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GH's Kelly Monaco Interview: From Dancing with the Stars All-Stars To McBam & JaSam!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

There was great news for soap fans when Kelly Monaco (Sam) of General Hospital was revealed to be part of the cast for the highly anticipated Dancing with the Stars: All Stars edition last Friday!  Monaco, who won the first season of Dancing with the Stars amongst a bit of controversy, will be back vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy against some of the best competitors since the series began including: Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, and Emmitt Smith, to name just a few! The All-Star cast and their professional partners will take to the stage for the season premiere of  Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, Monday, September 24th (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) followed by the premiere of Dancing with the Stars the Results Show on Tuesday September 25th (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

We caught up with Kelly at Friday night’s ABC Summer Press Tour TCA Cocktail party and asked her how she plans on prepping for the ballroom dance series, who she hopes to paired with, what went down with John O’Hurley in season one, and much more.

Then, we turn our attention to General Hospital, and the importance for Kelly to be presenting the soap genre in this huge mainstream series that garners so much attention, and if she feels ABC is truly getting behind GH.   Plus, what does Kelly think of McBam vs. JaSam, working with Michael Easton again, and the difficulties facing Jason and Sam’s relationship … she tells us how she sees it.  Always direct, honest, and fun, here is our chat with Ms.  Monaco!    

Before we begin, I just want to set the record straight.  A portion of your fans think that I don’t like you!

KELLY:   Why?  Oh my gosh! You have been one of my biggest supporters always have been for 13 years.  We go way back!

They tell me that I don’t interview you enough, and I try to explain that Kelly is really busy when I make a request or an attempt.  And it is true. I can never find you or get to you! (Laughs)

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KELLY:  I am never available and I will take the responsibility for that!  I dip out on interviews more than anyone!  Sometimes I feel like less is more though. When you give less, they want more.  I have learned my lesson though. Y you can never have too much.  So fans, I will take full responsibility for this! Michael has been amazing and he has pursued me forever. and here we are.

So thrilled you are on the Dancing with the Stars All-Stars!  Were you at all hesitant to be in the competition again?

KELLY:   I was not hesitant at all.  I think they thought about it for awhile.  I had heard they were going to do an All-Stars, but I also heard they were not going to have back any past winners.  So it was completely off the chopping block, and out of my mind.  Not for a second would I think I would be called for it.  And then, Deena Katz, our head casting director, called me a few months ago.  She is like “You are the first person I am calling.  Do I need to talk to your agent? “And I said, excitedly, “Talk to me! Talk to me! You don’t need to talk to my agent,” And she says, “How would you like to be a part …” And I jumped in and went, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!”  She could not get the words out!  I continued saying, “Of course!  To have the chance to dance and have the experience, and meet new people and build new relationships, and just step outside my comfort zone, is what I wanted.   I mean, this is not my thing.   I like to cry on camera and I like to study lines, I really do.  I like my routine.  I have been doing soaps for 13 years now.  I really like what I am doing.  But every year, once a year, I pick one challenge that sort of gets me outside of this leveled thing that we all do.  And this was it!

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You were in Season one of Dancing with the Stars and you improved so much. You had a very rocky start and ended up winning the Mirror Ball Trophy!

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KELLY:  This is what I am afraid of Michael.  I am afraid that I have been out of it for so long.   I am going to go from really not knowing what I am doing and that is really not going to be acceptable in an All-Stars season.   So I don’t know how to technically prepare myself to be on the same level with the other contestants, being out of it for several years.  I had been doing events all over the place where I danced a bit, besides Peep Show, which I am not going to disregard, but all I had to do in that was strut in my underwear!   I don’t consider that dancing, I really don’t.   So I don’t know how I am going to get myself to a mediocre level to be able to start the competition.  I don’t think it’s going to be acceptable to be at the beginning.  I am going to have to do something before the shows starts, probably four weeks before … start training!

You have the bod of death! And, you have the abs of death!   If I had your core, I would be a champ! (Laughs)

KELLY: That’s different than having skill and putting one foot in front of the other, and a swip of the hip, and pointing a finger, and getting your face going.  I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.

Who do you hope is your dancing partner in the All-Stars competition?

KELLY:  I don’t want to go there, because if I pick a top one, two, or three dancers as my picks, they won’t go that way.  So I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. Even though I am a pessimist/realist and I always set myself up for the worst case scenario, I am always pleasantly surprised in the end.   I have to talk myself out of my pessimistic nature, and say, “This is what is real.  This is the world we live in and it’s not pretty all the time.”   I am going to prepare myself for the worst case scenario all the time.   Look, I am a Gemini.

Do you want your dance partner to be your height or taller? (Laughs)

KELLY: Ah, I don’t think anybody is shorter than me!  So I think I am in the clear in the height issue.

But if I was your partner …  I am short! Would that work?

KELLY: But you’re strong, and I am little, so we would actually be a perfect match!  And in like the standard dancing I would do so much better. Alec Mazo was so much taller.  So for me to get my body right and my shoulders down was difficult.  There is a structure to the dancing that has to look elegant and natural.

Who do you think will be your toughest competition?

KELLY: It’s an All-Stars! Everyone in the line-up is competition. They would not have chosen this cast, unless they knew they were going to go fist to fist, like bloody knuckles.  I feel like that is how it is going to be.  I feel nobody is excluded from the competition.

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Can we clear the air here on something: What happened in season one of DWTS with John O’Hurley?  You won, then he won (sort of), and then there was the redo.  What went down?

KELLY:  I think the whole premise there was that John was in question, because I was an ABC employee.   So he thought that the show was rigged.  Whatever, it happened.  I won, he won.  We both gave each other a high-five in the end.  He is a smart man.  We both made a lot of money from that dance-off.  We were able to give $125,000 a piece to charity.  So in a good-natured competition aspect, I would say John is a really smart businessman.

What is great for soap fans is; not only do you represent General Hospital but all of a daytime being the sole soap performer in the upcoming season!  

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KELLY: Yes! And I was really scared that Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan, AMC) was going to do it.   I heard that through the grapevine. And I was like, “No! I don’t want Cameron to split my daytime votes.”  Because you know how our fans are! But if they have one of us, and we have to save daytime, and the better chance I do, the more chance General Hospital has a chance of staying put!  I feel like the daytime community always gets behind their people. If I were to be a primetime performer, it would not be the same.  It just doesn’t work like that.

What did you think of being part of the GH press panel at the TCA’s!  I don’t recall the show ever getting a slot to represent itself to the media like this!

KELLY:  I think it’s amazing.  The network is doing everything they can to keep us alive and bringing as much attention as they can do it.  It’s a scary time for daytime. The genre is a semi-dying breed.  If we can somehow get support behind us whether it be; networks, or fans, or press, that is what we need.   I don’t remember the last time they have had a soap panel at the TCA’s.  Not in my time with GH or Port Charles, do I remember that.

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Now on to GH … you are working with Michael Easton (John McBain) again, and Sam and John McBain certainly have some deep chemistry going on! How has it been working with Michael again, after all these years?

KELLY:  I love working with Michael and it’s not weird at all.  I say, “Thank God.” This is the thing.  Sometimes you get a new pairing or new potential pairings and you have to work with a new actor.  You don’t know what they are about, or if the chemistry is going to work out.  It has been really nice having Michael Easton back because we have this camaraderie where you just ease right back into it.  I don’t have to say anything.  I don’t have to explain anything.  If I am in a bad mood, he is not going to hound me or bitch at me.  I am just very comfortable working with him.  We have known each other the longest than anyone else on daytime.  It’s really comforting to ease it to another semi-relationship with someone you are so comfortable with.

Steve Burton (Jason, GH) told me in our recent interview, that he did not like all he drama that Sam and Jason have gone through so soon after they got married.  But you need some sort of drama on daytime, don’t you think?

KELLY:  It’s a soap!  What are we going to do?  I don’t like it either.  Steve and I worked really hard to have this relationship pay-off.  But it’s inevitable.  It’s a soap opera! And this is what I said to my fans recently at GH Fan Club Weekend because of the many JaSam fans who are upset.  I said, “You guys.  It’s a soap opera. We are telling stories.  Don’t think about it to much.  We can’t as actors or we will go crazy.  I have to constantly remind myself, I am on a soap opera and it’s really fun.  I don’t care if I kill someone, whatever. Go with the flow, watch the story, speak up, and if you speak up, your couple will finally reunite, but if you are happy, you are doomed on daytime.” (Laughs)

Ok soapers,  make sure to rally behind Kelly during her entire run on Dancing with the Stars: All Star Edition.  It is important to show the network and the general public that soaps and their stars matter, and are popular!

Now after reading Kelly’s comments,  who are you rooting for McBam or JaSam?  And, what do you think Kelly’s chances are at winning the Mirror Ball trophy in the new season of DWTS?   Weigh-in!

 

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Lana
Lana

McBam all the way all day long! So glad you were able to interview her. So many rumors out there it’s good to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak. And Kelly’s right folks! It’s a soap opera and it’s supposed to be about DRAMA. Go with it! 🙂

Tracy
Tracy

I agree no couple stays together forever. Its a soap after all. They got more then most have, be grateful and stop thinking they should be together forever. It doesn’t work that way. They would have been over years ago. If not for Frons. This show needs a breathe of fresh air. John and Sam do that. THey also have off the charts chemistry and they need that on this show. Jason and Sam have ben done to death time for it to end. You got ur wedding and baby be grateful and stop whinig. Its long past due this couple end. As for the baby if Jason couldn’t raise his first son. He shouldn’t raise this one. Let John adnd Sam raise it. It’s onluy fair he said he was to dangerous. they need to end more couples and start a new. This show needs new blood and couples Badly! the ratings have sucked for years. Get new things going and people might start watching again. plus get real Sam is a better character with John. That should trill her fans to death. She not just back drop anymore.

Patrick
Patrick

Tracy – if Sam ends up with McBain – I agree… i like the idea of Sam and McBain raising Jason’s son. after all this debate… Sam w/Jason, or McBain. as i’ve posted so many times… and that’s OK. I just couldn’t stomach…how Jason treated Sam. His silent, brooding…etc… couldn’t you have just shaken him… Help her through all that’s happened. for the millionth time… as Sam told Maxie… “I haven’t recognized Jason for a long time.” i’ts gotten to the point, in my mind… at least Sam’s getting some tenderness, affection, from McBain… who, after debating with myself… agree that their is something between those two, as well. i never watched OLTL… so McBain/Natalie fans… with Liam…. just saying… considering whats going on now… would the return and reveal that Sams baby isin fact Jasons… re-unite them? i coulda swore i heard either/or, Jason or Sam.. say it’s a little to late… the Passion is gone. as for new blood and new couples… oye! this is a tough one… when things are left unfinished… unanswered… WRITERS… give sam her baby back, and go from their. currently… and this is BIG. GH is ON FIRE! DRIVING storyline on all cylinders… every part of the canvas is riveting… stimuli…. must watch. can’t wait… to see what happens. where to start…. Anna going to Switzerland… it’s such a big deal and a treat to watch an actor… who is in our age group… OK… i’ll be 50 this year… ACT… OSCAR worthy… I love Anna… I lost it… per VERONICA’s post… when Anna was at Ferncliff and Robin heard her talking to the head nurse who administered the shock treatment. major tears… Robin uttering… Mom, Patrick, dad… FIND ME. God… Luke/Anna/Tracy… I like Luke with Tracy… their machinations… trysts are comical… the quips between those two are GH staple. IMO, Anna is too good for Luke. Johnny/Kate/Todd…. Oh geez! thankfully, that camera was found… please, redeem Johnny… don’t let him go. i don’t know how this could be tho… Todd, isn’t going to let this go… altho, the shocker.. how did johnny know about, or find out about Sams’ baby? thereby, getting the goods on Todd…. this was rife with tension… Patrick period. nuff said. i’d be dumbing down.. how superlative…HIS SHOW. through all the changes with cast, writing, of old and new abound…. Jason Thompson is a formidable talent… that steals scenes, has taken over. the one factor… his love for Robin… Patrick’s “lost”. gotta wonder… about liz… with Ewan… although, it looked like to me.. like Ewan is not enjoying playing out the “bad” guy… he’s truly liking liz… and hopefully vice versa… she looks vital. vi·tal/ˈvītl/Adjective: Absolutely necessary or important; essential: “secrecy is of vital importance”. Noun: The body’s important internal organs, esp. the gut or the genitalia. Synonyms: essential i still say Liz looks like she’s bouncing… wholesome… her own energy… without playing second fiddle and waiting… for Jason or Lucky. She’s going to figure in to the… Read more »

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

I agree with Lana on all counts!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

I hope Kelly win the Mirror Ball because knowing the kind of person she is she will put all her efforts into whatever she is doing at the time . She will definitely deserve it. Good luck Kelly .I like Sam with either one because I love Steve and Michael they are both fantastic actors I want them both to continue being on Gh. Thank you Michael for another great article.

Beth Sims
Beth Sims

JASAM all the way!!

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I’m rooting for JaSam mainly because I’m a Jolie fan! Never watched Port Charles so I don’t know what they mean by Kelly’s & Michael’s chemistry and sure don’t see it on GH. All I see is John McBain (ME) acting out of character for his one true love – Natalie Banks aka Melisa Archer!

I love DWTS but didn’t see the first season, so can’t wait to see Kelly do her thing! Should be a good cast.

Carol Byrd
Carol Byrd

ITA..I watched OLTL for years so I saw the love that John had for Natalie. To me also right now he is acting OOC and it just doens’t fit for him to just run into another women’s arms just because he is not in the same town as his wife. Sorry, but this agenda does not match the kind of man John McBain has always been about.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I totally agree Carol! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that feels this way.

NANCY YOUNG
NANCY YOUNG

I AGREE WITH YOU,THIS IS NOT JOHN MCBAIN AND I KNOW PEOPLE ARE SAYING ITS NOT OLTL BUT IF YOUR GOING TO BRING SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER SHOW HIS ATTITUDES DON’T CHANGE,AND YES I LOVE JASAM,THEY NEVER EVEN GOT A CHANCE TO BE HAPPY AFTER THEIR MARRAGE,AND AS FOR THE NEW WRITERS NO WAY IN THE WORLD WOULD JASON HAVE TREATED SAM THE WAY HE DID ABOUT HER PREGNANCY

terri
terri

I also completely agree it is completely out of character for John to be acting this way.

sarah
sarah

lol agenda rooting huh!. anywho, Kelly and Micheal Easton do have chemistry and its very palpable but with that being said, the Mcbam story just doesnt work because of all the contrivancies created to give it a short. The characters of John, Sam and Jason have majorly been altered just to give Mcbam a foot and that just does not make for a rootworthy story no matter how much chemistry the actors have. Fans are not sturpid, we’ve followed these characters and have an idea of who they are and when writters take too much liberty in changing characters just to make a story work, they lose the trust of the viewers, this story reminds me so much of the writing for Liz, Jason and Sam in 06, and look how well that turned out.

Melissa
Melissa

I agree, this Sam and John story is contrived and therefore not watchable or rootworthy at all. As for this supposed chemistry, I just don’t see it. If this couple was so great, then maybe Port Charles would still be on the air. Both characters of Jason and Sam are boing totally destroyed and wriiten ooc for John McBain. Many GH fans didn’t watch OLTL and are not fans of this character by any stretch.

JaSam has magic, and they always will. There would have been plenty of drama with the two of them dealing with a child of rape, then discovering that it was really their child, the one that they both have been longing for since they lost Lila.

The writers really missed the boat with this story. They had soap opera gold and refused to write it .

JaSam always and forever.

tani
tani

ITA u always are on par with what I am thinking about jasam. all 3 characters are being written ooc for mcbam. this is another 06 rewrite it just bothers me that the writers would choose to re write a s/l that just didn’t work for Gh & costed them so much in the long run. Every time they try to break up jasam its based on contrived Bs, never organic. & yes viewers are not stupid so please don’t take us for fools.

Patrick
Patrick

@Melissa. Your Paragraph 2 is right on! this is my reason… for investing in this storyline.

i read it took sam and jason 8 years to get married… and everything… thereafter went to hell and a hand basket.

you know…. it’s like they both shut down with each other… Jason – not accepting the rape… his woman was violated… another man’s baby…. not knowing how to comfort and DEAL with all that’s happened… he’s hurting… and couldn’t control what happened.

Sam… was in shock like mode…. holding on in silence…. which must have been torturous, agony…. the health of her child….. she lost one… never thought she could have another…. not knowing if jason would accept the baby…

the baby “dies”. they “lost’ ???? how to communicate? they never really did… once they got married…

so, in actuality… i could see how they could fall apart…. “losing” the baby… makes it easier for sam and jason… to drift apart….

it’s not how i would like it… so, it’s times like this they should bring in new actors… characters to try out… like McBain. etc…. and that’s why, i like Liz with Ewan… for the same reasons…

anyway… this debate is ongoing….

Robert Coplin
Robert Coplin

I am not rooting for McBam or JaSam as i dont like either couple and have not or will not be watching any of the Dancing With the Stars shows as Hawaii 50 is a much better show.

susan M.
susan M.

Jasam I am rooting for..I think Sam belongs with Jason because they have been threw a lot & should be together….And John belongs with Natalie & their son LIAM….Don’t like Sam with John even though they had that relationship when he was Calep on GH years ago…The redhead goes well with John….I wish Kelly good luck on Dancing With the Stars……I would like to see her WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

Plus I think the baby is Jason’s !!!!!!!!!!!!! I think Heather has proof of that….Birth certificate stating so…………….NOT IS WACKO DEAD BROTHER !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol Byrd
Carol Byrd

I so hope Sam gets back with Jason. they have worked so hard to get to where they are now in their relationship (married) but it would be a dam shame to just let it all be for nothing. People fight for their love and their relationships. They don’t just give up and walk away..not if they truly loved each other. I can not wait for Sam to be reunited with her son. McBain deeply loved Nat and i just don’t see him trashing that relationship just to go after a hurt, confused married women. kelly is a beautifuly young lady and a wonderful actress that I admire very much and hope she wins on DWTS.

gloria
gloria

The baby is definitely Jason’s! Todd has the DNA report. Heather is the one who changed it-they showed her doing it in a flashback. Todd found the report in her purse I think. It is in his safe! Yes, Sam & Jason belong together & so do John & Natalie. But it is so good to have some OLTL on GH. It helps me every day to see/hear about anyone from Llanview.

barbara t. Loves one life to live
barbara t. Loves one life to live

Jason is the father, Todd found the dna results in Heathers purse when she was in jail ,so he knows the truth.

susan M.
susan M.

Kristen Alderson turned 21..In a picture with her brother Eddie Alderson(matthew)…Something is going to happen in Port Charles they will be feeling queasy……….Read abc soaps in depth and you will find out !!!!!!!!!!!

Ann
Ann

Wonderful interview Michael! Equally wonderful things she had to say about Michael Easton! No surprise there:):)

Carol Byrd
Carol Byrd

Yeah the total respect is there. I think they all truly respect each other and love what they are doing.

Nofb
Nofb

JaSam always & forever

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I will be rooting for and voting for Kelly when DWTS comes on! Hope she wins!
I want Sam and Jason to get back together! I like JohnMcBain, but not for Sam.

Susan
Susan

Great interview Michael!
I’m very excited for Kelly and for GH/ soap fans, because as Kelly said, her being on the show is good for the ebtire genre. I am also so glad to hear Kelly express her HONEST feelings about Michael Easton / McBam and Jasam. Many fans in the Jasam fanbase, whether at the FCW event or not, were making claims aboout what was said by Kelly. These supposed statements not only semed out of character for the actress but also made her look bad / disgruntled and dissatisfied with the show and FV, RC. Again, I’m very glad she cleared it up once and for all. I have never watched DWTS before but will definately tune in to support Kelly!

Susan
Susan

Oh and since it looks like we are putting our two cents in couples wise….McBam!

I love Kelly M & Michael E together…..Sam and John’s new relationship / romance is such a breath of fresh air!

Casey
Casey

Im a McBam Fan! I think Kelly has an amazing chance of winning DWTS again! She’s like our Daytime Mascott in this competition. She’s got my vote.

JaSamOneHopeOneFaithOneLove
JaSamOneHopeOneFaithOneLove

JaSam is who I want on GH JaSam is who I’m fighting for… 8 yrs …finally got the ring & the baby and now there ruined for the writers agenda.. what bullshit KEMO you have my support I so hope you win again…and I hope JaSam is reunited asap not Oct Nov Dec… Aug or Sep.. thanks for the interview

Cheyanne
Cheyanne

I agree RC is a hack & his agenda to put Sam with Mcbain will get GH canceled. Ratings are horrible because of it. Jasam & Jolie fans out number mcbam & jiz fans by the thousands ratings prove it. RC agenda will get GH canceled just like he did OLTL by destroying the most popular couples.

brenda
brenda

With all of the bad things happening in the world viewers want to see some happiness on soaps. If RC thinks he can stick a knife in our back and we will keep running back for more he is sadly mistaken. This OOC writing for Jason, Sam and John is not what I want to see.

Ces
Ces

Excellent interview. Thank you! Love Sam and McBain together. Hot chemistry. Just don’t get the Jason/Sam pairing at all. Love Kelly Monaco and hope she wins DWTS again!

su0000
su0000

Sam and McBain have fire!!!
Jason and Sam should have parted years ago- they are killing off each other from the stagnation they are dull dull dull..
I am looking forward to seeing a new start for both Jason and Sam / all things come to an end, it is inevitable..
I’m so into Sam and Mcbain you don’t see chem like they have very often, and is should not be wasted!!
Sam and McBain all the way!!!

B
B

MCBAM…Jasam are done! They have had their time! Moving on and MCBAM has so much more to offer!

Mira
Mira

Jasam all the way! Their chemistry and connection is unmatched and I cannot wait to see them reunite with their baby! I am also rooting for Kelly 110% in DWTS: All Stars! Can’t wait to watch her win another mirror ball trophy!

Christie
Christie

I’m Team Jasam! Thank for the interview. Soaps are full of angst and drama but like Steve said we really wanted Jasam to be happy for a second. Steve and Kelly have both worked so hard on Jasam and it’s hard to see all that hard work be for nothing. I still have hope Jasam will be back because I’m speaking up. 🙂

jasam4ever1
jasam4ever1

there is not mcbam, jasam is the best couple on daytime, this is a couple that love grew in real time and was already a super couple before their first kiss and if RC/FV were smart they will put jasam back together with their long awaited child, this couple have wanted a family longer and more than any other couple on daytime. this s/l keeping them and their baby apart is stupid and SB/KeMo are too classic to criticize, but we the viewers will say it, this s/l is stupid and unnecessary

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Especially since I just watched it for the past 2 yrs on OLTL with Michael Easton & Melissa Archer (John & Natalie). You can’t do it again and make it better…you just can’t.

Kathy
Kathy

Jason & Sam Morgan all the way! Adore these two together even though Jason needs a swift kick in the rear for all his hangups and harem.

Eva!
Eva!

McBam all da way!!!!

Thank you Michael for interviewing Kelly. I wish her all da Best on DWTS! Take the Gold home baby. We’re behind you and we support you. Team KeMo all da way!!!!

Mare
Mare

I love Sam with Jason. I became a fan of Gh because of their story in 2004. They have great chemistry and belong together with their baby. I’ve waited eight years for Sam to have a baby with Jason. I think both Sam and Jason are being written out of character just to break them up in order to put Sam with John and Jason with Elizabeth. After eight years of rooting for Jasam, I feel cheated.

L A McRae
L A McRae

Nice interview, Michael! That’s two great GH interviews in a row (the other being Steve Burton’s)!

I’ve been a JaSam fan since the moment they laid eyes on each other & I will never stop rooting for this couple who has been to hell & back multiple times & each time come back stronger & more devoted to each other! Like Kelly said, she & Steve have worked SO hard to have JaSam’s relationship pay off. THEY deserve to have JaSam enjoy time as a happy, married couple/parents & happy as much as we fans do!

As for Kelly’s chances to be the mirror ball trophy winner on DWTS All Stars, she best start making room for the thing on her mantle, because we (her fans) are behind her ALL THE WAY! To give you an idea of how excited I am about Kelly being selected as a DWTS All Star, when she eluded to the possibility at her GHFCW event, I flat out cried, I was so thrilled!

Mary D.
Mary D.

t am rooting for mcBam all the way. I think KeMo will get the mirrow ball just as she did in the ftrst season,

sarah
sarah

This is why I love Kelly, she is who is is and is not afraid or sorry about it. Most of the recent interviews show how some of these actors/actresses are so into public perception that they give responses that are meant to endear them to the public, Kelly,like Michael said is direct and honest with her opinions rather than try play nice and coy with overly thought out, rehearsed responses. Sorry but for me this approach wins everytime, over the trying so hard to be “nice” and wonderful and ……………., tell it like it is, those who can deal with it will those who cant wont but you live with knowing people know where you stand wether they like you for it or not.
With that out of the way, I am looking forward to watching Kelly on DWTS again, havent watched since the third season, and kelly won me over because she really embodied the premise of the show, someone without the dancing background working had to learn and improve each day and her win was well deserved. The show as it has been in the last few seasons just took away from what i think it was intended to be, now you have “celebs” who have had dance training of even practice some form of dancing as a way of life, and where is the competion or rootfor story in there. So goodluck Kelly , will be lining my votes behind you.

sandra
sandra

Definitely rooting for JaSam and their son! I cannot believe they did not give them one second of family time before exploding them. It’s overkill!

Christine
Christine

McBam of course (loved Kelly and Michael on PC) I think Kelly can win – she is good dancer and a strong competitor – she does not give up!

cathy
cathy

Scrubs reunited with Patrick continuing to feel Robin alive and going to find her. Not interested in Patrick with anyone but Robin. I need a happy ever after for Scrubs especially after the Lisa story with no payoff. Scrubs can leave for Robin’s birthday trips with Emma. SO happy to see Robin/Kimberly again.

As for Jasam or McBam either work.

Jabs83
Jabs83

Love Kelly! She will be getting my votes on DWTS. As for McBam vs. Jasam jasam wins hands down. Soaps do need drama but good drama!!!! Up until last month I thought RC could deliver that but clealy I was wrong. Kelly said at her event that steps were skipped in this jasam drama. That with the history of jasam there is no way they’d be this far apart from each other so quickly. I agree and that’s why I’ve stopped watching. Give me good drama (even if jasam are apart) and I’ll watch.

Rc wants to add another man to jasam he should have picked someone else. Johnny, Patrick, helll even Todd would have been better. Cause couples from one soap never make it on another. Kelly & Michael are no different.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I so want Natalie and John to be together. I sure hope legal works out the kinks with Melissa’s contract. I won’t watch DWTS because I am boycotting ABC except for GH.

su0000
su0000

Natalie does not belong in PC.. She and John were never a great couple, not at all.
.I want John to move on into something exciting and new.. He is soo much better in GH and I love the newer/improved McBain and don’t want Natalie to drag him back to the old OL John.. GH john rocks!!! Natalie free..
Let Natalie be buried with OLTL ..

sketter
sketter

I was kinda hoping natalie evangline,or other oltl characters would come over to gh I love jasam but I can she jason with someone but liz a new character for jason to find love as well as sam mcbain could probably work evangline could play keisha jason first luv that will be cool

bernadette
bernadette

Mcbam all the wayyyyy!!!!!!!

Christine
Christine

“Even though I am a pessimist/realist and I always set myself up for the worst case scenario, I am always pleasantly surprised in the end. I have to talk myself out of my pessimistic nature, and say, “This is what is real. This is the world we live in and it’s not pretty all the time.” I am going to prepare myself for the worst case scenario all the time. Look, I am a Gemini.”

Wow. So honest. I could have said this myself. I am glad to hear another Gemini thinks the same way I do.

However, I will NOT be watching her on Dancing with the Stars, but if she needs the votes, maybe I will call them in. I just can’t stand anything ABC other than GH and I still do not believe that ABC truly wants GH to survive PAST the anniversary. I think it might be all smoke and mirrors after that and, that is the pessimist in this Gemini speaking.

tani
tani

jasam all the way! mcbain back to llanview with natalie/liam!

Maria
Maria

Wonderful interview! Loved reading her comments on Michael Easton. They were amazing together on “Port Charles” as the vampire couple, Caleb and Livvie, and now I’m so excited to see them being paired romantically again as John and Sam. It’s truly amazing to see that after all these years, their chemistry has not diminished. Who would’ve thought they would be paired again? I can certainly tell that Kelly is very comfortable working with him, it definitely shows on screen.

I know she put a lot of effort into Jasam, but I frankly think they have run their course. Soaps are about drama and I just don’t see any drama left for Jasam as a couple with their baby. I really do hope the writers are serious about pursuing McBam. I think it’s time for a new pairing for Kelly (and likewise Steve).

Christy
Christy

i’d like to have jason and sam apart and not pairded with others for a while. I think they can get into more trouble that way. I think they were better before they were married… that is a soap. Babies and marriage can wreck a great fun pairing on a soap. Not always, but sometimes the trouble they get into along the way is much more fun than after they get married.

I’d like to see an All Soap Stars dancing with the stars season…. bring on some AMC and OLTL and stars from other channels or from soaps long gone – anyone left from Edge of Night? 🙂

Lore
Lore

I’m rooting for Jason & Sam to reunite and to have some happy time as a family with their son. Jason & Sam have a love story–a real foundation of shared experiences & shared visions of what they want out of life. I want to see their marriage story. I think they have enough angst from the mob to challenge them as a couple. They don’t need other love interests to spice things up. Sam and McBain, on the other hand, have no real story–just an unconvincing “connection” that has been over-stated and over-used for MONTHS now. They are just not working. So, yes, please reunite Jasam!

Missy
Missy

McBam is much hotter.

jasam fan
jasam fan

jasam belong together jasam endgame

brenda
brenda

JaSam all the way and finding their baby soon. On DWTS there will be lots of competition but I will be cheering for Team Kelly and voting too of course. She was great in the first season and I know she can bring it again.

JaSam4ever
JaSam4ever

JaSam 100%. I think Kelly will have a good chance, as she has been away the longest. She will have to relearn everything and they like seeing some one improvement each week. I think a lot of the men will have Mario Lopez’s problem, they are gonna be too good from the get go. JMHO

Eva
Eva

I missed the first year of DWTS so it will be new to me seeing her in the competition. I’m looking forward to her performances and hope she gets Max as her partner.I want him to finally get that trophy.I will be voting for Sam I mean Kelly(..) all the way.I know it’s a soap but I want JASAM till the end.Best of luck to her GO KELLY

kat
kat

McBAM for sure! I think jasam have run their course and I am looking forward to a shake-up for GH couples. ME & KM have uber hot chemistry together, so I say Bring it On! DWTS should be an interesting season! Great interview, Michael!

MCBAMJASAM
MCBAMJASAM

Kelly is fantastic..

J-A-S-A-M…..

FOR THE LONG HAUL….

I GOT TIME RC AND FV……….

I DONOT NEED TO WATCH UNTIL

YOU GET IT RIGHT…

JASAON SAM AND BABY JASON!!!

Bella
Bella

JaSam All The Way! Looking back at the “good years” of soaps, even GH, Love, Romance, and Adventure were the themes that made Supercouples! This contrived BS makes me want to tune out and go read a good book, where happy doesn’t have to mean THE END. It could actually mean that they’ll get through anything together.

Pam
Pam

McBam all the Way Baby. Kelly and Michael have the best Chemistry on GH. McBam belong together. To See Michael and Kelly working together again is wonderful. I loved them as Caleb and Olivia on Port Charles. I’m watching GH because of Michael and Kelly being back together. McBam is the Reason I am tuning into GH.

Sue
Sue

McBam…love them! They’re great together!

Doe
Doe

Great interview, Michael. I am so glad that you could finally connect with Kelly. Will look forward to all the happenings on GH and how the Jasam will be resolved. I can’t see Sam and Jason going backwards to nothing. Good luck to Kelly on DWTS.

Kelly
Kelly

Loving McBam! The character of Sam needed a change…a new love interest. It’s been 3 yrs of Jason and Sam pairing and I am thrilled to see each move in a different direction!

Wishing Kelly good luck on DWTS!

Solonge Vaden
Solonge Vaden

I like JaSam and I like McBam. If they go with McBam, I want Sam to still be friends with Jason, they do have amazing chemistry and they look great together. If they go with JaSam, than I want John to be BFF with Sam(like Carly and Jason)they have chemistry. Saying all that, well I would like to Jason and Sam with their child, its be long and I think they should have that chance together. JaSam are really cute together! As for DWTS, its different since Kelly was on, a lot of these people are semi-professional. i pray she does well, and I will vote for her anyway because I am a Sam fan first.

Angie U
Angie U

McBam all the way. They have lots more chemistry. Love McBain on GH even better than on OLTL. Wish they would pair Kelly with Max on DWTS but I don’t think they but he is my fav. It will be hard not to vote for him but will have to vote for Kelly to support her & GH.

sandra
sandra

I am with Steve and Kelly on this one, not happy that they didn’t give them a longer moment of happiness. My heart is Jasam and one of the biggest reasons I watch! I will keep supporting them both and support Kelly on DWTS!!!

Abby
Abby

Jasam always and forever! They are perfection <3333

And I'll totally be rooting for Kelly on DWTS! So excited!!

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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