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Hillary B. Smith Teases How One Life's Nora Winds Up On General Hospital!

Photo: ABC

Photo: ABC

Circle March 6th when Hillary B. Smith debuts on her short run as OLTL’s Nora Buchanan on General Hospital! TV Line recently posted a chat with the beloved Daytime Emmy winning vet on how it came to pass that Nora will wind up in Port Charles, and just who she might cross paths with.

Smith revealed how she was contacted to reprise her most famous soapy role: “When it first came up, it wasn’t really in the cards. (When ABC cancelled OLTL) we had the whole Prospect Park thing going on, and I went with Prospect Park (and OLTL‘s online continuation). When that kind of ended, I figured that with all of the lawsuits going on, Nora was pretty much retired. But when the decision was made and a judicial answer came forth (in December), it was pretty much the next day that I got the call from Frank (Valentini) — and it was very surprising.  I did not expect it at all. It was like, ‘Hey, you want to come play for a little bit?’ I was like, ‘As long as it’s fun,’ and he said, ‘I’m going to tell you something — you’re going to enjoy these people,’ and he was absolutely right.”

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As to who Nora will interact with in PC, Smith only would tease: “Well, I can’t get into any of the specifics. All I can say is I was asked to come to Port Charles for some sort of legal thing, and that’s what I went and did!” Hillary added, “You’ll get nothing from me! I’m not supposed to say a word. But there are a lot of things cooking in Port Charles. They were talking me through things and I was like, ‘Really? And that’s going on tooReally?'”

As to if she spent some time with former One Lifers now on GH, Michael Easton and Roger Howarth, Smith expressed:  What’s really fun was seeing all these old buddies that I hadn’t seen.  The first person I saw was Roger Howarth (Franco; Todd, OLTL).  And then Michael Easton (Finn; John, OLTL) came around the corner. “

So, who will need Nora’s legal expertise on GH?  Share your thoughts below!

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Margie Dalton
Margie Dalton

Training time with the WSB.. Anna & Valentine secrets exposed. Our Nora will help tie things up 4 Anna with her expertise.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

That’s a great idea!

Kyle
Kyle

How long is her stint? I was hoping she’d be on permanently! I’d like to know how many episodes we will see her on? I would also like to see more OLTL Characters on GH! I would Love for ABC to bring OLTL and AMC Back, put them on for 30min. each, or do a combined one hour show. They both are set in Pa. Cannot wait to see Nora again!

davlestev1
davlestev1

And how would you do it if it were up to you just curious.

Milo
Milo

Is she not the new DA??

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

That’s what I thought, but on today’s show , they mentioned a female shark attorney for Valentin’s family court thing. For once I would like to see someone outsmart Diane, because I hate the idea of Lulu getting Charlotte, even if she is her bio mother, which I refuse to believe, yet!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I’m now confused about her role due to the reference of it being short-term. I thought she was taking on the role of DA, which to me sounded like long-term presence. If Hilary’s only going to be on GH for a short time, that’s a huge disappointment. So much hype is created, as was done with Tonya Walker, there is hope for some storylines of greater interest and better acting, and then we hear it’s just short-term. Get the screwball characters like Nelle and Amy off the ABC payroll and retain some good long-term actors. Good grief.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I love Hillary B. Smith and Nora Hanen Gannon Buchanan is a force of nature!!!!!!!!!!!. I’m sure she’ll knock them dead in Port Charles.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, whatever she does, she’ll be great. Maybe her hubby will have a cameo? I can only hope–Bo, come on down!

Tony
Tony

I love Hillary, she is a wonderful actress. I wish they signed her to a contract. Maybe down the road, they can bring Tuc Watkins to GH as David Vickers.

Steve
Steve

I’ll hold out hope that it’s Olivia Jerome, who admits to masquerading as Alex Olanov in Llanview

Addison
Addison

Steve, what a great idea!
It will be great to see Hillary again–she has been missed.

Boop
Boop

I like Nora ; I’d love to see Victor Lloyd , Jr. on the show because if the big wigs had been fair, One Life to Live should be the show that survived the ABC AX!

Terry
Terry

The Mayor of Port Charles should fire

Karen
Karen

I’m thrilled to see Nora back in action, even though I’ve watched OLTL & AMC, since they began, GH wasn’t one of them. Mainly because as a mom raising a family, I barely had time for the two I did watch. I was hooked & still am! I’ll be checking out GH to see my favs from Llanvuew but I’m still hoping OLTL finds its way back to TV so all of Llanview can be reunited!! (Hoping Bo makes his way to Port Charles to be with Nora!)

John Gordon
John Gordon

It’s funny – I never “really” watched General Hospital or should I say, I preferred to watch OLTL and All My Children, then after a while, I could only follow one, until they went on-line as brief, 30 min inceptions. Due to work and school time constraints, I couldn’t follow 3 shows, except waaay back when, back to the days of ABC’s afternoon line up would have General Hospital, followed by One Life to Live…..and at one time soaps were (for a while anyway) 45 minute shows, which I actually thought was fine. An hour is a tad long for a soap nowadays (don’t yell at me, it’s just my opinion) – In an hour they throw a hundred commercials at you, and I just can’t view them anymore. I don’t think just bringing Nora back will entice me to watch General Hospital HOWEVER if they brought Erica Slezak on as Victoria Lord – I am there.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What I said–bring Bo along.

Rodd
Rodd

Can’t wait! Looking forward to seeing her in PC!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

All. Of. Them.

The show could be called All My Mobsters and Maybe Others

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Right…two mobsters in a cast of sixty people…this line is so 2007.

kathryn63
kathryn63

I JUST NOW WANT AS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MANY OF US FANS OF THEIRS DO WANT MELISSA(ARCHER) ON GH & RE-UNITED WITH MICHAEL(EASTON)!!!! I MISS THEM SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! SHE DESERVES SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH TO BE ON GH WITH MICHAEL. THEY ARE PHENOMENAL TOGETHER AS THEY ARE/WERE ON OLTL AS JOHN&NATALIE & CERTAINLY WILL/WOULD BE AGAIN ON GH NO MATTER WHAT CHARACTERS THEY’RE PLAYING. She WOULD be fantastic as Reiko(Finn’s wife) & I’m continuing to read & know that Reiko is alive & that FV ‘S surprise is Melissa will be playing her. FV bring her on board ASAP. Just want Finn(ME) away ASAP from Hayden Barnes(RB)! I cannot STAND HER OR THE ACTRESS never ever could especially when she was on AMC as Greenlee. I always tuned out on AMC when she was on-screen. She gratest on me & is NOT a good actress AT ALL. FV bring Melissa on-board IT IS WAYYYYYYYYYY PAST TIME!!!

dmr
dmr

I JUST commented below that I can’t stand Hayden-both the actress and the character have got to go.

Addison
Addison

Hayden is always walking around the hospital wondering who she should fire when the answer is staring right back at her when she looks in the mirror,
She is utterly useless and pointless.

dmr
dmr

Addison, my thoughts, exactly. It seems as though the actress is just inserted into storylines for no apparent reason, just to try to give her air time and the character some focus and interaction with the alumni. The actress and the character is not working, in my opinion.
& I had to laugh, working at an institution myself and working closely with the Board of Directors and Senior Advisors, in no way shape or form would someone in Hayden’s position be discussing the Board’s plans in an open forum, such as the hospital’s HALLWAY with the staff (Amy, Elizabeth, Finn). The writers are just so lazy and stupid.

Marina
Marina

Looking forward to seeing Nora on our screens in a few weeks. This is one character I wouldn’t mind staying on GH. Not fond of Nina, Nelle, Amy or Hayden. Rebecca Budig isn’t going anywhere she has a contract. Her character is one of the most obviously propped that I have seen. Walking around GH in her high heels throwing trash away. Is this supposed to endear her to me? Never going to happen. She should be at ELQ, not working at a hospital with her history of embezzlement!
As far as reuniting Michael Easton and Melissa Archer,”HELL YES” Miss them incredibly. FREE FINN!

dmr
dmr

Marina,
I thought the same thing about Hayden, walking around the hospital in heels throwing away garbage, was that supposed to be comical? It wasn’t. I find the actress/character to be obnoxious. No thanks. Amy has got to go. Kiki, too, in my opinion. You hit the nail on the head, the character has definitely been propped up.

Steph
Steph

It seems that GH brings on actors without definitive plans and then tries to make actors fit on the canvas by shoehorning them into various stories that don’t make sense. Prop til you drop. The question I always ask is, is the show better with this character?

Anna
Anna

Love Michael and Melissa! Off the charts chemistry❤️

Lena
Lena

Seriously though, love that Nora is coming to GH. I hope it’s not all hype for a short stint. Would love to see better actors and stories. Get rid of unnecessary characters: Amy, Nelle, Nina . Don’t like Hayden at all either.

Lena
Lena

Love love love me some Archer and Easton.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Well guess what? I can’t stand Melissa Archer since I first saw her on DOOL a couple years ago. Her deer in the headlights stare and her body poured into the way too tight clothes she wore, was enough for me. I do hope to never see her in P.C.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

This comment was in reply to Kathryn 63. I get the reply thing mixed up!

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

Nora will be part of the legal battle for Charlotte-Valentin’s lawyer!!!

Shay
Shay

Looking at that photo of “Nora,” my first thought was that she is simply a sober—and obviously more modestly-clad—version of Port Charles’ currently indisposed ( I mean, drunken….) local legal-eagle Alexis.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, she can fight with fierce Mama Bear Laura for Lulu’s victory.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m REALLY looking forward to see “Nora” again but I’m disappointed that it’s implied it will be just a short stint. Hoping that if it goes well she’ll be a recurring character.

And…I just noticed Hillary B. Smith looks kinda like the actress who plays Carol on The Walking Dead!

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

GH doesn’t need Nora at all.

We need more of the actual PC lawyers…like Diane Scott Ric Alexis…why is Nora free of the newbie hate all the others get?

GH fans don’t know her or care about her…just like Todd McBain and Starr.

We need Robert back for Anna’s WSB story with Valentin…not this Nora person to pacify fans of a cancelled soap like OLTL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’ve just agreed and complimented two of your posts and I like your positive GH attitude. However, I disagree with you on this. I love the character Nora, as do m any others. We don’t “need” her…we “want” her presence…or “welcome” her. While I love Scott and would love to see more of him…as well as Ric (we do agree there) it’s obvious that the soap genre is flailing…and changing. It’s also apparent that OLTL was beloved by millions and many have been hoping either for its return or the resurgence of some of its characters. It seems that the execs are experimenting to see if such casting will increase ratings or be a detriment. There are two different camps. The one that garners the most ratings will be a win/win if it keeps GH on the air. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to see my beloved GH characters like Scott, Mac, Rick find their way back. With more advertising dollars they’ll be more able to afford many of the characters we love….

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Scott unfortunately has become a boob–didn’ t used to be. He’s NOT convincing as an effective lawyer; he’s too busy doing his schtick. Should have been a comedian like his father and brother.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Nancy…Scottie has always been portrayed this way to some degree.And, actually, I hated it because I love the character. He “got no respect.” He was the fall guy for a long time and was constantly criticized by much of the town…if I recall he did do underhanded things. At this point he’s brought in for comedic effect…though I like his relationship with Ava and Franco. I’d love for him to be on more regularly and be a real contender for Alexis, Diane, Ric…and Nora!

Mona Johnson
Mona Johnson

I’m soooo happy my fav Nora Buchanan ( Hillary b Smith)is coming to GH….

Marina
Marina

Happy to have her for however long . Enjoy this actress

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

No Nora…I want Laura.

davlestev1
davlestev1

What story would you pen for Laura?

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Laura tries to shoot Valentin but kills Franco instead.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Laura–ALWAYS! And wasn’t she just great today (Thur.) with Tracy–reminding her that it was the PEOPLE that made GH what it was. And Tracy has an idea as a result of that. Good on Laura–and go, Genie. She was a knockout today; how beautiful she looked and how vibrant. Genie is getting her moxie back. HUZZAH!

clh
clh

Can’t wait to see this lady on my screen again!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

So now that we have Nora, can we maybe see Bo show up at least for a few days? I’d like that but then I would like all of the characters from OLTL to pop up for a visit. That show was my favorite when it was cancelled and I never understood why when their ratings were better than other shows at the time.

kathy
kathy

I agree with James. It was the best one on when ABC made that stupid decision to cancel it.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

No…GH always had higher ratings than OLTL and was the bigger brand name since 1980….they kept their best and more popular soap.

OLTL got the cancellation bump…only reason they temporarily passed GH.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

The obvious choice would be Alexis, but I’m guessing it’s Ava or Julian.

Daryl
Daryl

she’ll be the new DA

Andrew
Andrew

I suppose it’s too much to ask that we’d get a Bo sighting via skype or facetime… but hopefully they’ll be kind enough to drop a few nuggets of what’s been going on in Llanview.

I am convinced that this is a back door pilot of sorts to see if there’s still interest in the OLTL characters. I plan to watch for the first time in a couple of years.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

See? All of us want to see Bo also!

dmr
dmr

I watched today’s episode while at home for lunch (Tuesday) and it was just awful and absurd. I can no longer take Sonny and Carly. Both characters just need to be retired. Carly, going to the hospital in the middle of a crisis (nurse’s strike) to inform Michael (who is on the hospital board) about Ava potentially being the one behind Morgan’s car bombing-IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOSPITAL LOBBY. This wonderful mother who claims to love her children more than any mother before her doesn’t take her child to a private place to inform her of this news? Also, tells her son how his “father” broke house arrest and went to pay Ava a visit to kill her. Do the actors look at the script and think, “this is just absolutely absurd!”
Also, Elizabeth and Franco, could they be anymore boring? Elizabeth is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Don’t even get me started on Hayden. Send her back to Pine Valley where they are off the air. Can’t stand the actress or the character.
Why do I even bother watching this show?

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

I don’t know why you angry haters, chronic complainers, negative nitpickers bother watching or posting either…you all come to this site daily to rant and rave about the cons while ignoring the pros…never point out the stuff that is working but always point out what isn’t working…right now this place has become a sewer of waste to discuss GH on a logical reasonable level….it’s the same repetitive hateful negativity about everything from A to Z every day…even when MF writes a positive column and tries to generate some talk about a storyline it is flooded with the same nitpicking and complaining about every single aspect of the show…even though the ratings continue to rise it’s still nothing but gripes.

Reed
Reed

GH should always mine its rich history or that of its (former) sister shows, before they plug in characters that we have no vested interest in. Even if for a short run, you get great buzz off of a beloved veteran like Hillary B. Smith reprising her role–it’s a quick win and a treat for viewers and just maybe you catch lightning in a bottle and the character makes sense to remain on the canvas.

As someone who’s followed GH (and ABC daytime) since the 80’s, the current GH regime does a nice job of using the shows history and sprinkling in our favorite characters from days gone by. Keep up the good work!

Tammy Adams
Tammy Adams

I think she will be Alexis’ attorney! I can’t wait to see her debut! I loved Nora Buchannon!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Can someone please tell me what or who Nora will be representing. One soarce says she will be the new DA. Then I read she is coming to PC to represent Valentin in the custody battle for Charlotte. Which is it or neither?

JR
JR

She will represent Olivia Jerrome

Rita
Rita

Nora and Beau would make a wonderful addition to General Hospital!

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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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