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General Hospital's Dee Wallace Interview: Playing Patricia, Luke & The Spencer Family Secret & Working With Tony Geary!

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GH fans waited patiently for the arrival on the scene of Patricia Spencer (Dee Wallace), the older sister of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).  No one had ever heard of the character before, until the series began to unravel the traumatic back-story of Luke and the Spencer clan, and their tortured childhood past.  When news broke that motion picture and television actress, Dee Wallace, most known for her work in the classic Steven Spielberg film, E.T., would be taking on the role that viewers knew was an important part, and that an actress of the highest caliber was needed to fill those shoes.

As we have finally witnessed this week, Patricia finally appeared on the scene, and actress Dee Wallace made her soap opera debut!  In emotional scenes, a flipped out Luke finds Patricia with multiple sclerosis in a convalescent home, and there she is also reunited with her younger sister Bobbie (Jackie Zeman).  After Luke finally has a break into reality, thanks to some good talking to by Tracy (Jane Elliot), he flees the hospital and heads to the Spencer family home to try to remember what happened to him all those years ago.  In gut-wrenching scenes, and through an exquisitely produced, written, and performed episode, the secret that only Patricia also knew comes to light… Luke killed his father, and accidentally killed his mother with a baseball bat … and Patricia helped cover it up.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Dee to get her thoughts on being in these riveting scenes with seven-time Daytime Emmy winner and icon Tony Geary, how she views Patricia and her importance to the Spencer family, and getting the opportunity to work with the stellar group of cast and crew over at General Hospital.  She even previewed that there’s more drama ahead on Thursday’s episode.  Here’s what Dee filled us in on, and more!

Those scenes with Tony Geary at the end of Wednesday’s 52nd anniversary, where Luke had finally remembered he killed both his mother and his father, were heart-wrenching.  What did you think of his performance and being present for it?

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DEE:  I have to tell you, Tony is mesmerizing to work with and to watch.  Some actors can look right at you like trucks going through you, and when you connect with Tony, you connect all the way.  He’s a very generous actor, and he is a really sweet guy.  Everybody on the set welcomed me and made me feel like family.  I had never met Tony before this.  It was really one of the nicest experiences I have had in a long time.

How did this come about that you were sought out to play the key role of Patricia Spencer?

DEE:  I did not know they were looking for a Patricia, but the fabulous casting director, Mark Teschner, knew of my work, and thought I would fit with the Spencer family, and thought I would have the emotional life to fill it in.  So they called and wanted to know if I would be interested.  When I read Patricia, I knew who she was.  I know the love for family that will make you give up yourself and do anything for them.  I know that is a part of me.  I do look for parts like that, because I want to make some sort of statement with my work.

Had you ever watched GH before?

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DEE:  Of course … Luke and Laura!  Of course, and that’s like Tony saying, “Have you seen E.T.?”   It is a part of our culture, General Hospital!

There you were as a young woman watching Tony! (Laughs)

DEE:  Yes!  Every young girl was watching Tony back then! (Laughs)

When you were filled in on the part of Patricia?  How was it explained to you?

DEE:  They told me it was a key part, and I would be playing Luke’s sister, and they had been talking about the character for some time, because I don’t take a part usually without reading it, because I need to know that I can do it justice.  But of course, you get parts like in E.T., which I did get to read before I signed on.  But I had enough information and I said, “Look, I need to know if she is emotional?”  They told me Patricia was ill, and it was about a lot of love and emotion.  I said, “Well, those are the things I do!”

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It was so amazing to watch.   It felt like you fit right in with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Luke as their long lost sister.  I felt as if you were immediately a part of their history and the Spencer clan.  Not an easy feat to pull off!

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DEE:  Thank you!  That’s a great compliment.  It’s acting by fire.  We shot four episodes in two days and I thought, “I wonder if it’s too late to get me out of this.” (Laughs)  But the way I work as an actor, being on the soap really excited me.  I don’t like to rehearse a lot.  I don’t like to think about it too much.  I really like to be just in the moment.  My great challenge here was I studied people with multiple sclerosis.  If we are going to play people with a disease, then we need to honor that disease, and those people, and what they go through.  A lot of the symptoms of MS involve the vocal chords, and the speech slows down.   I called GH EP Frank Valentini, and I said, “I really need some guidance here.  I can’t slur my words, or have slow speech with these many words to say.”  He led me to the physical.  Wait till you see today’s episode! When you play anybody who is injured, dying, or sick, you still have to play them with energy, and so my biggest challenge has been learning all the lines, and getting them correct, and to honor that illness.  That is why you see me holding my arm a lot, and kind of slumped over instead of sitting up.  Patricia has very minimal make-up, as I am cringing!  Oh, it’s just another not pretty part!  I think I am actually famous for them.  Well, you know, you can’t be in a hospital bed with false eyelashes.  I have had a brilliantly wonderful time with all the actors, directors, and Frank Valentini.

So, did anyone know Patricia had MS?

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DEE:  She has been in a convalescent home.  Luke tracked her down, and said to her, “Are you sick?” And she said, “I have multiple sclerosis.”  So he didn’t know, or he didn’t remember.  We read it as if Luke didn’t know.  Everyone in the family just found Patricia.

I thought the young actors who played as young Patricia and Luke were amazing.  Kudos to Joey Luthman and Chloe Lanier!  What did you think of their performances?

DEE:  They were incredible.  I want to write to them.  I think it means a lot to young actors to hear from people that they worked with; I know it meant a lot to me in the past.

When you all finished taping the final emotional scene on Wednesday’s air show, what happened?

DEE:  These guys are pretty use to digging in their heels and shedding tears, and then going to lunch! (Laughs)  It is a muscle you learn to let out and recuperate from pretty quickly.  Otherwise, you go down on your lines.  There were a few moments after the scene of everybody getting themselves back together, and then we had to plunge into what you are going to see on today’s episode.  It’s really heavy duty.

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What can you preview about the story as it picks-up today?

DEE:  There is a lot more information about that night that gets revealed, and there is a lot more emotion.  Luke is back to being Luke now, and the ending scene has to resolve what is going on with Luke.

You have had an incredible career in motion pictures and television.  Do you look at it and realize just how much you have done and accomplished, and that it would be the envy of any performer?

DEE: Acting has been a great life for me, for the most part. There have been people that have hurt me, but people hurt all of us in life.  Our job is to bounce back and create, or recreate ourselves anyway.   I have always been glad that I chose to be an actor.  I am doing a lot of other things in my life, too: I am doing healing work, author, and I just created this fabulous new little toy which is called “MySelfie Bear”!

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Tell me about my “MySelfie Bear”.

DEE:  It is a little teddy bear, and if the child pushes the paw it says a really positive statement.  The power of the bear is that the child says it back in the first person.   So the bear says, “I love my body.”  And then the child says, “I love my body.”  So the bear says, “I am so loved.” And then the child says, “I am so loved.”   It’s really the beginning of the child claiming how much he loves him or her self, and his body, and the world.  It was staggering to me to find out there was really no toy out there like this.  I just like to create things!

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Christopher Stone was your husband and he did a stint on DAYS as Dr. Bill Horton!

DEE: Yeah, and he went through the same thing I did, and said, “Honey, I really don’t know if I can do this.”  I remembered that when I thought about taking the GH gig, you bet I did.  But by the end of two weeks, he had said he had never had more fun than being on DAYS.  I think he was on the show for about six month.

Did Tony Geary and you share any moment’s off-camera that you can share?

DEE:  Tony was so sweet, and we talked about Kansas City, and how much he loved Kansas City; which is where I am from, and what great barbeque restaurants they had and everything!  When I got down to my dressing room there was a lovely note and a bottle of Kansas City barbeque sauce from him.  So sweet!

What can you tell me about working with dynamo, Jane Elliot (Tracy)?

DEE:  Oh, my Gosh. The minute I walked out on the set she just threw her arms around me.  It’s like a family there, and it has to be.  You get in, and then you run it for camera, and then all the actors get together and they run the lines and run the lines, because you have little time to get the words down, and get out there and do it.  Jane Elliot said to me about learning the lines so fast, “This is what I am doing to stave off Alzheimer’s disease.  My brain is always working all the time, all the time.” (Laughs)

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Everyone knows you from E.T.!   It is an incredible film, and you were incredible in it.  But as an actress, do you ever get sick of people gushing over that, when you have also done so many other performances that you would like to be remembered for?

DEE:  Is it nice to be attached to a film that changes people’s lives and is still changing people’s lives?  You don’t forget that. Hell no!  I will talk about E.T. till they put me in the grave and are playing the theme song! (Laughs)

Your final thoughts on the opportunity to be a part of this incredible and important story in this history of the iconic Spencer clan of GH?

DEE:  My final thoughts are it has been a wonderful new experience at this turning point in my life as an actress.  It reminded me of why I wanted to act.  It was good, and loving, and powerful, and you can’t ask for more than that – the reveal of Luke killing the two parents – I said, “That would be enough to screw a guy up!”  And I will say, the grace in which Tony pulled that off was quite astounding!

What did you think about the performance of Dee Wallace as Patricia Spencer? What do you think about Dee’s comments on the harrowing scenes with Tony Geary and being part of the ensemble cast of GH and the Spencer family? Share your thoughts below!

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Actually, the character of Patricia was mentioned once in a 1978 episode (an old Elm Street neighbor of Bobbie’s asks about her, but Bobbie doesn’t want to discuss her). You can see the clip on youtube. Regarding yesterday’s episode, everyone involved did a spectacular job. Bravo!

Justin
Justin

Thank you! I get so tired of people saying that Patricia was never heard of before. The fact that Patricia was mentioned back in 1978 makes the story that much more viable.

Howard
Howard

Great Actress—I hope her role on GH is longer term!

Harry
Harry

She is indeed a great actress but everytime I see her I am reminded to phone home.

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

Dee is a keeper—bring back the young actors who played Patricia and Luke as teens—im certain someone at GH will eventually need some long lost children…lol…maybe they could be Jimmy Lee’s grandchildren—fill up the Q mansion!!!

Rose
Rose

I can only hope Lucas made a mistake today and that Pat had one of those seizures that makes you seem dead. Maybe her daughter crying over her will wake her up?

Sal
Sal

The girl that played a young Patricia resembled the original Carly on GH. I played it over and over and she has a strong resemblance to Carly.

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

I didnt see it today but my sister filled me in…hope she’s not dead!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Rose. I question her death myself. I would have loved listening to Dee’s sweet and calming voice indefinitely. So, I hope what what you hope is true.

Michael
Michael

It would be nice to see her back, but they usually only bring villains back from the dead.

vinman
vinman

Exactly Sal….younger Patricia Spencer was a spitting image of Tamara Braun. Carly circa’01-’05.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, I apologize. I must have misread. I thought Sal was talking about the mother, played by present-day Carly.
Please ignore my post..lol.

vinman
vinman

Indeed,the actress who played young Patricia looked identical to a younger looking Tamara Braun;who played Carly 2001-2005.

Rose
Rose

I think you’re right Sal. They do look a lot alike. Wonder if casting noticed as well when they cast her. Hope they find a way to incorporate her into the current cast, possibly as another long lost Spenser. Because as you know anything at GH is possible.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree…she does resemble Tamara. I also would like to see both young Spencers incorporated into the show. I loved the kid who played young Luke.

aria
aria

Dee Wallace was so great, i loved the character the minute she debut, but its so sad she’s sick w/ ms, hope they keep her on for a while, Wallace nailed it and convince me she’s a spencer. also thought the young actress playing patricia was great, GH should try to get her for another character, but she’s gotta be a spencer/echart . Finally, love hearing how awesome Jane Elliot is, she’s so convincing as Tracy that when you hear from so many people how “nice” Jane the actress is it fills my heart, i would love to meet her in real life. I wold love to meet everyone on GH that would be AWESOME!

aria
aria

omg, just saw todays episode, april 2, it was heart breaking, it had me crying, wish there was more patricia, and valerie had me weaping, if GH submits these two episodes for 2015 they will definitely win as best show.

Charday
Charday

Great interview–thanks. Hope she sticks around on GH.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Dee did a fantastic job, as did everyone in the anniversary episode!

Dinah
Dinah

great interview Michael love Dee

k/kay
k/kay

The most refreshing thing about her is she looks wonderful and natural no fake face no fake anything! Actresses take notes! This is how you do it!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aging gracefully? You bet, k/kay…….kudos!
Dee is as pretty as she ever was!!

dmr
dmr

I think the casting of Patricia Spencer was right on-target. I love the Spencer siblings!

Anne
Anne

Love Dee, but she just died today, so she was on two shows total? Unless of course, she comes back to life. That happens more often than not. Maybe Lucas made a mistake.

Lisa
Lisa

Dee was just wonderful throughout this storyline but her last scene with Luke brought me to tears. I have never been so moved by a performance as much as I was with Dee, Tony Geary, Laura Wright, Jane Elliott, and everyone else involved with the reveal. Congratulations to all for giving us the very best of the best.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Would love to see the Spencer Three remain front burner or key to all stories. That family bond is why we watch and engage in these daytime dramas. Maybe Lucky can come home. Laura, too.

Shay
Shay

Dee added the sweetest, most beautiful, gentle and dignified presence to an often (up until now…) repulsive storyline….she was perfectly cast in this role, and the same goes for those two young actors who portrayed Luke/Bill and Patricia in the flashback scenes. I would love to see them added in some capacity to GH’s current day scenario, as they acted circles around most of the other pathetic newbies that this show keeps adding. As a matter of fact, it puzzles me as to why the wonderful Chloe Lanier wasn’t tapped to play Valerie….I think it would have packed so much more of a dramatic punch if (F)luke had initially come face to face with the spitting image of his long-lost big sis in the form of her daughter….(or the previously aforementioned Julie Marie Berman, which would have been another brilliant casting move for reasons I’ve already mentioned….Unless it is going to come out as a further aspect of this tale that Patricia adopted her child, I cannot see the logic in the choice of actress chosen to play her daughter…I suppose we shall have to wait and see what happens since it looks like after today’s developments, she’s stuck in Port Charles for now….) Having said that, I had hoped for future heartwarming scenes from Ms. Wallace, and was extremely disappointed at her character’s demise at the close of today’s episode, but then I suppose that is the highest compliment one can pay to a performer…that they have left the audience wanting more! Major kudos to this lovely lady!

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

Im hoping she isnt dead, and will continue to make guest appearances…had Julie Marie Berman been cast as Valerie i could see Lulu inviting Valerie to stay with her and Dante, and Valerie becoming attracted to Dante and viceversa…me too wish the ones playing young Luke and Patricia would stay around…the show can dump T.J. and Molly!!!

Shay
Shay

True, jimh….Maybe she can appear to Luke as an apparition during his “treatment?” Having said that, it would be interesting to know if the rumor about JMB— that she was being considered for a return to GH in another role…in particular, as Lulu’s cousin—was indeed true. It certainly would have made for great theater, and it now makes me wonder why it didn’t happen.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Shay. I hadn’t thought of it, but you’re right……much more compelling and shocking.
I would have liked to have seen how the impact of that ‘apparition’, for lack of a better word, would have knocked Luke’s socks off, no?…..shock him right into reality!

Harry
Harry

Bravo, Shay.
I agree with your every word.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Harry.

Shay
Shay

No “collective outrage” from me, either, Harry!!!! You are so right about the actress playing Valerie….I am completely underwhelmed by her, too….One always hopes for the best with newbies, but alas, here is yet another disappointment introduced to the GH canvas. As if the ever-annoying “Sparkle Pony’s” presence weren’t enough to stir our discontent….

CeeCee
CeeCee

May I add, Shay….without sounding overbearing…..It is not the fact that Valerie is obviously of mixed race; THAT, is not the issue. I just cannot come to grips with the fact that Patricia has a daughter Valerie’s age. I am assuming the girl is in her twenties? And, Patricia in her seventies? I suppose it does happen, but adoption seems more likely to me. That’s what I originally thought …..as soon as I saw Valerie, and I said as much.
I should just settle down, soap writers do have poetic license, afterall.
As you suggest, it would be very interesting to find out what Valerie’s story is? I hope the writers give us an inspiring, well-developed storyline. Later.

Shay
Shay

Understood, CeeCee….There just seems to be so much incongruity in this new character, that I hope there with be some suitable forthcoming explanations….as I previously posited, could Patricia have sought refuge in a convent once she skipped Port Charles???? Her curious grasping of her crucifix necklace leads me to think there could be a clue there….or maybe it was simply a personal acting choice on the part of Ms. Wallace? Having this woman be a former nun who adopted a child that may have crossed her path in her previous vocation would make much sense as to how they became mother and daughter, and explain the curious casting of Valerie. Like you, I tend to want a rhyme and reason for everything I see…..”just because” has never worked for me!!!!

Harry
Harry

As usual, I am in the minority (no word play intended) in thinking that the actress who plays Valerie is simply dreadful.
I have the same reaction to her as I do to the actress who plays Lilly from Y&R. She delivers her lines as if she is a disgruntled, spoiled Valley Girl who is angry because she is unhappy with her pedicure.
I know everyone thinks she is a great actress but her delivery is tone deaf to me.
And speaking of acting chops (or lack there of) while she is utterly stunning, I find those huge choppers to be somewhat distracting. As far as age is concerned, you know who would have been a marvelous example of stunt casting gone right? Drew Barrymore who played Dee Wallace’s daughter in ET. Drew is about forty now and would be the appropriate age. Could you not see her grin and say, “Give me a break” when Luke starts sobbing hysterically about his childhood? Oh my God, it would be PERFECTION! Plus, I adore Drew Barrymore–now that girl can act.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
Actually, Harry, you are not in the minority. When first observing Valerie, I thought she was very pretty….far from stunning. A few scenes later, I discovered that she does have an angry attitude towards the world…just like Lily. You are absolutely right about that.
Thus, as pretty as a girl/woman may be, any anger she harbors becomes palpable, erasing all beauty.
Oh, yes, Harry…..Drew Barrymore would have definitely worked for me.

Harry
Harry

Thank you for the validation, CeeCee.
I said something similar else where and ignited collective outrage.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…I totally agree with you about the “anger” thing…..beauty must not only be apparent on the surface, but as an inner quality, as well. This new character’s “attitude” is simply not working for me, either. I am still fixated upon the notion that Julie Marie Berman would have made an excellent Valerie, especially if, God forbid, the show runners have Dante forsaking his marital vows for her…..I am hoping against that, by the way, as it’s ever so nice to see a well-adjusted, faithful couple sticking together through thick and thin anywhere these days….even if it is just on a soap!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
I have apologized to sweet, Fanny already, so now I apologize to sweet you, Shay. LOL. I messed up the responses…no harm done.
Yes, I did not want to judge Britny’s Valerie. She was okay in her first scene. I gave her the benefit of the doubt. We pick up little nuances as we go along…..so, I will give her a little more time.
Her last two scenes were lacking that IT factor that normally grabs my attention. All I took from her acting was anger and disappointment. There is something that gnaws at me about her….the feeling is elusive…can’t put my finger on it.
I do agree, Julie would have been great…and ironic, don’t you think? A’ bientot, mon amie.

Shay
Shay

CeeCee…No apology necessary! I’m not even sure where you purportedly messed up….I often jump around to different, less current threads and find a response much after the fact, so that is why I am so late to the party here. I think we are on the same page on the subject of Valerie, basically underwhelmed with this new character. Actually, that describes my entire attitude for the past week’s episodes…with the sole exception of Billy Miller’s garage scene, I was pretty much overcome with ennui in reference to all the other scenarios presented…..they were just more of the same old stuff. It’s been completely downhill since the big 52nd anniversary episode….’tis a true shame! And yes, I shall continue to pine for JMB’s return. She was a real asset to GH, and her talents are sorely needed now. Later, Girlfriend!..Have a great weekend!

su0000
su0000

Dee Wallace!! you gave us a phenomenal Patricia!!
It was exciting to finally see the Spenser children together!!
How great that was !!!

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

It was a Hallmark moment…lol

Kim
Kim

Love it Mrs. ET !! Great actors GH

Mary SF
Mary SF

She gave a flawless performance– she will definitely be in the running for outstanding Guest Role daytime emmy at next year’s awards. I would of have liked the character to have been around to for Luke’s recovery and therapy — I’m mean no one just recovers from mental illness overnight and I could see the three of them working with Kevin, to reintegrate Luke properly. But if today’s show is to believed that process will be without big sis. such a shame.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aawww……I hate to see her go!

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

Its GH—she might not really be dead—i see Lulu inviting Valerie to stay with her and Dante—with Valerie and Dante having an affair—VANTE!!!…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, boy, jimh….that’s funny. Can you imagine? Not so far-fetched, is it?……VANTE….good one.

Harry
Harry

Vante? I love it, Jimmy. Very clever.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, what an impression she left to all the GH fans for only being on a couple episodes!

Bobby
Bobby

She’s as beautiful without makeup as with it and her sweetness always seems to shine through. I loved her as Patricia and hope to see more of her. Thanks for a great interview.

Lynda Johnson
Lynda Johnson

I think Dee Wallace was an excellent choice to play Patricia, she did an outstanding job and the Spencer siblings all seemed to have a realistic bond, it was like they really were siblings reliving such a tram attic event , Well done GH

Robert
Robert

I think she did beautiful,loving work as Patricia. She was noble and strong in the role, my only regret is the role was short term. I love the idea of her “myselfie bear” it is truly needed in this world, where bullies and dysfunctional relationships are at a damaging level.

Michael
Michael

Man, I was hopping Dee Wallace was going to stay on GH a little longer. She did an outstanding job. Also Joey Luthman and Cloe Lanier were wonderful ad Young Luke and Dee. Maybe they can be cast as other Character maybe Daniel Thornhart and Christina Baldwin from Port Charles!

Annie
Annie

Dee Wallace was Great and her acting was super, I just wish they didn’t have to cut her out so soon. Kind of wish they had a longer storyline for her…

Aden
Aden

I loved her warmth and compassion. I am so glad the character was not some murderous freaky transgender psychopath as had been discussed on so many websites. I wish she could have stuck around recurring. Next order of business….sign those kids who played Luke and Patricia to contrcts. They were phenomenal!! And for however briefly it was wonderful to see Laura Wright play a nice warm hearted character. She does it so well…but unfortunately she is saddled playing shrill, snarly, sociopathic bitch Carly.

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, cast young Luke as Crychael and young Pat as Kiki now!

Caffeinated Joe (@Wings1295)
Caffeinated Joe (@Wings1295)

She was great as Patricia and having such an accomplished actress in the part helped with the weight of the scenes. Yesterday and today’s episodes were so great. Kudos to all involved and happy 52nd to GH!

luane raudabaugh
luane raudabaugh

Very believable portraying a person with MS. I enjoyed the short time she was on the show so much. So sad she could’nt be around for a bit longer.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I have always loved Dee Wallace. I am sorry to see the character of Patricia will not be on the canvas any longer. I was impressed by the actress playing young Patricia. She would make a good Kiki. I haven’t warmed to this new Kiki. Great job by all the actors in the Spencer saga.

Marianne Hart
Marianne Hart

Ns Stone was so good, i actually got online to find out if she really had multiple sclerosis. I was sorry to see her character die so soon. My question was answered in the interview. Thank you.

Linda
Linda

Dee was great. She put the icing on the cake. Her and Tony were in tune with the script

Rodd
Rodd

If I had blinked, I would have missed her. All the hype and she was only on a day or two. I think anyone could have played the role, it was so short. Nonetheless, I think Dee did a great job and brought a humanity to the role that was instantaneously connectable.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe she didnt want a long term commitment?

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Sal.
Hi, Sal,
I believe the original Carly is Sarah Brown? The woman who played the Spencer siblings’s mother, the other day, is actually Laura Wright/present-day Carly. The reason you feel that young Patricia has a resemblance to our Carly today, is because she and ‘mom’ are the same actresses……one and the same.

Timmm
Timmm

And Sarah came back and played Claudia Zacchara and she was fabulous so I would hope Julie Berman would come back and play a different role or take back her role as Lulu.

Yvette
Yvette

First thing I want to say is…Dee, I remembered you from Cujo (before I remembered you from E.T.)

su0000
su0000

The 3 actors of the Spenser children are so dearly close in life that when the 3 Spencers were on screen that day it was like they were actually real, not characters,..
…. that was stunning!

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, I felt as if we were peering in on a real family. One freakin episode and it will go down in history as one of the greats!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Wonderful actress. Comes across as down to earth and genuine as “Patricia.” I think it was beyond a bad decision to kill her character off. We just met her. Luke and Bobby just reunited with her after all these years. Since GH barely has any families left, it would have been great to expand the Spencer clan…seeing the three siblings as adults took on a more poignant feel having just seem them as children. Now for them to find each to find each other again, confront their troubled past…all the love…surrounded by their children…golden. I could see Patricia taking on a Lila Quartermaine-type presence on the show. Budget cuts? They didn’t have to kill her, they could have moved her back to the convalescent home for a while. Perhaps Anthony Geary will really take his final bow, Dee is gone…Bobby might phase out…shame. Would rather they not close the chapter but instead fill in more pages with the ongoing lives of the Spencer’s…

Timmm
Timmm

I feel ripped off because GH does have issues with telling family stories. Luke, Bobbi and Pat had tons of possible material there to explore for the next year. Y&R has the Newmans and the Abbotts. GH needs to expand the Q’s and they could have had the Spencers.

Donna Torres
Donna Torres

I thought Dee Wallace Stone did an amazing job as Patricia Spencer. She fit in like she’d always been there. Too sad when she died. I would’ve loved to have more of her character!

Timmm
Timmm

Well, it was such an important role and a major key to the Fluke story and when they announced Dee would play the role I thought it would be great. Then I saw a picture of her and she looked like a Spencer. That was the final deal and she knocked it out of the park even though she swung like a sissy! [Oh that Tim Spencer!] She was only on a couple days and she made an everlasting mark on GH’s history. Congrats Dee Wallace!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Dee Wallace Stone was simply great–lovely and luminous (not unlike Genie Francis).
And she has the right attitude: She is grateful for fans and for the role in ET and will talk about it to her grave–unlike TG who has historically appeared to hate the role of Luke and to have gone out of his way to snub and deride fans and to forever sell them and their loyalty to him short.

Timmm
Timmm

I’m with you with Dee and Genie BUT Tony doesnt hate Luke, he has stated that he just doesnt want him portrayed as a hero and wants the character to go out in a blaze of glory. AND, he isnt snubbing fans, personally. He realizes that the fans want him and Laura to ride off into the sunset. He doesnt want that and he should have his say since he has played the character for 37 years. He owns Luke and I for one respect whatever his wishes are when he retires the character.

Calie
Calie

I loved Patricia, and loved watching Dee play the character. I only wish she could have stayed longer and that the family could heal under her character’s generous spirit.

Diane
Diane

I would have loved to see her as a regular on the show, she is great.

norene wittlin
norene wittlin

They should have figured out a way to keep her on longer.

T. Wagner
T. Wagner

I thought the ensemble cast was awesome! I especially like young Luke Spencer, played by Joey Luthman and his counterpart young Patricia played by Chloe Lanier. They really evoked the emotion and you felt for their character throughout the episode. I hope you will bring them back again, possibly in a new role. Such amazing talent!!

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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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