.S. Not sure if General Hospital is doing the Nurses Ball again this year and if they are, if Lucy is even included. You will be the first to know when I find out! Thank you for all your interest, support and fun comments! Got to head back outside. The river washed out many of our fences and the cows are taking advantage. smile emoticon XO”

So as of now …. There is no Lucy Coe! Which means Someone else would MC ?

Personally, I think that this show has gotten away from what the Nurses’ Ball is about. It used to air in June during HIV/AIDS awareness . Not coincide with Sweeps.

*And can we get back to General Hospital having a Cast at the hospital with PEOPLE we know! Everytime I see a Doc on staff . I can not stand asking . “Who the heck is that guy?!?! ” I have been watching for over 4 decades!! The show used to be about a Daytime Medical Drama with a mob element to it . It was the lives of the staff inside and out. Their families. I can count the # of the hospital staff on my hand . It is getting sad! 🙁 Hire a medical & Storyline consultant . Grab some past Doc/ nurses from a DEFUNCT soap Port Charles / GH: Night shift (they had Interns on that show)

*Ok, sorry was getting a little off subject … but it was still GH! [ Sorry a little bit passionate about a show I would really not like to go off the air. We have new ppl in charge at ABC and gosh only knows what the means for our only soap.
I know that Wendy Riche does want to return .. Would be thrilled over the Moon if that happened. GH won 5 Outstanding Best Daytime Drama awards. with her. Sri Rao wants to be one of the writers – he was HW on Season 2 of GH: Night shift .

GH Just needs something … because something still is not working!

Timmm
Timmm

Nina could host the NB. They need to refocus on the cause and bring in some names to spice up the event and bring real attention to the show and AIDS.

Timmm
Timmm

Nina could host the NB.

Guest
Guest

Timmm, they should Bring back Wendy Riche! Then perhaps they should think about a NB.. Till then. The NB a thing of the past.,

Mo
Mo

If GH really wanted Emma/Brooklyn on the show full-time, they could make it happen. Have her parents send her to school in PC or maybe her parents are going on a sabbatical and they send her to her grandmother.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

She just got her mom back. Niether Robin or Emma would want to be apart again. They’re mother and daughter and had been taken away from each other for too long. Unless they recast Robin and Patrick who come back to live in Port Charles…which doesn’t appear to be happening at this point, I think Emma will just be a frequent visitor.

Timmm
Timmm

They are throwing the kid a bone and Anna doesnt have anyone on the show now. Kim is off directing and we all know about Jason. This is the best case scenario for now.

Guest
Guest

Brooklyn’s sister is now on Y&R. IT is now her sister’s chance to shine. Londyn has been there for Brooklyn since she started on GH. Think this is a mutual decisiin. NO ONE pushed her out

Mister Media
Mister Media

I absolutely welcome her presence on the show. She is a really good actress and a ray of sunshine. I want to see the character in scenes with Roger Howarth’s Franco. Maybe she could use a little art therapy to help her adjust to the many tumultuous changes in her young life.

Timmm
Timmm

This little sweetie can act better than two of the police officers currently working for the PCPD!

Rodd
Rodd

What a lovely young talented actress! I will be so happy to see her interacting with Finola and other Gh cast members. She really can hold her own. The scenes between Brooklyn and Finola always warm my heart.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree Todd! I can’t wait to see her interact with Finola. Heart warming indeed.

rebecca1
rebecca1

She’s such a beautiful little girl. Brings charm and innocence to the show. Looking forward to her return but at the same evokes a wave of nostalgia for Patrick.

Rose
Rose

Geez, I can understand how some could care less if Emma made a visit to PC. But the negative tone some have used towards the character, which has to rub off on the actor because she is still a child after all, is really a black eye on the adults making the comments. I know, you are free to say whatever you want, yada, yada, yada…but as I’ve said before with this freedom comes great responsibility as per Spider-Man’s uncle.

Shay
Shay

@Rose….My objection to this character is that she has been constantly painted as the “second coming of Robin” herself, and that is just not the case. Whilst Robin was a deeply thoughtful, intelligent, perceptive and mature child, Emma is just hammy and whiny, never more so than when she was BFFs with Sabs the Babysitter….that made me grit my teeth on every insufferable occasion those two were in the same scene. Even when that storyline finally ended, Emma stayed annoying. Hence when she left with her parents on their HEA, I cheered on the preservation of the Scorpio family unit, but I was quite frankly glad to see her go. Now it is less than two months since that departure, and already she’s back? Believe me, I love all things Anna, but she has plenty to do other than play granny to this kiddo. Maybe further down the line it would have been more palatable to welcome this child on a return visit to Port Charles, but it’s simply too soon. That is not being nasty, just honest. I largely feel the same about Spencer…that little dude drives me up the wall, too. Unless a child actor has an integral purpose to a storyline, like Jake recently has been, then they should be infrequently seen and not necessarily heard.

Rose
Rose

But Shay you haven’t been what I call mean with Emma/Brooklyn like some others. It all boils down to viva la difference with characters for all of us, and how we express it. And to mention another difference which is probably like fingernails on a chalk board for you I don’t mind Sabrina for instance.

I never really saw Emma as “the second coming of Robin.” Just as herself, and for my taste, hopefully not like Robin. I do think that Spencer, and Josslyn characters can be a little too precocious for me at times. Liz’s kids are well behaved in comparison, and I like Faith on Y&R.

Shay
Shay

Well, I’m glad you knew I wasn’t being a meanie, Rose! I realize that sometimes my critiques are a bit too pointed for your taste, and that’s fine…..we understand each other. I simply wished to expound upon my comment as to why I’m not an Emma fan. When I was referring to her being considered “the second coming of Robin,” I meant that there were a number of times various characters remarked about her great resemblance to her mother, which I never could see and found to be a cloying notion….from my perspective they share nothing in common, either in demeanor or physical traits. Furthermore, I believe that Ron C.’s bizarre misuse of GH’s pint-sized players in adult scenarios have also put me off them even more than would normally be the case. Due to that still-lingering image, I’m content to just have the “little people” lurking in the background for the time being, unless there is an important purpose for their presence front and center. And as I said, if there were to be a visit from Miss Emma, I think it should have been delayed for awhile….she really did just leave Port Charles! Lastly, I agree about Liz’s boys, although I actually enjoyed the previous Joss the most of all the kiddies….she was a laugh riot and wise beyond her years….not to mention very believable as the offspring of both Jax and Carly. I still miss that girl!!!!

Rose
Rose

Shay…Carly and Josslyn…can’t argue, like mother like daughter. Wait until she becomes a little older, she’s going to be even more than a handful. Forgot to add I did sorta like Spencer’s give and take with his uncle Victor(?).

Shay
Shay

@Rose…..Oh, yes…..I certainly hope Joss will be a real chip off the old Carly once those teen years commence……that will be too much fun to watch! And just in case I gave the impression that I don’t enjoy children or child actors, I must add that I’m absolutely besotted with the little twin chaps that portray young “Master George Crawley” on Downton Abbey….they are the spitting image of their late “father,” Matthew. Perfect casting! (I’m viewing a day-long Downton marathon on my local PBS station as we speak…..all episodes of the last season leading up to next week’s series finale. I’m so sad thinking about it….) At any rate, I did find Spencer bearable with “Uncle Victor,” but then again, perhaps it was because I was so thrilled to see Thaao Penghlis back in Port Charles for what turned out to be a far-too-brief reprisal of his iconic Cassadine character.

Timmm
Timmm

Always the case, GH brings actors back like Thaao or Tristan, tugs at our hearts and BOOM, they are gone!

Shay
Shay

So true, Timmm….and worse yet, then other soaps snap up these iconic actors so they aren’t available for return engagements to Port Charles!

Michael S.
Michael S.

I hope they recast Patrick and Robin down the road so that it would make sense to keep Emma around. I suggest Michael Muhney and Elizabeth Hendrickson. I believe Kimberly has said goodbye to the role given that Jason Thompson is now over at Y&R and she seems to have plenty of directing opportunities.

Timmm
Timmm

I am 100 percent against a recast of either but you do bring up two of the best for that possibility.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Speaking of… I noticed they have a new actress AGAIN playing Joss… looks older than Emma…. hope this one isn’t such a nasty little brat.

Love Emma and the talent she brings to the show…also love Nickolas son, I can never remember his name… but he is on the mini series The People vs. OJ Simpson and plays Rob K…

Manuel
Manuel

Emma coming back for a visit is great. Remember, Emma may be a little bit of a brat, but this is a professional actress portraying her and by reading some of the negative comments it appears that she is doing a really great acting job.

Josh
Josh

You must be a real miserable person. Brooklyn is a little cutey and has developed into a good actress. I’m glad she’s coming back for a visit.

Rose
Rose

Seems the Liz trolls must have dropped in with a little more of their misery…against a young girl this time. Don’t say it’s not the actor but the character when your dealing with a pre-teen. They haven’t had time to develop the ” thick skin” they wii need to endure comments like some of these we’ve seen here…and from what I’ve read can be far worse on other sites. Sad, sad people if this is the only way you know how to give an opinion.

Beach Dreamer
Beach Dreamer

Emma is a Scorpio and Scorpios belong in Port Charles more than half the characters currently gracing the screen.

Sigrid :)
Sigrid :)

I think it’s great that Emma will be back! I don’t find her bratty at all. She seems like most children in her age group (9/10), maybe even a little bit better considering all the drama and heartache she has gone through in her young life. After reading some of these other posts, I really hope that the criticizing ones are coming from children and not adults, because that is just not cool.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Not once in her entire screen life has Emma been a brat. Anything but…she’s beautiful, loving, respectful completely loving…and was played to perfection by Brooklyn.

Sigrid :)
Sigrid :)

Well said…….Thank You!! 🙂

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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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