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Erik Valdez Cast as Producer of Kristina's "Mob Princess" On GH! Will he be a love interest, too?

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Casting news today out of Soap Opera Digest that has confirmed that former 9o210 and The New Girl star, Erik Valdez has been cast as Kristina’s reality show producer on General Hospital!  That means that “Mob Princess” has a staff!

But the big question being raised on message boards across soapland is; will Erik Valdez be a potential new love interest for nuKristina, Lindsey Morgan?  Or, possibly Kristen Alderson (Starr)?  Or, do you think Valdez will just be either the manipulative reality show producer, or a good guy?  We will begin to find out when the actor debuts next week on the June 11th episode of General Hospital!

So soapers, what do you think of the “Mob Princess” reality series concept within GH?  And, would you like to see Starr and Kristina, perhaps with a new guy? Let us know!

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brian
brian

Sounds like a role that would have been PERFECT for David Gregory !!

david
david

Yes, especially since his previous character was a film instructor so skilled in seducing young college students. The reality series concept within GH is a chance to mock reality shows for the trash they are.

barbara t
barbara t

That’s how I will get through this reality thing, I will take your advice, I will give general hospital a change to mock out those awful shows because they are all garbage, Good Idea david and very true.

Dynamo
Dynamo

I cannot stand this Erik Valdez. He is a lousy actor.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I think so

David Larsson
David Larsson

At first, I thought that this storyline was just a rip-off of the “Naked Heiress” reality show storyline from Y&R. But then I remembered that Ron and Frank did the same exact type of storyline on OLTL. I didn’t like it when the staff members (aka Ford) became prominent charactersand part of creepy teen love triangles on OLTL and I have no desire to see this guy become part of some teen storyline or a part of the canvas. What I want to see on this show (and quite clearly, it’s never going to happen) is less mob (no mob would be even better) and more Quartermaines. I want to see them get some decent storylines for once. And I don’t want them to revolve around Jason, unless he becomes Jason Quartermaine again. Also, I do not want to see Luke and Tracy in a love triangle involving Anna. I like Luke and Tracy together but if they’re going to go down the love triangle route, they need a new character to do it with.

barbara t
barbara t

I don’t want Luke and Anna together either, Friends yes, lovers hell no. I like Tracy and luke.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Don’t like neither.. I think luke should have e new woman in his life.,.,.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I’m not sure about Tracy for Luke????????

Susan M.
Susan M.

Watching GH today(Fri.) I changed my mind about Tracy . She is a hoot….Now I think Luke should get back together with Tracy………………Anna will make a good police commisioner………………………

kara anderson
kara anderson

long story

BTripp
BTripp

He’s cute! Not sure if I am feeling this s/l but I heard that Kristina wants to stop it soon after it starts anyway. She is just doing this for attention and to get back at her parents.

kara anderson
kara anderson

she has a crush on this guy

Jules
Jules

GAH! WHO CARES!?!?!?!

What a waste of screentime and money. GH sucks and will continue to suck. It’s unrecognizable to me! Spinelli is considered a vet on the canvas. Spinelli! I don’t need to wish this show to tank, it’s doing a mighty fine job all on its own.

Ryan
Ryan

What a waste of time? Then why waste your time commenting if you don’t care?

Jules
Jules

1) I was commenting about the casting itself and the decision for another useless newbie no one gives 2 stones about (GH), not about the news to report it (Michael).
2) I DO care about the show. I’ve watched it for over 20 years. Frankly, I don’t even know what show I’m watching anymore. It’s so far removed from the show I loved.
3) I can comment about whatever the heck I want to comment about, and I can do it without my motives being questioned.

barbara t
barbara t

Good question Ryan.

David
David

Overall, the tne tenor of the show has changed. It’s darker like OLTL.The mob stuff has diminshed but the characters still have their maccinations. I think the acting is much better from the GH vets. The OLTL characters are being folded into the cast, some better than others. McBain and Todd are doing well. The twists in the storylines are good. I did not want to see another baby switch but this time around, it’s pretty good.

It’s summer so the young folks are back on the canvass. And something has to go on with NuKristina, since Ethan is gone.

And Spinelli’s role has gotten better. He is less “whatever” and more poetic.

leo
leo

Jules I agree with you 101% and I didn’t read that you don’t care anywhere in your comment and if you did you still have the right to post just like everyone else.

Jules
Jules

^ Thanks Leo. I appreciate your words. It was a sincere and genuine comment, expressing my frustration with the choices of this infuriating show.

And for anyone else, don’t misunderstand, you like the show? You support the decisions they’re making? All the power to you. I know what it’s like loving a television show unconditionally, through craziness and questionable decisions. I won’t be bashing or goating your posts about it. But not everyone feels as positively about GH right now (**coughcoughpast10yearscoughcough**) , and we’re entitled to say so. So a little respect the other way would be appreciated.

barbara t
barbara t

Jules, I agree with you about the past (cough cough ) 10 years (cough cough) of general hospital the mob stories have been bad, very bad. I made a comment to ryan about the waste of time comment, I should have explained myself better, I have watched general hospital for 49 years and I don’t consider it a waste of time that’s all I wanted to say I didn’t want to insult your comment.Of course you have a right to say what you feel that’s why I come here so we can express our feelings for our soaps. So I am sorry if you thought my comment to ryan was a insult to you it wasn’t meant to be.

Jules
Jules

Thank you for clarifying yourself. I do appreciate you taking your time to do that because I did believe your first comment was in support of the comment made before it. I hope we can continue to post more in the future together without these silly spats.

barbara t
barbara t

I agree and there shouldn’t be any spats only discussions. Thank for getting back to me because I don’t want anyone feeling bad about anything I post I don’t ever want to hurt anyone.

Susan M.
Susan M.

The more I watch this mob/princess thing..I still don’t like it.. It doesn’t appeal to me at all…………………

Susan M.
Susan M.

Don’t care for the mob princees story………………It strikes me on the silly side….Everything else is fine with me…………

su0000
su0000

The ”mob Princes” story has not even begun, yet..
How would anyone even know what the story will actually become..
We know it might mock reality shows, and outside of that we haven’t clue as to all it will be about..
I can see it becoming a good story with humor and drama ..
I will have to wait and see what will be what before I judge it ..

Susan M.
Susan M.

My first impression of mob princess is I don’t care for that kind of story on GH…………That is like one of those reality kind of stories………….I liked some of them like the ozbournes…I thought that was funny..But I don’t think I like it on the soaps…….Kristina is out of hand…………Time will tell on this story..

barbara t
barbara t

It started yesterday while alexis got a phone call, she was told Sam lost the baby, the reality cameras were rolling and the idiot wouldn’t shut it off when she asked them to, that’s when the camera crew would have been thrown out of the house with christina not far behind, so we are already off to a bad start.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree with you Barbara t………..

barbara t
barbara t

I liked the Osbornes to and It was the only reality show I ever watched and it will be my last. I will never forget when Sharon was caught spending money for a doggie headshrinker to stop the dogs peeing in the house and ozzie told her to go buy a clock set it for such and such a time in the morning and go to the f…….ing back door, open it and let the dogs out, That was so funny, Yeah that was a good show. That family was and is insane, but enough is enough give me scripted drama, which by the way last week during general hospital I don’t know if any one else heard it was a ad for a show, stupid abc was calling it a scripted drama, I thought to myself those asses I will never ever watch abc again and if they do get rid of general hospital I am gone for good.

gloria
gloria

OMG Barbara-how funny. I rem. the Osbornes as my first & really only “reality” show too. We would die laughing at Ozzie & the way he would scream “Sharooooooooooooon” you know, funny.

But I find this new Kristina WAY too old for the part & super annoying. And I frankly thought Alexis’ reaction to the “death” of the baby was too watered down. I mean really, poor Molly was the most upset. Jeez. But DO NOT give up on our shows, girl! We need something to gripe about on this site, ha!

barbara t
barbara t

I’m not liking the mob princess thing either, That spoiled brat Kristina would be thrown out of the house along with her reality camera guys and all of her allowance would be cut off till she went back to school. There is no way anyone will put up with that crap unless they are those nasty Kardashians. After all the things alexis said yesterday and kristina saying keep the cameras rolling you bet she would be out of my house. Shes 18 and old enough to support herself.

gloria
gloria

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT, EVERY WORD.

kara anderson
kara anderson

it was crazy but i like it so much

Susan M.
Susan M.

Don’t care for Kristina.. She’s a bit spoiled brat…………………

barbara t
barbara t

She does seem to be a spoiled brat, I hope that changes like real soon.

kara anderson
kara anderson

yes that is right

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

And she still is a spoiled brat.

MikeT
MikeT

I don’t care for the Kristina character–spoiled brat

david
david

I don’t remember the old Kristina being this unlikeable. You would think Kristina would be more concerned about the death of Sam’s baby. I miss Lexi Ainsworth.

barbara t
barbara t

Yesterday when Alexis came into her house and asked them to leave which legally she does have rights, Kristina has none, if the house is in Alexis name, When that spoiled brat said let the cameras roll or something close to that I wanted to reach out and strangle that girl, still not liking nukristina, spoiled brat. Shes 18, out the door she would go. Now that’s what I would like Alexis to do, also cut out her allowance, she gets that back when she goes back to school and lives at the dorm, let her have all the cameras she wants there. And I said I would give the nugirl time, well I did, I want Lexi back to.

kara anderson
kara anderson

that is true

aria
aria

sounds like ford character, should we expect his sibling down the line? and a lot of abs showing? or how bout a porn movie down the line ? geez is gh now oltl 2.0 come on FV and RC be more original, cut down on the over the top storytelling, and add a little more sophistication in storytelling.

SZima
SZima

I hate the “Mob Princess” story, and by association, can’t stand nuKristina. The fact that they have hired a “producer” for this hot mess means that it will probably go on for awhile. That means I will be FFing another part of this show along with Sonny, Jason, Todd&Tea, Starr, Spixie…there’s not much left that I enjoy.

So sad.

Shelly
Shelly

NuCrissy has come on too strong too soon. Stop making Alexis look like a fool!! I’m trying to give this story a chance but it’s not working for me. Love that crazy Heather and any scene with Tracy and anything that goes on at the Q mansion (which isn’t much lately, sad).

barbara t
barbara t

UH OH, Looks like nuchristina is off to a bad start, After reading these posts including mine, We don’t like spoiled brats or reality shows.

Susan M.
Susan M.

You can say that again……………..

david
david

Turns out the posts were right in their predictions after the mess I saw today.

dave
dave

GH really??? Either your writers are still in school or you just don’t give a crap anymore about the directions this soap is heading. I know soaps are known for racky and outrageous story lines but this sort of crap your subjecting fans to is already happening on those reality tv shows. By GH nice knowing ya.

Chris
Chris

Maybe this newbie will turn out to be Kate/Connie’s long lost son!

david
david

If he is Kate/Connie’s long lost son (by Sonny?), it would make his character more interesting than it is now.

barbara t
barbara t

Good lord, Not another kid by Sonny, that guy has a serious problems getting woman pregnant all the, give me a break, please, not another kid.

barbara t
barbara t

Getting women pregnant all the time,

Jan
Jan

stupid….but cute guy

kia
kia

Like the actress but the storyline is too similar to the Naked Heiress. This actor playing the producer is an actual producer.

david
david

Unfortunately, he doesn’t come off well enough yet to convince anyone he’s an actor or a producer.

mellene
mellene

Don’t like either of these two new characters. Neither are subtle or deserving of being on GH. The writers have thrown them in and hastened their storylines like they did to poor Robin Mattson reprising Heather Weabber.

david
david

I saw Erik and new Kristina today in the mob princess storyline. Alexis called Kristina a spoiled brat and asked her to think about Sam’s feelings at a time like this. Kristina’s response was “keep the cameras rolling.” Yuck!

I don’t like the young characters or the storyline. Nancy Lee Grahn is too good to waste on this. Alexis should kick Kristina out to go live with her father. Let Sonny straighten Kristina out and get rid of this puck producer (off the show).

barbara t
barbara t

That’s how I feel to, What a brat, a brat I don’t want to watch. I said the same thing in a post above to you.

Charlie Vela
Charlie Vela

I saw Erik Valdez, on General Hospital. What a young aspiring actor, he had me convinced of the role he was playing. Look forward to more Erik.

Deva
Deva

The nuKristina doesn’t work. She has no chemistry with anybody!!! Please bring back lexi ainsworth soon!!! The new girl is not in The role, she’s ridiculous honestly! Bring back The real kristina and ethan!!! ETHINA forever

REGINA
REGINA

i think the mob princess is a way to get joe jr back in sonnys life, i also think tra is connie and joe jr son. what a summer they have planned for us

Mark
Mark

Eric Valdez is a very handsome and talented actor who is entertaining to watch. I see why his character, Trey Mitchell, has such a chip on his shoulder and would like to see him deal with the revelation of who is mother really is and what his father really is; not a love interest, at least not yet. By the way, my gaydar tells me he is probably gay and hasn’t worked that out, either. Keep Eric Valdez on the show and surprise us with something less predictable than jumping into bed with Kristina. Why doesn’t General Hospital have any gay characters on their show? Isn’t it time GH joined the mainstream of life? If Eric Valdez can’t play gay or won’t play gay, than why not find someone who can?

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

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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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