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GH's Dominic Zamprogna Interview: "There is Good Stuff Coming For Lante Fans!"

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Next week on General Hospital Lante fans, and those of Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), will find several things in Dante’s world may have turned upside down, in particular with the women in his life.  His mom Olivia finally wakes up after a medically induced coma as a result of Heather Webber giving her a whopping dose of LSD.  Meanwhile, Lulu isn’t feeling well!  Hmmm.

On-Air On-Soaps recently caught up with the talented and popular Dominic Zamprogna to get the lowdown! Will Lante fans finally get to see some major story for their favorite duo, after the couple seemed to have been back-burnered for some time? What does he think of the other men who have been circling in Lulu’s life, namely Patrick and Johnny, and if they pose any real threat to the couple’s future happiness? Dominic shares his thoughts!

Meanwhile on the real life homefront, Zamprogna is about to be a proud papa for the second time! His wife, Linda is expecting their second child due around Christmas time.  Having been a co-host on our On-Air On-Soaps Podcast, Dominic’s direct tells-it-like-it-is attitude is refreshing and he can be hilariously funny and charming all at the same time. He’s the real deal.  So with that, here’s our chat with Dom!

So let me put this out there to get your opinion on this.  I interviewed Jason Thompson (Patrick) and I suggested that perhaps the powers-that-be at GH were considering putting Lulu in Patrick’s future as a potential love interest.  And then, the Lante fans went off on me! (Laughs)

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DOMINIC:   I agree she could be in his future!  I watched their scenes and I thought Julie had really nice chemistry with Jason, to tell you the truth! (Laughs) They are two fantastic actors.  I thought they worked really well together.  It’s a soap.  So whatever happens … happens.

But wouldn’t you like something to happen to Dante and Lulu? They can’t just be on the air as a boring happy couple, that never seems to fly on soaps.

DOMINIC:  Well, we haven’t really been anything lately!  If she is with someone else, that would certainly get us back on and some airtime.  I think it comes in waves. To me, that’s the nature of soaps. And yes. I think I would like that threat in their relationship.  But that threat exists between Lulu and Johnny, because they are business partners again.  We are going to see just how much of a jealous person Dante is, even though he tried not to be.  You can see he can’t help it   Johnny slept with Dante’s mom and is his father’s enemy.  Plus, he slept with his wife years ago.  So they have a past.  So you are going to see that drive a bit of a stake between them … and that is going to bring us back into the forefront a little bit more.  But honestly, whatever stirs things up is good!  Obviously, Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and Ron Carlivati (head writer, GH) are into stirring things up all over the place from what we have seen so far!

I kind of thought; what if they had a triangle with you, Julie Marie Berman (Lulu),  and Jason Thompson.  That would be giving the fans three great actors to watch interact with each other in this situation.   And again, this would all be temporary until Kimberly McCullough (Robin) comes back to the show! (Laughs)

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DOMINIC:  You know that would be interesting though.  If you have a Dante/ Lulu/ Johnny triangle, you have a bad guy, a good guy and her in the middle.  With Patrick and Dante, here you have two good guys which could be interesting, and again their scenes together are phenomenal.  So again, fans should not get angry at the threat of that. It would be story and legitimate story and conflict, no matter what happens.

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Here is my thing:  I have loved your performances on General Hospital the entire time you have been there.  You had such great story, and you were on all the time and then you were back-burned. Were you concerned that the new regime did not want to write for you?

DOMINIC:   No, no, not at all.  I think everyone gets their time in the sun. Sure, compared to the first two and half years I was on the show, I was on non-stop everyday.  I think these guys (Frank and Ron) like me too, but they like to spread the stories and the action out a little bit.   I don’t think that is a bad thing.  And at the same time, it’s nice for your fans to say, “We want more Dante” instead of saying, “We are sick of seeing him!” I also feel in the last month the story has been there. Now it’s just starting to air though!

So there is big story for Lante fans isn’t there?  Lulu isn’t feeling so good next week.

DOMINIC:  Honestly the story is there and it’s coming.  I have worked a ton since we had the dark weeks. There is a lot of great stuff coming up in scenes with me and Julie. Like awesome!  So, if Lante fans are looking for some good stuff, they are about to see a lot of good stuff coming up!

How would you have liked to have seen the former writers lay out story for Dante and Lulu?  Do you think they got married to quickly?  Do you think it was done at the right time?

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DOMINIC:  The problem when you have two people like me and Julie is when you have written a big build up to our relationship, and then you finally had us have sex, and then we got together,   it did well. There also was the Brook Lyn thing and all of that.  I do think with Frank and Ron it wasn’t their story to have us married.  If they had their way, they wouldn’t have had us marry.  And I think if Jill Farren Phelps (Ex-EP, GH) and Garin Wolf (Ex-head writer, GH) had their way, they wouldn’t have married us so soon either.  There was supposed to be a bunch of things that was supposed to happen. But time and the threat of the show being canceled, forced them to push up story.   So we got married in December. Then it was like, “OK. What do we do with them now?” And then the new people came in and said, “Oh, they are happy.”  But they were breaking up all these other couples.  So the thought was, “let’s not break them up.”  I think at some point you have to have a real threat of a breakup, or a massive crisis or conflict of something between the two.  Not outside forces, because then that feels contrived such as Lulu opening a club with Johnny.  I do like the conflict they are having because Dante being jealous is a real problem that happens in real relationships.   People who become insecure in their relationship because of an ex, that can cause a lot of problems.  I think that is one of the first legit concerns that they have had since they have been married.  I will say again that there is so much great stuff coming!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Next week, Dante has a lot going down; there are some developments with Olivia after she awakens from her coma and her LSD trip!  And it may not be good!

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DOMINIC:  Yup.  Mom’s in danger, but it’s a different kind of danger. There are a lot of people in different kinds of danger. Patrick is in trouble.  Luke is in trouble.  Olivia is going to be in trouble, but actually it’s going to play out much more interesting than you think!

What happened to the scenes between Dante and his father Sonny?  It seems like you and Maurice Benard (Sonny) hardly work together at all anymore.  What is up with that?

DOMINIC:   We had some scenes the other day.  Whether we are going to see more on top of that, I don’t know. Whenever Sonny and Dante get together on screen for to long people are like you can’t be too happy either, and you can’t be to angry either.  There are fans on both sides of that fence as well.  There are fans who really want Sonny and Dante to get along, and fans who really don’t want Sonny and Dante to get along.

I never knew where their father/son relationship ended up!  I was confused if they liked each other, loved each other, or still couldn’t stand each other.

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DOMINIC:  It didn’t end up anywhere definitively.  I think their relationship is always going to be influx and that is what is interesting about it.  It’s kind of like a train wreck where we have a conversation and it’s kind of like a rubbernecking experience, where you don’t really know if its going to end with a harmonious moment and a hug, or if its going to be like, “Good seeing you,” or, “F*** U, Dad.”  I think it’s interesting no matter what they write for Maurice and me.

Alright Dom and Lante fans, what do you think of his remarks in the interview? Are you excited about what is to come for Dante and Lulu? What do you think should be the dramatic conflict between these two? Are you liking Lulu and Johnny being in each other’s orbit again? Let us know what you think will happen coming up in the story as previewed and hinted at by Dominic!

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Christine
Christine

Being Italian-American myself, I am a bit biased, 🙂 but I really LOVE Dominic Zamprogna too. He does a great job as Dante. I am only somewhat regretful that I stopped watching GH during the middle of Vanessa Marcil’s last return because it was doing nothing for me. I love Brenda and the story was horrible, in my opinion.

Sadly I never got to see Dante and Lulu get together, but they make a great couple. The writers/producers should be happy that they have such great chemistry because it seems like they are hellbent on this Corinthos-Spencer union.

I admit I would not be crazy about a triangle for them, but I also know that happy couples = boring. You have to have some angst every now and then to keep the spark alive.

One other thing before closing, I think Dante and Lulu were put on the backburner because I believe Lulu was supposed to become an alcoholic and the new team did not want that so they had to cut a lot and that didn’t leave much airtime. They just have had so much of a mess to clean up after the former regime, but it seems like they are running on all cylinders now.

Chris
Chris

Dom Z. is Canadian, not Italian!

Manny
Manny

Sorry, but he’s both… Canadian and Italian origin.

pink
pink

Dom IS Italian because his dad is from Italy.But he is also Canadian because he grew up in Canada.He is also part British because his MUM is from England.

Christine
Christine

I was referring to the ITALIAN part! Alla famiglia. 🙂

Suzie
Suzie

I don’t see a triangle with Patrick/Lulu/Dante working. There needs to be a
bad boy element and we’ve got that ad nauseum with JZ. But I do think JT
and JMB worked well together. Would love to see a friendship between
Scrubs and Lante evolve. Especially if Dante were the one that helped
Anna discover that Robin is still alive. Of course, FV would have to let
Dante be the “hero” instead of John McBain and THAT’S not very likely.
Karoake night with Scrubs +Lante + Luke and Anna would be a blast.

Todd
Todd

I am a new gH watcher, but I don’t find the appeal in the character of Dante. I agreed with what was written in Heathers forged letter. I liked how Lulu got the taste for danger after surviving her kidnapping. She has so much more chemistry with Johnny, or Patrick. For some reason GH fans like the dull status quo and like couples to be happy. I like Lulu alone. Perhaps she can explore being a PI with Sam and Spinelli.

Erick
Erick

You should really You Tube the scenes from Sept-Nov 2009 when Dante and Lulu first met, when people didn’t know he was Sonny’s son and a cop. It was hard not to root for him. And there actually was danger back then, because Lulu found out he was a cop before everyone else did, and knew Sonny & Jason would kill him if they found out.

Evelyn riley
Evelyn riley

Good interview! Big no to Patrick-lulu but
I’m completely psyched for the good stuff
Coming up for Lante!

I have to respectively disagree w Dz on the fan
Piece. Fans are super invested in the couple
(d/Lu) so of course they will be upset at a potential
Triangle what not – fans are invested in the couple

Hoping Lu is pregnant!

Glad the marriage happened when it did – thx to
Jfp/gw – bc in all honesty fans might never have
Gotten wedding if it wasn’t done then

Melissa
Melissa

I so can’t wait for the Lante scenes, s/l and of course Dante and Olivia scenes! I am a huge Lante/Dom and Julie fan

Philip
Philip

Dom is a terrific actor and he’s one of the GH regulars who’s made watching the show fun. Looking forward to seeing what happens to him and his GH loved ones. LOL

Janeway
Janeway

Thanks for the interview! I love and adore Dominic!!!! He brought me back to watching GH. I think he is incredibly talented and GH is lucky to have him. His chemistry with everyone is great, but his chem with Julie is phenomenal! They are the sweetest, cutest, hottest couple I have ever seen. I am soooo happy they are back on the front burner where they belong. I want to see them have exciting and challenging stories and angst is good, but I DO NOT want to see a TRIANGLE! To me that is lazy writing and soap cliche’. I LOVE that Lante are married. I love to see them solve problems together, they feel very real. I would love to see them both involved in helping expose Johnny and helping Patrick ( finding Robin?). Patrick and Dante both need a male friend. I want to see them explore what it means to be a married couple ( and a family?). I like that they are exploring issues like Dante ‘s jealously ( although I see it more as him being overprotective-what would he have to be jealous of? LOL) and Lulu’s insecurities. I want them to be the exception to the soap rule and stay together (Iike some soap couples did in days of old). One question, what does the new regime have against physical affection? Afterall it is a soap. I miss the love scenes/afterglow/pillow talk that was always part of Lante. I am glad the kissing and touching is coming back, hope they will give us some of that too.

MissEllie
MissEllie

Completely agree with these comments. Love Lante!!! Love Dante!!! Love Lulu!! Don’t see how Patrick is anything more than friend and would love to see a friendship between Patrick, Maxie, Lulu, and Dante. Triangles are very soap cliche and I am sick to death of them. They make me want to turn off the tv — why alienate the fans??

dee
dee

now that Kristin Storms is coming back loved her as Maxie but Jen Lilly has really done a great job keeping Maxie alive and still around so great going , and will be sad to see her go but glad that our Maxie is back woohoo!

dee
dee

i was going to try not write one more word, but you had it all great, to me the abc soaps and yes i am putting back amc and oltl because this happened to them too, NO Passion and ADVENTURE on soaps, why??? Is it Disney???

Cathleen
Cathleen

Love DZ and can’t wait for the amazing stories coming up for him and Julie. Michael, always enjoy your interviews. It was good meeting you at the FCW two weeks ago.

Linda
Linda

I may be in the minority but Lante is sooo annoying. They never should have gotten married. I wish the writers would have gone with the Lulu drinking problem. At least that would be more interesting.

Jules
Jules

NO to Lulu and Patrick! ZILCH chemistry. They have as much heat as a wet match. Don’t care about Lante, but Patrick belongs with Robin, and there’s no “interim” relationship he can have that will fill the spot for her until she returns. Throw Lulu with Johnny, have Dante be jealous and be done with it. Don’t bring Patrick into it.

Veronica
Veronica

I really like Domnic. He keeps it real and is very genuine and complimentary of his co-stars. I like that Dante grounds Lulu and gives her the stability she never had but he also has a dangerous job so he and Lulu’s need for adventure and risk is not that different when it comes down to it. I agree that Johnny makes a very interesting conflict for the couple because of his past with Lulu and because he appeals to that part of Lulu that craves danger but I’d still want Lante to win out in a situation like that.

The Patrick scenario seems really forced to me and while JMB excels at any scene where her character Lulu is badgering another character into submission, it just didn’t feel organic at all.

It honestly baffles me that while the viewers know that Robin is alive and making the most of her connection with Patrick, we’re supposed to root for him to get over her and go along his merry way to be the interloper in a couple he’s never given the time of day before three weeks ago. But the writers are going to do what they’re going to do.

Kels
Kels

I am glad they don’t have Dominic on every day like his first two years. Now I actually enjoy his scenes instead of roll my eyes in frustration with him being in every story whether it made sense or not. I also got frustrated with Dante and Sonny having the same conversation every time they shared a scene. It went like this… Dante: You’re a mob boss and a lousy father. Sonny: I am not going to apologize for who I am. Blah-blah-blah! I have no problem with them sharing future scenes but please dear writers, don’t repeat the same conversation we have heard for the last 3 years! I am looking forward to a Dante/Lulu/Johnny love triangle. Sorry but Lulu doesn’t fit with Patrick and she already has amazing chemistry with Johnny. So I vote for them to go with that angle and write a really messy triangle for them!

dee
dee

now we see todd every day do you do the same, just curious??? I love Dom, so it was not hard at all, plus at that time they were only showing Jason,Sonny,Dante all of them were on every day, he was new back then but for me he gave the show some extra fresh air , with Lulu. just curious about Todd?? no offense just asking???

Kels
Kels

Todd has only been on every day for two months. Dante was on every day for two years! Check back with me in a couple of years if Todd is still on every day and I’ll let you know.

ghfan4evr
ghfan4evr

I am playing catch up with this past weeks epi’s and just finished watching Wed/Thurs shows. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see Lante on my screen again and I am super excited to see where RC and FV take them.
Thank you Michael for doing this awesome interview with one of my favorite actors.

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

Dom Z is an excellent actor, and sort of under appreciated. He’s never been nominated, for one. His acting is very down to earth and real. I love that.

As much as I like Dante, I never ever saw chemistry with Julie Berman/Lulu. And Lulu and Patrick is really boring.

I’m gonna put this out there: I want to see Patrick with Alexis. And I loved Dante and Brenda, thought the writing was horrific. Dante needs to be with someone new — who, I’m not sure….

Daisylover
Daisylover

As Maurice said in an interview he did, Dominic is a working man’s actor and greatly underappreciated. I completely agree. Dom was unknown to the world of soaps when he came to GH 3 years ago and became the fastest climbing actor in popularity in the history of soaps. That must mean something. He and Julie Berman have magnificent chemistry. They are great friends and love working together.
I understand what Dom means about conflict and angst. As much as I love to see Dante and Lulu happy we also need to see them struggle. For so long we’ve been missing that sparkle between them because they haven’t been on screen, but finally we’re beginning to see that Frank and Ron are finally “getting” Lante. It’s been confusing because we were seeing a Dante and Lulu we weren’t used to. But gradually TPTB are recognizing what Lante was all about, and fans are getting the real Lante back. Bravo.
Personally, I love this couple, I love these characters, and I love the actors that portray them. I could watch them forever, separately, together, any way I can get them.

Christy
Christy

ha! when I read “Lante” fans, I totally thought he was talking about Llanview fans! ha

Beth
Beth

Very good interview with Dominic. I’m definitely ready for something that will shake up Lulu and Dante’s relationship, and I’m hoping that comes in the form of Johnny. There is so much history between Lulu and Johnny: planning to take down Anthony, Lulu killing Logan and Johnny covering for her, Johnny facing the death penalty for a murder that Lulu committed, Lulu facing her fears of becoming her mother in Shadybrook, Johnny’s own fear of turning into his father, etc. Given the situation Johnny is in right now, there is a lot of potential for Lulu to revisit her past and have that conflict with her marriage.

On another note, I’ve always wondered how Dominic feels about the fact that most soap characters have multiple relationships while his character has only had one relationship. I’m curious to know if he’s thought about his character in a different relationship and if there is any character/actress currently on that he’d like to work with. Thanks for a great interview.

dee
dee

on your question about Dante only being with lulu that is basically incorrect well sorta remember brooklyn, and they even tried with Brenda, fans had nothing to do with putting a split between lante, it is kinda like with luke and laura it really never work!
Very good interview, first i want to congratulate Dom with the next baby coming. Imo i think Lante has so much chemistry, that they just do not explore it imo. ABC soap is far cry from the days of romance and adventure, i am not sure when it stop but i have a feeling it has something to do with Disney i could be so wrong, but really do not see passion like you would see back in good old days of soap, which that why a lott of ppl watched soaps. Whatever bring Lante back on my screen more than 1 day a week i am all for it, plus i want more adventure plus romance, not talking about just sex but real, well soap real romance, bring it on it would be amazing if you do it right!

Christy
Christy

every time I see Dante…. all I can think of is when he was on Stargate Atlantis and that episode. 🙂

Lisa
Lisa

Personally, I’d like to see Lulu’s aplastic anemia come back into play during her pregnancy. Even though she had a bone marrow transplant, she can relapse especially with being pregnant. This might be an interesting arc to the current storyline and of course, will provide lots of drama and angst.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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