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GH Fan February Returns! Cast Your Vote For Which Character You Want To Return: Courtney, Stefan, Mike or Serena!

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Fans you can have some say in this matter! That’s right! ABC and General Hospital have brought back the popular viewer campaign Fan February and it kicked-off today!

Throughout the month, Fan February celebrates the fans that have been loyal for over 51 years with unparalleled access into the show and stars they love.  To begin the initiative, fans of the ABC daytime drama will have an opportunity to bring back a former General Hospital character via an ABC.com voting campaign.

Voting is currently going on now from Monday, February 2nd through Friday, February 13th where GH fans can vote for one of four characters they would like to see return to the show for a special guest appearance.  The character chosen by the fans will be featured during the GH Nurses Ball in May.  The four characters fans can vote to bring back include: Courtney Matthews (played by Alicia Leigh Willis), Stephan Cassadine  (played by Stephen Nichols), Mike Corbin (played by Ron Hale), or Serena Baldwin  played by Carly Shroeder).   Go to ABC.com here to cast your vote!

Additionally, fans will have a chance to see never before seen content such as show bloopers and behind the scenes content; win giveaways; share their fan art using #GHFanFeb with the opportunity to see their creations featured on GH social media pages; and get inside access to the stars with live tweeting and Q&As.  During Fan February be on the lookout for special shout outs via social media from the GH cast to winning fans, too!

So after you cast your vote, let us know which of the four characters you want to return the most, and why, in the comment section below!

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

Many will say Stefan but i want Mike to return…then they can have Ava’s mom Delia also appear…Delia agrees to perform a song at the nurse ball…at the last moment Dee’s piano player is replaced and its Mike(does he even play piano…id’tk…lol) and what a hilarious wtf look there will be on Dee’s face when she see’s Mike and mistakes him for her husband Roger…GH could use more humor…i’d love it!!!

Reagan
Reagan

I am with you!!

Christy
Christy

Ditto! I loved Mike and it was nice to have Sonny have a normal father. Now Mike would have a new granddaughter, and maybe he could help Michael too. Or Morgan.

Kara Anderson
Kara Anderson

I agree it I what Mike cornthios come back

Patrick
Patrick

seems like a landslide

dang it…. it should be for DAYS

Stefan Cassadine

I still want JVP : Carlos

Jimmy
Jimmy

Personally, I would like to see Serena return full time! And now that Kim Matula is no longer part of B&B, I think she would make a good Serena.

For a brief return, however, I want to see Courtney come back as a vision for Jake. If he doesn’t have his memory (and true identity) back by the Nurses’ Ball, I think it would be great for him to get a visit from his sister. Plus, having Alicia Leigh Willis back for an episode or two would be spectacular.

Lindsay
Lindsay

Courtney wasn’t Jason’s sister. She’s Sonnys sister, which is why sonny is Spencer’s uncle.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Yes, that makes sense, I confused her with Emily.

Michelle
Michelle

Isn’t Courtney Sonny’s sister? Am I remembeting correctly? Weren’t she and Jason a couple?

Jimmy
Jimmy

Yes you are, my apologies, I confused the characters.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Ummm, you are confusing characters I think. Courtney is Sonny’ s sister, not Jason.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Yes, now I remember. Thank you

Jamie
Jamie

Courtney wasn’t Jake aka Jason’s sister…they were involved. Emily was his sister. Speaking of Emily I wish she would come back and be with Nikolas!! I think the choices kind of suck, but I would choose Mike or Serena. The original actress is still working and acting so they could cast her!

Jimmy
Jimmy

You’re right, I confused the characters. But yes, I would love to see Emily back! We need more Q’s!

Tim
Tim

I agree with you about Serena, but I would like to see Carly Schroeder return if possible.

Carolinagirl
Carolinagirl

Courtney is not Jason’s sister. She was Jason’s ex-wife and is Sonny’s half-sister. You must be thinking of Jason’s adopted sister, Emily Quartermaine instead, played by Natalia Livingston. I myself don’t care to ever see Courtney, aka Kung-Fu Barbie again. She can remain dead and buried.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Yes, you are right, I was not a regular GH viewer back then so I only vaguely remember the character, but I liked her. And I would love to see Emily back, I really miss her. She’s much better for Nikolas than Liz or Britt or this new Ivy chick IMO

linda
linda

Yes!!!! Courtney, also for Nicklaus. To show him he is going down the wrong path with helena

su0000
su0000

I’m a big Cassadine Stefan Cassadine..
They bring the thrills and suspense!

Giving my vote to — Stefan Cassadine !!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes! Stefan Cassadine all the way to the Nurses Ball!!!

louisa
louisa

Laura! Duh.

Frank
Frank

No no no, not Laura, she is boring and very annoying.

Christy
Christy

boy I second that! bwahahahaha

richard
richard

OMG please bring back Stefan Cassadine!!!!!! But he might be limited on story since Laura isn’t in town, so I will say bring back Serena Baldwin. That will have Scotty on screen more and she would be a good love interest for Michael and Morgan!!

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I voted for Serena Baldwin, since I think that character has great long term possibilities. I wouldn’t mind Stefan, but NO NO NO to Courtney

Jamie
Jamie

Agreed! I couldn’t stand Courtney!

Dan
Dan

Love all of these characters, wish they could all come back, lol. But if I had to pick one, I would go with Courtney and the lovely Alicia Leigh Willis. Don’t know if they would be bringing her back from the dead, or if she would appear as a ghost, but I would love to see Courtney get a chance to meet and interact with her son Spencer. There’s so much material there, since she’s been gone for 9 years now. Would really like to see how they played that story.

Loved Stephen Nichols as Stefan, of course Ron Hale as Mike as well, all beloved characters. They can’t go wrong with any one of these four. Great idea by ABC and GH to give back to the fans.

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

I say bring them all back…

lovesgh
lovesgh

If I could vote for 1 character to leave it would be Robin..

stacey brown
stacey brown

Get rid of sabrina satiago there is no storyline for herdsince she didnt get with patric

Shari
Shari

Agreed!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

I voted for Stefan Cassadine (Stephen Nichols). The return of Stefan would be dramatic and hot… especially at the Nurses Ball. I hope we see Stephen return.

su0000
su0000

Yes! me too!
Stefan Cassadine got my vote..

(( hope hope hope it will be him !!

mike pizzi
mike pizzi

Courtney would be great Spencer needs his mother and Alicia Willis is hot and I miss her

Margie-rose Dalton
Margie-rose Dalton

Totally agree.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Lemme get this straight. 2 of them are Cassadine related and 2 of them are Corinthos related. And then the wild card thrown in is Serena.

I wouldn’t mind a flash back moment with Courtney, just for the sake of her son. But I think it would be better to bring back Mike. Just to have closure for his storyline and move on.

Christy
Christy

1 cassadine, 1 matthews (step sister to sonny), 1 corbin (step father to sonny), and 1 baldwin. Courtney had an adulterous affair with Nicholas and a baby, but no she’s not a cassadine either.

Bandele
Bandele

I don’t see the point in bringing a character back just for a short lived buzz then crickets with such a bloated cast there are so many characters jockeying for a real storyline. Howe about stopping the GH variety show and write good storylines for the cast they already have .. All of a sudden Sabrina and Carlos popped back up… I haven’t been all that happy with these parade of characters returning anyway.

I waited for Felicia and Maxi to have a meaningful story, its like they barely know each ohter…where is Max Scorpio they put him on recurring,

then they intend to recast Kiki …why? …Nathan must be well liked cause he never has suffered for a storyline and Maxi/s air largely depends on him she seems to only get story in this pairing…

I can go on and on but why bother when they just don’t get it. Poor Elizabeth who is familyless while newbies get family attached to them quickerthanthis. to anchor them to the canvas Liz can’t get a love story that works to save her life…her fans still wait for a significant story…its gotten better but still

Where’s Silas?

tammy
tammy

courtney. so her son can have his mama

Margie-rose Dalton
Margie-rose Dalton

Hi Michael, I love Courtney & Mike. I voted for Sonny’s sis Courtney. Spencer really needs his dearest Mama. We were robber of Alicia. Thank you.

Jenny
Jenny

Stefan hands down!

Nancy
Nancy

Isn’t it amazing that TPTB couch rewarding the fans’ loyalty by allowing us to choose from 4 characters to return for the Nurses Ball and Laura Spencer is conveniently left out of the choices? These people infuriate me. I hope Tony realizes that even theaters crumble and fall .

OneQuill
OneQuill

I will not be voting, as I don’t really think any of the 4 offered could carry a story line. The closest one to doing that would be Stefan Cassadine, and Helena is already back, so it would just be more of the same, and going after Lulu again. That cards played out already.
The character(s) I would like to see brought back to the show go back a long time. I’d like to see Richard Dean Anderson return as Jeff Webber, having put his demon drug problem long behind him. It would be interesting to see the interaction with Heather.
Perhaps bring back his brother Rick also.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I could see Helena having Courtney all this time, and I can see her in many storylines. Serena would have many storyline options also. I’d rather we meet a new Cassadine, unless they bring back Laura also. Would love to see Mike, but not with a new actor. So I hope it’s one of the ladies.

Timmm
Timmm

I want Stephan BUT I’m not voting for him because its a one day shot at the Nurses Ball. I want Stephan back FULL TIME! And really, I could see all these characters coming back full time so I wouldnt vote for any of them.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yeah Timmm, I get what you’re saying, and I too, would want Stephen Nichols back to GH full-time. Though, from what I’ve read in various websites, the actor may not want to return to DAYS or GH full-time. So, I’ll take what I can get, you know? …a few days of Stefan or recurring, works for me. Yes, I’d prefer him full-time, if Stephen is open to that.

Timmm
Timmm

Wow, wouldnt it be nice to turn down work! Stefan must be comfortable. Good for him. I dont see him doing any other acting? Regardless, your right, something is better than nothing but I hate when you get a small taste of a recurring like Duke, Lucy, Scott, Mac and Felicia and then you dont see them for weeks.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I know, yeah, I’m so grateful to have Lucy, Scotty, Bobbie, Duke, Mac & Felicia, and… sporadically Kevin. Though, I agree it is frustrating to see some of these believed characters and actors just here and there. I wish some of them were on a solid contract, like Lucy Coe! 🙂

Cat
Cat

Bring back Stefan! He was a tolerable Cassadine. With them there is always suspense and drama

Jeremy
Jeremy

It would be great if Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans returned to GH. I know Catherine Bell, died, or maybe she had a twin.

Timmm
Timmm

OMG, yes, everyone lives in the end on GH and for those two to walk back into Port Charles would be great! I dont think either of their bodies were recovered?

Jeremy
Jeremy

Totally, everyone seems to live on GH. Yeah, I don’t recall what went down with Stefan and Catherine.

Carolinagirl
Carolinagirl

Why do I have a feeling it won’t matter what the fans really think with this “poll”? The GH website does not show a running talley of which character is getting the most votes so we’ll have no way of knowing if who we voted for actually is the one that’s shown. Seems to me that “Fan February” may turn out to be “who the TPTB want and we’ll say it was the fans’ choice regardless of the actual votes.” Some transparency in the polling would be nice.

kaffen
kaffen

Cassadine.

Stefan Cassadine
But I know they trying to get Courtney for Spencer..but I hope he don’t bring her back for Jason..that’s Sam man..

becky
becky

I voted Stefan but I really want Laura back home! We love Genie Francis and tptb should bring her home!!!!!

Les
Les

Me too!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

No fair! Only four choices–and that does NOT include the most popular character of all time–Laura! I’m crying foul! AND I SAY BRING GENIE FRANCIS BACK AS LAURA–beloved character–and bring the REAL LUKE BACK while you’re at it.

DIANE LIPSHAW
DIANE LIPSHAW

Yes bring Genie Francis back as Laura and the REAL Luke back,maybe she could get to the bottom of the Fluke Luke.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Bring back Stefan and recast Serena with Kimberly Matula ex Hope, Bold and The beautiful.

Rose
Rose

I want Stefan, I think Nicholas could use him now, Bring back a good Cassadine !!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Truth be told, there are so many GH characters I want back.

First and foremost, Lucky and Laura should have been back for this whole Fluke/Luke story. Laura would be able to see right through the imposter, and I still really hope she comes back at some point for the story. Same with Lucky, he should have been told about what happened to his father, and I would love for him to come back so they can work through their issues (after Luke killed his son).

I also want to see more of Liz’s family back on screen and that’s what I hoped the new actress Kelly Frye would do – bring back Sarah Webber. Instead she’s another useless newbie with no story.

I would love for Emily to return because she and Nik were amazing together. Also, it would be awesome if by some miracle A.J. wasn’t dead. We need more Q’s in Port Charles and these would be the first two I bring back. I love them both and was really disappointed with A.J.’s return. Sean Kanan is probably happier as Deacon on B&B.

Next would be Stefan. He and Helena have always had a bad-blood relationship and it would be awesome to see him come back, team up with Nikolas, and take her down. Plus, Stephen Nichols is always great to watch, I really liked him as Tucker on Y&R.

Serena should return (now that they’ve recast Kiki) as a new love interest for Michael or Morgan. Plus, it would (hopefully) give Scott more story. I could see Kim Matula in the role, or even Kelley Missal.

Mike’s return would be interesting because of Ava’s mother Delia. I would love to see Eileen Kirsten and Ron Hale back on screen together. But truth be told, I’ve forgotten about the character of Mike and don’t see the purpose for his return, other than some comedic value.

It would be nice to see Courtney return because I miss her but again, I don’t see what story she would have. If it was as a vision to Spencer I would understand, but alive? I don’t know about that.

But first, before they start bringing characters back to the canvas, they need to take care of their already bloated roster. There are many characters that can go: Sabrina, Carlos, Jordan, Shawn, Rosalie, Brad, Ivy, Sloane (still don’t know why they recast that role), and for the love of God, recast Nathan! That’s what GH needs to do before they start bringing more character back (whether it be from the dead or not).

Sheri
Sheri

i want to see Victor (Thaao Penghlis) come back because we all know he didn’t die at Crichton Clark. That might all play in with Stefan’s return.

Julia
Julia

Courtney Courtney Courtney! Spencer really needs her right now!
And not for anything she wasn’t a bad character, the writers just kept giving her horrible storylines!

su0000
su0000

NO!
Stefan Cassadine!!!
Stefan Stefan Stefan Stefan Stefan !!!

he has the most to offer GH and its’ stories and-
Stefan , will bring a whole lot of surprises and suspenses with him !!
He is needed.. 🙂

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yeah! Stefan does have the most to offer on the canvas. He’s got rich history, and it would be a hoot for Spencer to meet his (great) Uncle Stefan. I would love to see those scenes, Stephen has a great smile, and I can only envision their chemistry, too. Lots of good story if Stefan is brought back by fans.

mike
mike

Mike and Delia together, that would be great.

cassie james
cassie james

I would say I want Courtney and Serena back .

But if I had to really think about it I want Jake Spencer back from the dead. GH was wrong for killing him off , so I want him to return for Elizabeth & Jason. Let Jason get a Chance to know his son and be apart of his life. Danny needs his big brother , gh can do it they bring others back from the dead why not him .

cassie james
cassie james

Another bonus one for me is dillion and Maxie sister georgie

Patrick
Patrick

Skye Quartermaine
Lorenzo Alcazar

for the WIN

this couple would steam surpass LIVE overthrow and ignite PASSION

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, Patrick- Skype and Lorenzo for SURE!
I miss “Red”

Aden
Aden

Who chose these four??

Sly
Sly

STEFAN…

Bonnie Fishel
Bonnie Fishel

none would be my choice to come back but out of the four Courtney because spencer could use a mother.
If I was picking I would want Laura back first and Natalie second.
Maybe later this year for them?

Bonnie Fishel
Bonnie Fishel

Oops brain freeze that was Emily not Natalie!

jessica
jessica

I personally would love if ghetto brinca back emily quartermane jason’s sister full time and not as a ghost. If gh can bring so many propiedad back from the seas so why not her. She is an amazing charater and so much great stories to put her in just to give up on her. Please gh help me bring her back . She’s one of my favorite charictors I look up to. Please take it under concitoration. Please make it happen. Thank You so much.

jessica
jessica

I personally would love if gh bring back emily quartermane jason’s sister full time and not as a ghost. If gh can bring so many charictors back from the dead so why not her. She is an amazing charicter and so much great stories to put her in just to give up on her. Please gh help me bring her back . She’s one of my favorite charictors I look up to. Please take it under concitoration. Please make it happen. Thank You so much.

Charlie
Charlie

I voted for Stefan (obviously) but I feel like Courtney will win because of little Spencer .. plus he’s been talking a lot lately about his momma, and they have been saying how he needs her

Brian
Brian

I want Serena back to give Lucy more story. Also she’s Franco’s half sister. She could also be involved with the younger cast.

claudia
claudia

neither 1 but Ava Jerome brings the show to interesting hieghts so her character and and to replace solgn for anna devaine back on the show

Sarah Marie
Sarah Marie

I hope that Sonny doesn’t DIE please and I hope Kiki stays 🙁

JASO N
JASO N

STEPHEN BECAUSE YOU COULD DO A LOT OF GOOD STUFF WITH HIS CHARACTER WITH THE OTHER ONES PEOPLE WONT CARE

Fanny
Fanny

Bring back the most interesting and involved character Stefan.

brenda
brenda

i think emily should be brought back for good for nichlas and jake

DIANE LIPSHAW
DIANE LIPSHAW

Yes bring Genie Francis Laura back if anyone can figure what is going on with the Fluke Luke she can.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Amen! Amen!

bill /noreen dimsdale
bill /noreen dimsdale

You did not have the one we wanted we wood like to see
Lucky or robin return we watch your shows all the time
We get in to the shows pretty good.
Thank you for your time .

savanah
savanah

I say stefan. I wish connie or lucky but out of the 4 stefan will do.

THEA SKAROUPKA
THEA SKAROUPKA

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MIKE CORBIN RETURN BECAUSE HE WOULD BE A STABILIZING FATHER FIGURE FOR SONNY AS HE GOES THROUGH BEING A NEW FATHER TO AVERY, AND FIGHT WITH MICHAEL OVER HER CUSTODY. THERE ARE B OT ENOUGH NORMAL ADULT CHARACTERS LIKE LILA AND EDWARD ANYMORE WHO WOULD GIVE GOOD ADVICE TO OTHER CHARACTERS.

I HAVE WATCHED GH SINCE DAY ONE. I AM 72 YEARS OLD AND TRY NEVER TO MISS A DAY.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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