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GH's Nancy Lee Grahn and William deVry Talk Working With Each Other & Julexis In TV Guide Video!

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It’s a big day for the Julexis Army!  It looks like their favorite duo is about to become closer!

On Friday’s GH, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) came to visit Julian (William deVry) in the hospital with that look of love in her eyes! And today, the story picks up where Alexis says to her man, “I never let a pair of handcuffs get in my way.” However, the actors who bring Julexis to life, Nancy Lee Grahn and William deVry chatted it up with TV Guide at the recent ABC TCA Press Tour, where they divulged some secrets on working with each other, love scenes, engaging with fans on Twitter, and more!

In addition, Nancy discussed the concept of her digital series, GH Now! Watch the quickie video with Nancy and Will after the jump, and then a preview with the duo from Monday’s episode of General Hospital! 

Then let us know, are you ready for Julexis to reunite?  But, are you in despair knowing that Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) just found out she’s preggers and Julian looks to be the baby daddy?  Share your thoughts below!

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

Alexis can use her booby traps to snag another man…give her to Pop and Fresh Doughboy Scott Baldwin…its team Olivia and Julian all the way…lol

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

I know its just a soap but if i go to the hospital or doctors office they tell me right away if i have the flu and not by telephone…

harry
harry

I’m with you, Jim. I love Olivia with Julian. I also loved her with Ned.
The only one whom I did not love her with was Sonny and that Ken doll doctor whose name suddenly escapes me.
I thought she had amazing chemistry with Johnny too

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ harry. Steven Lars! haha-ha.
Yeah, I’m so into Olivia & Julian / Olivia & Ned. Oh, yes, she was super hot with Johnny Z! Those were the days.

Shay
Shay

@jimh….We’ve already previously discussed the highly sensitive subject matter that you’ve so graciously shared here with fellow posters, and given that, I should hope that in no circumstance would you ever consider my flip, saucy quips regarding Alexis—or anyone other soap character’s quirky tendencies or annoying physical attributes—to translate into mocking the real life travails you—or anyone else with similar difficulties–have battled. On the contrary, in my last year of high school I volunteered during one of my study halls to be an assistant in a disabled students’ class…nothing major, just serving lunch, helping with lessons, and maybe providing a friendly smile and/or a chat. It was a wonderful experience, and as such, I obviously would have NEVER condoned the abuse you endured during your school days from other pupils, let alone those absolutely appalling teachers. Ditto for the disgusting behavior you were recently subjected to at the mall….let’s just say there are many personal inadequacies on display in today’s world, and the woman who made that uncalled-for comment was actually the one who was lacking in human capacity, even though she seemed clueless to that fact. Yet, despite all those indignities that you’ve have suffered, jimh, you have never been anything but warm, welcoming, self-effacing, and a joy to behold on this website, and I always look forward to discovering what you have to say….and I’m glad the situation is vice-versa, since we seem to share a certain well-honed, wry wit, not unlike that of our beloved Harry—and CeeCee, too. That’s why while I never have a problem with disagreement of my posts, I wouldn’t want my more mirthful moments to be misinterpreted as a lack of respect for those who have any sort of condition of which they’ve neither chosen, nor possess the ability to correct….that is not at all what my remarks are about, rather they tend to be ones debating questions of propriety, taste and appropriateness, albeit it in a sometimes snarky manner. At any rate, after reading your response to rebecca1, I just wanted to be sure to address it at my first opportunity, since I would never want to offend someone as nice as you!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Enough with Nancy Graham body bashing, please. Her “boobs” are not a prop…they’re part of her body. Have no idea why a handful of you have decided it’s okay to criticize this beautiful woman’s body every time her character comes up. There must be more important things to say about Alexis other than her cleavage. Why do I keep reacting to this overused ad nauseum reference? It’s annoying, insulting and redundant. Take a look at the reaction to the leaked photos of Cindy Crawford. Personally I’m still wondering if that’s even her body…and if it is it was obviously in some grainy light that’s exaggerated or magnified her less than perfect parts. But the point is instead of being roundly criticized and critiqued, she was applauded for being a real woman with a realistic body that is older than her younger model self…and Nancy was one of the first to applaud her. The kicker in all this is Alexis/Nancy looks great..which is really beside the point….

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

Rebecca1, where is your sense of humor…you should know by now im the Soap Jester…im only joking and not bashing…i actually liked NG since her Santa Barbara days…im not too much into her Alexis character but i blame the writing on that…lol

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

One more thing i was joking about Scott too but you didnt say anything about that…lol…and i love Cindy Crawford!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi jimh..I know you’re a sweetie pie and unfortunately my comment was in response to your post…but you do know that a few of our friends here have consistently made reference to Nancy Graham’s body, her age , her sexuality in relation to her age and that she should not be dpshowing her cleavage which open said…”is no longer an asset” as one ages. I find the constant reference to that offensive as a woman and as a person whi doesn’t appreciate ageism or insuts to others appearance. Something harmlessly said in jest is one thing…constantly critiquing and judging another is just shallow, mean and haughty.m( I’m not saying you are any of those things.) and, I did defend “Scott” as well in a separate comment…it didn’t make the cut. You and your great comments are still one if my favs out here…

Shay
Shay

Well, rebecca1, we all have different tastes and aesthetics when it comes to what constitutes beauty…or NOT! I do know that LLC has a gorgeous complexion, stunning features, luscious locks and a normally bodacious figure….she is wearing her pregnancy very well, even though it is now past the point of denying it…this storyline is obviously quite a bit behind the times….LOL. Moreover, one of the things I LOVE about Olivia is even though she is unquestionably sexy and alluring, she knows when to put it out there and when to keep it under wraps….it ceases to be special or interesting when it is on constant display, and I don’t mean that just in reference to your favorite subject who you so voraciously defend, but any woman who thinks serving it up on a platter for all to see, all the time, is attractive!!!! On the contrary, it looks desperate and pathetic. P.S. For the record, I was also less than impressed with Cindy Crawford’s latest publicity stunt. She more than had her day in the sun during her supermodel years, and now that she has hit middle age, she is finally beginning to show it. SO WHAT? How is this news? I simply do not understand this overwhelming obsession with having to flaunt one’s less-than-perfect attributes…why? Does misery love company? I say make the most of what you’ve got and “accentuate the positive, eliminate (or at least, conceal…) the negative!” And most of all, quit “over-sharing!”

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

Thanks for the reply Rebecca1…i understand more than you know…from 4th grade to 12th grade, and beyond i had classmates and others constantly insulting me for my appearance…in school i attempted suicide it got so bad…i know im not good looking but to hear it everyday even from teachers got to be too much…i no longer really care what people think…if someone doesnt like me i say thats their problem not mine…ill change for myself but not to please and be accepted by others…me i was just joking about Alexis and Scott…they look fine to me…im disabled and use a cane and recently i was at our mall and a woman with two young children said, ‘do you see the three legged man’…i felt sorry for the woman…she doesnt realize that maybe someday she or her kids might one day be like me or worse…many dont teach their children to respect each other anymore…but thats our sad way of the world…p.s., youre one of my favorites too as are CeeCee, Shay, Harry, and several others even if we sometimes agree and disagree!!!

Shay
Shay

On the contrary, rebecca1, I totally get what you are saying….this is THE soapbox issue for you….and as such, you disapprove of my views and commentary on the subject because it bears no semblance to yours. Fine. I can deal with the fact we don’t agree….why can’t you? You certainly don’t think that all of your own “high horse” pontificating or tsk-tsk-ing of me is going to change my mind, do you? The fact of the matter is that we have very different outlooks on many things….so what??? Just because you don’t like what I have to say doesn’t mean I shouldn’t say it….and vice versa. I simply happen to lack an appreciation for what I term today’s less decorous state of society….and that includes a wide swath of material in the media! (Like Kim K.’s frequently disrobed grotesque proportions, Miley Cyrus’ appalling, look-at-me selfies, Madonna’s exhibitionist antics, etc…) However, if something is put out for public consumption, then it is there to be critiqued….especially if it is brought into one’s home in the most visual means possible, via wide-screen, high-definition glory five days a week. It’s rather hard to ignore. So, while we are primarily speaking of the one particular case at hand, it also extends to other instances, as well….I personally tend to believe in erring on the side of modesty and good taste…..some of us still do, and that does not make us “antiquated.” (Actually, it used to be referred to as being “well-bred.”) That’s just me, which means, in general, I am not disposed to wanting to see anyone constantly letting it “all hang out,” be they young and pulchritudinous, old and saggy, or somewhere in between….particularly on a regular basis. And declaring so, and commenting about those who don’t follow that same standard certainly doesn’t necessarily make a person immature or mean-spirited…it’s only making an observation. While I do admit that such opinions have generally been aimed at the singular, glaring example of your dear Alexis, I have also previously commented on some of Sam’s more skimpy fashion moments, as well, and I obviously think KM is extremely lovely and fetching, so it’s not simply a case of whom I deem to be attractive vs. unattractive, but one of style. To which I again state, so what? I simply don’t understand why this bothers you so much…..it’s not as if my flippancy is personally directed at you, yet for some reason you seem to take umbrage to it. As for all this talk about ageism, body image issues and insecurities, that is where there is too much emphasis….it is discussed to death, and I can neither relate to nor understand it. Whatever physical gifts we are given, we should make the most of them at all stages of life….as far as I’m concerned, being fabulous is a timeless concept! As is elegance, grace and class…..we needn’t look any further than Donna Mills and Constance Towers to witness that….these two beautiful ladies are the epitome of… Read more »

harry
harry

Rebecca, I was not guilty of said offense this time but I have been in the past so your admonishment should be directed toward me too.
I am sure this says more about me than it does about the woman in question but I really do not want to see anyone’s, young or old, male or female, cleavage. It’s especially hard to engage with such a person in real life because your eyes automatically are drawn down there….to that great abyss of life. Maybe I see things too metaphorically but frankly, I find it distracting. I don’t feel anyone was being critical of the actresses’ body, but she does like to show off her girls. So does the actor who plays Nathan. I don’t care to see his man boobs either.
And I am sorry I called Steven Lars a Ken doll. I truly forgot his name. I don’t want The Ken Doll Society coming after me brandishing beach balls and volleyballs.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Jimh…I replied to your very personal post and I thought it made it through…last I checked it went from awaiting moderation to replied…now I don’t see it. Exasperating. You choose to share very private matters about yourself and through that you paint a strong person who unfortunately has endured a lot. What we on this site are privileged to know is a vey intelligent, creative, warm person who is very much appreciated. The world is full of insensitive, hurtful people…and it’s sad that we have to be subjected to them…big hug! 🙂

Shay
Shay

@jimh….Actually, I previously suggested “Fluke” would be a better mate for the perpetually randy Alexis…..especially since it has become more than boring to see her crawling back to Jerome—time and time again—-simply because she can’t turn off her “Julian Jones.” Today’s “sucking face session” was unbelievably banal and perfunctory. Where all these posters get that this is such a hot and epic romance is beyond me. Julivia is where it’s at….particularly with this most propitious pregnancy…thank you, soap gods! And I’m also with Harry and Jeremy about Liv’s sizzling chemistry with not only Julian, but her previous leading men… Ms. Falconeri is a truly physically beautiful and spirited woman, with personality and moxie to spare! On all counts, she leaves Alexis in the dust! Hail “Julivia!!!!!”

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

Alexis and Fluke wouldve been awesome…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Nice try, Shay…but I’d venture to say there are those of us who think Alexis is gorgeous, spirited, a brilliant attorney who can give Olivia a run for her money. The difference is we can appreciate both actresses/characters and not have to resort to petty comments which insult someone’s body to do it.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Shay…I’m going to give this one more try. You don’t seem to grasp what I’ve been saying. Let me start with the unimportant. I love Olivia, too. I, too, think the character/actress is extremely attractive. I also love her as Dante’s mother, Lulu’ smother- in-law, Loved her with Johnny, with Sonny, with Julian, with Ned. THAT’S not what I posted about or have posted about in response to you in the past. And I hate to see anyone jump on the infantile, judgmental, bandwagon. Yeah, it bothers me. I am talking about the constant reference to Nancy Graham’s body which you don’t find attractive, have deemed too ” middle-aged” to be seen and don’t want to see. Get off your high horse. You truly sound antiquated and at the same time immature. As for Cindy Crawford, I think you misunderstood that as well. She didn’t leak that photo. I highly doubt a gorgeous woman known for her beauty and being a supermodel would purposely leak a photo of herself with lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. Jamie Lee Curtis on the other hand purposely did a photo shoot years ago but let it be known she was doing so for a reason. Back in her day she had an incredible body. Not so much anymore. She wanted women to know that perfection doesn’t last and that bodies age, change…is natural and actors and models go thru that too. Her attempt was to lessen the burden that women carry with unrealistic expectations and feeling insecure about themselves…people like you who find it necessary to point out others physical flaws are far more damaging to the heart and soul than wrinkles are to the eye…

harry
harry

I have made comments such as ‘NLG’s bra deserves a best supporting actress award.’ I have also taken issue with the redundant storyline in which Alexis discovers she likes sex. Okay, okay, Alexis, we get it–you are a recovering born again virgin. Rebecca, in theory I completely agree with you. We live in an ageist society and it’s getting worse. (Check out Frances McDormand on Aging/Youtube–it will sing to you). I just don’t feel I have seen examples of ageism directed toward NLG by commentators on this forum. I am also one to pick on folks’ fashion choices like Sam’s God awful jeggings. I honestly do not feel Alexis looks her best in attire which showcase her boobs. I would say the same thing about Lulu or Maxie if they were constantly showing their cleavage. To me, it’s not about age. Alexis looks her best in an oxford blouse and a pair of blue jeans. She has terrific legs which she should show off. I still say they ought to appoint Duke of Bloomingdale’s as the chief of the fashion police because I see many violators wandering around Port Charles. What’s next? Scotty running around in Yoga pants? The horror, the horror.
Jim? I wanted to cry with anger when I read your post. A mother actually told her kids,”Look at that three legged man?” She will reap what she sows because one day when she is using a walker or a cane her children will not be there to assist her. And I bet you ARE beautiful, inside and out.
Shakespeare writes,”Honor and Beauty in the Owner’s Arms are Weakly Fortress’d in a World of Harms.” We have to hold on tight to our sense of ourselves, our sense of beauty and honor as we navigate through this “world of arms.” Keep holding on, Jim.
PS. I apologize for getting so personal but I felt a little bit overwhelmed with emotion when I read Jim’s post/

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Harry…you know I enjoy your comments; you crack me up! I thought your Duke of Bloomingdales was hilarious the first time you wrote it. As for fashion commentary and critique..love it, too. Part of the fun of “scrutinizing” our soap buds. What I don’t like and stand by is making fun of, insulting, ripping apart, judging, someone’s looks…be it their face, weight, height…their age…etc. while commenting on Alexis ala Nancy it wasn’t about showing cleavage…it was commented numerous times by someone that they are middle aged and her boobs are no longer an asset…and other such personal comments. These actors as we all know are just people doing a job, who sometimes read these comments…and there’s no difference if we insulted each other’s looks if we posted here with pics…then mocking an actor’s body. If we’re critiquing a fictitious character and her style..that’s one thing. That’s about wardrobe. But when someone refers to someone as having middle aged cleavage that should not be seen, is no longer attractive,,.thats crossing the line. Perhaps you haven’t read or seen those many comments by the same poster..or it doesn’t bother you. It’s your right not to be offended…we all have different sensibilities. If a male actor had a small, lol, “package” and his pants, hahahah…jeez…his wardrobe somehow indicated so…I doubt said actor would appreciate the ” observation.” Point is we don’t need to insult anyone on a personal level…and yes, as a female i find it offensive whether it be on this site or Rex Reed insulting Melissa McCarthy’s weight. Unnecessary and mean-spirited.

harry
harry

Rebecca, I think you brought up a very important issue and I think the debate which transpired between you and Shay was intelligent and thought provoking and I thought you both handled yourselves very well showing others that it’s okay to disagree. No, I guess I had not seen the comments referencing NLG’s age being a detriment to her being viewed as a sexual and attractive women. I have not seen it here anyway, but I have seen some vicious remarks on other forums, not just about her but about other actresses. I thank you for bringing this topic up because I think it’s an important one. While I will probably continue to make cracks (no pun intended) about Alexis’s cleavage I will be careful not to incorporate ageism into those cracks.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Thank you, Harry. And you better continue crackin’…this site wouldn’t be the same if you de- cracked!

sue
sue

Love that Julexis are finally getting back together. LLC seems to awesome person but I don’t really care for the character of Olivia so I’m annoyed by this quad story.

Cassie
Cassie

Love Julexis, Nancy and Will so much! Best pairing on GH! I’m looking forward to their story.

Sam
Sam

Love love love that they are getting back together!!! I don’t like that Olivia’s pregnant but I think they’ll be ok. They weren’t together and Alexis was with Ned the same night so she can’t really be mad and they’ve made it clear the ONS was pretty meaningless to Julian. Plus it’s not like Alexis doesn’t have kids from different men ha.

Just excited for what’s to come for them!!

Randa
Randa

Loved this video!!! And I’m sooooo happy Julian/Alexis are reuniting. It’s about time. NYE was a complete fail.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Let’s see more of Julian and Olivia! I must find that NYE episode on hulu, and re-watch the unexpectedly hot chemistry between Julian & Olivia.

I love gh
I love gh

Yep. This brings an interesting dynamic – Dante’s sibling will be a Jerome, meaning Sonny will have to play nice with Julian…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Sonny is already connected to the Jerome’s…he’s the father to one of them! His daughter Christina is also the sister of Julian’s daughter (Sam) so one more Jerome in the family just expands their interconnected families…

Lara
Lara

Thanks for sharing the videos. I floved the Julian/Alexis scenes today. So sweet. Julexis are adorable. I hope we get a little more happy before the next angst-fest.

Aria
Aria

Ok let me start out by saying that I love Alexis and I like julianbut it’s silly how this story is playing out, they are not teenagers but somehow they both act like they are. Both are old enough to know better, the fact that there’s any obstacle keeping them apart is silly and not convincing both along with Olivia and Ned need to grow up and leave the teen stuff to Kiki Morgan or better yet tj and Molly.

Fanny
Fanny

Olivia will try to cover up the fact that Julian is her child’s father with a little
help from Ned, for the time being…. Julian and Alexis really do
LOVE each other, let happiness reign in their lives 4 a bit.

Kelly
Kelly

I love this video, and I love that Julian & Alexis have reunited! Love them together SO much! Best duo in all of daytime. Beautiful, smart, sexy, playful and with killer chemistry to boot. Julexis are irresistible and the hottest thing happening on General Hospital! I look forward to Julexis facing whatever obstacles come their way together, as a bonded couple.

butterflywarrior
butterflywarrior

I love Julian and Alexis, great chemistry with the actors, great acting choices, bringing their best game. Not hung up on any ageist sexist double standards so watching this great couple on my screen is all good! The Olivia pregnancy just a bump in the road. Julexis IS it. The scenes today really showed that. Youth and what it brings are okay but fleeting. Maturity and acting experience along with hot looks, are dynamite. Today’s scenes were awesome and guess what, #julexisreunites on twitter, the third Julexis related hashtag to trend since they’ve been back onscreen in story.

Olivia’s great with Ned, a nice sparkly humorous couple which is what both actors excel at.

I think Julexis will grow closer with the baby story. Today’s episode showed how committed they are together. I didn’t see wrinkles b/c again I’m not an ageist double standard sexist who puts impossible demands on women over the age of 30. What I did see is two hot, talented actors totally bring it. More please! Julexis fantasy sex brought in 3.3. million viewers, highest rated episode in January. Let’s see if their scene can approach that.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m with ya, butterfly warrior. (Lol, great name!). I agree with your entire post.

Kate
Kate

Love that Julian & Alexis are getting back together! I can’t wait for what’s next for them. Wil and Nancy have incredible chemistry and they bring it in every scene. Such sweet scenes today, I just love them!

Mae Denver
Mae Denver

Julexis just infuses GH with so much authentic passion and love. What Nancy and Wil in scenes is extraordinary and it’s rare. I think people who don’t project their dislike for Nancy and or Alexis on the couple are willing to admit that. I’m excited about the reunion. Looking forward to more of this great couple!

Taylor
Taylor

I love Julian and Alexis together. They’re kind of the reason I started watching General Hospital. I was flipping through the channels over the summer and ended up watching an episode of GH. I can’t remember much of the episode except that Julian and Alexis were burning up the screen. I’ve been completely hooked on them ever since. It was the physicality and intensity of the actors that drew me. Those two know how to do sexy. I like some of the other couples on GH, but it’s Julian and Alexis that keep me coming back for more. It was so great seeing them reunite today. I hope they get a chance to focus on their relationship before this baby drama gets dropped in their laps. Please show a little mercy, writers. They were broken up for a long time. We need happy times for awhile. xo

su0000
su0000

whao..
Alexia and Julian = Lust and Love = HOT.

Patrick
Patrick

Alexis !!!!!!

count your lucky stars…. this would be the 3rd or 4th go ’round

Julian is drool. Julian is feast. Julian is dag’on sex

“stop” w/the grandstanding virtue… your abide by the law… right side…. BORES
Ms. black robed supreme court justice frigid’s

step outside yourself….

with Olivia pregnant… i don’t know that this will last any way

with your declaration that you are once again in love with Julian…

I see you back to fretting angst ridden

Anna
Anna

Thank you! They are great as usuall! Love then so much! So happy about the reunion. I just wish that GH utilize them more. They are incredible actors. More astory and dialogs for them! Such a unique chemistry!

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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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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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