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It's A Wrap For Kelly Sullivan As She Tapes Her Final Day On General Hospital!

Photo Credit: Michael Tammaro

Photo Credit: Michael Tammaro

All good things must come to an end, or do they? The fabulous Kelly Sullivan tweeted a few hours ago that she was on her way into General Hospital to tape her final day on the ABC soap opera.

As fans know at the end of June, we learned that Kelly’s character of Connie  Falconeri (the integrated version with Kate) was being written off the canvas! Now just how she leaves the series is up to much speculation.

Kelly took to Twitter this morning announcing her final day at GH stating, “My last day. It’s gonna be a good one.”  Meanwhile her cast mate Laura Wright (Carly) sent her some well wishes on Twitter for her final day at the studio.

Are you sad that Kelly is wrapping up her stay at GH?  Do you wish the powers-that-be would reconsider, and bring her back somewhere down the line? What well-wishes would you like to send Kelly’s way?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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James
James

Kelly is an amazing actress, but I agree with TPTB in severing ties with this character at the moment.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Yep. KS’s talent was just too far above that of the writing team. I hope she rises to a really great career that she loves where she is widely acknowledged for her talent and grace.

des10261991
des10261991

I agree Elizabeth! She is Awesome!

rosanna
rosanna

Will miss her the storyline that was going to be cousins fighting for Sonny is no existent now, Kelly was fabulous as Kate/Connie, I wish nothing but the best and maybe in the future they will bring her back!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

I wish Kelly well, but I am not going to miss her character of Konnie. Horrible character.

Karen Weber
Karen Weber

I agree on the character being bad, but Kelly did an amazing job with the whole Connie/Kate thing. She is a great actress, and I look forward to seeing her go on to bigger things. The previous actress that played Kate could have NEVER pulled off the Connie character. I am not trying to be mean, but hey they are actors, so critique is part of it. The previous actress had no depth to her. She certainly was no match on the screen with Maurice. Kelly was able to hold her own with a lot of superb actors of GH.

donna
donna

i so agree with you karen. she was amazing

Julie
Julie

I agree with Karen also.. Kelly will be missed!!!!

Laurie McRae
Laurie McRae

I am disappointed in the GH “powers that be” for DUMPING such a talented actress the way they are! Kelly handled the dual roles of Kate & Connie BRILLIANTLY! It’s so much more than just that, though. Kelly is one of the most gracious, fan friendly GH actresses I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting/Tweeting with! She will be SORELY missed as Kate/Connie, but hopefully will maintain an ongoing relationship with the legion of fans she’s grown as we follow her to her to her next job/role!

Mary
Mary

She is an amazing actress – really – some of those scenes she did – WOW – and I did like her character – will be missed.

Tracy Thomas
Tracy Thomas

Just as with Julie Marie Berman tptb wasted a GOLDEN opportunity to do some great story telling! Whether they “left on their own” (Berman) or summarily “let go” (Sullivan) Cartini sacrificed these wonderful talents ( and lets include the ones who left previously…Barash, Reeves Anderson) for the sake of bringing back their OLTL favorites! Unfortunately GH has become unrecognizable and has morrphed in to OLTL 2.0 no matter how much they try to deny it!

GB
GB

scott reeves – bless him – as the acting charisma of a (wilted) head of cabbage. kelly sullivan is a likable and elegant presence on screen, but i think there was a real danger she would chew the entire scenery, and in times of budget constraints that’s just too dangerous. as to the OLTL characters, they’re gone, and the actors have now been on GH for a year-and-a-half. they’re GH actors now. when you’ve been in a new job for a year-and-a-half, do you still think yourself as an employee of your old company?

Jake R.
Jake R.

GB, I couldn’t agree with you more. And even if I didn’t, what you said was very well said.

bonnie
bonnie

agree the OLTL cast is taking over and they have sub par acting skills. Now another OLTL character is coming to GH Bo when will the madness end .GH is going to be cancled at this rate . Kelly is a great actress

donna
donna

there is no one else from oltl coming to gh. it was rumoured that bo ,peter reckell from dool was coming to gh but that was found out to not be true

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

She was awesome. But is just Connie leaving or Kate too? lol If there was ever a 3rd attempt to revive Dark Shadows she would be great as the witch Angelique. Id like to see her return to GH but some smart show will snap her up…maybe Tainted Dreams?

rebecca1
rebecca1

great observaton Jimh! She actually looks like the Angelique of old!

Rhonda
Rhonda

Sooooo sad to see Kelly go. I love her, her acting and love the character of ConnieKate! You’ve gotten this wrong GH, please bring Kelly back!! As a long time fan and watching this show for 30+ years I do not understand what has been happening lately with some of these storylines.

Beacon
Beacon

No great loss. Split personalities are not GH’s specialty, leave the psychological storytelling to OLTL.

carol
carol

Huge mistake for the show to get rid of this multi-talented actress instead of some of the much less talented newbies that we could all do without. I wish Kelly luck in her new endeavors and hope whoever made this decision lives to regret it.

Aria
Aria

Of course I wish the powers that be would reverse their decision, this is a bad mistake, makes you wonder who will be next..

JEFF
JEFF

Yes, she’s a talented actress they should be keeping.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I love the relationship between Connie and Olivia and I hated the idea of pitting those two against each other for Sonny. I hope however they write her off it leaves room to bring back the character in the future. I also hope they don’t split her personalities again– let her leave well and whole for parts unknown. And finally KS is very talented so I hope she finds a new gig soon.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Tracy Thomas, I agree with you wholeheartedly! TPTB wasted great talent–and GH is NOT GH anymore.

Cathty
Cathty

Yes I’ll miss her, LOVE Connie/Kate whatever she played! KS is a fabulous actress, big loss to GH, but I’m sure she’ll find something else! Good luck Kelly!!

Rodd
Rodd

I think she’ an actress who can be depended upon to hit it out of the ballpark. It’s a sad loss for GH and us fans. I hope she can be brought back on at some point down the road. Best wishes to her.

JustSaying
JustSaying

To be honest, GH never knew what to do with the character of Connie/Kate. Whether it be with this actress or the original actress, she was written all over the wall. I wish the actress well, but I wish the character could have been on recurring basis.

B.J.
B.J.

Wishing all the best to Kelly! She’s too good for the circus GH has become anyway. I wouldn’t want to wait around for a couple of scenes in that menagerie, if I had her talent.

Hope she finds something equal to her talent soon.

lou
lou

Kelly is terrific and having a S/L with women friends with Connie & Liv was a nice back to basics move. Unf the geniuses who destroyed the genre keep thinking the fans want far-fetched nonsense instead of insightful relationships developed over time. Kelly never dialed in a performance despite lousy material.

moshane58
moshane58

Yes very sad.I liked the Connie/Katie storyline and really like Kelly Sullivan…Wish they would bring her back.

Carol Bryan
Carol Bryan

I’m just about ready to watch my soaps online (All My Children and One Life to Live). General Hospital should be keeping Kelly as her story line with Sonny has a lot more to come. As usual the powers that be start getting rid of characters until their show hits bottom. It has been stupid to cast OLTL characters as one person then cast that same person as someone else. This really messed up the whole show. I’m done!!

matthew
matthew

I 100% agree but won’t ever give up on GH. I’ll just ffwd so much that I’ll get done in 10-15 min. Sad that they would do this to Kelly Sullivan to keep the kennel club they have going with all these bad actors and even worse characters from other shows. 🙁 I miss crazy Connie already:-(

su0000
su0000

GH has a casting budget..
Kate/Connie was cut out and Ava brought in..
an even exchange in my opinion,.

It was either pay for Kate/Connie or Ava …

It is about budget for cast payroll, which character is best for the show,

matthew
matthew

I’d prefer Connie over Ava any day of the week. Love Kelly Sullivan! Can’t stand Ava or that actress that plays her! Sarah Brown deserved that Emmy way more than her a few years ago and if your right that they’re paying her with Sullivan’s salary then Sarah and Kelly have both been robbed. Much better actresses in my opinion.

Shay
Shay

I second that motion!!! Cannot tolerate Ava either! She is just a total phony and I don’t know which is worse, looking at her or listening to her! That faux-Marilyn voice is completely grating and her face/lips have a very plastic/botox quality to them. Do not enjoy anything about this woman…her storyline is boring, and she seems to have to insert herself into everyone else’s business. Please let the jig with her fake background story be up sooner rather than later. I cannot see having to put up with this irritating broad in the long run…as for KS, her plot has run its course. Don’t particularly mind her, but the Connie thing has become really old and so has the on-again/off-again relationship with Sonny. Just wish she would take cousin Olivia with her……

matthew
matthew

I was thinking the same thing Shay! She really should cut back on the lip pumping and drop the Marilyn impersonation. GH has always been the daytime soap with a primetime feel and all this bad acting is giving the show that ultimate cheese factor that you find across the rest of daytime.

bj anafan
bj anafan

agree. How many hours a week do we have to watch Ava slurping scotch.

Shay
Shay

So right, Matthew!!! Ava acts as if she is all class and refinement, when in reality she is just plain cheap and tacky, and it really shows! Her over-the-top “style” just does not fit in with the GH look and feel that we have come to know and expect. She actually reminds me of a thirties-type gun moll or screwball comedienne with that hairdo, over-exaggerated strut and phony childlike voice.

Shay
Shay

Good one, bj!!!! Also, have you ever noticed that chick’s strange eyebrows…they are halfway gone!!!!???? Must have used the pencil point/base of nose guide to determine that configuration….she does have wide nostrils…LOL!!!! All I can say is appearance-wise, Ava is getting dangerously close to tranny-looking territory…..total artifice!!!!! And while I am at it, the sleeveless frocks are getting tiresome, too. Cover up your arms, lady…they aren’t THAT fabulous!!!!! Okay, I’m done…for now!!!!!

mary
mary

I love Kelly and Connie. They should have kept Kelly as Connie and let go the actress who plays Olivia, Boring.

Jeff
Jeff

I have to agree with You, Mary. Yeah, they keep Olivia who sees dogs and they get rid of Connie because RC doesn’t have any idea how to write for women.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I love the Olivia character; she’s the heart and soul of the Sonny/Dante/Connie…(as well as anyone else she loves)…clan.

ethel
ethel

i so agree with you mary – olivia’s character is the one they should have gotten rid of not connie – olivia needs to go back to bensenhurst because she serves no purpose in port charles anymore………jmo

bonnie
bonnie

Kelly is a great actress . Its a shame to have her leave the show. They could have cancled the OLTL crew. there acting is sub par. She will be missed just another nail in the coffin of GH .

Karen
Karen

Maybe Kelly will go play Phyllis on Y&R? I think she would rock that role!

donna
donna

she`s to good for that role she needs to go to the big screen in hollywood and forget about tv

julie
julie

Kelly is a very talented actress. She should have been kept on GH. SO many characters just take up space – so many tired story lines. I hope that they can make magic with what they have and create a new interest inthe show. I think she is a big loss

Lew S
Lew S

BIG Mistake!!!!

Jake R.
Jake R.

Kelly was certainly much more enjoyable than the previous actress who played Kate. And I enjoyed when she went full Connie and was into the leopard print outfits and hitting on every man in Port Charles. But once the tow characters/personalities got reintegrated and she was much more Kate Howard but with Connie’s name, I lost interest.

One of the great things on “GH” is when they have “ethnic” characters who go beyond stereotypes. Lois was probably the first, and I really enjoy Olivia when she’s in full Bensonhurst Italian Mother mode. When Kelly was Connie she was like that too, but the “WASPY” Kate Howard never did it for me.

heidi
heidi

I wish Kelly well in whatever she does next!!! I was ready for the Connie/Kate story line to be over and if that means the new Connie one is too then we have to accept that. If she was sidelined to let Maura in for a longer stay… I have to approve! Maura is fabulous and her story is front and center at the moment and Connie’s is not. I am sure someday Connie may appear again…

Diane elderbrook
Diane elderbrook

I want her to stay!!!

rosa
rosa

I would like to see her stay and hook up with the doctor Silas I would like to see sonny and Olivia tighter and the truth come out that britt stole the eggs and her mother helped her that the baby belongs to dante and lulu

Joann
Joann

One of the best performance that I had seen in a while. Sorry to see you go.

smoochie
smoochie

Ive been watching GH since before Luke and Laura came onto the canvas. and I need to do some venting here. Before I do, I just want to say that I will miss Kelly a lot , I think she did the most with what she given and wish her a great career going forward-she is very talented and has a lot to offer.
I am over the fact that Sonny cant make up his mind who the love of his life is/was. First it was Brenda,then we found out about Connie from around the way, then enter the long suffering Olivia who he had a thing with (and Dante as a result) not to mention filling holes of Carly’s and Alexis from time to time, resulting in more progeny. I totally agree with Shay, the person who wrote about the character of Ava and the actress with whatever was said. I cant stand even looking at this actress, whose bio says she is only 41. she needs to stop doing plastic and botox. she looks much older than Michael Easton who is 45. I also can’t stand watching the actress who plays Britta, her mother, and the actor who plays Brad ..yuck. The casting director needs help or retirement.
For awhile I couldn’t stand the new Lulu, but she’s grown on me a bit, not by much. I’ve always loved Roger Haworth, but not as Franco- he needs to stop making the same facial expressions he uses as when playing Todd Manning- separate himself from the Todd character and become one with James Franco. And for the final casting blow they’ve brought William Devry in as Derek Wells, an actor who played one of the most despicable rapist psycho villains (All My Children), and whom I will be fast- forwarding on- The whole show is going down the tubes. All the stories are getting old, ludicrous and unbelievable . I really had hopes for awhile that GH was going to be the best soap on the airwaves. I loved that the storylines were moving and secrets were exposed quickly, and resolved . The only saving grace on the show for me right now are several actors and actresses that I love and respect. and they are the only reason I continue to watch GH. BTW this is JMO but glad for the freedom of speech. thanks for letting me vent.

Shay
Shay

Guess I’m not the only one with that immediate ick response to DeVry’s Derek/Julian character….definitely begs the question, WT???? Seems like there is lot of the yuck factor going around at GH these days: Brad’s sleazy antics, TJ/Taylor’s and Michael/Penny’s tawdry one-night stands, Morgan/Kiki’s too-frequent bedroom games and the disgusting, cringeworthy (and boring) “love” scenes between Patrick and his simple little senorita. Sad to say the only hot couple in the past few months was the temporary hate “hookup” of AJ and Carly, although it was in extremely bad taste!!!! What this soap needs to do is return to genuine romance between some real loving couples!!!! As for Britt and her “Mutta,” I find them to be hilarious!!!! Dr. O. has finally been fleshed out from simply a mad scientist with a case of unrequited love to a substantial force to be reckoned with….I thoroughly enjoy her too-rare appearances and cannot wait to see what she will do next, and when her true agenda/alliances will be revealed. One thing GH does do very well is give a lot of latitude to their character actors…they may not have enough airtime, but they certainly make the most of what they do get, i.e. Obrecht, Alice, Diane Miller, Epiphany, etc….

Debbie
Debbie

I really liked her I’ll miss her.

debera
debera

ah too bad, really like her and what a fabulous actress with a fabulous character, WHY GH WHY

Lynn T
Lynn T

Why did they let her go because of budget but then hire someone else? RIDICULOUS! …BRING HER BACK!!

Tammy
Tammy

I have to be honest, I didn’t really care for either one of the Connies/Kates for a long time. It wasn’t until recently when Connie started to remember the cause of her split personality and talked about what Joe Scully did to her. I have to say, I don’t cry over this show except for when a kid dies, but the way Kelly Sullivan played that part literally had me in tears. Since then, I’ve had the up most respect for her as an actress. I was hoping there would be a little drama between Kate, Sonny, and Olivia to spice the show up. Oh well!
Thanks Kelly for what you brought to the show and I wish you the best!

Stephanie
Stephanie

I LOVE her. ABSOLUTELY LOVE her! She is so amazing and just super awesome! I hope she becomes a HUGE star! I am going to miss her hilarious moments as crazy Connie vs. conservative Kate on GH but I wish her the best in her future. **)

Calleen
Calleen

I’m a HUGE GH fan and have been watching since Luke/Laura days. For the first time, i felt compelled to write about the departure of Kelly, aka Kate/Connie. When I read her contract was not re-negotiated and she was being let go, my first thought was WHY would the Powers To Be at GH let such a talented actress go? We all saw the scenes Kelly provided us fans as she Mastered the Kate/Connie Personalities. She was BRILLIANT and brought chills to my body when performing her scenes. Than it hit me why GH mistakenly let her go….it will now allow us to see Kelly on the BIG SCREEN and the Red Carpet/Academy Awards. Go Kelly! Show them what you got!

maryjolocke
maryjolocke

I would like to see Kelly sullvan played role of Jessica Buchanan one life to live

Nancy Grant
Nancy Grant

I miss Kelly and I stopped watching General Hospital because she left, I think it was a bad mistake letting her go! She was the best thing about General Hospital and I used to enjoy watching it because of her but not anymore!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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