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General Hospital's Finola Hughes Chats On Anna & Duke, The Jeromes, Jason Thompson & Robin!

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One of daytime’s most popular and accomplished actresses, Daytime Emmy winner Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) chatted with On-Air On-Soaps at the ABC Summer Press Tour for the TCA (Television Critics Association) and gave us her thoughts on the infusion of the notorious Jerome family that has implanted itself again in Port Charles, and what it means for Anna and her man Duke (Ian Buchanan) who have a very tortured history with the clan!

Plus, after being front and center in the “death” of Robin storyline, does Finola ultimately hope that her on-screen daughter, and dear friend Kimberly McCullough (Robin) will soon be back to play-out being rescued from what appears to be Dr. Olbrecht’s  (Kathleen Gati) clutches, and God knows, who else at this point?

For fans of the one and only Hughes, what we can tell you is that this coming week on General Hospital, danger looms! Is it Anna to the rescue? Or, is something else about to go down?  You have to watch and see!  In the meantime, here is what Finola had to say during our conversation … and, read on to find out what actor she really misses working with!

What did you think when you found out about the Jeromes being in Port Charles again, and what that means for Anna and Duke who have  history with that mob family?  And, this time out in 2013, we have William deVry as Julian Jerome, and Maura West as his sis, Ava Jerome!

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FINOLA:   I think this is going to be good.  What I like is that it is intertwined with something that came before.  But, what I also like is there is something really dark about those people.  We did something interesting that actually aired recently, where Duke and Anna went to Sonny (Maurice Benard) for help.  I thought that was kind of cool.

Anna lost her and Duke’s baby at the hands of the Jeromes!

FINOLA: Yes, it was because of Olivia (Tonja Walker).  She did something to the elevator and it crashed.  I seemed to think that is what it was.  (Laughs)

Moving forward, some have expressed GH needs to have some continual major story for the duo of Anna and Duke so they don’t become complacent!  What do you know, in general terms, of story plans for the future?

FINOLA:  I don’t know what the full extent of the story is yet, but I think it would be great for them to have something to do.  They are together, and that doesn’t work on a soap.  You have to have something that you kind of do together, instead of just being together.  I can’t think of better story, actually, than going up against the mob.

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Last year, you had so much emotional story, and were front and center with Anna dealing with the loss of her on-screen daughter, Robin (Kimberly McCullough).  It’s hard for many longtime viewers to not have had you on-screen as much, over the last several months, given the caliber of your outstanding performances.

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

FINOLA: Thank you for saying that, Michael.  It’s weird for me, and it takes me out of touch with the show.  There are a lot of viewers who don’t know me as much, and so it sort of handicaps me, to be honest.  You get up to speed with some new viewers and then suddenly you aren’t there.  So, I have to go back over that ground again, and almost make up for that time.

I think one of your best scene partners ever on General Hospital has to be Jason Thompson (Patrick)!  The two of you are fantastic to watch together.  It has been riveting to watch Patrick and Anna grieve the loss of Robin, and how they have both tried to move on with their lives.

FINOLA: I love working with Jason so much!  I just love it.  I am very fond of Jason as a person.  He is a wonderful person, and in the same manner I love working with Ian Buchanan.  You are working with your friend.  I also think, on top of that, Jason and I both have a lot of feelings that are similar about certain people and subjects, and we kind of walk the same ground, a little bit.

Have you told Kimberly McCullough that she needs to come back to GH and have the Robin story conclude? (Laughs)  Fans are hoping that although she is fast becoming a prominent and upcoming director, she will give some resolution to this monumental cliffhanger!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

FINOLA: All I ever say to her is, “I just really want to work with you.  I just do!”  She is a wonderful director.  I think everything she is doing, she should absolutely be doing. However, I think she feels this: that there is a little piece of string out there dangling and waiting that hasn’t been concluded in regards to General Hospital.  It’s like an unfinished end.

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Now that you have directed your first motion picture, The Bet, would you consider, or do you want to direct episodes of General Hospital?

FINOLA: I don’t know if I will direct General Hospital, because that is a different beast to direct than a movie.  I am not sure I would know what to do with those four cameras. (Laughs)  I am desperate to direct again.  There are two projects that I am sort of balancing.

Was becoming a director a natural progression for you because, for instance, you like being in charge, putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, and you like to have your creative vision fulfilled?

FINOLA:  Here is the thing: I know you think I might like to be in charge, but I honestly didn’t feel like that.  I just felt like everybody was coming together to create one thing. All you need is one person at the helm, and you are propelled along by everybody.  And, you just sort of have this point person, and I kind of felt like that, and as the point person. I knew how to do it, and that was it.  Basically, you just collect everybody and go, “I know how to do this, but you know how to do everything else, so let’s just go.”  It’s very collaborative.  You just do more preparation, and you are just involved longer than anybody else.  But, everybody’s expertise comes into play at different times.

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What did you think when Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson, and Michael Easton returned to GH in all new roles as Franco, Kiki and Silas?  Was it jarring to you, as it was initially for viewers?

FINOLA:  Well, I can tell you how I feel; I felt great loss in losing John McBain (Easton’s former character) from my story.  For the others, I was not involved in their story, and so I don’t even know them as their new characters at all. (Laughs)  I love working with Michael Easton.  He is a great guy.

So GH fans, what do you think awaits Anna and Duke as their longtime enemies, the Jeromes, are trying to stake their claim to the territory of Port Charles from Sonny?  Will Anna ever get closer to the truth about Robin’s true whereabouts with Dr. Obrecht roaming in and out of Port Charles?  Did you enjoy scenes between John McBain and Anna Devane ?Do you agree that one of Finola’s best scene partners is when she is paired with Jason Thompson?  Comment below!

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Cynthia
Cynthia

I loved Anna and John McBain. I hope she gets to work with Michael again somehow. I wish they would have killed Robin off in Kimberly isn’t coming back any time soon. She is still begging for money to complete the movie, so I don’t think she will be back soon. She takes advantage of GH fans to get contributions to follow her dream. Most people are just trying to pay their mortgage and survive. I think there are starving children or cancer research or worthy causes that need money more urgently. I feel like the fans are being held captive along with Robin. I love Kimberly and have always loved the character of Robin, but I am over it now. I’ve lost a lot of respect for her lately, but maybe I am the only one. My dream is to pay my mortgage and find a job before I am homeless. Can I beg for money on Twitter for that?? No because I’m not a rich actress following her dream. I love Finola and can’t wait to see her more as the Jerome story unfolds.

Cathy
Cathy

First, ROBIN DOESN’T DIE FOR ANYONE. Robin is a GH legacy. Many like myself are waiting for her to be reunited with her family which includes Patrick and Emma. That is when many will start watching GH again. Secondly, Kimberly is not forcing anyone to send her money for her film. FYI in making movies today you have to fund it. That is the business part of it. you need funding and many big names use social media which is now the best way to do it . That is how it is done today. Another FYI, in the past Kimberly has raised over 50,000 in one year for Aids research and she did the Aids walks many years. She is one of the most giving people i know. Many fans have followed her and asked if they can help and to let them know. No one said you had to contribute. If you don’t want to don’t but don’t bad mouth or blame Kimberly when others like Spike Lee is doing the same thing. I am waiting for the day Robin returns and FV works with her schedule like he said he would and like he does for others. Robin can be recurring like BA and others. Where there is a will there is a way to keep Robin on GH. Robin/ Kimberly is GH and always will be not the OLTL actors.

Cynthia
Cynthia

I have my opinion just like you. She could always be brought back just like AJ or anyone else. I am tired of waiting for it and am not so sure it will ever happen. If she does, then I will be glad. In the meantime, I would like Patrick to be happy. She isn’t the only legacy. The OLTL actors are there and working. They are good actors. I would love to see Robert Scorpio back in town. Wish he was there now instead of still in a coma. I hope his status does not revolve around Kimberly. I don’t know if he wants to come back or not. Since you know so much, maybe you can tell me. I have no idea how film making works. Maybe she could have stayed at GH and gotten paid. How is she directing right now if there is no many to make the film? I have no idea. I’m just trying to survive from one day to the next. I love GH and will watch it as long as it is on which I hope is forever.

Jules
Jules

I am (was?) a huge Scrubs fan, and have thought of Robin and Patrick as the most perfect couple to ever grace a soap….and I’ve watched a lot of soap. I know their history together, I can recite lines, duel anyone in a Q&A about them. I just fell for them hard and completely. KMc leaving was a huge blow for me because I always fantasized JT and KMc leaving together and Scrubs+Emma living happily ever after off screen. They are both (and now little Brooklyn too) so talented and have potential that reaches far beyond the soap world, though I have loved them being a part of it. And I won’t ever watch GH again until I know that Patrick will lay eyes on Robin again and either KMc will stick around or JT will decide to leave (no firing of course…just him seeing what else he can do) and voila, my fantasy is real.

So I’m coming at this as a total fan of theirs. Delusional? Perhaps, but a fan.

But I totally see where Cynthia is coming from. It’s akin to those celebrities hawking other products of theirs (which at least you get some return on) or worse, those awful investment schemes. She isn’t struggling by any means. Maybe she can’t flip the entire bill of the movie, but she is much more well off than a lot of her fans are, so to take it to us, as if the existence of it depends squarely on us, gives us a burden we didn’t ask for or need in the first place. If she wanted to raise money for her project, she should plea to the people who can afford to do so. I support her in making this film, but if she’s going to crowdsource every time she has a film she wants to make (and she did this too with her short film “Nice Guys Finish Last” a few years ago!) she is going to exhaust and p!ss off more and more fans.

Ultimately, it’s anyone’s choice whether they decide to fork over their money or not. Well off or not, if you believe in her and her vision and that’s where you want your money to go, that is entirely an individual’s prerogative. But KMc’s begging in the first place leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

BTW, *WE* fans also raised all that money for the AIDS walk sponsoring KMc and JT. Between the various fan boards and incentives they offered, FANS donated all that money. Yes JT and KMc offered some phone calls, maybe set tours and a hockey jersey one time at FCW, but make no mistake, it was all the fans’ money who went towards those great causes. Maybe JT and KMc donated too, but their fans were the driving force.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I understand what you’re saying Cynthia. There are many in personal financial crisis and yet the lay person…the non media person, non celebrity, actor, etc. can’t just get on a site and ask for money. Well, inactuality we can because of sites like Kickstarters…but since we’re not well known and don’t have a fan base to start with it’s much more difficult.

I think that many “stars” take advantage of their fans to some degree. Social media like Twitter, which I must admit is fun to follow at times…ensures that fans keep watching as the “star
keeps their fanbase involved with their lives. I think it’s all strategically played.

But, in the end, we choose to allow them into our lives, we choose to get lost in the characters they play, even knowing in some way we’re being played.

The best way to enjoy a soap and believe in the characters is to block out all reality and get lost in the world behind the screen…

rebecca1
rebecca1

in actuality

Cynthia
Cynthia

Thanks, Rebecca. I was all wrapped up in the Robin story. I love Robin as much as the next person. It was just one day Kimberly was tweeting begging for money every 5 seconds. I finally had to unfollow her on Twitter. Then people kept re-tweeting her tweets, so I had to unfollow them too. It is just so frustrating when you are just trying to get by. I wouldn’t go online begging for money for survival much less to “follow my dream”. In the meantime while she is gone, Jason Thompson deserves a story and Patrick deserves a life. I’m glad he is still there and involved in storylines.

Patrick
Patrick

@Jules.

People…. please read that first paragraph.

That couple… along w/Brooklyn. escape… pure… beholden… pulls at the Heart.

GH encapsulated the definition of Serial…. with the best trio in daytime… in as many years and as far back as I can remember…. this lovefest is longed for.

I could watch this story…. over and over.

The magic stirred… rendered feeling… provoked thought… and longed for. you radiated in their happiness.

—————

tough act to follow.

—————

I feel for Jason Thompson some…. he knows… what happens. Kimberly McCullough… will come back to GH.

that watershed… will spill.

Tears

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I get what you’re saying – but I have lost no respect for Kimberly. She has every right to finance her film any way she can. And actually, yes – others have set up fundraising accounts for what they need and ask for money.

k/kay
k/kay

Cynthia I totally agree with you about KM/Robin but then again she was never a favorite of mine as she got older the writers made her self-righteous etc I found myself rooting for the Doctor I think her name was ? to win Patrick. So if she never comes back that suits me fine I just feel sorry for the character of Patrick heck why could we have not kept Kelly Sullivan and had a romance between those two. As for begging for money none of these people really live in the real world and they are always wanting you to contribute to their causes always using someone elses money. I will put my tax return up any day to theirs and see who gives the most to charities etc. this house takes care of their family etc and always glad we can help them and others.

Lauren
Lauren

I miss seeing Finola on GH! I thought she and Easton had great chemistry and the loss of that relationship has been a major disappointment. Her numerous fans mirror her words- not having her onscreen takes us out of touch with the show, too. It’s hard to wrap the brain around TPTB that would have this caliber of actor at their fingertips and be satisfied to let her slip away.

jules
jules

thanks for this interview with the wonderful finola hughes! there is not enough anna devane on screen. plain and simple. this jerome storyline will hopefully bring anna and her guy, duke, back to where they belong…front and center, front-burner, delivering fantastic performances. they both are such great actors, i just don’t understand why you wouldn’t use them more and have them help carry a front-burner story. i also enjoyed finola’s work with michael easton! john and anna had a great friendship, comraderie…and finola and michael have chemistry. but…GH most definitely needs more Anna and Duke! you bring back emmy winning actors and you don’t use them…WTF, GH. let’s get this Jerome story moving and have Anna and Duke get into the thick of it.

Dawn
Dawn

Not using Finola as a major player on GH is waste of an incredible talent. It also makes no sense. She is a legacy character with tons of history. This Jerome story should have Duke and Anna featured prominently, yet they languish in the background. I’m beyond frustrated by the choices TPTB are making in terms of how they use Finola and other key legacy characters. I’m finding myself tuning out more and more often because of that frustration. I know many credit Cartini with “bringing back vets”…but I’m finding the sporadic appearances and super-short scenes extremely frustrating and disappointing.

Patrick
Patrick

She takes my breath away….

I see her part on screen… and stop what I’m doing…. and check her out. Lovely, stunning actor. She captures me like no other, currently on General Hospital. I love her romance with Ian Buchanon… and just hope upon hope… that they get meaty material to substantiate. I mean… c’mon… aside from her offical duties… she provides romance. and instinctual mother’ing… is a jewel to behold.

she’s so relative to GH… and she knows… understands for us… what’s going on. Her love for Robin… her character ‘ driven reveals’ are interesting… and as a fan… I root for her… I want her re-union with Robin in a big way… and… I’ll wait for that.

it’s sad that KM isn’t here. for us, again… that this story… was what catapulted FH’ return to daytime…. it’s still bothersome that she wasn’t, at the very least… nominated for an Emmy… that’s probably farther from her mind than ours. it’s cute and telling.. that she shares…. abut KM… “I just want to work with you.” that’s actor in the business love for the trade talk…. and dag! if there isn’t so many actors to ply your trade with… and make look good with.

I wholeheartedly agree with FH… that there is a dark, ominous telling of the Jerome’s. and that Julian and Ava… and whatever happens down the road… will be featured prominently in Port Charles. Yikes… that Anna and Duke..related… the Jeromes’ are responsible for Anna and Duke… losing their baby… here’s Anna in the know.

I adore you Finola…. and fans of… are waiting in the wings to cheer your presence.

Cathy
Cathy

Hoping to see Robin return to her husband,child, parents, family and friends. They better NEVER kill off Robin. If they were smart and wanted fans back they would make Robin recurring and use her when they can or send Robin, Patrick and Emma off to her birthday trips. If Jason Thompson was smart he would leave for better things otherwise have him come back as someone new. Robin and Patrick will ALWAYS belong together. They are perfect together and no one comes close not even RC pet nurse who he constantly props using Robins life and history. Hate how Anna looks stupid and didn’t investigate the lab. That’s not Anna let alone Robert who was taken over by Dr O. Horrible writing.

Cynthia
Cynthia

They can’t bring back Robin if Kimberly doesn’t want to be there. She is busy.

Cathy
Cathy

Kimberly, herself, said RECENTLY they are trying to negotiate a return. Kimberly was always coming back. She and FV said it, from the day she left, in the mag. It is an ABC directing program, so there are ways to work around it and easier than if it was another network. She was supposed to return earlier but that got stalled when TG got ill and the OLTL pets and their Prospect Park nonsense which FV wouldn’t let go of. If FV can go to those lengths for OLTL, he can do whatever necessary to bring Robin and Robert back. They didn’t need Robin back yet and still could have brought Robert back. So saying that Kimberly doesn’t want to return or can’t is nonsense especially when FV is willing to work for his OLTL pets and other GH pets. And yes Robin is a legacy who grew up with many of us from a CHILD just like FV pet OLTL KA/Starr. FV wrote Kimberly out 2 months sooner instead of giving us more Robin with Patrick, Emma and Anna just to bring on KA. Kimberly was always a team player and for ABC/GH and didn’t leave to go to another soap. She still misses GH her words at a PA and was willing to do both. And again no one is forced (your choice) to donate and MANY others use twitter not just Kimberly.

Valerie
Valerie

Fiona is such a wonderful actress, I hope this upcoming storyline gives her plenty of the spotlight. I wish I found her and Duke a more interesting couple, but I know that’s pretty much the only romantic option for her. That doesn’t seem right. I am in complete agreement with her that losing the Anna/John McBain friendship was so unfortunate for her character. That’s just something that clicked from their very first scene, and Fin and Michael Easton has wonderful chemistry. I hope the show figures out a way to have them work together again.

margie dalton
margie dalton

Love Finolia with Ian beleive this time working with Sonny . They will eliminate the Jeromes for GOOD!! My Sonny’s teritory is His! The must find a way to save Robin. Revenge is served best Cold Dr. Loved the John McBain & Comish Anna.

RatherBeGulfing
RatherBeGulfing

CLASS ACT!! She’ll never say it but Fin was robbbbed of an Emmy she very much deserved!

Ivan
Ivan

Loved your interview. I really hope we get to see more of you, Ian, and Jason.

Louisamay
Louisamay

I would love to see Anna with Robert. (And Robin!)

aria
aria

love Finola, GH just needs to stay aware of the fact that we want her on our screen regularly, there’s so much she can do, besides have her own storyline, she could also be a strong supportive character in other story lines. i wish she would appear more often with patrick for example, that fact that we haven’t seen her interact with him and with what is currently happening in his story line is such a miss opportunity. Hopefully the Jerome storyline will put her in the center of things but GH needs to take advantage of having Finola on. I
would love to see her interact with Genie, who also needs to be put front and center, and love her friendship with Luke, and i would love to see he become friends with Alexis for example. All i know is if i was running GH i could easily find things for her and other to do that would be interesting and fun. are You listening Ron and Frank?

lissa
lissa

Very classy.

I have been a fan of Finola and Ian for years. And while I love Duke and Anna, I have been very disappointed in how they have handled Duke’s return and the lack of story for DnA. I hope this interview motivates them to write a story for them. I’m really hoping they will be used in this Jerome story. I would also love to Jason and Finola work more together.

Ann Marie Blon
Ann Marie Blon

I want to see more of Anna and Dante working together. They need to beef up the PCPD too. I want to see more police action also.

MarLo
MarLo

I love”Anna” and I absolutely love Finola!!!!! I’ve been watching GH since I was in the
3rd grade and now I’m 38! Anna has always been my favorite
character and I was never more thrilled when she came back and it was
permanent!!! (Well as permanent as it gets on a soap)I am sooooo
looking forward to this historic Jerome storyline with the new Jerome characters!
Because not only is it bringing back history but its tying together with Sam and Alexis…..
gonna be great I can just feel it!!!! But I (along with everyone else I sure) is
patientally and EAGERLY awaiting the conclusion of Robin and Robert!!!!!
Keep up the amazing work Finola!

SZima
SZima

Every (brief) time Anna is on screen, it’s a good day. Why she isn’t on several times a week is beyond comprehension. I’m hoping that she and Duke will be front and center in this upcoming crap-fest about the Jeromes. They will be the ONLY good things about that SL and I hope they usher them off screen sooner rather than later. I do not need another mob family eating up the show!

As far as Robin is concerned, I want her story DONE. Either she comes back for good or they kill her off for good. This hanging in limbo shit is just plain stupid. No one is able to move on…not the characters involved with her OR the fans who like her. I’m not a fan of Robin, and I don’t like being jerked around with the occasional sightings that just get people’s hopes up that she’s coming back.

Ever since the anniversary shows, GH has really gotten off track. They need to get rid of the newbies and the characters people don’t really care about and get back to their core, veteran character stories.

Mad/hatter
Mad/hatter

Personally I think she has the best chemistry with Michael Easton on the show I wanted them paired with when he was portraying John McBain. And to me he still is JM. Sorry just not feeling the new characters done too quickly I know they had to because of the contracts but it messed up the rhythm of the show.

Shay
Shay

Though I am content to see Anna and Duke reunited, I always thought that she and Frisco would have made a great couple,since she has the sophistication, style and maturity that Felicia always lacked (and still does….) That is why although I still want to see Jack Wagner back on GH, I don ‘t care a bit about him being with his ex-wife again. Let her marry the boring and reliable Mac and then send them off for a long honeymoon, after which Mr. Jones can return to meet his granddaughter and assist Luke, Holly, Laura, etc. in their quest for Jerry Jacks and the “cure.” Such a caper is right up Frisco’s alley…not to mention dealing with all the dirty business from the “Britch” and “Brutchess!!!” And speaking of the wicked one, LOVED Dr. O-borne today….what a wild woman with that wig!!!! Her plot to knock off Sabrina was absolute music to my ears….how I hope that Cartini will have the guts to follow through with it, but alas, they probably won’t…….DARN!!!!.

heidi
heidi

Thanks Michael for another awesome interview!!! Love FH/Anna!!! Always… want more of her!!! She is great with everyone! I enjoyed the scenes wiith her and Duke and Sonny and would love to see them get the Jeromes with Sonny’s help! I think the Jerome story has great possibilities. There are so many things GH does right… but when there is a major story or a disaster they band together and fight… and I am looking forward to it! I would still love Anna and Robert together again but if not Robert… Dyke and Anna are good. I would like KM to come back and finish the Robin story line but if she doesn’t then we have to wait until she does. More FH/Anna please!!!
She is not only beautiful and talented… she just makes everyone’s performances better!!!

wilbert
wilbert

I love this interview. Finola is the best. And I do hope this interview motivates Ron and Frank to use Finola and Ian. In my opinion, they have been wasted and that’s really sad. So many missed oportunities of great stories for them and we get nothing. I’m really hoping that Duke and Anna will be a part of this Jerome story.

JR
JR

Love Anna and Duke and viewers deserve to see the vet couples front & center for at least a few months out of the year. It’s true what Finola says about newer viewers; they will never have chance to know these important characters if they don’t give them story once in a while. It has been 8 months! I have to ask, would the show go that long without giving other vets story? The Scorpio-Devane-Lavery family fans are not being given anything significant to watch. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the Qs and Spencers but the Scorpios kept the fans happy for most of the 80s, the show’s highest rated years. I thought for sure when RC used the words “balance” and “socialism” that things would get better. So far this year we’ve gotten sporadic DNA without story, the Nurses Ball, and the Holly return. All on top of no huge DNA reunion scene last year. TPTB speak with their actions and they’re not very strong. Very few are invested in the Patrick scenes, even the huge JT fans. It’s as if RC & FV are trying to do a little bit of everything and it’s not working. I’d rather have my faves have story or be totally backburned–nothing in between. At least we’d know what to expect instead of tuning in and being disappointed frequently. Many should be excited for Anna with a Jerome story coming but honestly, who’s to say they won’t play a support role again to every other character on canvas in a story they should OWN? TPTB’s track record is not good in this instance.

brian
brian

I think the loss of “John McBain” is such an injustice to both GH and OLTL.

Nancy
Nancy

Agreed, however it sucks royally for McBain and Jolie fans. Very wrong!

brian
brian

and I really don’t want anyone to portray the role other than Michael Easton.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I love Finola and Anna. Looking forward to more story for her and Duke, he should work with Sam & Spinelli as a PI! I also miss the Anna/John friendship,, they did have good chemistry and their friendship brought a nice layer.
Can’t wait til she finds out Robin is alive! 🙂

Nancy
Nancy

In agreement with Brian. Easton is McBain. I would love to see him resurrect this character and it sounds like Michael Easton does as well!

Shay
Shay

I like ME no matter what character he plays..I .have watched him in many roles, both daytime and primetime and he always delivers. He just has a certain presence that is powerful, yet understated….one minute sort of insouciant, the next smouldering and intense. And he is perfectly balanced by KM….love them together!!! I simply do not see that same quality with Ava, and have a very difficult time ever picturing them as this loved-up couple. She seems so much older and harder than Silas…must be all that alcohol she’s constantly slurping!!!!

Li
Li

It seems like she is too disappointed with the lack of consistent story line for her and Duke. That is my complaint with GH right now- too many characters to deal with. I am looking forward to a Robin return. She and Patrick have amazing chemistry and I am anxious to see how it plays out. This week seems to be moving towards something…. We will see. I miss McBain too. He was a good for Anna and Dante.

JEM
JEM

Well, since the Duke/Faison reveal, Anna and Duke have had about 7 scenes together. Most were of them dining out, talking about having a relationship. Some were of them babysitting Emma where the gay showrunners inexplicably put Duke in lipstick and drag. Surefire remedy for ratings woes!! Hire back you premium talent and then do NOTHING with them!! There‘s an old saying….^&%$ or get off the pot! Write a story for them or don‘t! They have proven they can carry a show. A little less sexual sadomasochism (Franco, julian/Derek, Brad, Sonny, Morgan/Kiki, et al) and a little more story!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Finola Hughes always is a straight shooter and she seems so grounded. When they brought her back to GH, she brought the “heart” that had been missing. She and Genie Francis–now that she is back also–have given GH the “heart” and the warmness that it has been lacking. She and Kimberly and Jason are so great as a family unit–and believable.
We need them back together.

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thank you for re-uniting Duke and Anna…..I hope their more mature relationship continues with warmth, hugs, just a look in each others eyes…they had the most romantic emotional love story which captured a huge audience who loved to watch them together…they need a great storyline and a real warmth and tenderness, discussions about their past years without each other, etc.

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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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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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