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GENERAL HOSPITAL: An Emotional Nikolas Sees Emily! What Did You Think Of The Scenes?

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On yesterdays episode of General Hospital as the day begins for Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) to get ready for his engagement party at Wyndemere to Britt, the prince sees a vision of the love of his life, Emily Quartermaine, which marked the brief return of Daytime Emmy winner, Natalia Livingston.

During their conversation, Emily implores Nikolas to make sure she is choosing the right woman.  Clearly, Emily does not feel that is Britt (Kelly Thiebaud). Nikolas even admits to her that he loves Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Emily even says to Nikolas he should try to smile sometimes, which is so true, given the history of his character!

But it was the ending scenes that pulled at the emotional heartstrings in a wonderful performance by Tyler Christoper, who goes from a quick moment of levity with Emily to tears, as he realizes how much he misses the love of his life and how she truly could never be replaced.

So, what did you think of seeing Natalia and Tyler together on-screen again?  Emily’s message to Nikolas ?  Share your thoughts on the scenes below!

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Iakovos
Iakovos

Nikolas should be made to be one of the leading men on GH on par with Luke and Patrick. He is handsome, rich, tortured, and a legacy character. Glad to see this focus on Nikolas and I hope it will continue. It is nice to have one story playing outside the mob and out of the ring of craziness and outrageousness that tends to color this beloved drama. Tyler Christopher is a daytime leading man who should be featured more. And I hope it means more of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst). This has promise of genuine old-fashioned romance which admittedly is missing from all the soaps these days.

dmr
dmr

Tyler Christopher is an amazing actor; I absolutely love his portrayal of Nikolas Cassadine. So glad to have him back! Looking forward to his scenes with Natalia.

RichCD
RichCD

I agree about Tyler Christopher and the overall direction. Ron and Frank definitely know how to have fun, but GH is in desperate need of much more real romance and heart. There are flashes, but that seems to be all we get these days.

Lin
Lin

It’s all negative emotion on GH most of the time these days. last year was fun for the 50th anniversary build up. This year is all sadness and bad things going down. Yesterday was one of the few shows that gave me a good feeling after it was over. Ron and Frank are not giving us any fun recently. They are ruining characters and I read an interview where basically Ron does not care.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I totally agree!

Omar
Omar

Well said Iakovos..I agree with you 100%

su0000
su0000

GH is doing very well..
FV and RC and staff have more than doubled the numbers..
The stories are great as is the acting..
to say ”Ron does not care” is absurd ..

PatF
PatF

They haven’t doubled the numbers. That would require GH to get a 3.6 rating or higher. Last week they were at a 2.2.

Viewership has increased, yes.

heidi
heidi

Well said Iakovos!!! Agree completely! Love Tyler and hope he and Nik stay for a long while. Would so like Nik and Liz to get together!

I Love GH
I Love GH

Iakovos, I agree wholeheartedly. I didn’t understand why he was written out to begin with. He has connections to everyone, a great history, and enough family mystery to last decades.

Katy
Katy

To be honest? I felt like if Nikolas could have, he would sacrifice both Britt and Liz to have Emily back, you could see the love pouring out of him and as a Niz fan part of me can’t take him seriously with Liz because you can tell he would rather have Emily (which I understand because she was the first main love of his life) I’m not saying he can’t have another great love but its just hard to separate one with the other when they bring Emilys ghost physically back.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I am sure for long time fans to see this couple reunited ever so briefly was a real treat, but frankly I am sick of every soap using the “ghost device”. Of course they might not be literally ghosts, just the audience seeing what a character is imagining a conversation with their deceased loved one would be like if they were alive. But either way it is over done.

As for Nickolas well his romance with Britt moved way too fast for my liking. They met on the fourth of July and they were engaged by Valentine’s Day; I have kept leftovers in my fridge longer than that. So no I don’t buy Nik being tormented enough be torn between Britt and Elizabeth that this vision was necessary. But like I said it was probably a real treat for some and I don’t begrudge them that, but I do wish writers wouldn’t use that device so often.

Lin
Lin

I totally agree with you. I don’t watch any other soaps now since the other two I watched were taken off TOLN,, . But I did enjoy the scenes with Emily. They were a real treat. It’s about the only thing I’ve enjoyedd on GH in a while. I despise most of the story lines on the show right now.
the Luke situation -whether it’s a Fake Luke or a brainwashed Luke, or his brain was switched with Scotty’s is horrid, for example.

Nicholas was in love with Britt in the time it took to learn her name just about. For such a careful person it was not realistic. I don’t see much chemistry with Elizabeth and nicholas though. We know the Britt/Nicholas thing is bound to explode when he learns the truth. But the coming attractions may be another dream. I wonder if they will wait til sweeps to bring out the truth, and if this is all a tease like every time they are dreaming.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like Scotty! 🙂 (Luke in not acting Scotty-esque.)

brian
brian

Gee.. i don’t think I’d have dinner at your house….those leftovers are 7 months old.

🙂

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I said I kept them, doesn’t mean I eat them— rest assure for dinner guests its class all the way, reheated take out pizza that’s only been in the fridge a week. LOL.

Anne
Anne

Totally agree with Iakovos. More Nikolas please, Dying to see what Nikolas will do once Britt’s secret is revealed this week.

su0000
su0000

It seems that Nikolas is being brought up front 🙂

Johnny
Johnny

Here’s a novel thought! Instead of bringing back every villain, murderer, and psychopath from the dead, why not bring back some of the people fans actually WANT back? Ron C has an aversion to GOOD characters. He will let them show up as ghosts for 2 minutes, but Heaven forbid he should give a story to a character who is not a twisted, vile, piece of scum. And ghost stories…really??? This is such a boring lazy way of pretending to give viewers what they want while not really doing it at all. These ghost stories pack NO kind of emotional wallop when they are done so regularly

Lin
Lin

I totally agree with you (except about Emily) Why is Ric back? Other than being good looking I find nothing interesting or that I want to see in action. And for Liz to tell Carly she doesn’t see Ric the way Carly does.?? I agree there are so many good characters they don’t have on now. Of course they did kill many of them, like Alan. and some are really dead. I think they should bring back a recast Jason and make him not remember the mob days. I’m sick of mob stories. I am hating all the negative people and story lines. Worst of all Ava and Sonny shooting his son’s father. Michael and Monica have had enough horrible things happen. (But I did love seeing Emily back. I usually don’t like these ghost things, but some happiness if even for a minute. I usually don’t like them though.)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Rick’s a great character and actor. He always had interesting storylines…he’s related to many…Sonny, Molly, Alexis, Liz…he’s good and evil…I love that they brought him back. Hope he sticks around.

harry
harry

TONY!

Carolyn Cooledge
Carolyn Cooledge

I loved that scene. I hope Nikolas realizes he truly loves Elizabeth even though he still loves Emily. She wants him to move on & be happy. Yes Nikolas should be a leading man!

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

This is one of GHs better moments and good use of vets even if one is a ghost…now if the rest of the show was written this well perhaps we’ll see a bigger rated GH…Ava is too bloodthirsty as is Shaun and Sonny…with their murdering history it was a joke to hear one of them mention God and talking about A.J. paying for his crimes, especially since he didnt kill Connie…

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

Will Britt be pregnant(Babies!Babies! Babies!) with Niks kid once he finds out Ben is Lulus and begins romancing Liz or will there be a twist and Britt is really Bens after all or somehow Maxi is???

su0000
su0000

lol history shows there have been many God fearing killers..
some kill in the name of God..
The Italian mobs were God fearing, big church goers, LOL ..
Ava only killed one, to protect a secret, she is not killing people…….

Ava should shoot every one that I don’t like- I’d like that, Sam would be gone!! 🙂

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

You kill one or a dozen your still bloodthirsty…Ava killed Connie and also wants A.J., dead, Shaun cant wait to pull the trigger and Sonny shot A.J., and i wouldnt doubt Ava killed off camera…they all qualify as bloodthirsty…Sam is somewhat annoying!!! And i know there are many church goers who are total hypocites…the pray to God one minute and break the ten comments the next!!!

harry
harry

If Ava killed every GH character you didn’t like, SU000, there would be no female characters left except maybe Sparkle Pony.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@su0000. Ava killed Connie…she tried to kill AJ in the hospital…and she tried to kill Franco. Who knows how many she’s killed or attempted to kill in the past. She’s as bloodthirsty as the come.

Shay
Shay

So true, jimh….while I appreciate dark (and occasionally twisted) humor as much as anyone else (witness “Dr. O.!) I have become quite disgusted over the elevation of complete depravity as “the norm” on the show….too many of the characters are really bad people with no redeeming qualities. Instead of the usual soap baddies formula (like say, “JR Ewing” and maybe a nemesis or two….) we have far too many really reprehensible roles that the writers do everything to glorify at the expense of the more measured, nuanced, even conflicted types. Right now we have Ava, Car-LOS!, Julian, Sonny, Shawn, and possibly Franco and Heather, not to mention whomever or whatever the increasingly bizarre and perverse “Luke” will eventually be unveiled as. It’s simply too much!!!! Especially when a basically good and decent guy like AJ is being crucified and sentenced to either an indefinite coma or death for a crime he didn’t even commit….it’s truly sick!!!!

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

I agree with Iakovos, Nickolas (Tyler C.) is leading man material. It was very emotional and made me miss dear Emily all the more. I know soaps kill off characters but Emily and Georgie and Jacob were all the most senseless killings of all times on GH.

Lia
Lia

I’ve never liked Emily and Nikolas as a couple, and didn’t think much of her “ghost” being concerned enough with what’s happening here on earth to make a pitch for her best friend as his new wife. That was pretty bad imo.

harry
harry

I wish they could have gotten the first Emily (Amber Tamblyn) to come back. Now she was a decent actress. This actress is a cross between Marcia Brady and Sparkle Pony.

Jeannie
Jeannie

I do agree… Nicolas should be a leading man.. he is tortured and I wonder will he ever find his happiness… He is a good man who deserves LOVE. He, along with Sonny, Luke, and Patrick should be a part of the ‘leading men’ … and how I miss Jason… Bring that man back… he is terrible on Young and Restless…not worth watching..and bring back Spinelli. Where is Diane and Max?????>

Ghlover
Ghlover

Hated Emily alive, hate her even more as a ghost! why she has a emmy i will never understand

GINO SABATINO
GINO SABATINO

Wow you sound miserable. lol. Natalia is a wonderful actress, I miss Emily Quartermaine so much. Rumor is Emily is alive. She might come back alive in the future.

harry
harry

Hey, Ghlover was talking about a character, who is fictional. It’s okay to hate fictional people!

Ghlover
Ghlover

No no im a very happy person but that does not meen i dont notice bad acting…and im NL’s case its extreme bad acting lol hope Emily stays dead!!

B.J.
B.J.

ITA… a total waste of time.

harry
harry

I thought I was the only one. Did you ever notice how she exhaled sharply through her nose while grinning? It made her look and sound like a cat hissing.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Hahahhaha you are so right 😉 Cheers!!

Shay
Shay

Right on, ghlover! Emily was the most cloying ,annoying, sickening-sweet dipstick that ever trod the Port Charles boards….until of course “Soppy” the sanctimonious babysitter arrived!!!!!

Ghlover
Ghlover

Totaly agree!!!!:)

Diana Henderson
Diana Henderson

It was great to see her back on the sene . Folks r right Nick needs to man up an take charge. He has layed back to long/

Mary
Mary

I loved it. It is so sad that the writers killed her.

Tim
Tim

Nick should be in the forefront. He may get to step up once Anthony Geary leaves. They need to revive the Cassadines and Quartermaines. How many times have I said that if you look at Daytimes #1 soap for 25 years and learn one thing, they have core families at Y&R. GH used to. You have to have a center point. The Six Degrees of the Newmans and the Abbotts.” Every story on that successful show bounces off one of those two families. Gh needs to do the same thing. Nick needs a new love. A “Prince wouldnt date a nurse or a doctor, he would date a socialite.

rebecca1
rebecca1

But then he’d be a stuck-up Prince…and that’ s not Nicolas. He’s humble…he’s rejected much of the Cassadine clan…and he’s always been an everyman in a princely package. Down-to-earth…rescuer of damsels in distress…not a socialite chasing aristocrat.

Li
Li

I loved Nik and Emily. Killing her off was awful and unnecessary . I wish she’d come back from the dead like the others….
It was an ok moment but it felt a little awkward to me… Especially her acknowledging his love for her bestie…

rebecca1
rebecca1

agree.

clh
clh

I so wish instead of Jason being frozen and Robin saving him, that it was Emily and her dad Alan. I would give my right arm to have them back!!

su0000
su0000

yah.. to bad it’s Jason who is frozen..
I wish it was Robin frozen- it would keep her gone and silent 😉

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

Bring back Emily Quartermaine Cassedine. Let Robin thaw her out, too. She has beauty and heart and soul. GH needs more of that especially in light of Robin, Robert and Laura leaving. We need more role models and less Ava Jerome, Donna Mills and dare I say it Silas Clay.

We want John McBain and Natalie Buchanan.

harry
harry

I would rather see Allan Q come back than this insipid silly character–he should have never been killed off.

Chris
Chris

More please

Jenn
Jenn

I think Emily was a love of him but not the one. I find it wierd they never show Cortney being she is Spencers mom. I truley believe its Britt. They have hot chemistry and they r two lost souls. I hope they over come this even if it takes a while. Liz is already flirting with Ric. At Ajs beside. Dhe cant make her mind up. What if Lucky should come back. And her and Nicks son fight way to much. To me he loved her and her it was hot sex. She is just a homewrecker. Orvwants what she cant have. Maybe she should go to Patrick!

Nick D.
Nick D.

This was nice. While I do like a lot of the craziness, I agree that GH is missing some “heart” these days. I think losing Ellie and Spinelli has hurt the show a lot in that department. I also miss characters like Jax, Johnny, Todd – flawed but not psycho. To me Julian and the Jeromes are a bit one-dimensional – I don’t understand what motivates them the same way I did with other mobsters like Anthony, Joe Jr, etc. who were more human characters. I like what TBTB are doing, just wish they’d bring it down to earth a tad with some more earnest characters. Nik is great for that so I am glad he’s around and getting story!

Sue
Sue

“During their conversation, Emily implores Nikolas to make sure she is choosing the right woman.”

There’s a tell..to make sure SHE is choosing the right woman??? As in Emily choosing the right woman?!

I would wish Nicholas all the best in choosing the right woman, as I think that his character SHOULD have the best. But alas, the Prince, I believe, is in for heartache. Whether he supports Britt or not, it seems to be a lose-lose situation for him.

I wish him well in his next endeavor into heart and unionhood…seems to me that clinging to Britt would be the chivalrous thing, but not the best thing for him. He would be tilting at windmills…

mary
mary

tyler christopher can do it all. he burns up any screen he graces. thoroughly enjoy any scene between the nicholas/emily characters. (now, on a totally ridiculous level, i think that ’emily’s’ make-up did her a disservice!

CLAUDIO
CLAUDIO

General hospital needs to recast Jason Quartermaine, with Cameron Mathison ex ryan All my children. Cameron is a terrific actor. Come on gh producers call M.R. Camerson Mathison right now.

Shari
Shari

When Nikolas took Emily’s hand and broke down crying, he showed his true talent.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I loved the scenes between Nikolas and Emily.Emily may have just wanted Nikolas to think things about which woman he truly wants before marrying Britt and not after.As for Frank and Ron they brought Nikolas back while the other regime wrote him out.Plus GH is having the best ratings right now that they have had in several years.Which may mean even though people are finding reasons to complain about the show they are still finding other reasons to watch.No one is going to like a soap 100% all the time but as long as there’s something that keeps their attention that might be all that matters.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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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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