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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.

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.

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!!!

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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?

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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
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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
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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
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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,… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

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

Ric
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Ric

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

Karen R
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Karen R

Me too!!!

Scoma60
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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… Read more »

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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
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rebecca1

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

Morgan
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Morgan

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

Shay
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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… Read more »

Alan
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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
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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… Read more »

Mika
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Alan
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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
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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
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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
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Steve

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

Janeway
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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,… Read more »

Alan
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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… Read more »

Alan
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Celia
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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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… Read more »

Celia
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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
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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… Read more »

Celia
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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… Read more »

Shay
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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… Read more »

Celia
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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.… Read more »

Shay
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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!… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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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 /… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Timmm
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Timmm

ALL kids have a creepy stage in their lives!

Kristie
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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
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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… Read more »

brian
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Timmm

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

Karen McEachern
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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
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JK

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

dmr
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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
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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… Read more »

Celia
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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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WATCH: Nancy Lee Grahn, Jane Elliot & Kim Zimmer in ‘Covid Support Group’ Episode Two

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) along with her creative partner. comedian, Kaore Bonell released episode two of the hilarious send-up ‘Covid Support Group” which features Grahn, and two other powerhouses known for their performances on daytime drama: Jane Elliot (Tracy, General Hospital) and Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light).

In episode two, Bonell and the three women are joined by a very special guest; when none other than former Los Angeles District Attorney, who tried the OJ Simpson Murder Trial, Marcia Clark, shows up!  We won’t tell you what happens, you’ll have to check it out to see.

Watching Zimmer as a boozy version of herself, Grahn with her brilliant comedic timing, and Elliot who is also perfection in this, is just too fun that every soap fan will get a kick-of, and even if you don’t watch daytime, think about how everyone is going stir-crazy during the coronavirus pandemic, and amp it up a bit and you have the genesis of this oh-so-timely series.

Best line of episode 2 was from Grahn:  During confessions during Covid, she says to the support group, “I bitch-slapped a guy who was hoarding toilet paper at CVS, does that count? Or does Erika Slezak get my Emmy for that, too?”

Watch Covid Support Group 2 below, and then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below!

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

 

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