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GH’s Cynthia Watros Talks On Taking Over The Role Of Nina & Ingo Rademacher Dishes Jax’s New Love Interest

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Today on June 3rd, Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros is set to begin taping all-new episodes of General Hospital as she steps into the role of Nina Cassadine, last played by Michelle Stafford, who has left the ABC daytime drama series and headed back to The Young and the Restless to reprise her signature role of Phyllis Summers.

Watros, best-known for her delicious portrayal of Annie Dutton on Guiding Light, and who was last seen on daytime on Y&R, is back to the grind of the soaps taking on the complex Nina.  Add to that, it is clear that GH is setting up a potential love triangle, or new love interest for her, now that Jasper Jacks is back in Port Charles with GH fan favorite Ingo Rademacher returning to the show.

Last month on the recent GH Nurses’ Ball episodes, we saw Nina (then Stafford) lock eyes with Jax, and the two demonstrated an instant attraction to each other.  Add to that in story; Jax was revealed to be the new 50 percent owner of Aurora Media, which Nina’s Crimson Magazine falls under, putting them in each other’s path in more ways than one.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Cynthia and Ingo along with other members of the media at last week’s ABC Summer Press Roundtable junket, and here were some intriguing and insightful moments from the conversations below.

When we asked if Cynthia had a conversation with Michelle Stafford on taking over the role of Nina, Watros responded: “I did.  We had lunch together, and I have to say, Michelle is an amazing, lovely, giving woman.  Just to be able to sit across from her and talk about Nina and to talk about the show, I was just in awe of her generosity.  I will always be a fan of Michelle’s.  She actually reached out to me and said, ‘If you ever want to call or text…’ and I said, ‘Let’s have lunch!’  So, we found and afternoon and spent like three hours just talking about it.”

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Since Watros has brought the cray-cray to her best known role of Annie on GL and is so adept as an actress to go from that to playing grave reality, Cynthia weighed in on how she sees Nina and the challenges of being a recast in a soap role: “Nina has all of this stuff that I can’t wait to play.  She’s got stuff that she hasn’t explored for a long time because her life is going pretty well right now.  What happens though when your life doesn’t go really well?  You start exploring those things that you thought were sleeping a little bit, you know, that weren’t necessarily bubbling up to the surface.  So, I like it all: when a character’s life is going well and when a character’s life is not going well. Because I’m playing Nina now, it’s going to be different.  It’s going to be challenging.  It’s the first time I’ve ever taken over a role that someone else has played.  I don’t want to totally go off, so people go, “Wow.  Nina’s totally different,” but of course, I want to make it my own.  Again, I’m an actor who likes to use all of the tools.  I like it all … the funny, the not so funny, the playful, and the crazy.”

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As to the timing of Watros returning to the soaps at this time in her life … and how it went down that she landed her new gig at GH, she revealed: “It sounds not very dramatic, but I got a phone call.  Just a phone call asking, ‘Would you be interested?’  Guiding Light will always be in my heart because I had such a good time doing Annie, and I was on Young and the Restless and Another World for half of a second.  So, daytime has always been in my life and in my world.  My last show was in Atlanta, and my daughters were in high school in LA, and it’s hard to go back and forth for them, for me, and for my life as a mom.  So, I kind of took my acting and said, ‘Well, I’m going to slow it all down until they graduate high school.’  They graduate high school June 2nd and I start GH June 3rd.  So, it just seemed like it just made sense.”

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As to what the future holds for Nina as she takes over the role, Watros shared: “I can tease that I get to play with this guy (Ingo) a lot, and Nina is trying to find a stronger role in the magazine where she is really going to step up in making that a success and her love for the magazine , and trying to navigate her relationship with Jax.”

Cynthia will also get to work with Nina’s present love interest, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), which the actress is also excited about:“I have to say, I have not met him, but I have been watching the show, and he is just phenomenal.  I love his character.  I love how he is this sort of like bad guy, but it seems like the women really dig him.”

Watros says she is excited to work with Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly), and Billy Miller (Drew) from the cast.  She has previously worked with Laura and Billy in her soap career. As to her nerves for her first week at the ABC studios where GH is taped, Cynthia shared that she is: “Less nervous, more excited. I feel like a 20-year-old back in soaps.  I remember Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light) back in the rehearsal room, and I was off script, and she was on the show for a long time before me, and I was new. I was yelling my lines, and she goes, ‘Excuse me! Can you tell this actress not to act so early in the morning?’ (Laughs) I feel like I’m going to do that again.  So, I’ve got to tone it all down.” (Laughs)

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For Ingo, he certainly has a view as to how Jax fits into the canvas of Port Charles: “Jax is to me, and I’ve only just been able to put it into words now that Captain America came out, but he’s ‘Captain America’.  He’s all about fairness.  If he sees a bully, he will stand up for the person who is being bullied.  So, that’s who he is.  He’s the white knight.  He’s the person who will always do the right thing.”

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Now that Jax has big time ownership in Aurora Media and thus Crimson, does he see the sparks flying with Nina? Ingo reveals: “Yeah, basically he walks in, and she goes, ‘What are you doing in my office?’ and he goes, ‘Actually, it’s my office.’  When I heard about him doing that magazine, I was a little surprised because that’s usually much too small for Jax.  He’s more of a Richard Gere in Pretty Woman character, corporate leader, takes corporations apart, sells pieces … this is, I think really for his daughter, Josslyn (Eden McCoy).  He’s thinking about the future.  Also, to keep him busy in an actual job that he might be good at.   I think it’s a big change in lifestyle for him where before it was about businesses which were much more global.”

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As to what is behind Jax’s attraction to Nina, Ingo summed it up by sharing: I think Jax is attracted to Nina the first time he sees her.  I have a feeling he already knew who she was the first time he sees her at the Nurses’ Ball, because he’s been studying Aurora Media before purchasing it.  He’s done his background work, and to piss off a Cassadine is just a bonus.  Also, I think what is interesting for Nina’s character is the two different guys.  She’s engaged to this more mysterious character, and then, you’ve got this jolly, upfront one going, ‘Hey!  How’s it going?  Everybody having a good day?’ (Laughs)  He’s very confident as well, but in a different way.  I think it’s nice for the story for Nina to be tugged between two completely different men.”

So, excited to see the debut of Cynthia in the role of Nina? Are you up for a triangle between Jax/Nina/Valentin? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, watch Cynthia’s Emmy-winning moment as Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Guiding Light.

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Phil
Phil

I cannot wait to see her in this role

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I can not wait for Cynthia to become Nina, and that’s due to the fact I don’t care for M.S. I don’t welcome her return to Y&R .but we can’t have everything, right? Also, being shown in her worst drunken Phyllis charactor, will not be easy to watch. You’re just waiting to see whose life she’ll wreck next.
I agree with what C.W says about playing opposite Jax and Valentin. I’m hoping Valentin will be out of the picture soon, when she finally finds out what he’s done TO her and not for her. They say Sasha is really Liesel’s daughter, making them cousins and not mother and daughter. What on earth did he get out of that? To me, he’s a pitiful little man, especially standing next to that tall, blond, blue eyed Australian hunk.
Just a note here on how much Iam enjoying Roger/Franco’s “cleaner” shaven look . I don’t mind beards (real ones) but these half-ass, scroungy, almost vagrant looking facial things a lot of men are sporting these days is a real turn off for this old timer. Sorry, I know it’s the thing now, but please be honest gals, how many of you really find it sexy or attractive, and do you really enjoy the rug burn? Old minds really want to know, and guys, how much attention does it take keeping it that way, or can you just let it run wild?

Shay
Shay

Oh, my dear Violet! You are preaching to the choir here on the “pro-clean shaven look” for men! I am totally turned off to the hirsute facial trend that seems to be everywhere these days! On most, it simply looks sloppy and grubby….like these guys are just too lazy to be bothered to groom themselves!!! Ugh! Don’t stand so close to me! Hah! I am especially against it when a man is otherwise very handsome…I cannot understand why they would want to cover up the full glory of their beautiful facades with face fur! Of course, there are exceptions to this rule…some males look quite distinguished and attractive with a well-kept beard, mustache or what-not, but they are in the minority and pretty much had their own individual, well-maintained signature styles established long before this scuzzy stuff became the current rage…think Tom Selleck’s indispensable facial trademark, Don Johnson’s sexy stubble ala Miami Vice or Mr. Fairman’s always impeccably-groomed appearance as evidenced by the photos on his websites! However, that which truly works for the few aforementioned certainly does not apply to the masses! As for the hazards of “rug burn?” Yuck! Even a nubby one-day growth is more than my delicate complexion can bear! “Shave or stay away” is my motto!!! It’s served me well….LOL!

su000
su000

I do not like beards!
They are dirty– have snot, bad-breath, food crumbs, and critters in them YCK..

Imagine all the crud a beard collects, especially on a hot sweaty day or after eating sloppy Joes AHAA.
beards are dirty!.. They might even stink!

And those guys with the half-butt mohawk hairstyles are NASTY UGLY they look like a drunk shaved half their head..

Just wanted to jump in with my opinion BWAAHA!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

SuOOO
Feel free to jump in any time, especially when we agree, ha! Funny, you bringing up the beards. I don’t really mind a full on beard if it is taken care of and litter free. Yesterday, watching Curtis, I was thinking how attractive it looks on him, but that grungy facial stuff like Shiloh and some others sport these days are disgusting. Oh yes, those haircuts you mentioned are the worst, aren’t they? First of all, they look like convicts or a military recruit, I don’t know, but I hate the style too.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey, Violet! How are you? 😉 Funny you mentioned “Shiloh.” I just posted a comment and I included him in my looks good with a beard list. I think he’s very sexy…twinkling eyes and all for a predator.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Hi Rebecca
Nice to hear from you even if we dont agree. Sorry, he’s just got the kind of face I’d like to run over with a lawn mower. Where you see twinkling eyes, I see pure evil. He’s done such an amazing job of playing Shiloh, I don’t think I could ever like him in anything ever again. I just hope he doesn’t turn up on another show too soon, after he leaves GH.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL; that’s so not nice; Coby Ryan McLaughlin (Shiloh) is an actor and if he’s doing THAT good a job he should absolutely show up on another show asap!
I have seen him in several other things…a few movies…he’s also a good musician; has his own band..sings, plays guitar, harmonica.

LOL! “Like to run over with a lawn mower” Gotta admit..that was rather amusing…even though we “don’t agree.”

Shay
Shay

Well su, you have certainly expressed yourself on this subject in your own inimitable no-holds barred fashion! I was trying to be a bit more subdued whilst sharing my viewpoint on the matter, but you definitely nailed it in a much more succinct manner! Thank you for going where a lot of dared not tread….despite being in total agreement with you!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Thanks, Shay. Am glad to hear that someone loathes this unshaven look as much as I do. This grizley Shiloh has got to be the worst. It’s like these men do not use mirrors anymore. I love Eric’s looks on Days, but lately, when I watch him, it’s like OMG, do you really not know what you look like?
Hopefully Shiloh will soon be seeing his last dawn of days. His minions, followers or whatever we call them are leaving, one by one.
Margaux and Nina headed back to Y&R, and am not looking forward to Nelle’s return, but I guess that’s the only way to assure Michael gets his son back. Hopefully, some good viewing ahead.

Harry
Harry

I don’t like beards either but having said that, I detest the hairless, waxen chest look on men too. I say take the hair off their faces and implant it into their chests.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Harry, I like certain beards as on Curtis, and I like mustaches that are trimmed properly,i.e Tom Sellleck, and I do love chest hair, as long as it doesn’t cover the shoulders and back as was Robin Williams, RIP.

Shay
Shay

Oh, you definitely struck a nerve with me on that subject, Violet! I’m simply weary of the cookie-cutter look on so many contemporary males (and soap guys, particularly….) who have that same casually-unkempt facial fuzz, hairstyles(?) and wardrobe. I just thought I was the only one who found it unattractive and annoying since I’m all about classically handsome, clean-cut, well-attired men. I’d love to name names……..but I won’t! LOL……

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Aw come on Shay, give us some names.

rose
rose

Shay, Violet, Su…I also can’t stand beards from stubbly to long, or bushy. Disliked it when it spread to baseball players. And David Letterman. Ugh! I will say there are two exceptions who do wear them well…Gandalf in Lord Of the Rings, and Dumbledore in Harry Potter. But they were appropriate for the roles they played. And British actors of course. Can’t wait for season two of Discovery Of Witches. Found some really good DOW videos on YouTube to try to get me by.

su000
su000

AHAA! the youtube– 0ohhh my gawd!!
the women of that era of soaps look/acted like out of control crazy wacko women lol
Whoa the women were portrayed as raging crazy.. ahaa!

Ashely acted as if she escaped from a mental ward ..
(they all did, actually)
What an Insult to women !!

* Old-time wako Soap Divas as portrayed in comedy skits in SNL and other in-kind soap skits is that youtube for sure —

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

You’re definitely onto something, su000! I personally don’t care for overacting, never have. It’s almost as though some actors — and it’s not just the actresses — feel that they can grab Emmy gold by screaming longer and louder, or by crying at the drop of a hat and carrying on incessantly, sobbing, sniffing, slobbering… I must wonder whether directors are still on set.

I like believability: in plotlines and in acting. You don’t have to knock me over the head with either. Just tell the story. Just convey characterization. Be real.

And this comes from a clean-shaven, clean-cut, generally clean-living guy… I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your comments, su000, as well as those by Violet and Shay on the topic of beards. I certainly wouldn’t argue with any of you ladies on this issue, not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Jamesj! Haven’t been around these parts in a while…how art thou?” I see you’re still the clever one…”chinny-chin-chin!” Toupe! Errr…Touche!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello there, Rebecca1! Thanks for your reply! All is going well with me. I hope all is well with you, Friend! My visits to these parts are scarce as well. Yet these parts are clearly enhanced by your presence — sincerely. Thanks for making my day, and please take care.

Shay
Shay

@James….Thank you for the gracious “shoutout” regarding my take on current trends in male “grooming”…or more precisely, “non-grooming!” Lol…I’m not surprised that you take the task seriously given your own self-described virtues. Kudos! (You sound like one dreamy gent!) On a slightly more annoying note, this is the third reply I’ve typed to you in the past two days….I’m hoping it will be the charm and actually post by keeping it short and sweet. Obviously, it was quite a treat to see you back amongst the denizens of the ever-expanding Fairmanville….(even if navigating its many cyber highways and byways can be downright exhausting and frustrating!) You’ve been missed! As for your sentiments on “over-acting?”….AMEN! I really cannot handle all the scenery-chewing on GH anymore…particularly by the usual suspects…when it becomes the expected thing, you’ve truly lost the elements of awe and delight that an occasional outburst of extreme emotion once used to bring. (Like with the exquisite Genie Francis or fabulous Finola Hughes! These ladies know how to exercise restraint in their acting to save up for the right moments to let loose! They are the best!) At any rate, I really just wanted to say hello and acknowledge your comments as it’s been far too long sine we touched base…Hope you are having a great summer, thus far! Take care and don’t be a stranger!!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello Shay! And you have now thoroughly made my day! Thanks so much for your warm welcome and extremely kind words! You know I respect and think very highly of you as well. Thanks for your continued efforts to reach me here.

On to the soaps, glad we agree about the overacting. And you are so wise and enlightened to honor Genie Francis and Finola Hughes. They are true soap royalty — not posers, like some others — they are not only popular and radiant, they are indeed great actresses!

I will try not to be a stranger. I know that, with any absence, I am missing so much… (Please see my other reply for more detail.) Best to you and your loved ones, Shay!

mike
mike

Frank pulled out a perfect replacement, maybe better than the original.

Harry
Harry

Mike something tells me I am suddenly going to be a fan of Nina’s.

Alexander Cliff
Alexander Cliff

I agree, I was disappointed when I found out Stafford was leaving and then more excited that watros wss replacing her. U look forward to this nina.

aria
aria

I can’t wait to see her debut as Nina, I’m really bummed about Michelle leaving but I think Cinthia will be great recast for sure. as for the triangle, I’m really hoping they do ingo right. I think he’s been giving the short stick in the past when it came to Sonny and company, I really hope they let Jax be more assertive and not this guy that can be made to look like a fool just to make Sonny and Jason look like they always have to be right or win with any one who doesn’t belong to their inner circle.

Dan
Dan

I know there are a lot of diverse opinions on Michelle Stafford as Nina, but I personally loved her in the role, and I’m gonna miss her. I wish ABC/GH had done more to keep her, rather than letting Y&R swoop in and pull the rug out from everybody. But that’s water under the bridge at this point.

I’m excited to see what Cynthia Watros does with Nina. She was fantastic as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light. She more than has the acting chops to come in and not only fill Michelle’s shoes, but make the role her own. Like the potential pairing of Jax and Nina, and what Valentin will do to prevent it from happening. He’s never faced an adversary quite like Jax before. Tons of storyline potential there.

TVJeff
TVJeff

I saw a video interview – not sure if these interviews were one and the same, but Ingo seemed to indicate he’s on contract. Can anyone confirm that?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m hoping! I think that’s right!

Timmm
Timmm

Its a blessing. Staff was horrible as Nina and Michelle is a good actress. She will be a sight for sore eyes on Y&R. Gina is a mean, unlikable version of Phyllis. Staff will be much better with the new Adam. As far as Cynthia, she will make Nina her own and is capable of shinning with Jax.

Rodd
Rodd

Of course I’ll miss Michelle, but I was a big fan of Cynthia’s when she played Annie on GL. She’s a proven talent, so I can’t wait to see her take on this character. Best Wishes to her.

Peter
Peter

Cynthia is a wonderful actress, I agree with you Rodd. I loved her as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light. She was cray cray lol Cynthia will do a good job on GH as the new Nina.

Patrick
Patrick

HOW … Nina managed to be right up their @GH as one of – MY – favorite pairing… w/Shelly AND Chris helming any thing… I don’t know

if you look @the whole canvas… I truly think… @Shelly AND Chris , may have found a beading on what makes Nina and Valentin Kick… moreso w/Valentin , than Nina. Meaning, Give Nina MORE backbone… let Nina help, stand alongside, solve, play parenting, passion ensue… etc etc etc

for instance … currently, Nina shouldn’t be so “coy” nervous stammer w/the likes of Jax AND Valentin… well not so much w/Valentin.. altho she sure needs to put him in his place.

you know.. when you see ALL the comings and goings; you wonder about the writing !!! or lack

oy does the audience even stand a chance. KNOWING @Frank Shelly AND Chris LONG LONG LONG dismal tenure.

Nina and VAlentin from the get go have always managed to weather the storm or deserted blanks.

Up to this point.. Jax stature PLUS eye to eye are still stirring. so here’s hoping that Shelly AND Chris manage to eck out any thing. they certainly can’t undo all the damage Frank Valentini manages with his dullard troupe. ???? Kelly MOnaco’ Sam did what ? with the day of dawn ? NOTHING.. Jason double snore WITH ? threw a couple of jabs beat the shit out of Shiloh. wam bam thank you mam… im outa here. altho.. Sam has kept us all “ABREAST” or two on her new acting SKILL (s)… NICE HIP SURGERY Sam. she’s on top of her game… double uno dose

AT LAST : Shiloh is within reach ! captivating stuff as Sam reads him the riot act. @hospital… as Shiloh LOOKS >>>>>>> !!!!!! ???? within REACH argh! WOWSAH TIME TO SHOW Shiloh

I welcome you , MS. Watros’ to the fold… you are in the best company w/Valentin AND CHarlotte. GAME ON high brow yield folks cause this scintillating titillation is

Patrick
Patrick

^^^^ THIS THIS THIS !!! Valentin HOT ME OUT

per Cynthia ! “…Nina’s present love interest, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), which the actress is also excited about:“I have to say, I have not met him, but I have been watching the show, and he is just phenomenal. ”

Oh Cynthia ; are you in for it

James Patrick Stuart is – beyond – phenomenal !!!

pulse quicken
mind stir
caught

this is thee dance of the show

not one man compares – dullard troupe

think Sonny / Jason /Michael / Peter / Finn/ Franco

you have Billy Miller’ who’s climbing Kilimanjaro ??? Hello ? Find you
Dr. Neil – who’s intrigue may be wasted temporarily on Alexis… get on with it
Shiloh – who’s finally showing humane and physical treat @hospital bed. Yep
always missing Ned
Julian…. he’s due for a real story about him… flesh out this wonderment
Brad and Lucas – absolutely they draw

so you can see people… who needs Frank Valentini and his dullard troupe… I care not ONE IOTA that Carly is pregnant… all her empathy compassion endearment is stuck in her big feet. she has no root value.. never did.

a lot of weight and carry is happening with Valentin and Nina… I’m certain if Shelly and chris focus.. hang your hat on something… otherwise… your stench reeks

Patrick
Patrick

TOP DOG – Jon Lindstrom’ Kevin – no –

that’s shared w/JPS’ Valentin

always Big Mac
W/Scotty just chompin @the bit

Patrick
Patrick

thee – one – thing i’d advice Ms. Watros’

let’s not take on the addled vice of Nina childlike coquettish manner

OKAY

we get that Nina spent a good 20 plus years in a coma…. all this meaning her womanhood was coma. hence , all Nina had to draw on was her years , presumably under 21 years of age.

no hesitancy no tilt of the head no coil inward … FULL ON STATURE

we are talking FULL ON WOMAN charged to the gills because you come from high brow command intellect

Passion because the world is yours
what do they know? that you don’t have – them – wrapped around “your” lil’ finger and/or wherewithal. just top shelf

the first family of Port Charles , once again, reign supreme

Nina / Valentin / Charlotte

@GH let’s lose Sasha… perhaps beside catching a cold w/Michael.. or an STD… they drive off the cliff

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Oh Patrick
J.P.S AND Ingo! The mind boggles!

Clb
Clb

I love watching her acceptance speech for the Guiding Light Emmy! Guiding Light was the best and the acting was always phenomenal. General Hospital makes another great casting move. Welcome Cynthia! And welcome back to Rebecca Budig, another GL star! Daytime viewers are missing out as GH should be pulling in more than 3 million viewers. Get rid of that awful lead-in show GMA Day. Bring back One Life! Or put one of those prime-time game shows before GH. And why hasn’t GH been renewed yet? Get with it ABC!

rose
rose

I’m not familiar with Cynthia as an actress, but she’s getting some good reviews here. What I do hope is they change her from a more scatter brained role. I did like her when she originally bought Crimson and took it over. It looked good on her. But she seems to have slipped since then. Don’t like what she’s done to Willow who I really like, and her dress at the Nurses Ball. And for the life of me I can’t see why Valentin is so obsessed with Nina. So I hope Jax isn’t either. Haven’t seen a good mate for him since Alexis or Lois. Never a Brenda fan. And speaking of Valentin, wish the writers would have turned him into more of a Helena clone with Cassadine plots afoot. I think they have underused James Patrick, like they do other really good actors like Margaux and Rebecca,

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Rose, I agree with all you just said, and today watching Nina trying to persuade Ava to do her article for Crimson, I thought she’d make a good contortionist, and was thinking how glad that she’s leaving soon, but then remembered that she’s going to Y&R, and what a bitch she was as Phyllis. Boy, can’t win for losing, huh? At the end, when Nina told Jax about Ava, he did not look happy. Maybe I misread him. Something else bothering me lately. Not to be unkind, but does Maxie/Kirsten not look too good these days, or is it my imagination?

Patrick
Patrick

Kirsten has certainly gone from painfully thin to , what now appears to be “bloated” . seriously folks this is with respect. I thought perhaps an overweight gain. there may be underlying issues as well ? no? what really triggered this was when she was working the Nurses’ Ball. hated the extensions.

rose
rose

Violet,…maybe it’s her hairdo? But “yes” not quite the same. I also wonder about Victor/Eric Braeden. And Y&R’s storyline about him now is not a good one, health wise?

Cid Weinberg
Cid Weinberg

I am looking forward to Cynthia bringing her energy, verbal tennis & lobbing the ball with her fellow actors. I’m home on sabbatical making time when I can to watch the fantastic 4 soaps through October. Wish all would edit, edit, edit their terribly large casts. Streamline the storytelling & distribute the wealth. Give you a shot GH…you have the goods, need to balance the Sonny/Carly airtime with rest of the town. I know mobsters have been apart of the serial storyline since it’s inception. Watching old clip of many soaps on YouTube, lately. Where is the heart? Who are you? Make me feel, make me cry, make me care. I will tune in. I’ll be watching. I’ve loved LW since GL, she makes you feel. MW has always taken me there since ATWT. Nancy Lee from SB days commanded your attention. JZ, Bobbie’s rich history is soo underused on GH.

I’ll write about Days, Bold, Young as other articles come up.
It’s been fun getting back in touch with my soap opera roots.

It’s on the page. Actors, script, camera. We do not need convoluted plots, far far fetched absurdity or boring.
Escapism, romance, humor. And heart.

Come on daytime…you are not gone, yet, bring it! And challenge yourself.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Don’t know her work–but I know Ingo’s–and HE”S a great asset to GH. Love him!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Is Jax the owner of Aurora Media or not? Where does Nina get the right to tell him what or what not to do? I loved every minute of him telling Ava exactly what he thought of her murdering Connie and switching out Morgan’s meds. I also enjoyed Nina’s obvious discomfort watching him do it.
I also liked Jordan using her detective skills to figure out how she actually got Ryan’s kidney. I just knew last week, that it must have been an awfully large canary, for those five to all have feathers hanging out of their mouths. I wonder how Stella will feel, when she figures out that she was left out of the conspiracy.

Lynne Sheridan
Lynne Sheridan

Yeah, but I wished it was the other Nina, because I was used to her, but will see how this new actress plays the role.

Mary
Mary

All I can say is – boy is she wrong about the character of Jax. She must not have been watching GH too long for her to be able to say that. LOL He is the farthest thing from how she describes him..he is the total opposite of that.

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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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