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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lulu To Britt, "You Are One Wedding Ceremony Away From Being My Sister-In-Law!"

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The engagement party from hell begins this week on ABC’s General Hospital, and you can expect lots of twist and turns and drama as Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) tries to get rid of the evidence and keep her secret that Lulu (Emme Rylan) is actually the bio-mom of baby Ben! With Britt and Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) set to have their big soiree at Wyndemere, will it truly go off without a hitch?

In this sneak peek video, Britt is about to destroy the contents of the envelope containing the truth of baby Ben’s parentage when Lulu drops by (she has been helping plan the party!) and tells Britt, “You are one wedding ceremony away from being my sister-in-law!”  Later she says to Britt in regards to Ben, “As his stepmother, I will practically be your understudy as far as Ben is concerned.”   Oh my!  Oh Lulu!

Will Lulu finally learn the truth?  Will Britt get away with covering up her lies and her tracks yet again?   What do you hope happens next in this ongoing story of “The Britch” and the baby?  Watch the sneak peek after the jump, and then weigh-in!

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crimson151
crimson151

So ready for Lante to get their baby and hope Brittch finally has to pay for all the crap she has done. Sorry I don’t buy the whole ‘redeemed by love’ BS since she is acting just like she did before just a little less bitchy. Let her lose and I have a feeling we will see the real Britch come back.

Toby
Toby

Hit the nail on the head. I feel the same way!

janice
janice

I agree!

heidi
heidi

Love it!!!

Aria
Aria

Hmmm let’s see, Britt will lie, nick will believe her, our beloved Liz /Rebecca will still be relagated to second banana, to Britt, Carly, Sabrina, Sam ect, RC will bring back someone from the dead, hire 10 new characters, let the villains get away with murder n Dumb down the police department and on & on.

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Sounds about right! I really don’t like the storylines lately.

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

All of this has already been done…lol

Kay
Kay

How long will it take to end this story-line? Lulu has already missed out on so much time with baby Ben.

Vickie Hooks
Vickie Hooks

it is time for LuLu to learn that Ben is her baby!!!!!!!

SherBa
SherBa

I hope that Lulu finally gets her baby back. Why can’t Brit do the honorable thing and tell the truth? I hope Nik finds out what she’s been doing to his sister before the wedding.

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Stupid storylines! This is one of the worst along with Molly’s attitude – she needs to be bitch-slapped and not by her boyfriend. Alexis needs to lock her up.

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

I hope T.J., who slept with Taylor, does have sex with Molly and she ends up getting an STD then hopefully Mollys attitude will change!!!

Sharonda
Sharonda

I hope Alexis get one. Why can’t she date someone who is ethical, she can’t preach what she doesn’t practice.

Janet
Janet

It is about time that Lulu get her son ….. I can’t stand Britch

Toby
Toby

This storyline has gone way too long. For one thing, why let Lulu continue to suffer because she cannot have children? Of course, don’t start me on that conversation, which is beyond ridiculous. Never have liked Britt since day one and she hasn’t convinced me at all she deserves any of my sympathy. Just because she feels guilty hasn’t meant she’s ever done the right thing. At least Liz has learned from past mistakes and owns up to them as well as Lulu. Brit will never change. She will ever be Dr O’Shit’s mom, she is just like her. Give Ben back to his real parents, let them move on and put Dante and Lulu into a different storyline. I hope Nik sides with his sister, but something tells me TPTB will write him standing by Brit. If that is the case, I surely hope Lulu tells Nik he isn’t part of her family anymore. Let Nik suffer too. I loved Nik but it will be easy not to if that is the way he chooses to go. I do think DZ and ER have really taken this storyline as far as they can, so let’s move on and give them something else to sink their teeth into together.

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

Im still hoping for a twist: Lulu finds out Bens her child,gets custody and has him for 6 months…then Britts mutter reveals Lulus stolen eggplants werent used and Britt really is Bens mumma!!! Then Lulu has a breakdown, goes to that same mental hospital were Luke was, is drugged and brainwashed, then returns thinking she’s 18 and has the hots for Micheal and Morgan!!!(a reworking of Ron C’s Jessica plot on OLTL when Jess thought she was a teenager)lol

Rsalobecke920
Rsalobecke920

You do know that Michael and Morgan are her cousins

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

Yep…but it wouldnt mean she’d go with them!!!

FAS
FAS

Oh, for the love of Zeus!…. Really?

Christy
Christy

I hope we don’t have to wait until the “does anyone object?”at their wedding!!

Charday
Charday

I’m rooting for Britt—can’t stand Lulu after the horrible way she treated Maxie several months ago.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I for one hope it will takes years for Lulu to learn the truth. It should come out when Ben is a teenager, but I doubt many will agree. I believe many reveals happen too quickly on soaps today. I think the longer the secret is kept the more explosive the reveal is when it does happen, but few soap fans or writers have the patience to wait that long. So I suspect the truth will come out during May sweeps.

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

I agree with you…i remember o Days when it took like 8 years before Mike Horton and Mickey Horton to find out that Mickey wasnt Mikes father and Bill was which also meant Mickey wasnt the father of Linda’s daughter Melissa as well…an enraged Mickey got a gun, confronted Bill and during a struggle Bill was shot…and Mickey had to be placed in a sanitarium because of a mental collapse…great drama that kept me tuning in and cutting school on occasion(not often)…lol

su0000
su0000

I don’t like LuLu she irks me so I want Britt to keep the baby!!
I use to like Dante until his recent hair style, it’s horrible LOL ..
Britt needs a break, she’s a good mother..

This will go on util the wedding when, just before the ”I do” it will come to light probably by Dr. O, or not .. lol

Lori
Lori

I am beginning like Brit more and more. Please don’t put Nikolas back with Liz she is so boring and but into every bodys business and cant take of her own ugly mess she has created for her life.

terrie
terrie

Please let LuLu have her baby. It is past time for her to be happy for a change!!!

emily
emily

She needs to tell the truth . Emilys ghost needs to come and tell Nicholas

Doe
Doe

I am so sick of all the nefarious and hiding of truths, that it is be coming too childish! Can we ever get a sensible story line and not the same shenanigans?

su0000
su0000

umm GH is a soap opera, ya know .. it is the way of the soaps 🙂

KM
KM

This storyline has dragged on for far too long. They’re well past the point where they could still whitewash Britt by blaming it all on the evil Dr. O since we all know differently. So time too wrap it up already.

Andy G.
Andy G.

When will the good people of Port Chuckles ever learn that nothing good ever, EVER happens at Wyndemere? Every party held there ends in death and disaster. (The place must have the worst feng shui on earth.) Not that the Metro Court has a much brighter history …

Avatar610
Avatar610

This reminds me a lot of the whole P.J./Steven Lars saga of 35 years ago-ironically, that was the storyline that got me to watch GH inn the first place! A lot of lives were torn apart because of Heather’s actions then, and now here’s Britt manipulating Nikolas, Dante, and Lulu the same way Heather did with Jeff, Peter, and Diana! By the time that story ended, both Peter and Diana were dead and Jeff fled town with his son to get away from Heather. It is just too cruel to let Lulu suffer for so long. Why is it on this show that ‘legacy’ characters (i.e. second-generation) characters are always being dumped on? Look at A.J. and Lulu: constantly being victimized by others with their lives in jeopardy all the time!!! We might as well add Robin to this category. For once, I’d like to see both A.J. and Lulu being able to find some lasting happiness storywise and become much stronger persons. Time to give the kid back, Britt: you’re gonna lose everything if you don’t!!

su0000
su0000

There is no ”ever lasting happiness” in any soap..
soaps are not about happy or happy ever afters, they are about drama , mostly in most every way some sort of tragedies ..

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

I had much rather the show runners had gotten rid of Britt than AJ. This actress just can’t bring it.

I am really sorry to see SK go. The show needs AJ, and AK is AJ Quartermaine. I hope they see the error of their ways and get both Kanan and AJ back. Guza and Company tried very hard to make AJ irredeemable and the current writing team didn’t have the chops to undo the damage. Pity, a real pity.

the brother
the brother

what is the hidden connection between Nathan “West” and Britta “West”bourne?????????????

dmr
dmr

This is the most ridiculous storyline and has gone on for far too long. Though, I do like Britt, she has softened. Love her scenes with her “muttah.” NuLulu still has not grown on me. I miss Julie Marie Berman.

rachie
rachie

I am not even watching faithfully anymore after 37 yrs. Writers are out there on some story lines and repeating others lets hope this is the last whose baby is this for a long time. If they payed attention to the fans they would have much better ratings because we are the ones that bring them a pay check. Hate to lose gh but if things don’t improve will we even care.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I love Britt with Nickiloa, she has softened up, but is still alittle edgy. I want her relationship with Nickolas to thrive. I donot want Liz back with Nickolas; I want that character off the canvas. I really have never seen the value of the character. To me, she is the Amy Vinning of today (someone that viewers know) that have some story background, and loans filler when needed Otherwise, GET RID OF HER!!!!!

janice
janice

whether it is good writing or not ben is being used as property just like sam’s baby to make the parents feel better or worse althouh this is a soap opera this should stop now

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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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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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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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