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GH EP Frank Valentini Weighs-In On What The Future Holds For Elizabeth Webber!

Photo Credit: Kathie Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathie Hutchins

So many fans have been commented that they have been very upset by the lack of story given to fan favorite Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber).   After Becky was fired and then brought back by the last regime, and then nominated for a Daytime Emmy, she has been back-burnered for some time now. Meanwhile Elizabeth has had one failed attempt after another with relationships with Lucky and Jason, both characters are now off the canvas.

General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini spoke to Deep Soap’s Sara Bibel about what fans can expect for Liz in the coming months. and especially in the romance department!

Valentini revealed,  “I love Liz. I love Becky.  She’s fantastic. But something needs to be built. I think that character’s been bounced around. She’s got three different children from three different men. If she’s going to say, “I love you” to somebody, it’s got to be real and it’s got to mean something. She’s not going to jump right into it. That’s not who she is. I think everyone’s forgotten a little bit what makes Liz the character you most identify with and most want to be. Becky’s got the acting chops to pull it off if you go through every step of the relationship.”

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The showrunner went on to say that Liz will not be involved with Patrick or A.J. citing:  “Liz and Patrick are like brother and sister.  It would be creepy if they were together.  Liz has a new love interest on the horizon.”  When prompted if the new love interests initials were A. J., Valentini said a resounding, “No.”

So soapers, who should be the new love interest for Elizabeth Webber?   Let us know your thoughts!

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MK
MK

So Hoping for a Liz and AJ Pairing. ;(

Hope she doesn’t hook up with Johnny.

Dinah
Dinah

Need stop writing for Fake Kate, who can’t act

Phil
Phil

I actually like Kate, and I disagree… She can act, if anyone cannot its the girl playing Kristina. That being said if they wanted to recast Kate, they could bring on Beth Chamberlin….I do agree with you though, I’d rather have more Elizabeth on air.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

The only other option besides AJ and Patrick would be Johnny. So my guess is Johnny or wait maybe John McBain.

tim
tim

Good,I agree about Liz and Patrick,that would be weird,and AJ and Liz should be friends,without benefits.

Lin
Lin

I can’t think of anyone on the show now that I would put with Elizabeth. I’m glad it will not be A.J. or Patrick. If Nicholas came back, maybe with him. I’m thinking of the single men on the show and no one is the right age and personality for her. They also keep getting rid of the men leaving less men to go around. The actor who played Steve was let go for some reason. Steve Burton (lied) and left. There are few men to go around. You need more men on the show.

Ces
Ces

agree!

Patrick
Patrick

ditto! not enough men folk to go around… for all these fiesty Women! I’ve posted this before… perhaps if they plan on bringing Duke and Robert back…. reason i liked Joe Scully, Jr…. for Tracy…. they can’t all be fighting over Luke.

i’ve always thought… that Sam and Patrick should gravitate toward one another… both very similar circumstances…. both of their “true” loves are “gone” ?!?!

Lin
Lin

That actor who played Joe Scully, Jr. was very good and kind of sexy in his way. they should not have wasted him on such a short term role. They should have used some one else and had him come later as an interest for… whoever. I don’t agree about Sam and Patrick though. I don’t see them meshing and.. if Robin comes back (who knows if they will let K.M. do bits here and there forever, and she wants to be a director. They may eventually recast or who knows) I don’t want Sam hurt again. I can see her with McBain. If one life comes back on, I’d like to see him there, or at least go back adn forth to see Liam. I don’t know if you were a One Lifer but if it comes back on, I’d like to see some of them go back and forth. WE need more Quartermaines again and more men for sure. They either leave or are fired. I can see your reasoning for P. and S. And Brittney? She needs to leave. She’s that Lisa redoux. Why would you have such a similar character?

Cath
Cath

I’m hoping Valentini is playing with words here, because AJ’s true initials would actually be AQ or AJQ. AJ & Elizabeth have already generated a lot of chemistry in the only 2 instances they’ve shared scenes so far. I’d be a shame to waste that chemistry and not build on it.

ray schichtel
ray schichtel

Well. Personally shes a strong woman capable of being a single mom and a great friend to many. But if she was to get involved. I like frisco jones. Granted he sticks around when he comes back.

Julian
Julian

Yes, the people over at GH seem very interested in having Jack Wagner back on GH. Nonetheless, Valentini confirmed that Frisco is coming back. His exact words were “Yes. I think it’s going to happen. We’re very excited. He’s got a lot of things going on, so it will be a limited thing for now. We’re working with his schedule”.

Limited thing for…now? This opens the door for Frisco to pop up again!

Violet
Violet

Yuck. Frisco is too old for Elizabeth. She needs a hot man her age.

Kelly
Kelly

Someone needs to tell him to quite repeating the Jasam fan mantra about Liz having 3 kids with 3 dads. So does Carly and Alexis. It seems to be in the water around Port Charles but no one ever mentions them, only Liz. Other than that, I like what he said about Liz especially about her being the character you can relate to and want to be. For so many years Laura filled that role and then Liz started to take her place but Guza never embrace that type of female character. He liked the B’s and Ho’s more. So I am glad Frank can appreciate the need for a female character women can relate to.

k/kay
k/kay

Amen Kelly i am soooo sick of the name calling of her character. Carly sent her son Morgan off you know the one she had with the wanna-be-mobster. She gets away with everything but has the nerve as everyone else in town to call Liz the whore. Like I said before if you don’t want to write for her then send her to Y&R.

ellen8
ellen8

I have never thought of Liz as a loose woman. Ok she has 3 kids by 3 men. So what. Liz has never been portrayed as loose. Its jst the haters that use that word to describe her w no reason other than hating her.

And I understand the dislike of a character because I “hate” on Aj and Duke. But I don t call them names. I jst want them to die LOL.

Violet
Violet

I agree so much with you, Kay, and Ellen. She’s not a whore who jumps in bed with anyone.

TruthTeller
TruthTeller

Felix!! Lol

louisa
louisa

Elizabeth is one of the only female characters on GH with any class. Despite the multiple baby daddies, the actress keeps Liz a cut above. She is more like Laura than anyone else, as poster Kelly pointed out. I’m glad to hear Frank V. recognizes she is a character many relate to.

Maybe they will bring in a new love interest for her? I still think she might be good with Patrick.

So happy Laura is returning. And yeah, Fake Kate can’t act. She needs to go.

ellen8
ellen8

i love Konnie. i also love Liz. More of both please.
Kelly Sullivan is awesome as DID character. i would love to see Becky act in a story line as deep as that.

Alley
Alley

If Johnny stays out of the mob I wouldn’t mind a Elizabeth/Johnny pairing. I adore BB and feel Johnny has been wasted on the likes of Carly. But I also saw some chemistry between AJ and Elizabeth, so I could get on board with that as long as Elizabeth isn’t getting involved with AJ because he bears a resemblance to Jason.

Lin
Lin

I can’t see a good person like Elizabeth with A.J. If Johnny will turn his life around- and not be sent up the river, I could see him possibly with Elizabeth.

Alley
Alley

Both AJ and Johnny have done things that would be considered bad so I’m not adverse to either of them. If AJ really has changed then in my opinion he is also a candidate for Elizabeth. That said, I prefer Johnny because I’m a big fan of BB.

Barbie
Barbie

JoLiz has been a fantasy of mine for years. Johnny has been on the show for 6 years without getting that full on invested love story. I think he and Liz would be magical. BB is the best actor on the show IMHO so RH would have a great acting partner. WIN WIN

ellen8
ellen8

Agree. Agree. Ive wanted JoLiz for some time. Johnny has been used to prop other characters too long. I want Johnny to return to the piano and be that guy who never wanted to be in the mob. Johnny with Carly was a waste of time.

lisa
lisa

Someone new for Elizabeth….please !!

Lin
Lin

agreed!

Violet
Violet

I third that call!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I don’t see her with anyone on the show right now. Either have Matt Hunter get out of prison or bring on a new character for her. Just let him have ties to the show somehow.

Lin
Lin

Oh Matt and Elizabeth would make sense and I’d be happy to see that.

su0000
su0000

Liz has been zeroed out and they need to rebuild her..
Perhaps a new doctor or rich patient will brought in for Liz..

As of now, there is no-one for Liz.. She needs someone who is awesome and will do her justice..

aria
aria

Oh God please, or in this case Frank, just give her a storyline already and put her in the forefront where she belongs and stop using the old Regime excuse not to have her on screen, enough with the excuses and make her front and center Now.

Lin
Lin

Amen!

Christine
Christine

So it is someone on the canvas already? Hmm, it would be great if it were Johnny because Elizabeth could really bring out the best of him. He would be a lot like Xander and that could be fun.

I can’t imagine how Johnny is going to get out of this current mess, but I am sure Diane can get him off. If that frees him then he could work with Liz. I just don’t see the greatness between Carly and Johnny for some reason. I really liked Johnny when he was with Lulu so I think Liz would be great.

Then if it happens to be John McBain, I could see that pairing work too, but I would rather it be Johnny.

David
David

Brittany?

Violet
Violet

Yes, Brit. That skanky Brit doctor throwing herself at Patrick at every corner. And now he’s falling for it! Gross!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Miss Herbst will have her moment again. I think it is wise her character has been quiet for a time. When a storyline comes along then we will be very excited. I do hope Elizabeth will be able to enjoy some genuine slow-moving rich romance and maybe give us a little comedy at trying to raise children alone. How about a romantic story for a working mom with a lighter touch, huh?

ellen8
ellen8

I like this

Ella
Ella

I really like the idea of Liz & AJ & think a relationship between them could be imperfect and yet work really well. The problem as I see it with Lucky and Jason was that Liz thought of them as ideal loves and the relationships just never measured up. Perhaps she can have a more grounded relationship? That could turn epic if done right.

ellen8
ellen8

I have one thing to say about AJ. He must die.

Carol Crowell
Carol Crowell

You have Ratings for shows, what happened to the 60 plus years? I am 66 years old and I have been watching Gh from day one. My sister is 71 and I know there is a lot of older people who watches the Soaps. I guess the Seniors are not important!! Some Seniors that is all they have is the Soaps, now they put on all of the junk shows. I have nothing more to say but I hope you can have the ratings for older people………………

ellen8
ellen8

Agree Carol. And they market to the younger demographic like they have money to spend.
( Shhhhhhh….. dont tell them our secrets. i ff thru ads anyway. ) However as for the show GH gives us some respect by keeping older actors with story lines….. unlike most reality and prime time.

Please
Please

What a load of garbage as if Liz is the only character with baggage. RMFE Other female characters have been passed around like blunts and moved on from one relationship to the other and yet when it comes to FINALLY writing for the character of Liz it’s the same spiel GMAFB

ellen8
ellen8

Liz baggage ? What character doesnt have even more than Liz? Certainly Carly Tracy Sam. and list continues. Show wouldnt be a soap if characters didnt have baggage. Saying a character has baggage is a mute point isnt it?.

Lynette
Lynette

LOL, How about Liz and Coleman? yuck!

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

Elizabeth should be with Nicholas !!!!!!!!!!! Or bring the old Lucky back.

Donna Lawson
Donna Lawson

Something needs to get really interesting with Elizabeth, Sam and Sonny.

Elaine
Elaine

Please let Elizabeth team up with Nicholas and get him away from that horrible Britt. They have no chemistry at all!! Also, how many lives does Jerry Jacks have anyway? LOL! I love Sebastian Roche, so he can keep coming back in my opinion. Been watching GH for decades, also OLTL. Sad that OLTL might not be coming back to Hulu. Keep up the good work at GH.

Corburn Lee
Corburn Lee

RH fans consist of Ryan Noble and his pen. I think she should be happy to have a job. GH have given RH many s/l and she has done well with none. Everyone wants to know about all these fans, that’s claimed she has, but if you look into it,they the fans a re pen fans. ^ fans that has 500 email addresses and Ryan Noble(who work with TVSource,SID,SOD)who have done nothing but pimp RH.Everyone time she is on front burner, fans cut the soap off, simply because she is boring!RH popularity is created and others have figured it out also,by Ryan Noble and her 6 fans with the 500 email addresses.

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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.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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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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