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General Hospital Casts Knots Landing Favorite Donna Mills As New Character!

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What an awesome casting bombshell today from General Hospital!  The ABC soap opera, who has had big names and blast from the pasts during their 50th anniversary season run, is adding none other than Knots Landing favorite, Donna Mills to the cast in new and big role, according to EW.com!

Mills, one of our all-time favorites, who played the cul-de-sac homewrecker Abby Fairgate on the hit CBS primetime series Knots Landing is said to be headed to GH in February.  Apparently, Mills was the only choice to play this new role because the writing team headed by Ron Carlivati are major fans of “Knots”!

This would mark an amazing return to daytime soaps were Mills got her start.  She was known for her role as Laura Donnelly on Love is a Many Splendored Thing and played the sister of her new GH cast mate, Leslie Charleson (Monica) on the show!

So what do you think of Donna Mills coming to General Hospital?  What role do you think she will play?  Let us know!

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su0000
su0000

She is awesome!!

One of the things I love the most about GH;
It is always moving onto something new and exciting..
GH does not stand still with the same old, it grows, and gives new excitement!!

Love the variety of actors, old and new, and the new and exciting story they bring with them..
Never a dull moment..
GH gathers no moss.. 🙂

Melissa
Melissa

I love Donna Mills! I wonder if she’s going to be as conniving as she was on Knots Landing! Never the less, she is a great actress no matter who she plays.

Joshua
Joshua

This woman has been off our TV screens for almost 25 years.

THAT SHOULD BE A CRIME!

Catherine Climpson
Catherine Climpson

I am thrilled with the news that Donna Mills is coming to G.H.!!! 🙂 She is a fantastic actress and I loved her on Knots Landing. 🙂 I can’t wait to see her!!! 🙂 Where has she been all these years since Knots ended?

Sandra Norcross
Sandra Norcross

Fantastic News! Can’t wait!

aria
aria

omg i have no idea, this is great though, would love to see her in scenes with leslie charleson and jane elliot, and the rest of GH stellar cast, the possibilities are endless. hope this is not a one day guest spot.

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

Its supposed to be longer?

MARY ARSENAULT
MARY ARSENAULT

WOOHOO YEA!!! LOVE DONNA MILLS!!! WHOEVER SHE PLAYS WILL BE GREAT!! SHE WAS SOOOO GOOD IN KNOTS LANDING!! CAN’T WAIT!! : )

Michael
Michael

I never watched Knott’s Landing since I was a kid when it was on, but the famous cul de sac is five minutes from my house. It should be interesting to see what she’s going to play.

Louise
Louise

Either written into Jerome storyline or the lost Quartermaine! In any case Bravo!!!

Joanne
Joanne

I think it’s wonderful ,she’s been off screen too long……it doesn’t matter who she plays, she’s so talented and beautiful. Maybe a Jerome? Looking forward………please keep us posted!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Ava’s mother?

Sandra G
Sandra G

Delia Ryan was revealed to be Ava’s mom when they brought Ilene Kristen on a little while back.

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

They already showed Ava’s mother…Dee from Ryans Hope!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Thanks! I missed Delia’s return. Is Ava’s dad a RH character? I hope Donna Mills character and Ava share scenes together.

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

Her father is Victor Jerome…a GH character…Ava and Julian share the same father but not the same mother…and your welcome!

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

Her father was Victor Jerome, a gh character. Ava and Julian shared the same father but different mothers…and your welcome!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Donna Mills on GH…HELL TO THE YEAH!!!!! GH really and truly STRUCK GOLD this time!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

heidi
heidi

Huge fan of hers!!! Love it!!! Can’t wait!!!

Michelle
Michelle

I bet she is going to be Julians other sister, he mentioned having a “crazy mean” sister on Fridays episode..

Johnny
Johnny

That was Olivia Jerome. She started out as a whack job in the 1908’s, but then was kind of redeemed when her and Felicia’s cousin Colton fell in love. But she died. Well, on GH, no one dies. I don’t think she could play Olivia…she’s about 15 years too old. But you never know. She could be Julian’s mother. Or she could be a Cassadine with the impending arrival of Thaao Penghlis as Victor. I don’t know…sometimes stunt casting works and other times it just comes off as a cheap stunt. GH has an exceedingly bloated cast already and we don’t get enough of the vets that we WANT to sss. So I don’t know how bringing in more big names is going to enhance the show. And Mills will no doubt be a baddie…this show already is chock full of psychos, mobsters, murderers, evil people, etc. They could easily do a spin-off set on Cassadine Island or Ferncliff where the baddies run amok.

Johnny
Johnny

1980’s….not 1908’s. lol. Sorry.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Julian’s other sister was Olivia Jerome (not to be confused with Olivia Falconeri) who Julian ended up murdering when she crossed him by trying to tell Anna what had happened to Duke.

EVitt
EVitt

It was Ava Jerome that killed Olivia Falconeri, not Julian…. initials in the blood were A J..and if you missed it, Ava burned the evidence in a barrel down on the pier.

EVitt
EVitt

Sorry that was Connie that was killed, Olivia is still alive.

mfarris70
mfarris70

I haven’t missed an episode in two years! It has not been confirmed that Ava killed Connie yet, but I’m sure that’s where we’re headed.

Anti-Nick
Anti-Nick

Could she be mother of Nina and her Nathan?

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Ooooo…that’s a great suggestion! The Nathan-Nina connection bothers me though. Why wouldn’t Silas know his own brother-in-law, or recognize the name? Nathan can’t be younger than Kiki, if he’s indeed related to Nina. So, Silas would have surely met him prior to NIna being in a coma.

Linda
Linda

Love her! This is great news!

Rodd
Rodd

Very excited about this and can’t wait to see who she plays!!!

Michael
Michael

Wow! Good news!

Cookie
Cookie

Cassandra Cassadine?? Nina’s mom??? Is Nina a cassadine??? ;000

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

Maybe Ninas father will turn out to be Victor Cassidine(since he is returning) and Donna is his wife…id like that!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I would like that too– nice way to tie the character Silias to the show’s history– and if his wife Nina is a Cassidine– then Sam would be somewhat related to her too– so that would be an added wrinkle in that romance.

mfarris70
mfarris70

One thing makes me think that Nina was not a Cassadine– if Victor was her father and he thought that Silas harmed her, Silas would be long dead.

gino
gino

I heard a rumor, she will be a cassadine. Helena’s sister? I love donna millls, great casting, wonderful actress. I will be watching, I hope we have scenes with tracy quartermaine and donna mills character, that would be delicious. jane eliott and donna mills having scenes together , would make my day, much better. now cast michelle lee e x karen knots landing on gh too.

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

Victor Cassidine is returning so maybe Donna is his wife Abby Cassidine and they are Ninas parents? Donna has worked with Leslie(Monica) before so it would be nice if they did some scenes together!

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

Maybe she’ll play Silas’s wealthy manipulative mother-in-law…what id like is that she turns out to be Monicas estranged sister who hasnt spoken to Monica in years because Monica had married Jeff Webber whom Monicas sister was in love with.( Donna and Leslie played sisters on Love Is A Many Splendored Thing and was in a triangle on that show) Also, if they could get John Stamos back as Blackie Parrish…they could reveal him as the son of Donna’s character and Jeff Webber…she gave him up for adoption when Monica married Jeff…later Donna married Ninas father, a widower, never revealing she had a son from a previous relationship. Meanwhile, there would be suspicion that Nina’s stepmother was the one who gave Nina those pills in an attempt to kill Nina so she could solely inherit the estate of Nina’s late father who has passed away!(unless he is still alive then maybe they could get William Devane to play the part!) just an idea!

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

Maybe a Cassidine like some fans said…Abby Cassidine, wife of Victor and mother of Nina but she could still have the subplot like ive written just to have her in scenes with Leslie(Monica). Maybe she can pull an Ava and have a fling with Julian? This sure would tie her in to many characters on the show!!!

k/kay
k/kay

I could totally see her being the head of the Jerome crime family the woman plays vixen so well and she still is a knockout to look at. Make it happen RC and have her totally ruthless let’s get off this cartoon stuff.

k/kay
k/kay

I will also add I have given up on them ever writing for Liz/RH so if they are going to add newbies at least they picked a super star who can act!

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

I believe Liz will be paired with Nik once he finds out the truth about Britts son Ben is really Lulus son which makes him Niks nephew…i feel that after watching Nik and Liz in scenes the other day…soon they will be team Lik!!! i think?

Iakovos
Iakovos

WOW! Awesome news! Go go go GH!

Would love for her to be Ava Jerome’s mother at first thought. I do hope whoever Miss Mills portrays, this will be an integral character and one that will remain on canvass more than one or two days.

BTripp
BTripp

WOW! She is one of the best and GH is so lucky to get her. I just can’t even imagine who she will be playing! Last time I saw her she was on ABC’s Good Christian Bitches! Welcome back to ABC Donna Mills!

mfarris70
mfarris70

My money is on La Mills playing Nina Clay’s mother! I don’t care if she plays a maid, I will watch every scene religiously!

Phil
Phil

Aria, every article I read makes it sound like it is more than just a one day guest appearance. I still want to see a Knots Landing reboot. Knots, after all was the best Primetime soap IMO! That being said, this is exciting news. I get the feeling she may be playing Silas’ mother-in-law! Not that I would want to lose Ron from GH, but if he wanted to Moonlight and write a Knots Landing reboot that would be awesome!

jonboy
jonboy

The best…absolutely! So why did they stop releasing DVDS of it after the second season?

chris
chris

would like her to return as well as Abby and why not on Dallas third season, she could save the show since it is going to be hard for the show to survive without Larry Hagman

Patrick
Patrick

it’s said… in season 3… that the incandescent… Ms. Sue Ellen… is imbibing… in spirits….
what a blow… if you will… to see Donna Mills.. turn up

and these two stalwarts… go head to head… toe to toe… and show us what Sue Ellen is all about

I love you Linda Gray

Shay
Shay

So true, Patrick! Linda Gray’s timeless “Sue Ellen” ranks right up there with the late Larry Hagman as one of Dallas’ most iconic characters, not to mention she looks absolutely amazing and has always been the most elegant alcoholic to ever grace our small screens…no small feat there! But yes, Donna Mills also definitely belongs in the Lone Star State now that JR is no more! However, she should be a most interesting addition to the GH canvas….since no one really fulfills that rich b*+@# role in Helena’s absence. And speaking of, I am wondering if Morgan Fairchild is also being considered for a future Port Charles appearance???? Perhaps she’s no longer as big a marquee name as Mills, but still one of the ’80’s best shady ladies and femme fatales, no less.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I think it is great. Would love to see Donna Mills’ chatacter square off with Gwyneth Alden! What an explosive time that would be.

Johnny
Johnny

Are you in a time warp? LOL. Gwyneth Alden was on Loving, murdered her family, then killed herself. 19 years ago.

gloria
gloria

Ha. Funny, Johnny!

MaX
MaX

This has made my day to have Donna Mills back again.. Thank Thank you GH!!

Charday
Charday

Awesome!!!

dessky
dessky

Could this be Avas mother?

Mark
Mark

Love her can’t wait!!!!

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Always liked Donna Mills. Watched her on Knots Landing… She is so pretty and a good actress … Whatever role she plays it will be good! Nice or not so nice (DIVA)!!!! Should be very interesting!

Steve
Steve

I was a huge Knots Landing fan, loved Donna Mills and think the world of what Carlivati and team are writing for GH. This is great news all around.

kevin
kevin

good job gh, for hiring donna mills. i hope her character is a hit, then sign donna mills, to a contract. loved abby on knots landing. donna is a great actress, and still beautiful at 73 years old. she is sassy classy and hip. also theres more suprises, i heard a big rumor more casting new characters in the spring and summer. also i heard emily quartermaine and alan are indeed alive. they will be back in the summer. I hope this is true.

Patrick
Patrick

I didn’t belieeve you.. and had to google her…

she is in fact 73…

doesn’t that smart

what an enigmatic presence… sexy, tough, cat of nine lives… Abby lived all our dreams

she casholad, got her man… and savored… her treats… the audience loved it

jonboy
jonboy

Give me a friggin break!! Too many returns from the dead. Is this GH or True Blood?

mike
mike

WOW, just, WOW.

Bearzy
Bearzy

Wooo hoooo GH dont forget about Joan Collins!!

Johnny
Johnny

I loved her on Guiding Light! She brought such pizzazz and energy to the show during her short run there! Donna will do the same. It is awesome that so many actors from over the top 80’s primetime soaps have found a welcoming home in daytime. They are good actors who still want and need to work and good for daytime for offering it.

Hazel
Hazel

I am probably the only poster here old enough to remember her on “The Secret Storm” playing a go-go girl named “Rocket.”

gloria
gloria

I remember the Secret Storm, the way it came on was so neat with the stormy waves. I don’t remember specifics about the show but I sure remember Donna on Love is Many Splendored Thing-she played Laura- & Mark (David Birney) was her husband or maybe boyfriend. Was she a nun on there at one time? Leslie Charleson was Iris her sister married to Spencer Garrison & Iris ended up in plane crash, blinded I think (on a Friday of course-I rem. freaking out with Mama, ha. I was only7 or 8 when this was on-really too young to be watching soaps but I sure grew up on them! What memories. LOVE MY SOAPS! Can’t wait for Donna Mills!

jonboy
jonboy

Love Donna Mills. Loved Knots Landing. But I thought GH had such a tight budget? And they are already bloated with actors who barely get screen time.

Omar
Omar

I agree with you..I love Donna Mills also, but why not more of Monica or Tracy or Bobbie or just about any other actor who gets less and less screen time..Its more new character and less of the ones the fans want to see..That said, I really love Ms Mills and I cannot wait to see her in GH.

smoochie
smoochie

I always like Donna Mills on Knots Landing. Her looks have evolved throughout many years,albeit with the help of great surgeons or whatever , but she still looks great and like herself. Love her piercing blue or blue/green eyes. First time I remember seeing her was in a great cult film called “Play Misty For Me” from 1971 in which she played Clint Eastwood’s girlfriend. I don’t think Donna would appear on GH unless she is playing a ” scheming, manipulative vixen” a la Abby Cunningham (her character on Knots) because she threatened to leave Knots when they were writing her character as to soft. I know many GH fans love Maura West, but I am not one of them. I can’t wait to see what happens if Donna and Maura have to be in the same scenes. My guess is that a lot of scenery will be chewed up and dumped in the drink along with Jason and some others. My bet is that Donna will become GH’s tour de force and watch out if anyone tries to steal some of her spotlight.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Im hoping she is a Cassadine. Perhaps they are resurecting the cassadine family by introducing characters that revolve aroubd Victor. Donna coukd be a new Helena!

Tim
Tim

Ron and Frank ARE Soap Opera fans and this is another great move. Gh should get some press off this move. She is night time soap royalty and it is cool to see her on GH. Hope she gets a juicy role and gets to play off of Ava.

Sharonda
Sharonda

I hope this means some actors will be off canvass, at least for awhile…like Rafe, TJ, Molly. All three need to go, and I think Dante, Olivia and Kiki need to all die. Honestly, Sonny can leave the show to be with Brenda because I’m not interested in his character anymore and that’s a shame.

Christy
Christy

I love her! Loved Knotts! She’d be great as a Cassadine too!

Maybeth Lichaa
Maybeth Lichaa

This is simply fantastic. Donna Mills is perfect for GH. Her role on Knots is a stand-out role to this very day. She had lines on Knots I will always remember! As for GH, it is a PERFECT fit–a wonderful show and an A-1 actress. GH is truly amazing. It is so much fun, both dramatically and humorously. Kudos to Robin Mattson; her portrayal of Heather is just too funny. Even my husband enjoys watching her! Finally in this era of trashy and ridiculous reality shows, it is exciting to see GH become so relevant in television ratings. Donna Mills will be the icing on the cake. She looks perfect to be a Jerome…..or a Quartermaine. She is pure gold. Can’t wait!!

mfarris70
mfarris70

Here’s a crazy theory– what if Donna Mills is Nina Clay? Maybe she was a wealthy older woman, Silas was her boy toy and she was always jealous of younger women and threatening to do something terrible. Silas and Ava have an affair, Nina finds out and it pushes her over the edge. Just a theory.

Rob
Rob

LOVE HER!

dmr
dmr

I am SO excited! I love Donna Mills! Loved her as Abby on Knots. Such a beautiful and talented actress! Silas’ wife Nina? Olivia Jermone? She’d be great to go up against Maura West as Ava Jerome!

Jan
Jan

Would love to see Donna Mills show Ava how it is done on playing the bad girl.

Hoosier Mama
Hoosier Mama

Nina

Sean
Sean

I saw a couple of ep’s of GH years back, not a big daytime fan. Just came across this while googling Donna Mills. How do I see this in Australia. Is the show released on DVD? Is it on Aussie TV? I need to start watching this, to see Donna. Thanks for your help 🙂

xoxolily
xoxolily

?nina?

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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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