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GH's Brandon Barash Interview: How Johnny On The Run Became Johnny-On-The-Spot For Lulu!

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Sneaking back into Port Charles is sometimes necessary on ABC’s General Hospital, and no one does it quite like Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash)!  The son of infamous mob boss, Anthony Zacchara (Bruce Weitz), who has carried the torch in the mob wars against Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), certainly does have a soft spot!  That would be his long-standing feelings for Lulu Spencer Falconeri (Emme Rylan).

Suddenly reappearing on the scene, just as Lulu is dealing with the fallout of her cousin Valerie Spencer (Brytni Sarpi) sleeping with her husband Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), not once but twice, Johnny is more than ready to lend an ear to Lulu.  He actually offers to help take Valerie out of the picture at the request of Lulu!  But just how is he going to go about it?  Will he come through and remove Valerie as an obstacle so Dante and Lulu will give their marriage another chance … or … does he just truly want Lulu all for himself?

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with longtime General Hospital fan favorite Brandon Barash to talk about: Johnny’s return for the holiday’s on the Port Charles canvas, and what viewers can expect to see as his latest current story arc plays out.  In his real life, Brandon shares the joys of raising his beautiful daughter Harper, alongside his wife and GH star, Kirsten Storms (Maxie).  Here’s what Brandon had to say about slipping into the skin of his beloved tough guy alter-ego, Johnny Zacchara, and more!

General Hospital is bringing in some heavy hitters for their year-end storylines, and you return is among them!  The show certainly perks up when you come back as Johnny.  The fans were excited to hear you were making another return!

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BRANDON:  It’s becoming a nice tradition to come back to GH at the end of the year, and put a nice ending to my own year.  It’s been really great, and I was happy to do it.

Did you know when you signed on for this arc that it would be for the story we are seeing now involving Johnny helping Lulu seek revenge on Valerie?  

BRANDON:  I really didn’t.  I knew a little bit about the storyline and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) had sort of teased it, but I trust him.  I know he is not going to bring me back to do something that I’m not going to like, or something that isn’t interesting.  But, it’s all very interesting, and a lot of fun.

Viewers saw this week that Johnny, using an alias, helped Valerie when she had was pulled over to the side of the road after her car died.   He sort of befriends her to get some information to use against her to help in his plot with Lulu!

BRANDON:  I had a lot of fun that day with a lot of fun character stuff I got to play between Johnny and Valerie. You’re going to see a side of Johnny, you’ve never seen before, and you will know what I’m talking about when you see it.  He’s pretty perceptive, deceptive, and cunning … all of those things.

How is working with Brytni Sarpy (Valerie)?

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BRANDON:  I had not worked with her before.  She is a stickler for her lines, as I am, and she likes to rehearse and run lines beforehand, which I am a big fan of.  Pretty much everyone I worked with this time around likes to run lines before we tape.  That’s good, because in the daytime environment it’s all about getting scenes done, and getting 70 scenes shot a day.  So you need to carve time out for yourself to do rehearsal.  Brytni was very good in doing that with me.

So, Johnny discovers Valerie’s Achilles heel while taking forever and a day to “fix” her car! (Laughs)

BRANDON:  For Johnny, he discovered that Valerie’s Achilles heel was having a sense of purpose.  To fill that for her was that she wanted to become a cop, and that was very important for him to exploit.

Now that he knows what to exploit, how is he going to do that?  Wreck Valerie’s burgeoning police career?  Do you think his plan is a good one?

BRANDON:  You will slowly see what Johnny’s plans are for her.  I do think his plan is good.

Johnny is risking being caught and being put behind bars.  Does he really just want to help Lulu, or is he helping her bring down Valerie, because he is hoping something potentially can happen with the two of them again?

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BRANDON:  I find this to be incredibly convenient that he shows up in Port Charles right as Lulu and Dante’s marriage is dissolving very rapidly.  In my mind’s eye, it makes more sense to me that Johnny always has people in Port Charles reporting to him as to what is going on.  He finds out this information about Lulu and Dante, and makes his entrance based on that information.  For me, that is what justifies him resurfacing in Port Charles.  Nobody knows this information, but Johnny.  Having said that, this whole time he is thinking, “You know what? Maybe we can hit the reset button and see what we were once going to be.”  The problem is Johnny’s last seven or eight years of wrongdoing has gotten in the way of that.  We will see how he dances around that!

Johnny has always loved Lulu, right?  Why was he on the run this time?  Viewers need a scorecard for Johnny’s crimes!  (Laughs)

BRANDON:  He absolutely has loved Lulu.  However, it’s hard to love someone when you’re on the run. (Laughs)  Right now, he is on the run for the attempted murder of Julian Jerome, (William deVry).

Is he concerned that Julian, and others, could find him while he is in Port Charles?

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BRANDON:  Well, you know Johnny always says, “You can’t prove anything.”  But of course he is concerned about it, or he wouldn’t be hiding out at The Haunted Star!

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Will we see you continuing to hide out behind The Haunted Star bar for three weeks?  (Laughs)

BRANDON: (Laughs) Those scenes have been so fun to shoot!

Dante and Lulu’s marriage has crumbled.  Johnny has always brought out the dangerous side of Lulu.  Does he ultimately just want to get her into bed?

BRANDON:  I don’t think his only objective is to get into bed with her.  Of course, that’s what he wants.  He jokes a lot about that as you will see in the coming weeks.  But I think what he wants is to love Lulu again.  I think at this point that love is, in a sense, unrequited.   It was eight years ago that they loved each other.  It seems like almost another life ago.   At this point, it’s not possible for them to love each other yet, because of life, because Johnny is on the run, and because Lulu is in marriage limbo.  So, it has this unrequited sense to it.  I think it’s kind of beautiful.  I think the only way that Johnny can deal with that is through humor.  You are going to find him using humor this time around more than he ever has.

That is what I liked about your return this time, and I noticed that right away.  You, and the writers, have lightened the character and he isn’t so dark.

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BRANDON:  It was important for me to do that.  Every time I come back, I want to bring something new to him and some other element.  I think it’s vital to do that, because he is coming back from a different, for lack of a better word, “adventure” every time.  Last year at this time, when we met him he was being let out of prison after a year and a half.  This time around when we see Johnny he has been on the run.  So last year, you saw a lot of his crazy side, because it was the only way he knew how to survive in prison, and that was to get a little loony.  This time around with being on the run, he had to get in touch with the lighter part of himself.  On the other side of that coin, and this is true in my own life … and I kind of stole from myself in this sense … but when I am in an uncomfortable situation, I will either be completely closed off, or use humor to get out of it.  That is what you are going to see him going through a lot, and using humor to try to cope with how uncomfortable things are for him really deep down.  It was fun twist I got to make with the character.

So, do you like how you are able to come in and out of GH doing a guest arc, while continuing to pursue and book roles in primetime series doing guest shots, movies, etc?  It seems to be working out well for you!

BRANDON:  I have been recurring on a pretty big series on TNT which has been great, and doing a movie here and there, and other guest spots on TV series.  It’s been good.  Obviously, if Frank Valentini has his druthers I would be back at GH fulltime, but I like this for right now.  It’s good, because GH has become a family and a home base for me.  It’s nice to be able to go back and work, and not just to go back and visit my wife when she is there working.  I do enjoy it.  I wouldn’t keep going back to GH, if I didn’t.

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I think New Year’s Eve in Port Charles could bring an interesting moment for Johnny.   What do you think?

BRANDON:  Yes, you will see.  New Year’s could hold a very, very interesting moment and a lot of things can happen on New Year’s Eve … a lot of things.

Have you noticed any difference in the scripts from when former GH head writer Ron Carlivati’s work was airing, as opposed to the new head writing team of Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante?

BRANDON:  I think they are all doing a great job.  Ron was doing a great job, but the network decided to go in a different direction.  I think these writers now are doing a great job.  I think they are doing their best to keep up with the integrity of each character.  It’s a tall order to fill, but I think they are doing exceptionally well.

Johnny has had such a history on the show.  Often times it appears that many actors know their character’s back-story or behavior better than the head writers.  Did you inject any thing into the script or dialog this time?

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BRANDON:  There was some ad-libbing I did, and not because of the integrity of the writing, the writing was great.  However, there are some times that I feel in a script that there is something that can be ad-libbed at the moment that will make it more authentic to the characters.  You can probably see where I take those liberties when you are watching the show.  They were great at allowing me to do that, and still honoring the writing, because it’s great.

How has it been working with both actresses who have played Lulu:  Julie Berman and Emme Rylan?

BRANDON:  I think Julie and Emme are both tremendous actresses.  They both have different qualities about them that make them great.  Of course, they are two different people, but at the end of the day we are telling a love story.  They both do a great job at telling it.

Did you get to have some laughs with Emme on the set between takes?

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BRANDON:  Yeah, it depends on the scene.  It’s important to me off the set to create the environment of the circumstances.  For example: if we are shooting some playful scenes, I will make it a point to be playful in between takes.  If we are shooting some very serious scenes, I will make a point to be quiet and withdrawn to myself.  I like to set that tone and I think it’s very important.  Luckily, everyone I got to work with was respectful of that.  A lot of the scenes are playful, and we did keep that up between scenes and in rehearsals.  I think it’s important to keep the scene alive when the cameras aren’t rolling.

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Johnny does not like Dante, and in fact, he certainly wants to avoid Dante finding him out he is in Port Charles, or he could be put back behind bars.  But actually, he probably wants to physically hurt Dante for what he did to Lulu which has caused this rift in their marriage.

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BRANDON:  Yes, he is trying to avoid Dante at all costs.  I’m sure he would like to do a lot more than hit him.  Having said that, Dom and I are very close friends!   I don’t want anybody thinking I want to hit him!  (Laughs)  But, my character Johnny would like to do some very bad things to Dante!

It’s always great to see you in scenes with Johnny’s nemesis, Maurice Benard (Sonny).  From the looks of this story arc, it doesn’t appear that they will cross paths.

BRANDON:  Yeah, it just wasn’t possible this time, unfortunately.  It has been really, really fun cultivating a friendship with Maurice over the years.  Our on-screen relationship we had to keep off- screen this time.

When you look back over the years at your work in the role as Johnny Zacchara, what scenes, or story, or moments are you most proud of?

BRANDON:  I am going to say this period of time right now.  This is the proudest I’ve been of the character and the work, and everything.  It’s been just a perfect storm of a lot of things.  I really had a lot of fun telling this story.  It was a very complete and fulfilling experience.

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Will you cross paths with your real-life wife Kirsten Storms (Maxie) on-screen this visit?

BRANDON:  I don’t know! It remains to be seen.  I’m fuzzy on some of the shooting days, so I’m not quite sure. You will just have to watch! (Laughs)

GH fans are so enamored of your real-life family:  you and Kirsten, and your adorable baby girl (who will be two-years-old next month) Harper.

BRANDON:  That is really sweet of them!  We appreciate their love and support.  It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done.  Look, beating the odds in Los Angeles and becoming a professional actor, and being paid very well for it to the point where you can support a family is one of the coolest things somebody can do, if they are in this business.  Having said that, being a dad is the coolest thing I will ever do in my entire life hands down.  Having a relationship and a spiritual connection with not only my wife, but with this being that we created together, there is nothing on this earth quite like it.  I realized that over the last two years.  Nothing will ever compare to it.

Whenever I have seen you with Harper, you look so happy and so proud to be her dad!  It’s very special to witness.

BRANDON:  It’s cool, but it’s not all sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns.  Raising a child is very difficult.  One thing about having a child is that it will test every last fiber of your being.  It will test your marriage, it will test yourself, and it will test your soul.  I feel like as long as you are conscious to it all, and your intentions are to do what’s best for your child, you can really grow a lot as a person, or as a husband, or as a father, or wife and mother, as it may be.  I have never experienced such personal growth, as cheesy as it sounds, in the last two years in becoming a father.  My wife will absolutely attest to that.  (Laughs)

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Will Port Chuck, your musical act with Steve Burton (Dylan,Y&R), Scott Reeves (Ex-Steven Lars, GH), and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli perform some new dates and venues in 2016?

BRANDON:  Well, we just did a couple of shows in Chicago.  We thought about the possibility of doing some more next year, but it’s making sure our schedules synch up. That is the biggest thing.  When we were all on General Hospital together it was very easy, because we were all dark at the same time as we had the same schedules.  Now all four of us are doing different things.  It becomes increasingly difficult to get us in the same place at the same time.  Of course, we would all like to continue with it.  We all have too much fun together, not to.

In closing, what would you like to say to all of your fans for the holiday season, and those who have continued to love and embrace you when you come back to GH, and miss you so much when you are gone from the soap scene?

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BRANDON:  I would like to thank all of the fans out there who have made Johnny’s residence as solid as it is. They really pull for this character.  He wouldn’t be on the canvas without them.  There is something about him that they like.   I feel very blessed for that. I want to express my love and gratitude to everybody for all of their love and support over the years.  It really means a lot.

So, what do you think Johnny will do to Valerie to help seek retribution for Lulu?  Do you hope Johnny and Lulu rekindle their romance?  Do you think they will hit the sheets?  Do you enjoy having Brandon back on GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Janice
Janice

I love the guy…and the character. Great interview…..thanks!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lulu would be smart to let Dante have Valerie and run away with Johnny…better yet. keep Johnny and Lullu and have Dumbte and Valbore run away and disappear!!! lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hope Johnny Zaccara (this is the correct spelling: no ‘h’) and Lulu do not jump into bed lickety-split. Building up to it is not only sweeter, but also, I do not want it to be revenge sex. For once, please writers, have the meeting of the mind and body be meaningful! Not wham, bam, thank you, ma’am/sir…lol.
Valerie seems to be working so hard to be one of PC’s finest. Combined with the fact that becoming a cop (perhaps working alongside Dante) means the world to her, if anything were to go awry would be devastating to her. But, of course, this is her Achille’s heel. Johnny will destroy these dreams by making her look incompetent; not worthy to be a police-person.
All I can say is; I hope that’s all he will do. Whether I want Johnny to succeed or not is beside the point, as long as he does not physically harm her or kill her. That would be horrifying. So, I hope that thought is not being entertained by the ‘Hierarchy’. If the Valerie character is to be eliminated, just send her away, or something.
One more thing…..I never really realized how good-looking; how mesmerizingly cool Brandon really is. What a stunning couple he and Kirsten make.

su0000
su0000

hey CeeCee..
I’d bet- Johnny and Lulu or Val don’t do hanky-panky ..
I don’t see it going that way and Brandon/Johnny is too much a hunk for the Lulu or Val character.. And with his short stay he would only have time for a ”’wham, bam, thank you, ma’am/sir” LOL..
I do not want to see Johnny with anyone I just want to enjoy Johnny doing his bad boy work.
I would not mind watching Johnny destroying Val, but that won’t happen with the creampuff writers, no fears.. Val will survive, be fine.

And–if Val were to be killed on the dock, the pier is magic, the waters save the dead..
heh- 4 bullets, 20 bullets, the pier waters will not let anyone die..
I think it is Alien stuff..

CeeCee
CeeCee

I trust your prophetic words, su. You haven’t failed me yet! Yup; the magic waters of pier 54, is it? LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL, su. But, do you remember Carmine from Y&R? Well, that guy was the hunkiest, albeit too short for my taste. He was matched up with Emme ( Abby, at the time)…so, I don’t know…..
Valerie? Many fans sing her beauty’s praises. If she were beautiful, I’d agree. I don’t know if there are true beauties on GH. And, I truly do not believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, either.
I have seen picture of yesteryear; I find that Bobbi/Jackie Z was a real beauty. Then, there are true beauties in the world; but as soon as they open their mouths, all that beauty fades. You know to whom I am referring? I would shoot myself if I had to listen to that voice 24/7.LOL.
But, today, we never really can appreciate beauty because mostly everyone, both genders, young, medium and old (lol) have had some kind of work…..soooooo……

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, two wrongs dont make a right! It cheapens the victim and gives DOGnte ammunition! What if Val runs off with Johnny and Lulu hooks up with Dylan and Dante is left with his pistol in his hand?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh Ho!!! You really did it this time, Timmmbo! HaHaHaHaHaHa. Best symbolism/ play-on-words, EVER!! Love it. Too funny!!

Robin Fricke
Robin Fricke

I love having Brandon Barash back on GH as Johnny. Makes me happy. I would love to see Johnny and LuLu rekindle the romance but I do t see it happening this time

su0000
su0000

I love having Brandon/Johnny back, my all time favorite..

and-

A big *THANK YOU* to Michael Fairman.. You are loved !!

I really appreciate your love for the soaps and your time spent bringing us great interviews. Michael is the King of soap news !!
And- his interviews are unsurpassed/ superior in achievement or excellence to any other..

Michael is a wonderful host to his guests, us..
He gives us freedom to express, it doesn’t get better than that.

(my lips are getting chapped, but yah he is all that) just want to say..

Timmm
Timmm

Hand over the chapstick to me su0000! I also appreciate Mr. Fairman’s site here. It really gives us a chance to discuss something we all love and the interviews are wonderful!

Zoe
Zoe

I love Johnny Z back stirring it up! I hope something happens between them. I always felt that Lulu should hop into his car and ride off into the sunset with him someday. I’m sure this plan is going to cause drama.

cooks7570
cooks7570

I would love to see Johnny and Lulu have a little fling. Emme has more chemistry with Brenden then with Dom.

Shelly Bell
Shelly Bell

I really enjoy when Johnny comes back to Port Charles. He makes for some interesting storylines. I would like to see him come back more often!!!

Ces
Ces

Love the interview! Love Brandon & Johnny. Dante & Valerie can have each other, Lulu ahould look no further than this handsome devil!! No contest Dante the fool!! Can Valerie just leave?

Rose
Rose

I like bad-boy Johnny, and I don’t want him to ruin Val’s chance to become a cop, or worse. Certainly not for Lulu…don’t want to waste him on her. I don’t like what Dante and Valerie have done, at all, but Lulu helped set it up with lies and hasn’t really taken any responsibility for it except a few token apologies. And how many others wouldn’t have been suspicious after finding Lulu and Dylan’s hotel room in disawry? So I don’t have much sympathy for her. And she can be just as impulsive and hot-headed as Dante. At least Dante hasn’t set up a hit of sorts on anyone in revenge.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, please, Rose. No one can set anything up when it comes to cheating. They are adults. Dante and Valerie, the slut, knew what they were getting into. We are all responsible for our actions. You sound like Liz who blames Sam for how despicably she has acted towards Jason, Sam, Danny, Monica and her own son, Jake. Dante and Valerie had an itch….it was palpable. We saw it. Lulu sensed it. Dante decided to allow a stupid visit to Canada, walking into a hotel room, which to his cretin brain, looked ominous, without confronting his wife first…..Dante decided to dismiss his wedding vows by diminishing what said vows mean, without confronting his wife first. Dante decided to desecrate his and his wife’s marriage bed with her cousin, no less, without confronting his wife first.
You don’t like what Dante snd Valerie have done? They crossed the line!! You are dismissing that, and you are equating that to Lulu’s lie. She had promised her parents not to tell because her brothers’ lives were at stake. Lulu found herself between a rock and a hard place. That is no excuse for Dante to do what he did. He wanted it! He had wanted to bed Valerie for a long time. And, so did she.
I am truly nonplussed, Rose. It is, of course, your opinion, and I do respect that, albeit I protest. But I am also entitled to my opinion. It strikes me as strange, though, that you berated me about calling out Ashley’s age as to Ben, yet, you sound as if Lulu brought her husband’s cheating upon herself??
With all due respect, my friend; that does not compute with me. I suppose I must have a distorted way of looking at life.

Rose
Rose

Cee Cee….Wow!wow!wow! I just said a couple of things and you assumed much, much more. Careful with assuming. I greatly disapprove of cheating. I think both Dante and Val are totally responsible. And the writers have really set it up for their excuse to get to bed with each other. BUT I don’t think poor Lulu either. Hypothetically if she saw her behaviour the way some of us did, and especially hotheaded, give-me-a-reason-to-suspect-cop-Dante, maybe she might have told him from the outset what was going on. Not saying he would have like it or approved, but why would she keep such info from the husband she loves and father to her child, even if it was supposed to be a Spenser family secret? So now this is the fallout…fault on all three houses. As for Valerie, obviously she let her eyes and her heart go in the wrong direction after Dante helped she and her mom during the Fluke thing. But I don’t begrudge her trying to make a profession for herself..life’s been emotional and tough since she came into the story…but maybe in another city away from Dante. I just hope Lulu and Johnny’s little plan doesn’t jeopardize this. Punishing her in this way won’t eventually turn her into a better person who won’t need her knight in shining armor, Dante (ugh). And full disclosure…I liked the idea of Val in the beginning, good another Spenser…but I don’t like what the writers did to her, secretly fawning, and maybe understandably having a crush on Dante, and then crossing the line. But I have liked the possibility of her getting out of her victim rut and making a career for herself. As for Ashley, Ben and age differences. I don’t like the foursome that’s gone on, in fact I almost ff their encounters. I’ve never liked the Ben character, and wondered how three intelligent ladies could fall for him. Small mercies, at least they weren’t married like Dante and Lulu…but they were family which isn’t good either. But I can understand how a one-timer in the shower might have happened…like I said adrenalin on projects can bring strange bedfellows together…but I also don’t see a real future with them, and age doesn’t have anything to do with it. And maybe, after the big fire at Newman Tower, the initial flame between Stitch and Ashley is burning out. Now for Dr. Neville and Ashley…what a lot of us have suspected and hoped for. Sorry you interpret my ‘ defence of older women’ (I think there is also a book by this title), or Ashey’s age or “giving up her rainbows”, as “berating” you. Wish you didn’t’ read it as berating, not my intention, no more than you in giving your opinions. But sometimes commenters will say things about “older” in general that can make some of us not-so-young cringe.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Rose.
Well, dear friend. I am not accustomed to taking flippant remarks lying down. ‘Flippant’ was your word, not mine when you assumed much, much, much on my reference to Ashley’s age. You sound like someone else. I made a comment and you ran with it. So, it is a soap. You have your opinions and I have mine. Let’s call it a draw.

CeeCee
CeeCee

So that there are misunderstandings…..I have pointed out that I most definitely am opposed to violence of any form, on more than one occasion. Valerie snd Dante are equally despicable. I do not want you to think badly of me, Rose, that I promote what Lulu is asking Johnny to do. I vehemently object to that. Honorable people just don’t do that, on either side. Dante is a weakling. He will regret it….not by revenge, but from the fact that it wasn’t worth losing his family over a two-bit affair. This thing that he started is spiraling…..Hope not too far out of control. I just have this feeling that Valerie will become a has-been, somehow. Then, Lulu will have to pay the piper; not Dante.
I do hope Valerie’s aspirations of becoming a cop come to nought….fizzle out! Dishonest people should have no part or right to be in law enforcement. I know that’s a naive way of thinking, but, I would rather have a white lie from my spouse than his cheating on me. I think most people would agree with me, yes…LOL.
I am not very happy with Lulu’s retribution. But, to extricate Dante from cheating on his wife because the room was in ‘disarray’, as you suggest, Rose, is no excuse. There should be NO reason for cheating, no matter what. Are you married/have a significant other? LOL. I suppose I have a different set of values….too old fashioned? Too prudish? Even if I thought my husband had cheated on me, I would never go out and do the same to him. I would just show him the door. No absolution whatsoever.

Patrick
Patrick

a man “should” meet any one.. 1/2 way… he will come around… reveal his “heart”

gawd! one can hope

“infidelity” absolutely not… all hope is gone

no matter how you spin it

I just think all this is being written to prop Emme Rylan’ Lulu

going by the wayside.. is Dante
going by the wayside… and possibly out… is Valerie

??? huh

argh! it pains me… seriously… it does… I have liked from the start… ER’ take on Y&R as Abby… and am devoted to her for some reason

she’s no… Julie Berman

hence… I am now demoting… Dante… as husband material

OK.. ’nuff said

Patrick… is leaving
Danite… is ending…
Nicholas.. is still smoldering
Ned… is MIA

what? is Lulu.. going to hang with Dylan? the bubble gum machine is still jammed… no matter how I continue to hang with Lulu… it’s not taking

I actually care more about Dante and Valerie

Harry
Harry

My main bone of contention is with Dante. He goes all the way to…..well, I forgot where but it was pretty far! Once he is there, he discovers clothes and PJ’s in disarray in Lulu and Dillon’s room but he doesn’t bother confronting his wife or give her the benefit of the doubt. I mean, those were one piece bunny PJ’s, not Victoria Secret’s lacy lingerie philandering wives usually choose to wear for their trysts. It seems to me that Dante sought a one way ticket to Valerie’s pants and once he found it, he was dead set on sleeping with that trollop. Dante just doesn’t seem to be that into his wife. However, he doesn’t seem to be that into Valerie either.
He’s not the passionate and romantic Dante with whom we were first introduced. That Dante would not have given up on his Lulu (then played by Julie Berman). He would not take “no” for an answer and he courted the heck out of her, I remember him taking her to a Puccini opera and it was all so sweet and romantic.
Now, Dante cannot even wait until Lulu’s spot on the bed is cold before moving Valerie in her place. Dante is the problem here, not Lulu and not Valerie. If this were real life I would suggest he is suffering from depression and an early mid life crisis.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Rose.
PS.
This would not be the first time you have made derogatory remarks to me, Rose. I let it slide. The reason? Unbeknownst to me. I am a pretty friendly person. However for some reason, two or three posters sort of ‘nudge’ me. I do respond.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Patrick.
You are very keen, indeed. Of, course it is done to prop Emme. But when taken out of the abstract and put into reality, intimating that it was Lulu’s fault, it is not a soap anymore, is it, Patrick?
The idea of fear of not being able to express an opinion is downright ridiculous; and, when compounded with the fact that what another says should be considered gospel, then it becomes ludicrous.
And, yes, Patrick. I agree with you, to a certain extend. But, I definitely wish doom and gloom upon Dante and Valerie. Do I thing I’m right? Of course not. It is just our opinion. I just don’t want Lulu and Johnny to hurt Valerie, that’s all.

Rose
Rose

CeeCee…I don’t think badly of you. Hope you don’t think badly of me. In fact we probably have more in common than you would suspect. And certainly some spirited conversations at times. I also come from old-fashioned values, but at the same time life and experience has added layers to some of them compared to when I was your age. I mostly don’t deal in absolutes anymore (the closest being “do unto others” and the Commandments which seem a reasonable way to try to live with each other. But life changes, most of us aren’t perfect and make mistakes, so hopefully people have a chance to change too..that’s probably why I give Valerie a little rope. But I also think “once bit shame on you, twice bit shame on me” when I give this rope. So Val has one ore chance with me. 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
Yeah, Harry. I think we basically have the same philosophy (see eye to eye) where love and marriage/relationships are concerned.
As I have been saying, Dante is a spoiled little weakling who cannot keep either his house or (to use Timmm’s pun) his pistol clean. It does stem from him.
I especially agree with your words, “give her the benefit of the doubt”.
After having been married for a while and knowing of what ‘stuff’ each is made, he should have known better and should have had more faith in her. As I said, the writers wanted this to happen. And, as Patrick said, Emme/Lulu is being prepped for something….what, Je ne sais pas!!

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Johnny Z is finally back in town

and that will make Dante frown

charming the women of Port Chuck

who realize their men don’t measure up

a trip to see Maxie is an absolute must

while good guy Nathan begins to cuss

a single Olivia wants him back for one night

but he was critical of Dante so they had a big fight

a return to the mob will be on the way

but he must get these charges to go away

only a matter of time till Val falls for him

and that will certainly not make Dante grin

ticking off all the men one at a time

while they remind him of his past crimes

whenever he played the piano Lulu would just melt

now if Dante saw this he’d hang himself with his belt.

a trip to see Maxie is a must

while Nathan begins to cuss

Patrick
Patrick

NICE!

of only this happen

Zachara smolders; without doubt

perhaps it is big time

and Johnny fires it up with HOTTIE Olivia

wouldn’t this add UP Julian

and leave Alexis ; she’s so dour… “I’d leave her immediately”

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, sir, Patrick. Let’s keep it in the family snd share and share alike….musical beds. Just like Y&R with all of Ben’s concubines…..young and old, sisters and cousins, mothers and daughters…..the more the merrier. Let’s have an orgy. LOL.

Harry
Harry

Bravo! Well done.!!!

Rose
Rose

Newmanwins…wonderful!!! And I really want Johnny to meet up with Olivia again. They are both at loose ends right now, and had a nice thing going once. Plus it will really upset Dante…sob! And no CeeCee, I don’t want them to even think marriage…just spend some “quality” time together for a while.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

So glad to see Brandon back as Johnny Z. His presence has compelled me to watch, and actually enjoy, a storyline I hated before his return. Great interview.

Harry
Harry

It was indeed a great interview.
Brandon is so loaded with talent and charisma that all the actors who come into his sphere pale by comparison. I just wish he had come back for something more worthy than helping stupid Lulu with her stupid plan.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Brandon is beautiful, Harry. Nathan better watch out!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree. But at least it makes this storyline watchable.

Kar
Kar

I love Johnny&Lulu. He’s the one that was her real first and true love. I want him to stay and do a JoLu reunion. He brings out the real Spencer in her.

Timmm
Timmm

I love Johnny V. If he would work at GH full time he could one day be up there with other soap icons. One thing I pray for is that Frank brings back Bruce Weitz. I know Anthony is dead but he could have had a brother? Bruce was so good as Anthony!

Harry
Harry

He was fabulous. I wish Bruce Weitz could come back too.
I will take Anthony over that icky Paul Hornsby any day.

Timmm
Timmm

Yes Anthony’s twin brother Andy and Heather’s twin sister Hanna! Why not?

Rose
Rose

Dear President Obama,

I know Special Reports are important, but you have given two in the last couple of weeks that have interrupted General Hospital…and today was the The Nutcracker Gala fans had been waiting for. Maybe the Gala isn’t as important as some of the world affairs you are dealing with, but for many of us soap fans they are a time out from more serious news.

So suggestion…why not time your afternoon Special Reports to 3pm est. This way no frustrated General Hospital fans wondering about Jason/Liz/Sam, they are not interrupting one of ABC’s good afternoon shows (the others leave much to be desired), and there’s still plenty of time to have your highlights hit the evening news programs.

Thank you Mr. President, and may you and your family have a lovely Christmas.

Rose

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

I love the hint of sarcasm and repose

rofl

1… i’m so glad ABC told the audience… hold on to your horses…

2… I wish NBC did this for DOOL

I tune in to more news… than anything… so … I selfishly guard my serial time

Rose
Rose

Patrick..thank you…it was supposed to have a bit of an “edge” ( if a cartoon maybe a tilted head with demurely blinking eyes?) except for the last good wishes line…it was genuine.

Charday
Charday

He is so hot! Great to see him back on GH!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, yeah, he is, Charday! I think I saw chest hair. I love a man with a hint of chest hair ( just a sprinkle…has to be somewhat dark, though. LOL). It adds virility and manliness. Yeeessss!!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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