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GH's Maura West Talk's Ava's Pregnancy, Crypt Sex, and Daytime Emmy Snub!

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Last week viewers of  General Hospital watched as Sonny (Maurice Benard) armed with the truth confronted Ava (Maura West) that he knows she shot and killed Connie Falconeri!

When about to shoot the mob gal, Ava had one more bombastic surprise that she pulled out of her sleeve! …  she is pregnant with either his child or his son Morgan’s (Bryan Craig) child!  Now the plot thickens and the question remains … is Ava really pregnant? From this week’s ABC sneak peek, does Ava visit Britt (Kelly Theibaud) and hold something over the doctors head and make her an accomplice to a cover-up?

TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan caught up with two-time Daytime Emmy winner, West to get the skinny on the story beats, how Ava has had more than nine lives and not been killed-off yet, and the fact that Maura was shut-out of a Daytime Emmy nod for the Outstanding Lead Actress race when many thought she was a shoo-in!

Maura on Ava’s pregnancy and if she is faking it:  “Well, you could only fake something like that for so long. I guess there could be ways around it but, frankly, I don’t yet know how they’re going to handle it. What we’ve already shot is really cool, though. It’s injected with the gravity of Sonny’s death threat, but it’s also been infused with great humor and fireworks. It’s a lot of fun. The idea that this could be Sonny’s son or grandson really plays into history because, for him, family and children are all-important. If Ava were pregnant with someone else’s child, he’d kill her for sure.”

Maura on Sonny and Ava’s crypt sex scene at the Quartermaine mausoleum which caused some controversy amongst fans:  “You know what? A lot of people seemed shocked by it and I was very surprised by that reaction. I was never even thinking about the locale! I was thinking about Ava’s pain. She told Sonny that she ‘walks the earth with an unfathomable burden’ — a line I really loved that referred to Connie’s murder. She was so heartsick she almost told Sonny about it right then. But for a lot of the audience that scene was all about crypt sex.”

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Maura on why she thinks she did not land a Daytime Emmy nomination: “I don’t know. Maybe the reel I submitted wasn’t the right choice. But that’s okay. Really okay. It would have been great to be nominated and a real honor but I still show up every day on the set and work as hard as I always do. It doesn’t change a thing. I was much more surprised that GH didn’t get nominated for best show or writing or directing. That was the snub, if there is such a thing. I watch our show every day and it’s pretty phenomenal.”

So, what do you think about Ava escaping death and getting to live another day via a pregnancy? Do you think she is really pregnant?  If so, who is the baby daddy?  Will Britt help Ava?  What did you think of Maura’s omission from the Daytime Emmy Lead Actress race?  Let us know and check out this sneak peek below from this week’s GH!

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MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I really love MW’s portrayal of Ava Jerome. Hope she sticks around for awhile.

Still hate that AJ died, and the crypt sex, but that’s not her fault.

Keep up the great work Ms. West! You are a great addition to GH.

Helen
Helen

I looked at the crypt sex scene as an act of passion. Both Ava and Sonny were in a dark place and they both forgot themselves. Under normal circumstances they wouldn’t have hooked up. I really liked that scene actually. I didn’t just look at the sex part of it.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I predicted the pregnancy long ago so no suprise here…crypt sex, Cranco sex(carly and franco sex on plane) and any sex scenes with Tracy/Fluke and especially Micheal/Kiki i could do with out…next Mr.Marbles will forgive Epiphany and they’ll have a sex scene…lol

Harry
Harry

Well, Mr. Marbles already has a woody.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

The cowboy from ‘Toy Story?’…lol

andrew hass
andrew hass

That was a nice interview with Maura West and i liked that she was okay with not getting an Emmy nomination this year.To her maybe just doing the best job she can is enough.As for Ava i do think she’s pregnant but i’m wondering if she was lying to Sonny only to find out she is indeed pregnant.As for killing Connie that wasn’t something Ava planned to do versus trying to kill Franco last year.So maybe in her own way Ava does feel guilty about killing Connie.

Helen
Helen

Ava killed Connie to protect Julian actually. Her intention was to warn Julian but Connie was in the office instead. Ava was the one who found AJ drunk. I like MW’s acting. I was surprised she didn’t get nominated as well. Ava is not more a killer than Sonny, Julian and company. Carly and Shawn planned to kill Franco.

Max
Max

Love Ava!! She is Amazing.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maura deserved a nomination for her incredible job as Ava Jerome. She brought life back into the series, and has been giving consistently amazing work. She is such an actress beyond her years; she has that Old Hollywood vibe about her. Greta Garbo and Katherine Hepburn kind of talents. I love me some Ava, and I hope that she continues to be given the material. I’d rather Ava kill Sonny and put him out of his misery. Ava is too good to let go!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with all you said…hope she’s nominated next year…i dont see Sonny getting killed off…i see Ava and Sonny eventually getting together…maybe!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I don’t they’d let Maura go from the show, it’d be a big mistake of them. She’s too much of a genius and icon to be let go from the show. She has been killing it with everything she has, and the material for her is some of the strongest that the show naturally has.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with your reply as well…she’s too good to let go…i liked her on ATWTs too but i like her better here!!!

Helen
Helen

Ava does act like the older actresses. I like her voice tone and expression. She sometimes reminds me of Marilyn Munroe the way she puts her lips.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I could see where people see Marilyn, too. She’s just an old soul with a very old Hollywood vibe about her.

Johnny
Johnny

Hmmmm…Game of Thrones does crypt sex….and then shockingly…so does GH. This regime needs to remember that this is daytime…not primetime…not cable…..and not a limited run edgy nighttime show. Things like corpse sex and men (and I use that term very loosely) threatening to murder pregnant women is not why we watch these shows. Ron clearly wants to write for cable where his “evil always triumphs” mantra can be realized…so he should start applying for those jobs. Send out out a few spec scripts Ron. The past few months have just been a farce, with criminals waltzing in and out of jail, making absurd deals and demands and getting out of paying for their crimes. Any regime that continues to make Finola Hughes’ Anna look like a moronic fool ought to be dismantled.

Harry
Harry

This…that last sentence. I agree Johnny.
Bob Guza also tried to replicate primetime cable as seen with his obsession with The Sopranos. Trying to aspire to loftier heights in of itself is a good thing, but both BG and RC seem to want to imitate plot gimmicks rather than dive in there and get to the heart of the character. I don’t watch Game of Thrones but what made The Sopranos interesting to me was not the whackings but the characters. The same hold true for Mad Men. I maintain that if the character is interesting, intricate and compelling, the story will follow.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

and an innocent man like Ric Lansing can be framed and go to jail!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Maura West is a pro! Just adored her on AS THE WORLD TURNS and even watched THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS waste her talents in that messy Diane Jenkins plot. Thank goodness, GENERAL HOSPITAL hired Maura West and gave her a role that is so layered and fascinating. I do hope for a redemption arc (and fall!) at some point but for now, this woman is a spider. I suspect we will have more opportunities to understand why Ava is who she is. And with Maura West there, I will be watching.

Darly
Darly

so many things wrong here … Ava is not 20 or even 30 .. it would not be easy for her to get pregnant in the first place .. then there’s the fact that she had sex with Sonny maybe 2 weeks ago so knowing she was pregnant so soon via a pee on the stick test would be highly inaccurate .. a blood test would be more conclusive but given its the GH lab and Britt involved … PLUS if she was pregnant why was she having tropical cocktails while at Sonny’s island hideaway .. she turned down the waiter’s offer of another because she was going to be leaving …. if indeed she is truly pregnant the likelihood of its being Sonny’s is slim more likely its Morgan BUT given that Morgan and Sonny are related – father and son – the DNA would be misleading .. oh wait this is a soap .. riiiiiiiight

Aria
Aria

It’s funny how things play out, when the show is bad we fans are more cryticall of “crypt sex” ect but when the show is on full cylander like it been since Friday then u can get away with being a little out there, if that scene played out now it would have people talking. Prob in a good way , or saying can’t believe they did that. All I want is for the show to stay on track, I m loving that Liz is on air in the middle of what’s looking to be am interesting storyline as long as it plays out in a good time frame n doesn’t drag on for eternity.

carol
carol

Maura West is the best actress in all of daytime. She most certainly should have been nominated. I hope RC continues to write well for her. Don’t want to see her backburnered for too long ever.

JUDY
JUDY

MAURA WEST IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS THE MAIN REASON I AM NOW A G.H. FAN AND TURNED OFF Y&R AFTER A HUNDRED YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

dmr
dmr

I adore Maura West. I agree; she was definitely snubbed this year for an emmy nomination. I love how she can switch from evil to vulnerable in a split second. I don’t love to hate her; I just love her! A great, great, great addition to the show. Multi-talented!

Mema
Mema

Maura has always been an outstanding actress. The fact that she goes to work every day and gives it her all, not for the glory but for the good of the show, shows that she is also an outstanding human being. I hope that Maura and Ava stick around Port Chuck for many years.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Maura West is phenomenal as Ava. Her acting style is amazing. The way she transmits her character’s emotions without speaking– that’s real talent. As for being snubbed by the Emmys… meh. The Daytime Emmys have been a joke for as long as I can remember.

su0000
su0000

I never seen Sonny and Ava’s sex as nothing but what it was..
Two dark souls bonding.. And, it was hot and outstanding! ..
The way some fuddies seen it you’d have thought they had sex on the Popes bed..

Britt plays a bitch supremely! I feel she will go on the darskside again and help Ava!!

Sonny and Ava are a powerful couple; Sonny finally met his match!
Ava is the only woman that can handle Sony and I do feel they will become a couple, a never a dull moment couple!!

Without a doubt– GH was greatly snubbed ..
Something is dark behind the curtain about that happening..
GH has been phenomenal both stories and `acting` ..
A soap that went from death row to doubling its’ viewers that speaks volumes that GH is indeed of great quality!

So many high drama stories are coming-up !! Looking forward to all of them 🙂

((love Sonny & Ava!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

We have nothing against Sonny and Ava having sex, and they do have good chemistry together, so we are on the same page there…however, having sex in a crypt is gross and offensive…showing respect and having morals dont make you a fuddie!!!

su0000
su0000

It was only a stone crypt not a church..
Actually– having their burden release sex in a crypt was showing just how sudden and unexpected it was..
It was a surprise shocker, for them to do the nasty, and doing it in a crypt ,for them it was befitting lol ..
For Ava and Sonny to have their explosive sex in a bed on white sheets would not have had the bang needed to express them as in the crypt.

It was an powerful and stellar performance from Maura and Barnard ..
I liked it!! luv them, an Intense couple !

Shay
Shay

Absolutely right, jimh! Additionally, I really have to wonder about the mentality of someone who is still wildly raving over a truly appalling and distasteful sex scene which happened months ago….

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I never said it was a church but still sex in a crypt is tasteless and tacky even for Sonny and Ava and i they didnt have to do it in a bed with white sheets…you probably think im an old prude…well, its partly true…lol…i like Sonny and Ava…id rather they do the ‘nasty’…somewhere else…even in the Qs Mansion id could accept…wouldve been funny had Alice caught them and chased them out…lol…having them do in the crypt was truely ‘NASTY!’

su0000
su0000

jimh..
Sonny and Ava were far from even being connected in any way outside of a secret and protecting each-other..
They simply had a moment haa..
They were bursting with fear and disgust for what they had done and wallah guilt release!! right there bang! It was not making love nor was it sex, its was a whole different release going on it was more mental than physical..
The crypt was a great place for them to do a death knell nasty haa..

A crypt start to them most likely trying to kill each other before thy love..

anyways;; it was down and dirty HOT .. as it was meant to be 😉

The nasy was suburb!!

Shay
Shay

@su000000000000000000……..Still waxing orgasmic over this scene, I see…..Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that you must have it saved to DVD so that you and your cats can enjoy that disgusting, declasse’ display over…and…..over…..and….OVER again??????

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

suOOOO, i guess youve traveled over to the darkside and there is no saving you now…lol

su0000
su0000

LOL, jimh !
All should cross over to the dark-side , even to the grey side!!
It is fun watching the soaps from here!! Lots of laughs 🙂 lol ..

Shay, naww not disgusting, declasse’ just simply good ”wow” soap stuff, where else but on a great a soap would we get to see the nasty in a crypt. LOL.
((gotta love the soaps
((the soap watching from the dark-side has a secret;; never take a soap seriously just have fun.. 🙂
There is no reality in fiction .. !!..

George
George

Maura west rocks!

k/kay
k/kay

How is Maua West being snubed? I believe she has two emmys the one great thing about the nominee’s except for Heather Tom is that we have new faces. Why can’t we have some other talent honored? I am sorry but her character of Ava does nothing for me Cynthia Preston’s Faith was a lot more interesting, I have been down the route of Sonny treating women like second class citizens. Every time she comes on the screen I find her channeling Marilyn Monroe.

JLH
JLH

Cynthia Preston’s Faith was a blast. I SO hated to see her go but it was amazing she lived as long as she did considering everything she got into!

west virgina fan
west virgina fan

Why is Ava killing any worse than Sonny trying to kill a very young undercover cop–both were killed within some bizarre set of mob rules that include killing those that would risk your organization.
Of course both are abhorrent, but Sonny was not only forgiven by the son he tried to kill and the mother of that child, the son perjured himself for “daddy” and the mother ended up falling in love WITH THE MAN WHO TRIED TO KILL THEIR SON!

Sonny and Ava really do deserve each other but how anyone can watch this show and not think that Sonny is not the worst character most deserving of getting locked up is a mystery to me. He tried to kill his son (and who cares that he didn’t know dante was his son–he tried to kill a twenty something cop that justifiably was trying to get the goods on him). He has repeatedly endangered anyone that he supposedly loved.

So Ava’s “redemption” has a lot less to go than Sonny’s did. If RC is moving him toward a point that everyone rejects him for just how repugnant a human being he is, that would be a set of acting opps for Maurice Bernard that would be worth playing out

JLH
JLH

Maura is simply amazing and I love her Ava. I’m more likely to fast forward through a scene than actually rewind and watch it a second time, but I had to rewind and watch her tears during the scene with Sonny on the island. She digs deep. Hope she gets a nomination and win next year.

Charday
Charday

She’s an awesome actress and has brought a lot to GH in her role as Ava. She’s the only character in the Sonny “family” that I like.

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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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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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