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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks On: Valentin Cassadine, Michelle Stafford, Finola Hughes, His Return To Soaps & That Nurses’ Ball Performance!

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This week on General Hospital, Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) is back in Port Charles much to the surprise of Nina (Michelle Stafford), Anna (Finola Hughes), Dante and Lulu Falconeri (Dominic Zamprona and Emme Rylan) and Laura (Genie Francis).

According to Valentine’s explanation of the turn of events from thinking he was toast, thanks to the WSB and his involvement with the chimera debacle, he was now able to return home to the woman and daughter he loves, because the charges against him were dropped. Why, you may ask?  Well, in the twist in the story the agency wanted to avoid unwanted attention, and to top it off Alex Devane, twin sis of Anna’s, provided no testimony so everything against him was deemed “circumstantial.” Now a free man, Valentin wants to win back everything he has may have lost including with Nina, whom when he returned revealed that they are divorced.  In the months to come, how will Valentin out maneuver those he wants in his life, and those he wants shut out of it?

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with James Patrick Stuart who has been delivering top-notch performances as the complex Cassadine that have made the audience, who once may have viewed the character as another possible one note soapy villain, to a fascinating man full of love, insecurity, and revenge.  Only in the hands of a major talent like James, could a part like this be fully realized. Let’s face it, daytime fans knew Mr. Stuart had the chops way back when on All My Children, whereas Will Cortlandt he terrorized the town of Pine Valley. That role has left its indelible mark in daytime drama history, as we feel certain that so too will his portrayal of Valentin Cassadine.

From that emotional and electrifying musical performance at the Nurses’ Ball, to those heartbreaking goodbye scenes with his on-screen daughter Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), to taking the stage with some of the greatest women in soaps of all-time, Stafford, Hughes and Francis and more, James Patrick Stuart fills us on what went down behind the scenes during some of his most memorable work on GH thus far, as he celebrates his one-year anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and more.  Candid, funny-as- all-get-out, charming and intelligent are just some of the words we would use to describe JPS from our interview, and we think you will feel the same.  Here’s what he shared.

Let’s go back to that unforgettable performance of yours at the Nurses’ Ball.  How did this all go down?  How did you end up singing Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes”?  It was the perfect song for the moment between Valentin and Nina.  Did you even know what the Nurses’ Ball was at the point?  (Laughs) 

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JAMES:  I did.  I heard there was some ass shaking at the Nurses’ Ball, and much more than that.  (Laughs)  I got that call that usually means you’re fired and it said, “James can you come to Frank’s (Valentini) office?”  So, I walk in there and there’s Frank with our musical director, Paul Glass, and he says, “You’re going to do the Nurses Ball, OK?”  He goes, “Well, you’re going to sing a song.  Will you sing one of your dad’s songs (Chad Stuart of Chad and Jeremy fame)?”  I said, “My dad’s songs are pretty expensive, but, I will do it, and you caught me at an interesting time where I am trying to say ‘yes’ to the universe.”  And he goes, “Jesus!  Don’t go all Oprah on me!” (Laughs)   I said, “Let me think.”  Then he goes, “What about something Eric Clapton? You Look Wonderful Tonight … that would be good, because you are trying to win Nina back!”  Then, I remember I was driving home on the freeway, and I remember I had learned a Billy Joel tune years ago.  I thought, “Well, that’s perfect!”  It has to be a piano song.  It has to be a song that is absolutely saying “being vulnerable in front of you is the hardest thing in the world, because you mean more to me than anything ever has.” I thought that’s man, that’s woman, and certainly Valentin and Nina.  So, I went to Frank and said, “I’m really scared, because I really think this will be unbelievably expensive to clear, and to get the rights to do it.”   He goes, “You’re worth it.”  I figured at that point he was letting me know he’s got my back, and so I took a big step and said let’s see what happens.  I thought the payoff of it was great.  Larry Carpenter, our director, did such a great job at setting the scene up so beautifully, visually.

Did everyone in the cast realize that you sang?

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JAMES:  I think Frank had a suspicion I could sing, and with auto tune these days anyone can sing, but that’s not my world.  I come from a musical background.  Frank said, “Wow!  You can really do his!”  So, my performance was not auto-tuned, in fact it was live.  I had recorded a version that I was fully prepared to lip-sync to.  But Paul Glass was really insistent and he said, “Great, but I am going to record you, anyway.”  So, the recording that actually made air was our live performance of the song.  That was a nice little reward, and I certainly was not expecting that.

Michelle Stafford wrote on a post that I put up on social media praising your performance, that she would have run up on stage because you were that good, if she could have been her in the scene and not Nina.  That is how much respect she had for your work, and that emotional performance.   And, she was so terrific too in those scenes!

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JAMES:  She is so dear.  I remember watching tennis growing up and wishing I would have a doubles partner, which I still don’t, but I do have Michelle Stafford.  That is what it’s like to have someone in the foxhole with you that totally has your back.  We have very similar sensibilities; both comedically and dramatically. We anticipate each other a lot.  When I showed up and sang and played, I did not know what she was going to do, but I should have known right away that she was going to match it.  It was going to be still … and it was going to be heart-wrenching.  And of course, when I saw it back I was going, “Michelle matched me note for note.”   Maybe nobody will have picked up on it, but on some level they did, and I just loved Michelle for it.

When were you in the loop as James that it wasn’t Anna, but her twin Alex, who he had been involved with and been duped by?

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JAMES:  I did not know as early as Finola did.  The way things work behind the scenes; there are meetings that one can have with the top, and where you are sworn to secrecy.  I remember there was a day when Finola comes into Wyndemere.  I am just not bright enough to realize that she is wearing a color Anna would never wear, and I am not bright enough to go beyond “Whoa!  Finola! You look really hot!” (Laughs)  Weeks later she said to me, “Well, I was being Alex and I just was not allowed to tell you.”  So, I was sort of in the dark too at that moment, which is fine, because Valentin did not need to know that.  I remember the day when we all found out in the episode, and it all came crashing down at one time.  Valentin had to learn it, and buy it, in all of one or two scenes, instead of assuming Anna is just lying to get out of some trouble.  He had to absolutely believe it.  I remember Finola helped me out here, because she said, “There’s times when you really have to break the glass and just go full soap.  You just have to commit to it, and get into it, and stop questioning it and just go, ‘OK, this may be the soapiest thing yet, but let’s just buy it, let’s just go 100 percent with it, and don’t question it, and don’t undermine it.’   Frankly, I thought those scenes were great … the scenes where Finola is explaining that the Alex character had pulled the wool over Valentin’s eyes the whole time.

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I thought those scenes were great, too!

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JAMES:  I am so grateful that Finola was there, because otherwise I could see myself going, “Frank! Can we change this?  Is there a way we can do this or this?” (Laughs) Instead, she just told me that it’s time to break the glass and go ‘full soap’! (Laughs)

You kind of, in this wonderful way, lucked out when you landed at GH.  You got put into story with Finola Hughes and Michelle Stafford  … you couldn’t ask for better scene partners. 

JAMES:  I mean ‘lucked out” is right, but I won the lottery!  I mean one of them alone would be amazing, but the two of them together is just crazy and wonderful.

How does Valentin feel now about Anna? 

JAMES:  That’s a valid question.  There is a line in the song called “The Book of Life” where it says, “There’s a chapter on love where the inks never dry.”  So, I think whatever he has with Anna is sort of in limbo, and in check, because his survival, his freedom, and his relationship with Nina is the greatest he has ever known, but again if he were to look at Anna too much, or for too long, then those feelings come rushing back again.  He can’t un-feel that.  She’s there, she was the first, and those wires are always going to have a current running through them.  So, at the moment he is just trying to avoid her so he can put a good life together with Nina, who is the woman he truly loves, and that he knows he can make something work with, and that he can make a family with. 

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What does Valentin think of Alexandra Devane now that all is said and done … or is it really said and done?  (Laughs)

JAMES:  That is the thing, isn’t it?   The last time we saw them together he despises her.  Valentin absolutely hates the fact that that she manipulated and trashed his life, and then the last thing she says is, “Don’t forget.  It was never Anna, it was always me.”  Then she leaves, and I think that was a great bit of dialogue, and a nice tidbit to leave one thinking about.  He is satisfied that she is the enemy in the story, but Alex knows she is the one that can sort of push the button.

We saw Valentin make a heartfelt call to Nina when he was thinking it was the end of the line for him.  What was going on at that point in his mind? 

JAMES:  I think he was genuinely convinced that the WSB wanted to make this all go away so they don’t have to have a trial, or the publicity that can come out of it, and the fact that the chimera existed can actually be swept under the rug, but the only way is if he is out of the United States and to make him disappear.  He was also frightened enough to believe that they were going to take him out for a meeting somewhere, and he was never going to come back.  He probably shouldn’t have made that phone call, but he wanted to hear Nina’s voice one more time, and then he’s convinced he had made peace with his maker and he was going to be killed.  

He was in actuality just trying to say his goodbyes to Nina.

JAMES:  It probably would have been more human to not make the phone call at all, but he was sort of at one of the most vulnerable times in his adult life.  He didn’t expect to care that much about Nina.  He really just wanted to hear her voice one more time.

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This character of Valentin is so brilliant: he is tragic, and mean, and has numerous shades and characteristics to him.  I was struck by that at the beginning of his time on the show that in the flashbacks he was disfigured, or as I like to call it, had the “Elephant Man syndrome.”   Was that difficult for you as an actor to try and figure out how you were going to make that work on-screen? 

JAMES:  I think that it all kind of evolved to a point where everybody was trying to explain as to why he had created this persona for himself.  He can wow a room, he can play music, and he can quote Shakespeare, and do all of this stuff.  The truth of the matter is that it is all built on the foundation of a broken child, and what I love about it is that he can’t ever truly shake that deep inside him.  He is still envious of people who have a stronger foundation, and who have had the real childhood, and who know what it’s like to have a first love of a mom and a dad.  Valentin didn’t have any of that stuff, and he has never really made peace with that.  He still has a chip on his shoulder.  He is still ticked-off.  That is one of the reasons he wanted to take everything as revenge of what Nikolas had.  He wanted it all.  He wanted to make him pay.  I think what is great about the character is that even little Spencer Cassadine (Nicolas Bechtel) can trip over a wire, and activate something that isn’t finished in Valentin, and viewers are going to be like, “Oh, my God!  But, he’s a kid!” Valentin has some issues that he really hasn’t put to bed yet! (Laughs)  I think what’s so great is that the writers get that.

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When Valentin looks at himself in the mirror, and when he sees the reflection back, does he still see this mangled man … or does he see this good-looking dude?  Many of us when we look in the mirror see our old selves instead of what is currently in front of us, and carry that emotional baggage with us throughout our lives.

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JAMES:  I think that’s a savvy question.  I think he does appreciate how he has been able to make himself over, as well as the people who helped him do it.  He calls them “geniuses”.  I think in the wrong moment when things don’t go right, he is no stranger to falling back to “I am not the person you see before you”, which in turn makes him insecure, which is why he is the bastard in the first place.  I think that is the motivation of the bastard, in that he doesn’t feel like it went right for him, and so everything is tenuous at best.

What mother do you think should actually raise Charlotte from this point out?

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JAMES:  There is no question that Nina would be the right mother, and she and Valentin and Charlotte would make this family. Lulu (Emme Rylan) is a nice enough person, and everything, but she doesn’t make life easy! (Laughs)  Isn’t Emme great!  I am so happy she just had her baby, but isn’t it funny how they tried to hide her belly for so long, and then out of nowhere they just stopped!  (Laughs)  When we were in the cabin scenes, and she comes running in and sees Charlotte.  She could barely move, and she is wearing four-inch heels, and it was all I could do to stop from rolling on the floor! (Laughs) 

It must have been awful for Valentin to leave Charlotte behind when he had to go on the run.

JAMES:  Those scenes were wonderful for me to play as a performer, but devastating for Valentin.  Charlotte was the whole motivation, and whole reason he came to town, and then to have to say goodbye and sort of face the idea that she would never be seen again by him, and that she would be raised by people without his influence, it was devastating.  What was awesome, because he loves her so much, is that he wasn’t going to show that to her. That was what was so tragic about it, in that he loves her so much that he is not going to show how much this hurts him. 

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Valentin shot Nikolas!  Let’s not forget!   How can he ever come back from that?  I loved the scene when you first came on to the canvas, after Valentin killed Nikolas on Cassadine Island, and Genie Francis as Laura rails at Valentin for murdering her son!  She was so phenomenal spewing venom … and Valentin just had to stand there and take it. What was that like on the other side of it as Genie was delivering that masterful performance? 

JAMES:  First of all, I am stoked that you remembered that.  I remember that vividly.   I will never forget that scene.  I have known Genie along time and I definitely consider her a friend.  Genie lent total authenticity to it, and sold it 100%, and I told her that afterwards.  I mean, I let her calm down first (laughs), but I said, “I get it, because what you have done is taken a situation that doesn’t exist, but if it did, this is what it would look like.”  So yes, when I am standing there and she is doing her part, I was no longer Valentin.  I was an audience.  I was with you watching Laura, and I was just floored by it.

You get to play a character that is a catalyst for things to happen, and they needed that on GH.   Did you think this run on GH would have lasted as long as it has? 

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JAMES:  No, I didn’t.  I must say, the longer I am here the more respect I have for Frank.  I know it sounds like you are kissing your boss’ ass, but the fact is he thought of me for this, because I would have never thought of me for this.  But then in the back of my brain, I always wanted to go back and patch up the way I left it.  What I mean by that is; when I left All My Children it was sort of this big send-off, and Felicia Behr (Ex-EP, AMC) and Agnes Nixon (Creator, AMC) didn’t just can me, they gave me a great storyline, which was actually very, very flattering to me.  As I left, Agnes said to me, “Thank you very much.  You gave us one of the greatest storylines we have had this year, and we are very, very grateful to you.”  So, it was nice.  But I hadn’t really put certain issues to bed for me.  I had been so selfish.  I had been caught up in thinking, “I’m better than this.  I need a primetime show, and I need a movie career.”  I love that I have been able to come back, and now say “I’m really satisfied being part of a team trying to make something work for this team,” and that is where I am getting my satisfaction.  Right now, this is where I am in this chapter of my life.  Frank told me, “I remember when they wrote you off of All My Children.  I was floored and I was working over at One Life to Live.”  He goes, “You had built this incredible character, and they just kicked him to the curb.”   So then years later, Frank is thinking along the lines of, “I know! Let’s see if James is available and if he will come over to GH and see if he is willing to play Valentin!”  I thought when I came on to GH it was just going to be a summer fling, but I just celebrated my one-year anniversary with the show.  I think you’re right, Valentin is a catalyst.  I think Frank realizes that at this point of my life I want to be here.  I try to bring donuts in to work in the morning.  I’m at a point in my life where I think he likes having me around.  I know it’s not forever.  One day, my ticket will be up.  We all don’t get to be Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura, but for right now I am where I want to be, and everybody seems to be happy having me there, which is so nice. 

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What can you tease for Valentin in the future?

JAMES:  He is luckier than he deserves.  He makes his own luck.  He is also very tenacious; I truly believe Nina will get to the point where it might be tough for her, where she can’t run away, because he is not going to stop chasing her.  She is firmly in his sights, and that is what he wants.  I think that they are good together. I think that Michelle and James are good together, and I think that comes across on-stage, and I think they will write for that.

If Nikolas would come back, and be revealed to be alive, what would Valentin do then?

JAMES:  Oh, my God!  Such a great question!  I really do look forward to answering that question.  I really hope it happens!  Wouldn’t it be great?  I think it would be so great.

What have you thought of James in the role of Valentin Cassadine? What has been your favorite scenes featuring him?  Do you hope Nina and Valentin, and Charlotte become one big happy family?  Do you think Anna and Valentin might still become a romantic duo? Share your thoughts on the interview in the comment section below.

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su0000
su0000

James/Valentine is more than awesome..
Most everybody loved him from day one ( but to inform you, he is Mine!)
really, James/Valentin was a (rare) instant hit ..

I see the Valentine character as the best part of GH ..

And – Nina, Valentine and Charlotte are a family I can care for; magic..

However!!!
I feel, when things are finally going good that Claudette will return, and then BOOM!

Patrick
Patrick

“…really, James/Valentin was a (rare) instant hit .. ”

@su : “he’s all yours”

gavel : ” I’m waiting in the wings”

anyway : I think it was @Timmm who posted… that James Patrick Stuart and William DeVry… were instant hits on AMC… they both played devious men you loved to hate… for lack of a better write. they made a huge impact on what time they had on All My Children. I definitely remember both of them on that show.

these two men have so much charisma appeal and appetite for all the senses.

WOW

su0000
su0000

hey Patrick..
you need to step back from my man Valentine! He’s mine!
((hmm fisticufs, perhaps lol)

and– that interviewed rocked, Michael is the best! his interviews are always awesome!
perhaps some day Michael F will interview me! It would be interesting, for sure LOL

And– I want to experience the dark side of Valentine!
I love a Good Bad guy, exciting…
As bad as Valentine could be I’m right there with him! (mine!)

Patrick
Patrick

You, make me laugh

“…hmmmm fisticuffs ”

If you mean slam on the table tussle fisticuffs. We reach the same length

I’m in

Patrick
Patrick

for some reason I thought fisticuffs… were when you are shackled at the table… ie: the interrogating room like @GH. can’t reach that far

Denise
Denise

I love JPS and Valentin, BUT if Nikolas is not alive I can not see how GH can justify Valentin”s longevity on the show. Gh HAS to cast TC back or recast it for a short period of time. And they need to do it NOW!!!

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

I so totally agree! The bad/ evil never pay on GH. The audience seems to forget Val killed Nick, shot Kevin, held everyone hostage,tried to kidnap Spencer, got rid of Claudette, hid Charlotte, yet he is the romantic lead? And Lulu and Laura are the “bad” characters?

su0000
su0000

hi Denise ..
It’s no big deal..
Most everyone has killed or shot someone……… LOL
And– the good part is, most all are very ”longevity” ..

‘spose we do a body count LOL ..

((that will teach Nicholas to attack someone holding a gun to get yourself shoot lol ))

Terri Skarzynski
Terri Skarzynski

I agree I love Valentin and Nina, but it is hard to get around the fact he killed Nik. They need to bring back the character of Nikolas. I would rather have Nikolas come back as TC or his recent recast than to have SB come back as Jason. Sorry I think it would bring so many great storylines with the return of his character.

Celia
Celia

I completely agree, Denise. Let’s hope the recast is Nick Stabile. And, if Ava is to stay put, the chemistry between them will be limitless….that is, if Ava gets well and Morgan is alive.
Furthermore, Valentin is essential ….Nina needs his ‘shoulder’ when Felicia discovers that Nelle is Nina’s and Kiki her twin.
I know, I know…you can stop laughing, LOL. too far fetched?

Patrick
Patrick

MF: “…You kind of, in this wonderful way, lucked out when you landed at GH. ”

JPS: ie: Finola and Michelle – “I won the lottery! … the two of them together is just crazy and wonderful. ”

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture above… with Finola and Michelle each holding mics and facing JPS. Man ! the chemistry, dance, and zingers each of these three REEL. back and forth the savor of talent.

YES, indeed… it’s JPS whos the lucky one.

JAMES:  ( the Nurses’ Ball )  “I heard there was some ass shaking… ” CLASSIC

Finola helped me; she said, “There’s times when you really have to break the glass and just go full soap …let’s just buy it, let’s just go 100 percent with it, and don’t question it, and don’t undermine it.’  ”

of Michelle Stafford, Finola Hughes, James Patrick Stuart – three consummate professionals… who are top of the line ACTOR

the camaraderie the anticipating and spot on reading characterization is DREAM

I will say it again… JPS and his leading ladies… OWN GH. – GOLD –

JPS : on Anna and Nina . his relationship with Nina is the greatest he has ever known

(Anna ) She’s there, she was the first, and those wires are always going to have a current running through them.

this is Just GOOD stuff… Nice read… my heart is with Nina.. and I’m just happy for Finola Hughes who deserves to work her talent and craft her character with two other equals. WOW

BAM wallah all the slam dunk is here.

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“…he was disfigured, or as I like to call it, had the “Elephant Man syndrome.” ”

this is where the writing lacked and .. much to the chagrin of the actors who portrait their characters

this was a waste and was “justified” in the minds of the writers to REDEEM Valentin… WELL it still hasn’t taken. argh! much to my dismay….

THIS IS WHY – GH simply has got to bite the bullet and bring back TYLER CHRISTOPHER. – another – BRILLIANT actor to the fold… Cassadine reign.

THIS is the only way for these three characters to MOVE …. – ON –

wow! their are, other ways, to continue their reign… this time justly include Nikolas

sparks whet simmer pant tantalize… every superlative for heat and combust. OK?

Valentin to leave Charlotte : “devastating” for me… just tears

I LOVE this “Man”

congratulations on the one year … @GH. times moves that fast when you real with imagination and the audience can dream.

Steve
Steve

Varni has said on numerous occasions that both Nikolas and Morgan are dead for the foreseeable future.

Ric
Ric

James is one of the main reasons I watch GH! Valentine is the best character !

Karen R
Karen R

Me too!!!

Scoma60
Scoma60

I think James is very talented but his entire story is a friggin’ mess on every level.

Valentin was billed for years as someone who Helena feared. In fact he was the only person she ever feared. That’s laughable now that we actually have Valentin. He’s a blubbering crier .
Another issue is his pairing with Nina. What a train wreck mainly because the character of Nina has been an epic fail since day 1. Absolutely nothing has worked with this character. She’s like spaghetti & GH keeps throwing her at the wall hoping something will stick. Nina is an unneeded character that should’ve exited long ago. She acts like an immature tween What man wants that? On a show with a bloated cast Nina should have been cut long ago.
GH keeps having characters do heinous things yet never pay for it. (Valentin, Sonny,Julian,etc) Valentin murdered a beloved 20 yr vet & shot Kevin. yet his dialogue yesterday had him saying it was no big deal. The custody hearing was insulting. Lulu wasn’t allowed to bring that up or that Nina ‘s loon who kidnapped a woman & stole her baby from her womb. Now I read that James says Lulu shouldn’t have HER DAUGHTER because she’s difficult? Gee, I wonder why?
James and Finola have the real chemistry. Their characters are adult, erudite and sexy as opposed to Val/Nina. If GH plans on keeping him the they need to course correct this story,.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree with you that “his entire story is a . . . mess on every level”!
And I agree also that “absolutely nothing has worked with this character (Nina)”!

rebecca1
rebecca1

That’s funny because I think Nina’s great! I really adore the character.

Morgan
Morgan

I agree with rebecca1. Nina has really grown on me; beauty, real, vulnerable. Love the Nina/Valentin pairing!

Shay
Shay

Oh, thank you, Scoma60 (and Nancy Dillingham, too….) We are all definitely on the same page where the subject of Nina is concerned and you both exactly echo my own sentiments regarding this annoying, underwhelming character and her place on the GH canvas…essentially there is none! As for James, I really like the actor, but to call his Valentin a real disappointment in the flesh after being built up with years of preconceived hype surrounding this so-called “most evil of all Cassadines” player is a real understatement! The only time I find him valuable and palatable is when he is in Anna’s orbit….they sizzle, whilst he and Nina are nothing but one huge fizzle. In other words, Valentin can stay in Port Charles, but only if he is eventually paired with the “Divine Devane!” Adult, erudite and sexy is putting it oh so mildly when referring to the unlimited potential for this engaging future coupling.

Alan
Alan

JPS is a great actor but Valentin is a mess of a character (and not in the good way). Referred to as “the most feared Cassadine” for years we now learn that he’s really a former hunchback linguist with the heart of a romantic who received a Total Makeover – Soap Hunk Edition.

Jean and Shelly have delivered yet another epic fail.

Celia
Celia

There are so many possibilities to explore if Nikolas would return, ALIVE. I feel pretty confident he will.
I won’t go into all the scenarios swirling in my head, but one idea could be that the shooting on the island was all a mise en scene, with the two main protagonists, Valentin and Nikolas, staging it….laborious process, yes, but plausible.
The only glitch would be , WHY?……or, Nikolas could be held somewhere by Helena’s henchmen.
Better yet, as I mentioned before, Valentin could have been “possessed”, as in, hypnotized.
Perhaps, with Nik’s return, they could all live happily everafter, at Wyndemere Castle? LOL.

Regardness of the outcome, I am happy to see James ensconced in PC….I was a kid; but, I remember James, as Dixie’s, bad boy brother, Will, on AMC…..and, have seen the movie “Pretty Woman” a million and one times.
So, happy sojourn (hopefully, a very, very long one), James/Valentin…please, win your love, Nina, back.

Mika
Mika

I’ve loved James since way back when he took over as Will on AMC. He really plays the layered “villain” so well. Hope he stays. I still don’t believe he actually killed Nic.

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

The time is right for a Nicolas return with Jason coming back and Hayden out. Alas, it may have been a missed opportunity since we know Spencer has already filmed his last scenes of this year.

Janeway
Janeway

Thank you Michael for the very enlightening interview with the talented, charming James Patrick Stuart. I appreciate the excitement he has in joining GH, working with a great cast and having a intriguing story.

However, as a fan of Lulu (Emma Rylan) & Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), I see another side to that story that he did not address. Some of us are not happy that they made the villain Valentin into some kind of sympathetic hero. This is a character that came on screen holding hostages, killing Nikolas and shooting Kevin. This character had a child with Lulu’s embryo and lied to that child and kept her from her real mother for years. Some of us are disappointed that he is no longer the scariest Cassidine. We are not happy that the writing has made Valentin and Nina look like her proper family and Lulu the bad guy for wanting her own child to live with her, her husband and her child’s brother. Lulu is more than a “nice enough person” she is that child’s mother . As a mother, I find it hard to watch anyone justifying keeping that loving mother from her child.

Many of us were thinking that this would be a another part of the Spencer vs. Cassidine story. I would like to see more of a balanced conflict between Valentin and Lante for Charlotte’s heart. I know all the very talented actors involved would do a great job in this story.

Alan
Alan

I am disappointed that during the custody hearing for Charlotte it was not brought up that Lulu killed Scotty’s son Logan Hayes, Lulu’s mother Laura killed David Hamilton, Lulu’s father Luke killed his parents, and Lulu’s father-in-law killed AJ Quartermaine.

Lulu may be Charlotte’s mother (something I still question since her embryos were stolen from Crichton-Clark in 2014 and Charlotte is at least 8 years old) but based on her family’s criminal history I don’t see where she is any better suited to be a parent than Valentin.

rebecca1
rebecca1

They also didnt’ bring up that Nina was in a coma, a mental institution and ripped Ava’s baby from her womb. In fact, she was not even allowed to adopt a child. So, it was a total contradiction when they used Nina to form a family unit in front of the judge. I thought for sure she’d be a problem for Valentin’s custody suit.

With that said, I love Nina and I think she’d be a great mother…and is wonderful with Charlotte. I just think that whole thing was overlooked big time.

Great post, Janeway!

Celia
Celia

Wow, Alan! I did not know all this….is there anyone in PC who hasn’t killed someone?
And, your embryo theory tickles the brain….interesting.

Steve
Steve

Charlotte may be the first case of in-vitro SORASing in soap history.

Janeway
Janeway

Valentin murdered Nik who stepped in front of the gun to protect Ava, he held the group hostage and threatened them and then shot Kevin who was protecting Laura. He did these things personally. Nina drugged Ava and stole baby Avery from her womb and took her to Canada, herself. All this should have been brought up at the custody hearing (especially since Dante was the arresting officer in Nina’s case)

Lulu killed Logan Hayes in self-defense. She thought her life was in danger. That is not the same as murder. What Lulu’s relatives did is not at issue here, why should she be held responsible for their actions?

Lulu had her eggs stolen by Helena (whether you believe it or not that is the writers timeline) and when the embryo was created with Valentin, he stole it, had it implanted and kept that child from Lulu her whole life. He lied to that child he claims to love about her mother, and told her it was Claudette. That is essentially kidnapping.

Everyone may love JPS and want Valentin to be a good guy but he just isn’t. I really preferred him as the sexy villain. It is more believable to me that he could be so charming and offer Nina the family she always wanted that she was willing to overlook or dismiss others claims of his wrongdoing. I could also believe that Alex could fall for him, but not Anna. As close as Anna is to Dante and Lulu, and being part of the WSB, I find it very hard to believe that she would defend him, that is also a disappointing part of the story for me.

For me, GH spoils a lot of characters by having them do these heinous things, get away with them, and then expect viewers to forget what we saw happen onscreen and embrace them.

Alan
Alan

But Lulu’s relatives ARE an issue because the court will look at the people who will be an active part of the child’s life and Lulu’s family is a hot mess. I would think a mobster grandfather who was convicted of murder and who has shot his own wife in the head while giving birth in addition to all the other murders committed by the Spencer clan — self-defense or otherwise — might give a judge pause in granting Lulu full custody of a child.

And since Claudette was the surrogate she did actually give birth to Charlotte so it wasn’t a total lie that she was the child’s mother.

Alan
Alan

Celia: here’s a list of current GH characters who have killed someone (at least this is all I can remember)…

Laura killed David Hamilton
Scotty killed RIck Webber
Alexis killed Luis Alcazar and Keifer Bauer
Jason killed Lorenzo Alcazar
Sam killed Bill Monroe
Sonny killed AJ Quartermaine
Julian killed Jonathan Paget
Lulu killed Logan Hayes
Maxie killed Peter Harrell
Ava killed Kate Howard/Connie Falconari

Steve
Steve

Great list Alan.

Add:
Carlos Rivera to Julian’s list
Dante was last person to kill Stavros Cassadine
Liesl killed Victor Cassadine
Michael killed Claudia Zachara

And Sonny killed chances for this show to ultimately succeed

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

There’s two points to that , Alan. First, some of those killings were in self-defense…Lulu and Logan were fighting and she thought she was in harm…Alexis pushed Alcazar away from her when he was lunging at her and he went flying out the window…and she accidentally ran over Logan after he battered and bruised her daughter Kristina who had to be hospitalized. Sam also killed Diego Alcazar…a shootout with Jason? Don’t remember..

That’s why I think it’s absurd to talk about the lack of moral center on GH…they’ve all killed, lied, betrayed…purposely or accidentally…for years…

If Sonny is an issue for Lulu getting custody…then he shouldn’t have gotten custody of Avery. But he did. Twisted, yes. But…he did.

Celia
Celia

Thanks, Alan.
So, back to the hyprocrisy, yes? ” He who is without sin, cast the first stone”. Everyone has embraced some level of wrongdoing ( to put it mildly) in this town, LOL.
Sonny and Carly are the biggest hypocrites for me. They are misfits. They are more alike than meets the eye….Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee….as dysfunctional as Julian and Alexis.
And, the one thing which turns my viscera, about Sonny and Carly, is their gaslighting. So adept at it.
I am sure we both know or have known people who purport their fake sanctity by turning the tables. I do not see the seductive ‘weight’ this couple has on TPTB or the viewer. I try to see the allure, the attraction, the good…..I simply cannot.
Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome. Sonny and Carly personified.

Timmm
Timmm

Here is the problem with Valentin that is slowly dissolving. Helena said he was the worst Cassadine EVER and he is NOT! Secondly, he “Killed” Nicholas. Well, that will turn out to be NOT true! So what we have is a triangle with Valentin, Nina and Anna. I hope Anna wins BUT Nina is better with the sweet sweet Charlotte! SHE will be a mega star someday. She just lights up the screen. I would like to see her and Spencer form a friendship that later in their teens becomes a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. They are both so talented. But back to JPS, GH is lucky to have him and I hope he stays and becomes one of those legacy characters.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Timmmy….
Long time no see, LOL.
I love your sweet thoughts of Charlotte—she does cut an impressive acting picture. This child is as luminous as Nicolas/Spencer.
I don’t know about a romantic relationship between them in the future, though……aren’t they cousins, of sorts?

Shay
Shay

Yeah, kinda, sorta, we think, CeeCeeGirl! Then again, they are of noble blood, right??? Such “close” relationships are not so verboten in those lofty circles….perhaps we need a return to that way of romance seeing how too many real-life royals are mating and relating with the common-as-muck types these days!!! LOL…As for Spencer, even though I have often found his over-exuberant antics insufferable in the past, under Laura’s soothing and wise guidance, he has once again become that little charmer of a gent he initially was when he arrived in Port Charles with his father. His scenes with both Laura and Ava were exceptional for their maturity and precocity!!!! Keep this kiddo mixing with the adult class…he fits right in!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hey, Shaybelle,
Hmmmm….I don’t know about these ‘aristo-cats’ ( a’ la Uncle Scar, “The Lion King”), LOL, having such pure, noble blood.
But, if we are to get technical, I can’t be sure that marriages between close family members is practiced any longer?
Yes, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were first cousins, I think….and so many more……every European country, did this.
Let’s go even further……Cleopatra’s parents were siblings….not to gain land, as was usually the case in Europe; but, to keep tainted, alien blood from running in one’s progeny’s veins.
As far as Spencer; I cannot stop singing his praises. He has grown so much, both physically and in the honing of his acting skills, and maturity. A true thespian.
Yes, Nicolas does his best work opposite both Maura and Genie. One cannot ignore the fluidity of emotions between him and Maura….it is not something one acquires….it is innate.
Thus, One can easily see how the affinity between actor and actress trickles nto the characters and their performance….it transcends reality.
What can I say about Genie? I respect her more and more as her scenes develop and delve into her essence.
Laura is a Mama Bear. Loving but stern. Protective but malleable. She takes the rearing of her grandson, seriously and responsibly.
And, TPTB could not have paired her with a better ‘suitor’, LOL. I love Kevin…good for both Laura and Spencer. I sooo appreciate his understated personality. His presence is strong; but, not overwhelming….just the right touch…pardon the pun. LOL.

Shay
Shay

Yes, CeeCee, those most recent scenes with Spencer were highly reminiscent of his earlier days before he was mixing with the other “little monsters” of Port Charles…Ugh!…That was what brought out the beastly brat that I could not abide. I’m so glad this obviously brilliant child has regained his emotional equilibrium and mannerly ways under Laura’s motherly TLC. She has such a calming and reassuring presence about her…like this was the role she was born to play. I love the fact that even though this character went through h@!! and back with her mental issues, she has come out of the darkness not only stronger and more serene, but with a true lack of bitterness and anger…instead, she treats each day as a beautiful blessing and gift, which is what she is to others in her orbit. This is the Laura that many of us have waited for years to see become Port Charles’ moral center and maternal figure…at last, she–and Genie Francis—are home where they belong! As for Ava and her scenes with Spencer, yes, they were also very touching and well-played…those two definitely had a special connection via Nik, but I am at the place where I wonder how much more can be done with this particular Jerome…her burn injuries are awful and it would beggar belief if after all her dirty deeds— and this latest medical trauma— she were to emerge from them both physically and legally unscathed….As I watched this latest episode, I couldn’t help but think that maybe it was time for this character to go, just slip away, from the mortal coil of Port Charles…through death (real or faked) to save her from a life of disfigurement and facing the music for all of her crimes. I know Maura West fans don’t want to entertain that possibility, but I’m speaking of her Ava, and not the actress herself….it would make for a very dramatic exit! Lastly, perhaps I was a bit jesting when I suggested that intermarriages with cousins were once again considered the “thing to do” amongst the aristocratic ranks…I still do occasionally read of certain marital alliances between some of Great Britain’s “oldest family” members that are maybe second or third removed relations, but nothing like those 19th century European royal house unions that were largely arranged by Queen Victoria for her offspring during her lengthy reign. However, sometimes when I see what pairings materialize amongst the regal upper crust these days, it does tend to astonish. I’ve still not hopped aboard the “Kate Train”…I find her extremely banal and commonplace…none of the dazzle or demeanor of Di there, that’s for sure… and her social-climbing clan is simply ghastly!!! Don’t even get me started on hapless Prince Harry’s less-than-illustrious corral of checkered chicks…he has already outdone both his Uncle Andrew and Great x2 Uncle Edward on that account….(Although I did so like his former flame, Cressida…she was very ethereal, naturally beautiful and quintessentially English in background, right down to her name! I… Read more »

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hi, Shay,
I don’t really follow “the royals” ( just the Grimaldis, on occasion, LOL—in-laws’ family name; on mother-in-law-side, LOL).
No one is truly a blueblood, Shay—-the Brits, less than most European royal families.
I do not read such, until it becomes history for the ages. Therefore, we do know, through history, how the Brits came to the “throne”—
It was the standard of the times. Dog eat dog. The spoils to the victor go….and so forth…
If truth be known, the ‘royals’ are much more tamed than their ancestor who were beheaded or locked up in the Tower. LOL.
Oh, but, wait…..Princess Di? Hmmmmm.
….which brings be back to a similar conversation we had: Ted Kennedy and Chappy’s Dyke Bridge.
But he was no royal; just a privileged “Hyannis-an”.
Now, this is why I admire Maura West. A true, old New England lady. I consider her a ‘royal’ without the frills, Shay.
She has five or six kids—-akin to my mother, LOL.
I sooo agree with you….what to do with Ava. TPTB have destroyed her—-how to bring her back? Why Kelly Monaco and not Ava? Because she is not a vet? Wasn’t Sam redeemed? Woefully inexplicable.
Maura’s portrayal of the ‘fallen angel’, the beautiful murderess, the Mafiosa with a fierce heart; a heart which can love passionately and hate just as well.
For my two-cents’ worth—-bring Nick Stabile back…..each other’s saving grace.
Perhaps, it was Nik who abducted Spencer? The assumption is obvious; Valentin. Well, too obviously easy, I say.

Shay
Shay

Hey, CeeCeeGirl! Been meaning to get back here to you for an age! Just wanted to add that I don’t necessarily follow the Brit Royals, per se, it’s just that I read the daily UK news and one cannot help but encounter story after story about them, especially over the past month with the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death approaching…the press has been in overdrive with stories about her (and the boys!) Hence it’s unavoidable. However, I do recall with great fondness the beginnings of the late Princess of Wales…her fairytale wedding, her freshness and natural charm…she had immense appeal! What she later became was an epic tragedy long before she met her untimely end…it was not pretty. So when I speak of her with nostalgic admiration, it’s for her early days, when the entire world was initially smitten by her. Same goes for my unfavorable comparison of the “Queen of Hearts” with her daughter-in-law…Kate simply lacks the effortless style, charisma and warmth that was the trademark persona of the princess…I am not the only one to observe this, as I just noticed an interview with Di’s butler, Paul Burrell, who said exactly the same thing! But that’s neither here nor there….As for the Grimaldis? Again, I don’t follow them, but occasionally see their presence in similar circumstances….my last glimpse was of the Prince and Princess of Monaco with their twins! Their little princeling, Jacques, is an absolute darling, what with his cherubic blond curls…he looks like the personification of a related dauphin who stepped out of a painting from centuries past…it’s uncanny! And I do like Charlene….she is understated, coolly elegant and always extremely chic. She also seems very caring and maternal….and has certainly grown into her royal role quite well!!!! The rest of the family is a soap opera unto itself, albeit a glitzy and fascinating one.. Charlotte is stunningly gorgeous, even surpassing her own mother’s youthful beauty, to which she bears a strong resemblance. Having said that, I agree with you that the subject of royalty is far more interesting from an historical perspective rather than in noting what’s happening today with the much-diminished European houses.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Nina is better with the sweet sweet Charlotte! SHE will be a mega star someday. She just lights up the screen. ”

what can I say ?

that child… makes me cry.

Valentin and Nina are so lucky ! and it’s magic

I’d like to ask you and @Alan… would making Nicholas alive… bring to rest all the questions about Valentin Character ? argh! GH LISTEN

Patrick
Patrick

THIS , is 1/2 the battle PLUS… re-posting @Ces

“…Tyler Christopher can just look at some one and there would be passion. ”

WOW.. I Just don’t get the decision and behind the scenery .. w/ shelley and Frank. this would answer so many

get this show on the road.. get this show ON

altho, Valentin hasn’t surfaced as the hellfire and brimstone… if Nicholas is brought back… that would enliven and FIRE UP the Cassadine MEN.

let Valentin buy Crimson .. and let Valentin get his talons in the denizen of Port Charles….

buy it… Sonny / Jason / Michael / Finn / Franco pail.. and have no zest .. lack.. and do not REEL

’nuff said.

Tyler Christopher along with Robin Christopher NEED to return

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Someone earlier said she was a little “creepy”–and she is.

Timmm
Timmm

ALL kids have a creepy stage in their lives!

Kristie
Kristie

I love him so much. He is now one of my favorites. In fact I think he spices up the place so much even Lulu and Dante’s scenes are so much more interesting. I was terribly afraid he was not returning. And am so glad he’s back. And it’s so surprising because I didn’t like him at all at first. But James Patrick Stewart is so amazing that he quickly changed that. And I am full team Valentin and Nina and Charlotte. ☺️

Patrick
Patrick

Thank you, I agree wholeheartedly, Dante and lulu are breathing life of their OWN. Admittedly, I get a little worn out with Lulu.

Albeit, Charlotte makes her work.

It was a good idea that Valentin was imprisoned. It gave Lulu time . as I read in SOD, that family nucleus is now somewhat etched.

That being said = that bond with her father is unflappable.

All said. Lulu and Dante are making this story work, which helps Nina And Valentin mix. Heck I think it even works with the other grandma Olivia.

Isn’t it a big treat and the best distraction, to forget about Carly, Sonny, and zsteve Burton.

brian
brian

I would like to see Nicolas back…but then again, I does make me wonder does anyone really ever “die” on a show unless they pass away in real life ?

Bravo ahead of time to GH on the memory of Peter Hanson

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

ONE (flashback) scene today–and what an awkward “intro”; wouldn’t SCOTTY have been called FIRST–and called by Gail??? Strange–and unbelievable.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

Love this talented actor! He has brought so much to General Hospital and I hope he has a very long stay. Would love to see a Nicholas character. I think the two of them would be terrific. And he needs to be with Nina!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Wow, I can’t believe some of these posts. I hated Valentin from Day One and don’t feel Mr. Stuart has done anything to soften my opinion. And to compare him with Will DeVry makes me think I need glasses. But then, I don’t see how people fall all over George Clooney and Johnny Depp when Jeremy Renner has more sex appeal than both put together. I guess differing opinions are part of what makes life interesting.

Celia
Celia

I hear you, Soaphound. I do think it’s an individual ‘thing’….we like who we like, as it were, albeit, I never saw the attraction for Clooney either.
I just like James’ aura, always have.

mike
mike

They put a very good actor in an interesting role and it worked well. So why do they bring back a bad and expensive actor(Steve Burton) in what will surely be a dud of a role. One step forward two steps back.

Timmm
Timmm

WRONG! Steve is playing a role, “Stone Cold!” You want bad acting, I can name names but won’t be cruel!

Karen McEachern
Karen McEachern

James Patrick Stuart is a phenomenal actor. When he is on stage , he’s the only one I focus on at the time. He is the new Anthony Geary. I hope he is on for a long time. Michelle Stafford and he really compliment each other. He’s also fantastic with Finola . Cheers to Valentin.

JK
JK

AGREE 100%…..HE IS THEE REASON TO WATCH GH!!!

dmr
dmr

I remember JPS way back when, on All My Children, as Will Cortland. WOW. He is incredible as Valentin Cassadine. I love how is he able to bring such vulnerability to such a complex and complicated character. There is a sensitivity to Valentin, underneath all of the hurt and pain. Charlotte and Nina have been able to bring out the best in him. & THAT performance at the Nurse’s Ball, WOW! I downloaded that song off of I-Tunes soon afterwards. What a brilliant and beautiful performance! So talented.

Willya
Willya

I think James is perfect as Val. A seasoned actor with so much talent, what a gift for GH. Too many fave scenes to mention. He and Nina most certainly should reconcile as it was too easy to write in a quickly divorce which was not true to her character. Love that JPS mentions the character will not forget Ana however he is smart enough to keep his distance. It’s smart of to leave this open ended perhaps they can become true friends one day. Why does everyone hate Val and seem to be on a Mora high horse when in fact you have characters like Dante playing the hypocrite after all isn’t his dad a monster? Ok good one. Where is your moral compass? It is a novella after all. All I know is the acting on GH was awful and I only came back to watch Finola and now that I witnessed the Nina/Val storyline I’m hooked. Thank God Frank V. sees the potential in these great actors and possibilities of storylines. Please kill off the bad talent or write them off as you have a way to go with some boring folks. For please sake hire some Latino actors and do not type cast. I’m free.

Celia
Celia

I agree with your every sound word, and theory, Willya. We have a like vision. Loooove Val, looove Nina….together, they blow my mind. And, superlative actors, to boot.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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