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GH's Nancy Lee Grahn Talks On: Alexis' Downward Spiral, Future Of Julexis & Being Written For Front And Center!

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It’s been a rough go for the Julexis army over recent months on ABC’s General Hospital.  But those moments have provided two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) with such meaty material that it has been riveting to watch this soap vet remind us all why she is one of the premiere actresses of the genre.

This week, viewers have already seen a horrific chain of events, which have included: Alexis being unknowingly set-up to botch her testimony while on the witness stand (and that she did!) that would have sent her husband, mobster and murderer, Julian Jerome (William deVry) to prison for life.  Then a short time later comes the news that that the verdict has already been reached.  When it is read, Julian is found ‘not guilty’ on all charges.  It’s another blow to Alexis, whose entire life has been bottoming out.  It appears she has only been able to find solace and comfort with booze, in order to help her cope through the endless terror she feels, the destruction of her marriage, the loss of her ability to practice law, and plenty more deep-rooted psychological issues that have been brought to the surface by all that she has suffered.  But how far will Alexis fall?  Will she find the strength to pick herself back up?  What happens when a woman, so in control of every aspect of her life, finds herself feeling isolated and alone, and realizing that she is unable to control everything around her?

For the answers to those questions and more, we chatted with the one and only, Nancy Lee Grahn to get her perspective on the twists and turns in Alexis’ life, and if there is a future for Julexis … or, if there is no going back … and what she has thought of all the material she has been given to play.  As we, the audience, know, her performances just might land Grahn some Emmy gold come next year.  Always insightful, candid, and with that brilliant sharp wit, here’s what Nancy had to say about what’s going down in Port Charles for Ms. Davis!

When did you first find out that Alexis would begin a battle with the bottle?  How did you feel about her going down that path? 

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NANCY:  We typically don’t find out things too much in advance, which makes it tricky sometimes, but when I was told, it made sense to me.  Alexis has been brought to her knees in every area of her life. Faith and trust are shattered.  I don’t blame her one bit for wanting ANY moment of relief.  And when you can’t find grace in the worst moments, you find something else. It’s not a battle yet as I see it.  It’s the only escape she’s able to muster right now, and she doesn’t owe anyone any apologies for not taking the high road at this juncture.  Then we’ll see what happens.

The entire foundation of Alexis’ life has been torn apart.  She has gone through, in short order: her husband trying to kill her, her stabbing him, and now she can’t even practice law, which is a gigantic part of Alexis’ identity.  Would you say this is one of the more exciting times as an actress in your soap career? 

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NANCY:  Any time my role as an actor is motivated, clear about what she wants, how she feels, and given the story to connect all of that, it’s a good acting day.  Yes, Jean Passanante and Shelley Altman (co-head writers, GH) have made me happy to come to work.

Alexis was drugged by Paul (Richard Burgi), and that literally has a major hand in Julian being exonerated due to her messy testimony.  What does she think happened to her? Will she figure it out?

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NANCY:  She has no idea.  She is understandably disoriented, and disconnected from herself. The color of her world has changed dramatically.  At that this point I don’t think anything she says, does, or feels surprises her.  Post traumatic stress will do that to you.

Do you think Alexis is so disturbed, that in fact, she could still be deeply, madly, in love with a man who tried to kill her? 

NANCY:  I don’t think that it is possible for any woman to be in love with a man who didn’t just have a bad moment and try to kill her, but it was in essence, a torture kill.  He was going to slit her throat with the same knife that Helena used to slit her mother’s throat.  It is however, possible to feel you somehow deserved that and can’t differentiate between love and abuse.  I don’t think that is Alexis’ issue.  She has many for sure, but that isn’t one of them.  

Speaking of the dagger, what did you think about the scene where Alexis used it to stab Julian?  Were you surprised at that turn of events when you read the script? 

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NANCYI loved it.  It was Shakespearean in structure, well thought out, and a very brave writing choice.  And bravo for letting the chick save Sonny (Maurice Benard) for a change. (Laughs)

Alexis looks so miserable right now, even recently watching her daughter Sam (Kelly Monaco) finally be happy, and wed to Jason (Billy Miller).   And of course, she was getting schnockered at their wedding!  Is Alexis truly happy for Sam? 

NANCY:  Of course!  She’s beaten, not bitter.

Do you think Alexis and Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) can forge a better mother/daughter relationship, after Alexis interfered in Kristina’s burgeoning relationship with Parker (Ashley Jones)?  Would Alexis truly be OK with whatever sex Kristina wanted to be with? 

NANCY:  I don’t think Alexis gives a rat’s tush about Kristina’s sexual preference.  She wants her daughters to avoid pain, that is all.

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We are all talking about the incredible Emmy-worthy scenes both you and William deVry have had thus far this year.  Will you submit yourself, come Emmy time, for Lead Actress?  YOU SHOULD! 

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NANCY:  Ha, ha, thanks Michael.  As much as I believe we are all supporting actors, it is after all, a team sport.  If there must be these categories, I am, and always have been a lead actress. Unfortunately I’ve been at the hands of writers that didn’t agree.  I literally had nothing to submit for years.  Not one day in an entire year for years.  It reflected the poor use of my time on screen, but I’m happy to report that Jean and Shelley have rectified that.  I not only have a tape I wouldn’t be embarrassed to submit, I’ve got a few. It’s so nice to have these two women now in the house.  Frank Valentini, (executive producer, GH) is not too shabby, either.  It’s good to love your boss.

With Julian being found not guilty at his trial, and now being a free man, how do you think Alexis will cope with this?  Will she be scared for her life … or, be drawn back in by him? 

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NANCY:  Scared and seriously pissed.

Alexis has recently been haunted by Julian.  She is seemingly coming unglued.  How far would you say the writers are going to take her … to the lowest of lows? 

NANCY:  I hope so!  More to climb out of.   The deeper the abyss, the more of a challenge that it is to get her on the right track.

Two female head writers, Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman, have been steering the ship for some time now at GH.  It seems under their watch, Alexis has become front and center again.   Do you feel that female writers know best how to write for female characters? 

NANCY:  Not at all.  Patrick Mulcahey wrote for me brilliantly.  Chuck Pratt was terrific for me on Santa Barbara.  It’s about the investment the writers have in the character, as well as the actress.  Jean and Shelley have demonstrated enormous respect for both. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them.

Julexis has been one of the most popular pairings on the soaps.  Would you say there is somehow hope for them to reconcile and be together … even if Alexis signs divorce papers? 

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NANCY:  There’s always hope, right?

Alexis and Sonny have a wonderful on-screen relationship.  He has been trying to protect her through her entire turmoil with Julian.  What has it been like working with Maurice Benard (Sonny) at this point in the Alexis/Sonny relationship? 

NANCY:  Maurice and I have always acted seamlessly together.  We get each other.

And lastly, have you had a favorite scene within in all of this Alexis drama that you left the studio after a tape day, and went, “Damn, that was good!”

NANCY:   Ha, ha.  I never do that.  I’m always tweaking my performance in my head on the drive home.

What did you think will happen to Julexis?  Will Alexis continue her downward descent?  Who will help her through her ordeal?  Have you loved the performances of Nancy Lee Grahn throughout this story? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000

1st ) It is not the writing
It is the ”performance”
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2nd ) Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) is bringing it home!
BRAVO !!

—– Alexis & Julian are the Beauty and the Beast …

Celia
Celia

LOL, su…..except that the BEAST never killed anybody.

Violet V Lemm
Violet V Lemm

If the beast means Julian, how can you say he didn’t kill anyone?

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

i wonder if stupid Paul will continue to wear that cologne and Monica will smell it and realize it was him who tried to kill her…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Violet…CcCee meant the beast in Beauty and the Beast…meaning Julian did…but the actual beast he was compared to didn’t.

Dylan
Dylan

If she goes back to Julian, in any way shape or form it will ruin the character completely. Not that it hasnt been an ongoing thing for years!! And what is Sam so mad at Julian for? Being a murdering mobster?? Heck she should love him even more! This is a woman who has spent her entire tenure on the show glorifying and romanticizing murderers! I guess somehow she differentiates….the “good” murderers are Sonny and Jason….while her father is a “bad” murderer. When writing has no sense or throughline, it makes story very easy to poke holes in. And a show with no moral centre and no one to root for is a show that is nearly impossible to emotionally invest in!

Celia
Celia

Three cheers to you, Dylan. You have certainly ‘refreshed’ my memory how rampant hypocrisy runs in PC.
Sam is a nondescript character who lacks presence, personality or charm, in my opinion. One-sided phenomenon!!!! Ha!!
You have so succinctly, without a litany of words, expressed the ‘imbalanced’ mentality that exists with these players; thanks to the writers. Such disparity among these characters has become the norm where, at times, I forget that which made me dislike certain characters in the first place….but then, I do catch my breath, as it were.
Suddenly, by a miracle, Sonny has become the omnipotent judge and jury. The disseminator of godly wisdom and promulgator of justice. How is he morally better than Julian?
I remember feeling the same disgust when Sonny was pardoned by that marionette governor.
As far as Alexis; I have grown a new respect for her. Yes, as a woman who has lived amongst baddies; touched danger with her own hands; a professional with extreme skill and intelligence, one would think that she had acquired a certain amount of wisdom when it comes to men, and life, in general.
Nonetheless, I get the human side of someone whose psyche is, basically, wired to follow a destructive path. I do believe she has finally gotten a grip…..What we see is the struggle she needs to experience before she is on the verge of falling. This will determine both her physical, mental and emotional strength. I, vehemently, hope this is where the writing is going……
However, I absolutely agree with you. If Alexis goes back to Julian, the PTB will have completely sunk this character to the lowest level of womanhood. And, that “ain’t” fair to women in general. What, pray tell, would the message be??

dmr
dmr

The only time that I enjoy the character of Sam is when she is in scenes with her mother and/or sisters and loses the monotone! Also, when she loses the boring baby and morning sickness talk.

Harry
Harry

Yes, yes and yes, Dylan and Celia.
Why is that swarmy, smirking bastard allowed to roam around a free man?
While I had no use for Sabrina, at least she was a fairly good person and she had a baby to raise. Yet, she’s killed off and metrosexual monsters like Julian are allowed to not only live, but live freely.
Alexis needs to toughen up, cream puff! Yes, I know she’s been through hell and back but she needs to demonstrate how strong, how resilient she really is and rise from the ashes of her life. If she takes back that hairless chest wonder back I will fast forward through all of her scenes which would be a shame considering NLG is a fabulous actress. Let her hitch herself up from the bootstraps and show she is strong and independent and does not need a man (especially this man) to complete her.
GH has gotten so damn bad lately and it only keeps getting worse.

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

i still think someone will try or maybe kill Julian…Morgan, Sonny, Sam, Alexis, Paul…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Harry…Alexis just “hitching herself up from her bootstraps” after losing her marriage, her career, her trust, her sense of self…and then that pesky little other thing like almost having her throat slit by the father of her child…the man she adored…would be more unrealistic than Duke in Faison’s face…errrr…so to speak. This is more realistic…she’s in a sort of post traumatic stress…and should be! Let the character go through her emotions and reactions and let Nancy have a story which allows her to use her impressive talent.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Sam is mad at Julian for lying about been out of mob and for trying to kill Alexis.If Julian had said he was staying in the mob Sam would be upset i’m sure but at least she’d know Julian was hiding anything for her or Alexis.However Julian lying about been out of the mob broke the trust that Sam and Alexis had in him.

Rissa
Rissa

Thanks for this interview Michael. I’m happy Nancy has gotten emotional material to play. But I wish GH hadn’t destroyed Julian & Alexis to get here. There were so many other ways this story could have been written. There was no need for the writers to undo how amazing Julexis were or for the writers to turn Julian into a psycho overnight for no reason. I wish the writers had planed some twist to explain Julian’s 180, but I’ve lost hope of that. And that makes me sad. It’s hard to enjoy Nancy and Wil’s amazing performances when I’m (1) too distracted by how bizarre, out-of-character and heavy-handed the story was in ruining Julian and (2) too upset what GH lost when the writers purposefully set out to destroy everything that made Julian and Alexis so good. I don’t understand why the writers did this. GH isn’t the same for me anymore.

Sam
Sam

These are my feelings completely! I watch GH from time to time now when Nancy gets good material or Julexis is on, but im not excited anymore. I started watching GH again for Julexis. I miss them

Celia
Celia

I truly respect your opinion, Sam. But, I must admit I am very happy ‘Julexis’ is defunct. At the very least, I hope so.
I, personally, think that Julian was the straw that broke the camel’s back…..pardon the cliche’. He is not good for her!!!! I understand the ardent thrill and pleasure of a healthy sex life. But, aside their over-the-top romps between the proverbial sheets, kitchen counter, sofa, floor etc., mindless of the fact that anyone could walk in; and a few did, LOL…. well, you get my drift, this couple had nothing else, except Sam, in common.
Alexis got caught up in Julian’s world. He gave her ‘things’ which she thought she had lost. He was her introduction to womanhood, if not love, as we know it. Believe me…..I completely understand. But, she is no longer sixteen.
I want Alexis to get her mettle back, and go on. The writers owe her that much.
William is too good of an actor to go anywhere. Julian is too well-anchored in this role and in PC. I, amongst many, knew the verdict would be ‘not guilty’. That is not to say he was found ‘innocent’ …..in legalese lingo, there is a big difference between the terms.
No, I implore the soap gods to keep these two at arms length from each other….better yet, an ‘ocean’ away…….
….do not fall prey, Alexis….do not catapult into the abyss!!!!!!

Violet V Lemm
Violet V Lemm

Julian did not turn into a psycho overnight. When he first came to P.C , he used an alias and posed as a newspaper editor before he was found out as being a part of the notorious Jerome crime family. His whole life has been in crime along with his whole family including Ava and another sister he admitted to killing. What a guy, what a guy!

Celia
Celia

Exactly, Violet. Well put. Word of the day? ” Posed”. That is Julian…an imposter!!!!!
From what I understand, he came to town with the expressed reason of annihilating Sonny, and family? Julian and his ilk will never change. It is his basic make-up.
One “cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”…. I heard that growing up, at every turn, LOL.
What “a guy”, indeed!

Miki
Miki

I agree Violet! I don’t get why so many loved Julexis, the relationship did nothing for the show.

Lauren
Lauren

To Alexis? Yeah it was a wtf

Sorry but it was.

Alice Griner
Alice Griner

I do not understand why Julexis relationship had to be destroyed. Julian changing does not make any sense. If William DeVry ever leaves, that’s it for me watching GH.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I like William too. He brought a dangerous yet human bad guy back to GH. First, we meet this good looking mobster posing as a publishing magnate, then we see he actually has a heart when he donates his bone marrow to Danny BEFORE he knew Danny was his grandson, he truly fell in love with Alexis, he soon came to accept his son as gay…something that initially went against everything he could/would accept…and though he failed a few times he got out of mob life because of his love for Alexis and his children. He even extended an olive branch to Sonny many times for the sake of their shared family. And then, once he went to bat for Ava and felt that power again, he fell back…but not with intent to hurt his family…more like an addict who can’t control his impulse but thought he could handle it. Till he snapped.

I think Devry is perfectly cast for the role…he’s played tough, loving, stoic, amused, crazed…while some dislike his freedom…I hope they didn’t just keep him around to kill him off.

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

I hope Julian and Alexis kill each other-thats how this soap shows true love-lol

Timmm
Timmm

Romeo and Julianette!

Celia
Celia

Hmmmm. That does have its own merit, Jimmy. LOL.

Harry
Harry

Jim, I like the way you think.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Second the emotion, Harry! 🙂

Kevin
Kevin

Nancy Lee Grahn is a great actress, one of soap’s VERY best. I hope the writers gift Grahn with an Alexis story line worthy of her experience and talent. Booze, drugs and psychosis: let Alexis bottom out BAD. The other soaps have tried, but never quite go there. But those characters did not have NancyLeeGrahn !

Scoma60
Scoma60

Julexis can never be repaired IMO nor should they. He’s been an abusive ass who’s threatened her physically & emotionally To add insult to injury he visciously tried to slit her throat.
It’s ridiculous that he was found not guilty. Why doesn’t GH ever hold these murderous thugs accountable? The cast is too large to manage, Julian had a longterm beloved vet murdered, he tried to kill his wife– kill Julian or give him life w/o parole.The character needs to be gone.
Alexis will be an idiot if she ever reconciles with him. GH has to quit hiring & cut cast so that the pacing improves & scenes/story can resonate.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree: “Kill Julian or give him life w/out parole!
Begone!
And, yeah, “Alexis will be an idiot if she ever reconciles with him.” And then she (er, Nancy Lee Grahn–see those words on a marquee?) can still be a legend in her own mind, right? LOL!

Jane
Jane

Tell me what’s going on with Alexis now? It’s both sad and crazy to see her like this.

Ces
Ces

Well, I still think Helena put a curse on that dagger so it would be nice if someone figured that out.

Celia
Celia

What a novel idea, Ces! Why not blame it on Helena? LOL…could be she scattered witch’s ‘dust’ on the whole town. Maybe she’ll make an appearance relishing in her handiwork ….cackle, cackle, cackle. Just in time for Halloween!!!! Boo!!

Ces
Ces

Haha! Well if Julexis fans everywhere want their couple back together, they’ll have to blame it on someone! Seems to be working for Franco these days; Remove one tumor & poof “not your fault!” Hehe…..

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Haha Ces! I actually suggested that several times! (I kept saying we’ll find out Julian wasn’t in his right mind and that Helena tampered with the knife…put some kind of curse on it. She HATED Alexis, always threatened to kill her like she killed her mother…than she leaves the SAME dagger for Alexis in her will.) I wouldn’t be surprised…it’s not absurd in a the land of Port Chuck, bobble heads and all. 😉

Ces
Ces

I do remember your previous posts too Rebecca1. It really is the only way they can pull themselves out of what they did to the couple. Why else would they bother introducing the dagger in the first place? Not sure if GH writers plan that far ahead (?) or make it up as they go along (Paul’s storyline mess)!!
Haley …. Let’s hope GH writers go this route! Lol!!

Celia
Celia

Wow! Rebecca. Great inference. The irony!!!! The same dagger that killed Alexis’s mother used to kill her. And, to add insult to injury, by Julian’s hand.

Harry
Harry

Sigh–I guess the hexed knife would be akin to Franco’s convenient brain tumor.
I have a crazy idea. Why not write character driven stories which afford us with complex and interesting characters? Why not use good old fashioned character development?
GH has been pulling out cute little plot fixers out of their magic black bag from about eight years now. Guess what, folks? IT’S NOT WORKING!!!
I swear, watching GH makes me think the writers are using a write-by-number kit.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Great post Rebecca. I agree.

Haley
Haley

YES I WOULD LOVE THAT!!! Can the gh writers plz do this???

Ces
Ces

Hope so!!

Celia
Celia

Oh, Haley. Conjuring up an ill-devised way of absolving Julian’s behavior toward Alexis is one thing. The problem is: his core will remain the same. A killer! He was a killer before Alexis, and he will remain so…..it’s his role. Unless another foil is introduced for Sonny, Julian has no chance of redemption.

Joann DiBiase
Joann DiBiase

You deserve the Emmy this year! Your work was simply superb!

KM
KM

Julian and Alexis are the epitome of the parable of The Girl And The Snake. For those who many not know it, the gist is the girl goes against her better judgement and picks up a beautiful but poisonous snake who claims he’s freezing an starving but swears he’d never hurt her.

The moral of the story is that he does bite her and slithers away saying “you knew what I was when you picked me up.”

That’s totally Julian and Alexis to me and, oddly, it makes for some of the best soap we’ve seen from GH in a while.

The character of Julian has been pretty a scumbag to me from day one. He’s slithered around in the mob biz he never really wanted to leave while his family remained trusting and naïve until it blew up in their faces. I’ll add I can’t see Alexis putting up with abuse but she did have a huge blind spot regarding the snake.

This is great material for NLG and she really deserves an Emmy nom for best actress. It’s taut psychological drama that she’s played very well.

I don’t see any quick redemption for Julian or any reunion in the near future for Julexis though. Nor should their be.

I’m personally focused on story and character studies rather than couples at all cost so I’m just fine with the story and would happily start a line to bitch slap Julian to the moon. Alexis would be welcome to cut to the front of the line, of course.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Excellent post KM! I’ve expressed very similar thoughts regarding character analysis/ psychological motivation. You may not agree but I ‘ve been very invested in Morgan and the reasons for his behavior, from chemical imbalance to his feeling inferior to Michael in Sonny’s eyes…Nina and her slow but steady return to “life” Anna through her grief…I think GH has done well in that regard…giving us people with real problems and no easy “soap fix.” Not in ALL cases, obviously…I actually like some unrealistic fixes…wouldn’t mind a “soapy” GH bring-em-back from the dead…again!…for AJ.

As for Julian and Alexis, I do feel he loved her and loves her still and because of that love, as well as the love for his newfound family, he TRIED to stay away from the mob but ultimately fell back. I don’t believe he used her along…I think he got desperate and unraveled. By the time he held a knife to her throat he was completely unhinged. How’s THAT for an understatement? But still, I really think, no matter how entrenched he might have gotten himself, that the writers took Julian (I’m not sure about the version he was years ago; never saw the “original” Jerome’s) but I don’t see any way that the Julian we came to know would kill Alexis (unless there’s a fantastical reason like I said numerous times…and Ces said above…but Ces? I’m not sure if you were kidding or thought it a possibility in the GH world).

Loved your parable. Quite applicable. But even so, I do believe this snake loved Alexis and didn’t intend to unleash his venom on her… Though he did poison their relationship, I don’t think he going slither away that easily.

Sorry…there were just too many good snake metaphors to play with! 🙂

Lauren
Lauren

I really want a reason, an explanation so julexis can be fixed

Harry
Harry

Great analogies, KM and Rebecca. I frankly think you’re both too good and smart for GH and you’re giving the writers far too much credit.
The writing has been just horrifically bad. To call these writers “hacks” would be an insult to hack writers everywhere.
NLG is so good that she almost makes it work but it’s still depressing and unsatisfying for most of us to watch this story just dissolve into a pathetic mess.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

KM’s post summed it all up nicely. Superb acting by Nancy Lee. Julian’s true colors are sad ones and it’s time for him to finally get that there’s no turning back in his relationship with Alexis. Eventually karma will catch up with him via a future storyline. Too early to guess what that will be.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree with Rebecca1… great write-up

Alexis : her mantra … if you will … is her morals with virtue intact… never strays from her legalese bible

she’s wound up so tight her Frigidaire leaves little to her persona.

unyielding : Come ON Alexis… live a little…

OK : we all know Alexis will jump in the sack that fast with his snake

outside of that … her high standards … of trust, mob activity, all the lies, dishonesty

HAVE FUN… accept ( like Carly ) dull comparison… as they are so boring… make Alexis and Julian FUN… let’s see you two in that wonderful new house he bought you… cook , wine, music, take that year off from legal council and unwind
become a mob wife… love and support him… with all your heart, it’s a show

I’ve accepted that Julian and Alexis are forever …

it’s a funny show : GH production choose to feature 3 couples

Sonny / Carly ; Julian / Alexis ; Jason / Sam

LOL… I clearly know… Jason and Sam are DOA

Sonny and Carly … argh! wasting ….

because of Julian… and wanting with fervor .. that Alexis will relax, unwind, and turn herself….

of the three couples ; it’s Julian who w/ Alexis are salvageable

Celia
Celia

Yes, absolutely, KM. I have always been invested in the character, so much more than the couple; any character, any couple. A couple is normally judged as a whole….a sole entity, as in Alexis and Julian. It’s unfortunate, but true.
I always described Sonny as a slithering snake……at this point, there is, essentially, no difference between him snd Julian; as you so well emphasize Julian’s serpentine nature.
I am very late in giving praise to Alexis. But, I saw the light–without Julian, I saw her take flight. Her wings are temporarily slightly clipped; but, I know she will soar again and rejoin the flock.
And, Nancy blew me away. What I look for is emotion! Her performance moved me. She does deserve THE Emmy. BRAVA!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Bitch slap Julian to the moon.” Wow, I like that line.
YOU should be writing for soaps! LOL!

Haley
Haley

I STILLLL love Alexis and Julian!!!

Violet V Lemm
Violet V Lemm

I have always loved Nancy as far back as Santa Barbara. She was a wonderful attorney there too. I’ve heard of losing your mind over a man and hope this isn’t the case literally for Alexis.

Sam
Sam

Nancy has been brilliant

But i hate what they did to Alexis and Julian. IMO they took the very best couple they had and did the worst possible thing to them. It has turned me off to GH majorly.

Again, Nancy and her preformances are amazing but i think they screwed up majorly with this storyline

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Screwed up majorly”–another great line!

Tivette
Tivette

I would love to see NLG REALLY hit bottom, blackouts, sleeping around and waking up with strangers. Then, in a flash of insight and clarity, she can become determined to claw her way back, methodically research, plan and execute a way to ensnare Julian in an amazing plot to put him away forever. Just dreaming…

Celia
Celia

I think I am having the same dream, Tivette.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Just dreaming, you say? And, unfortunately, with these writers, I am forced to agree.
BUT that would have happened in the golden days of soaps where murderers paid for their sins. And it made for great drama and great audiences!

Harry
Harry

Nancy, to say watching GH is a joyless experience would be the understatement of the year.
Interesting that the number one soap (Y&R) hired tried and true writers to make their soap even better while GH sustains the same dreary status quo.

Judith Buckley
Judith Buckley

Nancy you do great jobe.

Rodd
Rodd

I can’t help but wonder if Alexis is suffering from PTSD. Her world is completely in shambles and she can’t catch a break.

I hope that Alexis and Julian never get back together. The writers have destroyed any rooting value in them when Julian put a knife to her throat. Frankly, I hope someone does away with Julian soon. As much as I admire William deVry, the writers have murdered his GH character and there’s no brain tumor or twin that I will embrace as the cause.

Celia
Celia

You said it, Rodd!!

MissySnow
MissySnow

If a writer does not have the cojones to kill off Julian after writing this horrific story, then don’t write the story! I am so tired of writers writing disgusting characters and then backtracking if they want to keep the actor and fans have to twist themselves into pretzels to understand their logic. Julian should have died right after Carlos, followed by Sonny and Franco!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Missy Snow. Different points of view. I don’t see the interest in a show where we put away…kill off…some of the most interesting characters. There’d be no moral dilemma, good vs bad, law-abiding vs criminal, light vs dark, etc…if we “got justice” and these people paid. Dr. O, Faison, Helena, Jerry would be gone. I LOVE these characters.; that’s where all the adventure came from.ex the WSB, etc.

Sonny and Julian are certainly less bizarre characters, but for me, their presence on the show is part of the reason I watch. My dilemma? I WANT Paul to pay for killing Sabrina, I WANT Sonny to pay for killing AJ…but I don’t want them gone. Unless GH can make a prison drama inside the world of GH…where we still get stories of Johnny Z, Shawn, and Sonny, Julian Dr. o, etc…I like the loopholes. Frustrating, yes. I was angry when Sonny was pardoned…but I’d rather him pay by losing Michael’s love and respect, Julian free but tortured by his actions, by the loss of Alexis and his kids. Then create other interesting stories from their angst…

Harry
Harry

Thank you, Missy. My sentiment exactly.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hmph! 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Me, too, Harry!

Aria
Aria

Julexis is a bust for me , but I do like Alexis, she can do so much better than Julian . Only good bout this storyline is nancy being front and center. GH has an embarrassment of leading ladies it’s wonderful seeing them on screen. What show has top actresses like Jane, finola, Maura, genie , Michele, and nancy.

Timmm
Timmm

Much better than Julian? Yes, but who?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

IF Alexis is truly minus Julian forever…It’d be great if Ned was back full time…he and Alexis were great together. I know at this point Wally isn’t available, but they played so well off each other.

PF
PF

I’m sooo thrilled that NLG is enjoying the hateful, mindless drivel aka writing that she is being given because that’s all that REALLY matters, isn’t it?! The audience? Just an afterthought to Frankenjelly and their sycophants. The actors are only happy if their fragile egos are being stroked. They don’t really care about the fans or what’s ultimately good for the show. They only care about themselves. It’s a disease called Gearyitis and it seems certain GH cast members have been infected.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You said a mouthful–and you said it JUST RIGHT! Cheers!

Timmm
Timmm

Well, it seems that if Nancy is written well, she likes her job and vice versa. Okay, glad she is happy now so we can all reap the benefits! And staying on that topic, I guess her liking JELLY and I would assume other actors on the show do, as well, this is why they just signed a new contract? So, keep the talent happy, screw the fans?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, again!

Patrick
Patrick

” cringe ” – worthy time: Sonny Corinthos’ could it be any one else ?

after Alexis debacle… LOL on the stand

as she’s become unglued

Sonny to Paul : “put me on the stand to clean up this mess ”

” OH, really ! ? ! ? ”

geez ! I can see why Anna needed a vacation … OK , really

ugh! Sonny is running and/or ruining Port Charles

penny
penny

Alexis needs a sabbatical, bye felicia.

Lauren
Lauren

I’m really upset over this whole story.

I think Nancy and William are amazing together no one compares IMO. This story felt SO heavy handed against Julian and julexis so it just made me root for them more

I want redemption and reunion!!

Janer
Janer

Julexis is one of my favorite all time pairings. Both are so strong and intelligent and both bring a past. They are entirely relatable, even now. With Ava involved in ensuring the meltdown of Morgan and Alexis I can easily see the characters working their way back to each other. Luke raped Laura, after all. I cannot see either of them with anyone else. There is strong chemistry and the love that was written for them was strong. I see Alexis as pissed but not over Julian. J did not want to lose A in the first place and sees the many mistakes. I would also like to see J turn his back on Ava as she really got him defocused. Her issues become his. That is a problem.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Janer,
Intelligence is not what motivates Julian. He is a fox; therefore, I would describe him as wily, sly, cunning, dishonest….not necessarily an intelligent person. Intelligence is cognitive; completely lacking in Julian. This is the reason where he cannot perceive the meaning of love.
I understand how many ‘Julexis’ fans are disappointed, but, do you really want Alexis with a sewer rat?
And, so many have said Julian is ‘irreparable’. Can’t fix him!!!!! If he had any human feelings, at all, he would stop his life of crime. But, he does not seem contrite to me. The WORD of what should be done to him and his ilk has not been invented yet. LOL.

Celia
Celia

That should read, cognitive knowledge and concepts.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I don’t know CeeCee…the way the writers switch gears on a character’s character it’s hard to say. But, I do see Julian as intelligent and capable of love, no matter how many characters in Port Charles are written to say he’s not. Once again we have practically an entire town who’s criminal in some way. Sonny, Jason, now Nicolas (sigh), Luke, Duke, Dr. O, Franco, Heather, Johnny Zacchara, (sp?), Helena, Faison, Jerry Jax, Carlos, Hornsby, Ava…they’re all murderers, or would-be ie Nic.

And yet, they each have the capacity to love and each one is intelligent. And we have the types: methodical killer…Sonny, Ava, Johnny, Jason vs the psycho killers Helena, Faison…

Julian? Julian grew up in a criminal world, seemed to have truly responded to loving and being loved when he fell in love with Alexis and his kids. Perfect new life. He succumbed to his old ways and then when caught..,freaked out about losing this new life. I think his whole psychological trip where he was grappling with Carlos in his mind..was because he was fighting his impulse to do harm…and then he snapped. Excusable? No. But I think they’ve shown his remorse (just as we now seem to be seeing Paul’s). I don’t make excuses for murderers in real life..Unless it’s self defense or defending others. In my soap? Depends…as I’ve said over and over Sonny killing AJ will go down in my soap viewing history as the worst…and unforgivable. And I STILL want him to pay. But we also see, he’s capable of love. And, he’s smart. So too is Julian, though we’ll never know if he really would have killed Alexis…

I’m still hoping for my cursed dagger theory.

Alan
Alan

My takeaway from this interview is that there’s a big difference between acting out Jean and Shelly’s material and having to watch it…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yet another great, succinct statement/observation! Go, team! 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

I have NEVER seen an actor bad mouth a writer until Tony Geary did it BUT he was retiring when he said it. These actors fear the writers will write them off! In other words, they kiss their asses!

cooks7570
cooks7570

Does ABC and Frank and Jelly know not everyone likes the same character’s. I would like to see my favorite character more.

Patricia
Patricia

Hate that Julian was set free. I makes no sense !! They had an eye witness in Sonny Cornithos. Hate that Teresa Castillo was let go. She was such a ray of sunshine.and a fabulous actress !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They should have let Nell go. Can’t take Carly Jr, part II story line !!!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I love Nancy. In good times and bad, she always makes “GH” worth watching.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

ditto

Karen McEachern
Karen McEachern

Nancy Lee is a fantastic actress. She works well with any actor she is with on screen. However, I hope she never goes back with Julian even though I loved them together. It will really be too far-fetched. He would have to have two tumors – not one ! ha ha

dmr
dmr

I could watch Nancy Lee Grahn all day. She is a phenomenal actress and brings her “A”-Game to each and every scene.

General Hospital

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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