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GH’s Kirsten Storms and Ryan Paevey Talk The Future Of Naxie, Steve Burton & Maxie’s Return!

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During a facebook live chat today, General Hospital’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan) fielded questions from fans.  This was the first GH promotional event featuring Storms since her temporary exit from the series.

Now back in full Maxie-mode, Kirsten reveals that fans will finally see Maxie on their screens come the week of July 24th.  She also teased that some of her first scenes back were not only with Ryan, but John J. York (Mac) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia) as well.

When asked about the state and the future of their popular pairing known as “Naxie”, Ryan and Kirsten say that the couple will get back to being newlyweds.  As to if there is a Naxie baby in their future, Paevey expressed: “That would be an interesting way to mix things up.”

Steve Burton’s name was mentioned during the facebook live chat where both stars admitted they would most like to work with him when he returns to the show, while they do not know or reveal what part he will be playing.

Watch Kirsten and Ryan’s facebook live chat after the jump with some drop-in special guests: director Bill Ludel and casting director, Mark Teschner.

Then let us know what do you think should happen with Naxie now that Kirsten is back on the ABC daytime drama series via the comment section below!

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Jennifer m
Jennifer m

I want to see a lot of Nathan and Maxie scenes, a storyline of their own, and I want to see this storyline with Amy over with. I still think there should be a storyline of who Nathan’s father is with Naxie going on an adventure to learn.

Shay
Shay

Thumbs up to everything you just said, Jennifer m! Many of us are still desirous of knowing who sired Nathan after years and years of waiting for this tantalizing truth….it would certainly fuel a storyline that would prove far more interesting and compelling than all the nutty nonsense transpiring with Nurse Amy! Enough of this third-string character and her highly-contrived melodramas…it’s time for her to either go back to the hospital where she purportedly belongs or just scram from Port Charles altogether…the latter being my preferred choice!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i hope Amy goes ‘crazy’ for Nathan and he shoots her…however, there is one way they could keep her that i might accept…Amy works for Nathan’s father-whoever that might be!!!

Celia
Celia

Absolutely, Shay and Jennifer.
“Oh, Nathan’s father is so much worse than Victor”…. I am paraphrasing Liesl, of course, but those words were a tease. We have been talking about it since. The only other entity left is Caleb? What’s worse than a Vampire? LOL.
As yourself, I am very interested in finding out who sired this spectacular specimen of human maleness and verility. Yum!!
Nurse Amy has the power to make me grind my teeth. I feel badly because she tries too hard, in my opinion. If she could tone it down a notch, perhaps she’d elicit a more positive vibe, albeit she does have her fans. I am still in a quandary, Shaybelle….does Amy ‘come in peace”? Is she friendly? I do not like it when my sense of “smell” is out of whack.
For triviality sake, Risa is a newlywed. She really is a pretty girl. Best of luck.
My sister, who follows all this stuff, told me that Risa receives so much mean-spirited body-shaming comments. Cruel, stupid, immature morons to do this. My heart goes out to her. I wish people could look beyond that and into someone’s heart; especially when we do not know said someone personally.

SUZ HUSSEY
SUZ HUSSEY

I love the couple SO MUCH them and STEVE BURTON!!!!! GREAT !!!!!!

Jennifer m
Jennifer m

Celia,
I agree about Risa. I may not like her character Amy but she is beautiful actress and she doesn’t deserves those comments thrown at her.

Celia
Celia

Words are very powerful, Jennifer. some people live to hurt others, but, fundamentally, it is they who have issues. Putting others down elevates them…..in their ignorant mentality, it’s an emotional fix.
Sometimes it’s hard not to fight back.

Steve
Steve

As Liesl’s days in PC look numbered, hopefully Nathan gets some information about his pappy before she departs.

Celia
Celia

I think you’re right, Steve. This is why TPTB have her as the culprit ofmessing with Finn’s lab reports.
Once she’s exposed, Liesl is a goner. Will her vendetta be directed towards Finn and Hayden?

Steve
Steve

Celia
Before KG departs, it looks like Liesl will be the cause of Hayden’s departure.

Shay
Shay

Sad but true, Steve and CeeCee….and I’m livid about it! Not only is Liesl O. a character with vast potential for both comedy and drama, but Kathleen Gati is pure talent personified! It’s ludicrous that such a powerful combination was so squandered by the GH honchos…and for what? To allow the introsuction of more and more lame newbies that have never gone anywhere…Same for daughter Britta….this highly-dysfunctional (emphasis on the “fun” part) duo was the best thing ever to emerge from Ron C.’s often-too-fickle imagination, and countless storylines could—and most definitely, SHOULD!—have been built around this freaky family of Faisonic origin, especially once Nathan and the “Who’s your daddy” angle emerged. Shame, shame, shame on GH for this epic waste of immensely unique possibilities!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Cute interview; I look forward to her return but I really am enjoying Nathan with Amy! I hope they continue to evolve Amy and don’t just drop her…maybe she’ll start dating Griffin. LOL…she’s so pretty and lively, it’d be nice to step her up!’

Welcome back, Kirsten!

su0000
su0000

I never liked Maxie .. (nothing to with the actress)
Maxie never grew up, always childish, she never became a bit sophisticated, she comes off as stupid, a Dingbat..
I sorta cringe when she’s on my screen , usually a need to FF her..

Nathan is a grown man, and has his act together to be tied down with a goofy dingbat..

(always hoping for the return of the actress who recently stepped in for Maxie she was a 100 times better, she was a grownup I liked her..

but– it is what it is …

Patrick
Patrick

I had truly hoped… that when Maxie had baby Georgie… she would “mature” and become more sophisticated.. which in her dress and style.. she goes their.

since the writers – do not – know how to write. they may as well dress up the show.. and it’s to our advantage that they feature MORE Mac and Felicia. as the familial bond is the way to feature Maxie.

I thought it a little too damn bad… yeah, I like this couple.. more so Nathan.. but when the question popped up .. “what is your favorite story line? neither could really answer that. shame on Frank and Shelley.

about the only time I saw any “story” was when… Ellie Trout was on… when they faked going to the nurses ball one year. talk about natural chemistry. Ellie is quite the talker and no where in the ditzy arena as Maxie. this is one couple GH should explore. I wonder if Maxie should become a lesbian ? why not? a whole ‘nother arena for Kirsten STorms to explore.. because it’s long winded now that Maxie is still the town ditz… if the writers do not have it in them… to give her dialogue. they seem to be able to writer for Lucy.. course she’s the better actor? who knows.. it just hasn’t worked for Maxie in quite a long while.

I accept Nathan and Maxie as that couple .. like Lulu and Dante… just their.

Steve
Steve

One does not just “become a lesbian”. And no, that’s not what happened with Kristina.

Kristina’s bisexual reveal was one of Jelly’s better stories – believable since Krissy was gone during her formative college years. Maxie (the character) has been on GH continuously since birth. We would have discovered if she had those feelings years ago.

Lucky
Lucky

I am thrilled KS will be back soon. I’ve missed Maxie so much, and no one can portray her like KS. She looks really beautiful in the video. I love her and Nathan, and I hope we get a great story for them when she returns.

Alan
Alan

My boyfriend and I play a game called “they lift right out” whenever we watch a tv show. The rules are simple: you point out characters that lift right out of a show and no one would even notice because those characters have absolutely no story and have zero impact on the other characters.

Maxie and Nathan lift right out.

Shay
Shay

Great game there, Alan….Nina would also fit that description, even though the writers constantly try to shoehorn her into other characters’ business where she really doesn’t belong so as to make her appear significant. She isn’t!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

More Mac and Felicia please…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I would very much like it if Mac and Felicia could be on more often now that Maxie is back.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’d love to see more of them. Particularly Mac. Always loved him and couldn’t believe how they, after his many years, just tossed him out. Horrible.

rebecca1
rebecca1

By tossed “him” out…I mean John York (although it could be argued it was also horrible how they just tossed “Mac” out of his commissioner job as well!)

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

And it wasn’t just them either. Bobbie and Monica were also not seen until Frank took over. Maybe these characters can’t really get too much airtime to drive story but having them around as fillers in scenes will work for me. These are the characters who had stories that had me rushing home from school just to tune in and see them every day because VCR machines were costly back then and not everybody had the funds to go out and get one. It was like that with my folks. Anyway, I am going to be happy to see Mac and Felicia.

Steve
Steve

When they put the current style of credits together after Frank took over, JJY was not shown, despite being second in seniority among contract players after Tony Geary. Guess that was the writing on the wall.

York was dropped to recurring for a few weeks in the early 2000’s. When Kristina Wagner chose to depart (after she was low-balled in contract negotiations) York was immediately put back on contract to ensure teenaged Maxie and Georgie had a parent.

As James points out Bobbie and Monica are back (both on twice this week) more so than some of the contract players. Hopefully we’ll get to see Mac and Felicia on a more regular basis soon.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey James R. Poissant…

I think Mac and Felicia could drive story. If they had a chance. As it stands, I wouldn’t get too “happy” about a Mac siting just yet…for all we know Maxi can call them on the phone to say she’s back and she’ll meet them later (off screen). I like Felicia but I love Mac. I really wish they’d put him back on the force. He’s a legacy character and there was absolutely no reason to discard him when Finola came back. I adore the actress and the character but they should have worked it out to keep both. (Wonder why he hasn’t shown up on another soap…unless it’s his decision not to.)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Steve…I am really happy Monica’s back. I’m happy as a viewer to have her and I’m happy for the actress to be recognized again. Must be a mixed bag…almost all the actors she worked with on the show…her GH family… are gone…Must be biittersweet. But she looks so good, doncha think? She really should be the new Lila; of course her temperament is quite different but I mean as the onsite lady of the mansion. We need “an original” to sit at the helm. I’m really hoping Ned isn’t going to disappear again…I’m assuming he’ll be on sporadically. And this is beyond redundant but can you just imagine if Sean Kanan was still there? At least with Monica, Ned, AJ…Jason…Dilllon (Dylan?) there’d still be a “feel” of the ol’ days. Of course, even as in real life as we lose family members…it’ll never be the same. But there shouldn’t have been such a break in continuity; in lineage. Ron should have been fired just for killing off AJ…osr someone should have had the brains and gauged audience reaction enough to know that most were excited for his return. It really makes you wonder if they even follow or understand what “not” to do. What would really be nice would be for the current regime to make nice with Sean since he’s no longer on B&B and concoct something to bring him back again. I really don’t care what they come up with to do it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, oh, yes!!

Steve
Steve

@rebecca1

Your comment about Lila and a lady of the manor resonates. One of the things GH is lacking right now are seniors who act like “elder statesmen”. The show was blessed to have John Ingle for many years and characters like Lila, Lee Baldwin and Amanda Barrington to spread wisdom.

Granted, actors age and some do not want to appear anymore. At least Audrey is referred to frequently, but with all the went on this past year, Laura certainly could have used her mother – yet Lesley is never mentioned. Sonny never mentions Mike anymore (I know Ron Hale wanted to retire). Heck, let’s have Aunt Charlene show up at the next Nurse’s Ball to keep Lucy on edge.

I hope the show will do right by Peter Hansen and show Scotty’s reaction to Lee’s passing.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Once again I’m amazed at viewers memories. I didn’t even remember Lucy’s Aunt Charlene. Just watched a clip on youtube. Sigh…those old GH clips are so nostalgic…and the acting was actually good! I just watched Tony Jones and Steve Hardy chat in the hospital and it was sooooo realistic. No stereotypical over-the-top melodrama. As much as any of us long for those days…those actors, stories, characters are gone for good; but they were good while they lasted! Such nostalgia!

Wonder why Peter Hansen never returned to the show. Would have loved him to have continued on…

And yes, ridiculous that Sonny never mentions Mike. He was a great character and so integral to Sonny. The writers really do think out of sight out of mind. Or is it that they don’t even know their own history???

heidi
heidi

SO VERY HAPPY Kirsten is coming back! She is one of my favorite actresses and Maxie is a favorite character. I am not a fan of Naxie, but want her back anyway we can get her! Would love Bradford back with her! Would love to see her be more involved with Steve Burton. I really loved Maxie and Spinelli with Steve’s Jason. So happy to have Kirsten and Steve back!

Patrick
Patrick

OH MY GOD – she does not look rail thin

thank you

you’re beautiful

keep the weight , Kirsten… there’s “nothing” wrong with . seriously, you look that much more “healthy”

with all due respect to your personal life

Patrick
Patrick

“dag” it’s nice looking @Nathan. hunky

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Happy Happy happy!!! My favorite couples are Maxie & Nathan,and Carly & Sonny.

Donna M
Donna M

Sorry mac is a bore. Felicia and Mac are two good people, compatible without any real issues. They should have kept Frisco for at least some kind of tension. Cannot see any story for them. If either one cheated it would just prove the original story…Mac was a substitue for the real thing. If it was not for their personal life,, Frisco and Felicia would have stayed together. The writers messed up the uncoupling so much that it ultimately tanked Felicia and Mac.
should have freed them both and then maybe Fellica could have been like Laura with a new guy and Mac might have found one of those numerous women his age that seemed never to find the right guy.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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