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Clink Boom! The Lilly Melgar Interview: Could Lily Rivera Be Alive On GH? And The Bay's Janice Hops In Bed With Young Peter!

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Our headline says it all, “Clink Boom!”  This past week on General Hospital, the series brought up Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) connection to the Rivera family, after it was revealed that Julian Jerome’s (William deVry) henchmen, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) is from Puerto Rico.  That left Sonny questioning that he could indeed be related to his late wife Lily Rivera (Lilly Melgar), who blew up into smithereens years ago.  That event set the course for all the next wives and women in Sonny’s life.  Something cataclysmic always seemed to happen, or was about to happen, when Sonny was set to marry the woman he loves!

On-Air On-Soaps attended the screening of the new season of The Bay this past week and got a first glimpse of the four installments!  So far, fans this past week were able to see the first two episodes released online.  Lilly Melgar is back on The Bay as troubled Janice Ramos, the bitter enemy of Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans)!  And in the first few installments, Janice has slept with the much younger Peter Garrett (Kristos Andrews), which left many in the attendance at the screening with their jaws dropped!

We caught up with Lilly Melgar afterwards at the viewing party to discuss all the “hot bed” issues surrounding her in the soap world right now!  Chief among them, is she coming back to General Hospital as Lily Rivera?  Has she seen what has gone down recently on the ABC soap opera?  And, how did she feel about her character on The Bay sleeping with a young hottie?  Lilly reveals her thoughts in this candid interview below!

General Hospital has been on fire lately, and they brought in the character of Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) who, as has been discussed, obviously could be related to Sonny’s deceased ex-wife Lily!

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LILLY:  So I hear!  For the past four months there is a huge rumor all over Twitter that I am coming back!  I mean, it just goes, and goes, and goes, and God love the fans.  They are writing the storyline!  I mean to the point where I am asking myself, “Am I coming back?” (Laughs)  I have not received a phone call from GH, but man, are these fans convinced that I am coming back.  Now, with this new character of Carlos Rivera, it just took it to the next level.

So last week on GH, Sonny (Maurice Benard) finds out the last name of the henchmen of Julian Jerome’s is “Carlos Rivera”. Sonny says, “Carlos Rivera from Puerto Rico.  I knew a Rivera family…”  However, Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore) checks out if Carlos is from the same Rivera clan for Sonny!  And on Friday’s episode, Shawn tells Sonny, Carlos is not related to his ex-wife’s Rivera family.  Hmmm.

LILLY:  Yes, I know.  I had one of the GH actors who I worked with back then, who I won’t say who, because I don’t want to get them in any trouble, say to me, “Lilly, get ready!  I am thinking maybe it might happen.  They brought this up on today’s show!”

They are so good at GH under executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, of bringing back characters from the past, or who previously were believed to be dead! (Laughs)  Now it could be that Carlos will still turn out to be related to Lily, and maybe she is alive!  Can you imagine?

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LILLY:  Oh, my God!   Would that not be the biggest shocker?  You know they brought me back once before, and she was a prostitute who got plastic surgery to look like Lily.  It could have been an interesting storyline, but unfortunately it didn’t go anywhere!  To really bring back Lily, whoa!  What would that mean for the character of Sonny?  Her death has molded the character of Sonny Corinthos through what he has experienced to this day!  For that not to be true … the impact of that on the character of Sonny would be tumultuous!

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And you could come back and have a relative in Carlos Rivera played by Jeffrey Vincent Parise!  Have you seen him in the role?

LILLY:  I have not seen him on the air shows, but I hear he is a great actor, and I am all about working with great actors!

Lilly, I just watched you as The Bay’s Janice, have sex on-screen with the much younger Peter Garrett played by Kristos Andrews!  What happened when they said to you that Janice is going to hop into bed with this young dude?

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LILLY:  I experienced a lot of resistance, I am not going to lie, and I will tell you why!  Only because we have really established Janice’s love for her daughter Lianna (Jade Harlow), and that has been such an important aspect of Janice’s character, that it was challenging for me being a mom myself in real life!  But you know what, it happens!  It is loosely based on a true story, which at some point Gregori Martin (creator, The Bay) will talk about.  So once we had that conversation, then I was more comfortable with it.  As an actor, we are always seeking challenges to that degree.  It gives me more layers to work through because I have my love for my daughter, my loyalty to my daughter, and now this happens!

When she ends up in bed with Peter, does Janice just think he’s hot, so why not do the deed?  Or, is there something else going on behind it, such as her incredible disdain for Peter’s mother, Sara Garrett played by Mary Beth Evans?

LILLY:  You have to understand, Janice for as long as she can remember has been in love with Lee (Paul Satterfield).  Now Lee is dead.   She is having an identity crisis of: who am I without that?  That is all she has known is that love for this man, who was the father of her daughter, and then her daughter found out the truth that it was in fact her real father. Janice had to deal with so much!  Can you blame her for wanting to escape? She is turning the bottle as we saw last season.  We know she had one drunken night and possibly made the biggest mistake of her life … or … a new door has been opened!

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Or… a new door has been opened and she is going to fall in love with babe in the woods, Peter?  Tell me no! (Laughs)

LILLY:  (Laughs) You don’t know, and this does happen.  Janice is so lost not knowing who she is, what to believe in, and now she is getting all this attention from this young hot guy.  She is insecure, and she is in a very vulnerable and fragile place.  You put alcohol in the mix … and anything can happen.

So, when they said, “OK, now we are going to film the sex scene,” were you able to get out of your head enough to just go for it?

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LILLY:  Some things you just don’t ask, Michael! (Laughs)  I am just saying! (Laughs)  It was very challenging.

Your Internet radio series co-hosted with Martha Madison (The Bay, Days of our Lives), Soap Box, has really taken off!  Why has it worked so well with you and Martha as co-hosts?

LILLY:  First of all, we want to have you on the show in January when Martha is back from having her beautiful baby girl and being a new mom!  We are total sisters now.  We met on The Bay, but then Jim Romanovich (Executive, ATI)  hired us to do these hosted segment on Planet 360, and that is where our chemistry really revealed itself in that way.  Then they offered me this show on TRadioV and I didn’t want to do it alone. I thought, who better than another Leo, but who is the exact opposite of me!  However, we are both just as outspoken!  We are both just a feisty, and we have become bff’s ever since!  And Michelle Stafford will hate me for saying we’re bff’s! (Laughs)  She hates that term!

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Speaking of Stafford, what do you think of her web series, The Stafford Project?

LILLY:  I love The Stafford Project!  I promote it all the time.  I loved the last episode because Michelle was the voice of so many women.  That was brilliant.

One of your side projects is that you create and direct video content for some of the biggest music acts in the world for their tours!  How did that come about … and what exactly do you do?

LILLY:  I direct video content for major concert tours … like this year I worked on the Jennifer Lopez and M. J. Cirque shows.  My biggest one was the Britney Spears “Femme Fatale Tour” which was actual mini-short films that were seen throughout the concert that I shot with none other than Rudolph Martin (Ex-Anton) from All My Children!  He was the villain that I cast in these and he was amazing!  So it’s these short films that play throughout the concert.  You follow an actual storyline.  Then, my directorial debut was in the Spice Girls Reunion Tour, but with and around that, I direct video that is shown throughout concerts, not always do I get to shoot and hire my actors.  Those are precious little moments like I had with the Spice Girls and Britney Spears.

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Now the big question! (Laughs)  Have you checked out this past week’s episode of General Hospital where Patrick (Jason Thompson) saw Robin (Kimberly McCullough) for the first time in two years?  Big stuff!

LILLY:  Not yet.  I haven’t had the time, but I will admit I am going to go watch General Hospital online, because I heard that Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson were just amazing!   I can’t wait to watch and I’m going to admit this … I am a fan of yours Jason Thompson and Kimberly!  I am a fan!

So GH fans, do you think Lily Rivera could be alive and well and be part of the plot moving forward to bring down Sonny by the Jerome clan?   Would you like to see that story play out?   After all, Robin survived her explosion!  What do you think about Lilly Melgar’s comments on the importance of the day that Lily blew up to the history of the character of Sonny Corinthos?  And if you saw The Bay, were you turned on … or … turned off … by the decision to have Janice jump  into bed with young Peter?  Weigh-in below!

 

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Adam
Adam

I hope she comes back that would bring in so much drama and quite frankly make Sonny a little more interesting outside of the mob.

John
John

As much as I am loving GH…they really need to stop with the back from the dead characters. What’s next…a recast of Edward and Lila Quartermaine…they faked their deaths with their son Alan…and Scotty’s wife Dominique never died…she’s been on the run with B.J…who staged the bus accident? Sorry…went on a rant there! It seems that’s GH’s go to with storylines…and it loses it’s appeal quick!

su0000
su0000

There were no bodies..
When no bodies the door is open for a return, all soap fans know that!!
Now with Robin, there was a body but not hers lol 🙂 ..

Iakovos
Iakovos

I echo John’s comments. People die in real life. So do characters in our stories. Sadly, that is part of our world. The old plot chestnut of returning from the dead is beginning to lose its impact with me on GH. I hope Cartini have used it to restore GH to a point where the ship can set sail with provocative emotional human stories with those now on board.

Baby switches and surprise parentages, too, could be retired with resurrections. There are more stories to tell.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I did not watch when Lily was on but maybe if Shawn or Sonny try to kill Carlos he could blurt out he knows a secret that Sonny should know: Lily is alive! but Carlos wont say more unless Sonny agrees not to kill him!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…do we really need more coming back from the dead…instead lets have Anna investigate someone who is already dead…the burned body found in the lab that they all thought was Robin!!!

David Evan Smith
David Evan Smith

I love Lilly Melgar, but I don’t want Lily Rivera to be alive. Some characters need to stay DEAD and yes, her death was a very important, shaping event for Sonny’s life, so I don’t want to see that undone. I wouldn’t mind them resurrecting the Marcella Montoya character, the prostitute who had plastic surgery to look like Lily, as a part of a gaslighting story for Sonny, though. That was her original purpose when Alcazar bankrolled her surgery.

It was odd that they would give Carlos the Rivera name, and then establish in the last episode that he is NOT related to the Rivera family. It seems a perfect opportunity, given his mob ties and connection to Sabrina, who is Juan’s cousin by Juan’s adoption into the Santiago family. Juan being Lily’s son via Miguel Morez. If Carlos was “A” Rivera, it still wouldn’t link him to Sabrina biologically, and would make sense if Juan/Lily was a reason Carlos and Sabrina originally came into each others’ circle in Puerto Rico. Why pass up this opportunity by not linking him to the Rivera family. It would give Carlos a VERY personal stake in the war on Sonny. Sonny inherited the mob family Carlos should be running, and he’s based in Port Charles, which the Jeromes consider to be their territory.

Maybe Carlos will scramble once Sonny targets him and will pretend he really is one of “the” Rivera family to try to get his life spared.

TGee
TGee

The Janice / Peter hook-up on The Bay was definitely a jaw dropper. Didn’t see that coming at all. Can’t wait to see where that leads. Lucky Peter!

L
L

Yes bring her back and have brenda come back on the canvas so she can seethe with jealousy..

Babs
Babs

The thought that Cartini is going to reverse CLINK BOOM for the character of Sabrina makes me want to vomit.

MC
MC

Couldn’t agree more. To my mind it would be akin to when AMC un-aborted Erica’s child and gave her a son.

Lin
Lin

What do you mean, reverse the CLINK BOOM for the character Sabrina?

Shay
Shay

Don’t even get me started….talk about beating a dead horse, er, “Sparkle Pony!” (Kudos to whomever first dubbed her as such….) Just give it up, “Cartini”…..the “Sabrina Experiment” has failed miserably and no amount of reworking past history to accommodate her character will make her more popular or palatable!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I couldn’t agree more. I can’t stand the Sabrina character and she makes me dislike just about any character in her sphere. WAAAAY too much airtime for her and the storyline. The only redeeming thing about it to me was Robin reuniting with her family and all the great acting/characters in that part of the story. I wish Carlos would whisk her away to Puerto Rico and take her BFF Felix with them.

sarah
sarah

I agree 100% and take felix with her robin needs to be reunited with Patrick period.

Shawna
Shawna

All I am gonna say is I don’t want Lily to ever be found alive and it has nothing to do with Lily Melgar and everything to do with the fact that the character’s death is an infamous part of GH history and the character of Sonny. I don’t want to see this all undone now or ever.

su0000
su0000

Prove she is dead; no body 🙂

Lin
Lin

robin not being dead (though I’m glad) is somewhat ridiculous. To have an identical storyline, with Lily having survived an explosion, or her death being faked, would be too much!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

at first i was ok with the idea but after reading your comments it woke me up and i realize you are right…the story would be too identical and too soon…they should just bring back Brenda instead!

sarah
sarah

I agree Brenda needs to come back to be with sonny their love story was one of the best on GH

Gh lover
Gh lover

Lily i believe is Carlo’s mom and yup Sonny’s kid. Its just to perfect…Two sons against him…Lily was preggers with a boy when she “died” and the jeromes might have helped the Riveras..Hense Carlos’s loyauty to them…he may not know about Sonny but its all very possible….

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

To me Carlos looks almost as old as Sonny. Then again, he and Patrick appear ancient next to that insipid, childish Sabrina. But I still think Carlos is too old to be Sonny’s child. But I agree that the Rivera name seems somewhat coincidental/convenient not to be somehow related to Lilly.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Then again FrankenTodd being Scotty and Heather’s son seems a bit odd to me too (age-wise). I watched GH back then and I think FrankenTodd is too old to fit the storyline. Talk about rewriting GH history!

LnB82
LnB82

If Carlos were Sonny’s son he would have to be younger than Dante. Sonny was with Olivia right out of highschool. Lily was well after that. Couldn’t he just be a lost brother or cousin of Lily’s Instead?

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Yay, Janice Cougar! lol As for GH, I am for anything she is in! She grew on me, then we became friends and I finally got to meet her. Beautiful inside and out! Besides, Olivia can’t compete with the love they had. Lol

ricardo
ricardo

i predicted this a few weeks ago, i said that lily is indeed alive. sabrina’s father is sonny corinthos, mark my words. i think, i may be right. i hope she comes back at general hospital. lily is alive, sonny will be shocked lol.

boes
boes

She’ll be back. This is a Ron C. staple. And sometimes it works IMO – but it only works well in small doses – and rarely. But as good as Ron C. is in many ways, he also overdoses the audience on his pet projects, pet storylines and pet characters. Current case in point – Sabrina. God help you if you don’t like the character, or thinks she’s on too much cuz Ron C. will force her on viewers one way or another. And it’s not fair, especially to the actors themselves.
Ron C. has said he was a big fan of GH back in the early 80’s and he seems determined to resurrect that period of GH come hell or high water. If that’s the way he’s going, then I wish his favorite period of GH was one that Sonny HADN’T been in, but that’s me.

I wish he would concentrate on the current cast he has – (and he could cut some of those – Lucy Coe, Felix, Brad, Ava, Kiki, etc and I’d be happy) – and not throw in yet one more major storyline with new/returning characters. Right now characters and storylines disappear for weeks on end, and if this resurrection happens then we can expect to lose sight of Patrick/Robin/Anna/Emma for quite some time, the same way AJ has disappeared currently.

And worst of all by far, this will give Sonny another front and center storyline, with Sabrina in it as well. Don’t we deserve better than that??

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

maybe Sabrina and Sonny will have a front and center storyline together…Sonny is Sabrinas Papa like poster Ricardo predicted! I agree that some characters should be dropped…however, i kinda like Ava, her character reminds me of something out of a 1940s film noir movie…im absolutely bored with some of those others you’ve mentioned!!! The show is also better since they havent shown T.J., Rafe, Molly and Taylor…downsizing is needed here!!! other than that the show and Days(the last two weeks was the better soap) are must see tv!!!

su0000
su0000

Lilly Melgar/Lily Rivera will be back if FV can get her..
FV is awesome at bringing vets back to create new stories and thrill the fans..

FV and RC connect the dots of GH history and keep the past alive, so I can see Lilly Melgar back on GH..

boes
boes

You are so right!

Ron C. and Frank V. are even better at bringing back vets and then forgetting to use them for weeks on end.
And nobody can even come close to their ability to bring back characters like Lucy Coe who were bad enough the first time around and make them even more annoying.
As for connecting the dots of GH history, nobody can say they don’t make those GH history dots look like a teenager with a terrible attack of the zits.

I do have to say, though, that rather than have Lily back on GH it would be even more astounding if she was discovered UNDER it.

Dan
Dan

I hope she doesn’t come back. The “Clink Boom” scene is one of the most classic moments in soap opera history. Leave it alone. Some things are best left as they are. I don’t mind a certain amount of rewriting history, cause that happens on every soap, and you learn to accept it. But to bring Lily back from the dead, that would be a step too far.

Dan
Dan

I realize a lot of people have come back from the dead and it’s really pushing my suspension of disbelief to the limits, but someone has to correct the mistakes that Bob Guza and JFP did with this show! I miss the actors so I’m happy to see them.

Andrew
Andrew

A Lily return is inevitable, but I wish they wouldn’t…. her death feels like one of those you don’t screw around with. I usually don’t mind the ‘back from the dead’ trope – glad to have Duke, Robin, AJ back on the show – and am liking the new Julian – but it kind of feels like it’s gotten to be too much (even for this show). I guess I’d rather have Alan, Emily, Georgie back over Lily but partly because I love the Qs and have never really warmed up to the mob – wish that the show treated Sonny as a villain rather than as a hero.

kaffe
kaffe

Sonny ex-wife is alive

WTH are they doing to the show???????

babs
babs

CLINK BOOM is one of those moments that should just be left alone. I can’t believe Cartini are contemplating reversing this so Sabrina can be Sonny’s daughter. He has enough children. It is a total slap in the face to the character of Christina who has roots on this show and there is plenty of story to tell….she even has Cassidine roots. It just once again proves that they only care about their creations…Sabrina, not GH history.

sarah
sarah

I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY

janet
janet

I have nothing against Lily. The actress was fine. But this would mean to much Sonny for me. FF would be my middle name if I even bothered to DVR it. They already had a sonny’s unknown son story, Now the dirty cop who is Sonny’s perjury committing son. I don’t like at all. Unless Carlos kills sonny then finds out he was his sperm donor. ReRon may read this and do it. he is great for wash, rinse and re-peat. I just wouldn’t watch it.

su0000
su0000

IF Lily returned the stories that would come from it would be earthshaking..
Years of good exciting stories..
Never a dull moment!! Great entertainment!
I would love to have her back!!

No body reorganized, leaves an open door..

boes
boes

I think it would be awesome if several bodies were reorganized.

Sonny’s body could be reorganized by separating his head from his body.
Olivia’s body could be reorganized by removing her voice box.
Kiki’s body could be reorganized by replacing her completely with a giant potato.
Since Maxie is already a giant potato, it would be earthskaking to replace her with another root vegetable, perhaps a rutabaga?

Then they could use that open door to push Sabrina, Felix and Brad right through it, hopefully right down a 4 story flight of stairs.

And as for earthshaking and years of good exciting stories, perhaps TIIC could actually have story continuity and even MORE earthshaking, do more than try to recreate the 80’s.

I DO like the body reorganizing you suggest, though, a lot.

HahaB
HahaB

Did anyone else notice that Lily’s wedding dress is just like Sabrina’s?

aria
aria

This would just be overkill like the Anna and Duke mask became overkill. Didn’t ABC tell Ron enough on that.? Plus with the rumor of Stefan coming back from the dead, i would say this show has played out their back from the dead card. I know its a soap blah blah blah blah blah but this gimick would make GH a joke. Its not fair for Ron Carlivati to change or rewrite previous writers work, even Rob Guza’s. It would also alter the history of why sonny is the way he is, and change everything about every story that came after that. It would be like bringing back Stone for Robin, it would change everything about Robin. Plus we all know further down the line that Jason is coming back, once Y&R fires Jill and send steve packing, and then theres Stefan, and ect ect ect.

Tea
Tea

Loved Sonny & Lily. But I’m into Sonny & Olivia. I admit I would love more Sonny on the screen. My favorite character of all time.

sarah
sarah

I AGREE TEA SONNY IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER AS WELL, LOVE HIM AND THOSE DIMPLES!!

Lisa
Lisa

my theory. Lily’s father staged the whole thing because he knew he could maybe hurt his daughter and had someone make sure she was not in the car. Then, had one of his goons sacrifice his life in the car. Lily, the baby she was carrying is alive and well! Lily has been kept away from everyone this whole time. Lily and Sonny reunite the way it should be 😀

g
g

I wonder if Simone, Keisha or Taylor is still alive?

dmr
dmr

I read that Lily is now in charge of her father’s empire in Puerto Rico and that Sabrina is Lily and Sonny’s daughter. Interesting twist, considering how loved Lily was by most of Port Charles, not by Brenda, obviously! Oh, how I loved the 90’s and Sonny and Brenda!

sarah
sarah

I AGREE WITH YOU THE 90S WERE THE BEST WITH SONNY AND BRENDA!!

Amanda
Amanda

Lilly has been one of my faves on THE BAY as Janice, And what a way to start the new season, with a steamy love scene with Kristos (peter). Curious
To how that’s gonna continue to play out. I never really watched GH. But to see more of her, I’m
Sure i would love it!!!

Nicole
Nicole

Please no Lily. I hated that character not the actress.

Kathy
Kathy

I think to see Lilly come back as Sabrina’s Mom is a great idea! This would be a great scenario! I hoping you bring her back, it would be so amazing!! Please Please Please!

Nycos Stroud
Nycos Stroud

Lily should come back with Sabrina Satiago as her daughter by sonny Corithos .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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