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Jeffrey Vincent Parise Talks Being Up for the Role Of Julian Jerome, His Final GH Scenes with Teresa Castillo, Mad Men and More On SOAP BOX!

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This past week, General Hospital fans had to say their final goodbye to actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise who’s last episode aired on Thursday as Ghost Carlos.  Over the last few weeks, Parise turned in powerful performances during the GH Live shows where mobster Carlos Rivera says goodbye to his long time love Sabrina Santiago, before being shot and killed by Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) for murdering her beloved Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan)!  Later, Carlos comes back as a ghost and torments Anna, who is guilt ridden for shooting the mobster in cold blood to avenge Duke’s death.

On this past Thursday’s episode of TradioV’s Soap Box with Lilly Melgar and Martha Madison, Parise joined the hosts to discuss his final GH moments, revealed he was originally up for the role of Julian Jerome played by William deVry, and his pivotal role in the series finale of the hit primetime series Mad Men, in which he uttered the final line as the lauded drama came to its conclusion.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman joined Parise, Madison, and Melgar later in the episode to discuss the latest news in the world of soaps, weighed in on the GH Live shows and the just completed May Sweeps storylines on all four network daytime drama series.   Below are a few noteworthy moments from Parise’s appearance!

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Jeffrey on his final scene with Teresa Castillo as Carlos and Sabrina:  “Teresa Castillo in the scene we just watched broke my heart, and especially when I hung up with her, and Finola as Anna is asking her, ‘Where is he?’  It literally broke my heart … the resistance in her saying “Pier 54″, what a moment!  I knew this was thee last scene with her (Teresa) and I, and all the incredible scenes and moments we had shared within the acting experience of the past two years was going to be gone. ”

Jeffrey on being up for the role of Julian Jerome on GH:  “Originally, I tested for the role of Julian Jerome. Funnily enough at the time I didn’t think I was right for the part- they were calling for basically Will deVry – a blue collar business man gangster, but I loved the material.  Then when I tested I tested with Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos),  it felt really good, immediately.  So, apparently it came down between me and Will.  Then, when they ended up going with Will- then a couple of months later they called me and said, ‘We really liked the test, but you just weren’t right for the part. But … we wrote a part for you and we would love for you to come in and play it.”

Watch Soap Box with Jeffrey Vincent Parise below! Then, let us know what you thought about his final GH scenes, if you will miss him as Carlos, his performance in the Mad Men series finale, and him being up for the role of Julian Jerome!

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j9girard
j9girard

Such a good actor and he has charisma like crazy!! Hope he gets snapped up quickly by someone!

Harry
Harry

You know what I like about this actor? He can smile or frown just using his eyes. He can convey so much without saying a word.

Marc
Marc

No actor/character combo has been more perfect since Trevor St John’s Todd Manning . Even though it means the actor is gone I wouldnt want him playing anyone else but the ultra sleazy yet lovesick Carlos. Sadly it was so perfect I cant see myself watching the show anymore with this loss.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Lovesick Carlos…that is a perfect description. No matter how cold Carlos was…how ready to kill…he truly loved Sabrina. He would have done anything for her…except sadly give up “the life.” Another actor they shouldn’t have let go…

Linda Jorgenson
Linda Jorgenson

Dead or Alive Jeffrey is a great Actor and deserves to be on GH.

su0000
su0000

Carlos! I need Carlos!
He is my sexy dose! luv that guy..
a funny..
tweet RC .. I am alone at the bar in East Hampton…what is everyone else doing?
tweet me .. I’m doing laundry and I’m hungry ..
Also- I’m hoping ”Carlos” will come and kiss me!
Enjoy your drink 🙂
tweet RC .. everyone is hoping that

See! Carlos is luved! RC knows Carlos is hearthrob ! that he is wanted!
my Carlos is gone, sigh

I know Carlos did not have a big part or a story .. He was used when needed..
I can see the business side of the let go, but I don’t want to let him go!! aha
damnit!

(( tell myself– soap peoples never die they have a round trip ticket ! heh 🙂

Harry
Harry

Su00–I totally concur. This man was something special and GH squandered his talent and let him go.
As Napoleon Dynamite might say,”Idiots!”

su0000
su0000

yes IDIOTS!!
I wanna beat-up who let my Carlos go!

Pier 54 is magical, a resurrection portal, what lies beneath the waters is truly amazing!
Carlos better come back !!!

Beth
Beth

He was a great addition to the cast. Loved his work w/WdV AG MB but with Teresa, it really gave the character depth., along with the Maura West sevens. So much fun to see Julian and Carlos,really gonna miss that..

Mary SF
Mary SF

I really liked his last performances as ghost Carlos–he gave the character more of an angry edge, which I assumed if you’re murdered you might have, but I wished he played that darker side while Carlos was alive– I always thought he came across as too soft to be a mob boss enforcer, but I was really liking ghost Carlos–I would have loved him to torment Anna for a long time, but I guess that is not to be– sigh.

luisa
luisa

Bring him back, I would have long to see Carlos against Sonny and Jason, his range of acting remind me the Ruiz’s brother a big mistake if they don’t bring him back, suggestion, someone was at the pier watching.

Patrick
Patrick

@j9g
@Marc
@Linda

really… nice posts

when an actor comes along… and helps the main characters elevate their game ON

whew! ???? this man is a keeper

not since Kelly Sullivan, ex-Connie, GH
not since Kelly Thiebaud, ex, Britt, GH

and now… ex-Carlos, GH Jeffrey Vincent Parise…. “this is” a loss for the team

he brought so much interest in the craft of acting… watching a professional… parlay quality

I did not want this ride to end

just like Connie and Britta

B.J.
B.J.

Hi Patrick! We seem to love the same actors/characters. I really miss Connie and Britt … just as I will Carlos! 🙁

I hoped until the last they would save him. After all they’ve saved that sorry Sonny all these years. Why not someone so talented? 🙂 This is really sad that they keep throwing the “gems” away.

Patrick
Patrick

tthanks B.J.

have to add in, ONE more

ex-Ellie Trout ( Emily Wison )

bring her back…. if GH production NEEDS to flesh out and frontburner him so much… at least get an actress that he has an immediate connection and chemistry with…. this was never more apparent than at the Nurses’ Ball

Nathan and Ellie !!!!! I love this pair

I don’t know what has happened to Maxie… but her magic is gone… she is tanking with Nathan

Ghlover
Ghlover

Bring him back pleaseeeeeeeeeee

Cynthia
Cynthia

Jeffrey was spectacular! I was really hoping we’d see more of Ghost Carlos. So much more could have been done with the character. I find it odd that they created the character for Jeffrey to play and then killed him off! There are a few characters I would trade for Carlos in a split second. I just don’t understand getting rid of him.

Rose
Rose

Saw Jeffrey on Mad Men finale, and did a double take because I had just seen him shot by Anna (the first time) on GH. Especially since he was cast as a meditation leader, far from his role as Carlos.

I will miss him on GH even though I don’t know how much further they could have taken his character. As an actor he brought a lot of depth and passion to an otherwise two-bit criminal. This really came out in his wonderful scenes with Sabrina who also showed what I have to think was genuine emotion since they were also the last ones with Jeffrey on GH.

And this might seem strange, but I also liked that he actually looked like a might have envisioned a hitman compared to other criminals on the show…a little unkempt and greasy with the same clothes that I’m sure could have used a washing machine.

Margie Dalton
Margie Dalton

Excellent job playing Carlos! REALLY MADE US HATE YOU! Saw Jeffrey on Mad Men. Best of luck in you future endeavors. Ciao’ Carlos
Thank you Michael

El
El

Fantastic actor. I wish GH and given him a wider range of material and found a way to keep him because he is a a true talent!

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

Sabrina shouldv’e taken the bullet for Carlos…lol

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

at the last split sec

Michael comes to the aid of his new lovelorn… Sabrina

and he takes the bullet

heck…. for all i know… Michael, may be even better than the new Dillan

Shay
Shay

You’re singing my song, jimh!!! ‘Twould have made a most poetic ending for Carrrrrr-LOS!!!!! to have been saved by “St. Sappy’s” intervention, or better yet, they could have gone out together in a blaze of glory. For me, the “Sapster” will always be first and foremost “Reeeee-verr–rrrrrah’s” (as Sloane is so wont to put it…..) sloppy seconds gun moll, and no means to gussy-up her character will ever change that fact.

Harry
Harry

((Shudder))) Shay is in the building

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Shay.
In answer to your reply, I fervently agree with you concerning Silas. I am very glad he is not part of Ava’s and Delia’s deception. As you say, he’s very upstanding in his moral and ethical values. He has already derailed in that department by hiding and saving Ava. But, he is a doctor and his duty is ,first and foremost , seeing to the wellbeing of his patients…..The Hippocratic Oath.

As I posted the other day, I was wrong when I assumed Denise was real….I corrected myself as I saw the story develop. Su was not fooled….the girl seems to know everything…heh, Su…LOL…..
I think everyone figured it out by now. Delia helped Ava “escape” the confines of that hospital room in the city. Will there be an investigation seeking the DiMuccio family in Queens? Or, checking out Denise’s salon? Does Delia have friends by the name DiMuccio and has engaged their help?
Also, I do agree that Ava, as much as I love her, needs to pay for her crimes. How? It will be interesting to watch.
Yes, Shay….I love William deVry. I do not like what he represents. But his sexy demeanor is a far cry from Sonny’s. Julian is a hunk……Julian is beautiful, Julian is magnetic, an Adonis, en par with the much younger, Nathan…..sadly, all that chiseled manhood is wasted on Alexis. TPTB need to bring in a younger female counterpart, ( at least the same age as he. This couple does not look good together. He looks so much younger than she) to complement that beauty…….and, VENUS is her name.

Shay
Shay

We are definitely on the same page where Silas is concerned, CeeCee! I love his calm, decent and morally-centered doc….I don’t want to see him deviate from that position, no matter how many questionable types are thrown into his path. He did his duty as a medical professional, and now he should wash his hands of Ava/Denise, no matter the romantic history upon which they waxed so nostalgically when she looked to be on her last legs. As for the questions surrounding “Ms. DiMuccio” and her “backstory,” that was something that I also immediately found suspicious…I know the PCPD is lacking in practically all ways and means of common sense, but c’mon, nobody there does an online check for this person, her family and so-called business? That was just too sloppy for words! (Then again, I have no hope whatsoever for that stupid cop shop….as if having the crooked Lomax running the city weren’t ridiculous enough, now we’ll have to suffer Jordan as Queen Bee of the police department, plus “Val-Chops” sniffing around trying to get into Dante’s y-fronts! Oh please….this is like a really bad Shonda Rimes drama! And mind, I’m all for Lomax, because there was no way, no how, I wanted that ditzy, long-absent mom Felicia playing “Mrs. Mayor!” Furthermore, I really have to ask, after double crossing both major Port Charles crime families with her undercover antics, shouldn’t Ms. Ashford and her son be on their way out of the city ala witness protection in toute suite fashion? Makes no sense, any more than “Val-Chops,” who professes her love of all things culinary, not being installed in Kelley’s kitchen as their next short order cook. Is there ever any evidence of logic employed in these plot developments…rhetorical question, of course?) At any rate, while I can appreciate your, um, interest in all things Nathan and Julian, they simply don’t float my boat. (I’m much more into the WASP-y, patrician pretty boy prepsters and Nordic God types…the fair-haired look, so to speak…). But by all means, do drink in their particular kind of manliness and enjoy!!! Having said that, we certainly do see eye-to-eye on Julian’s need for a far more age-appropriate “objet d’amour”….his youthful charms are being horribly wasted on that cloying wet noodle of a sex-crazed AARP-er otherwise known as A-Lexis-Sexis!!!! LOL…..

Harry
Harry

(looking furtively for Shay).
Jim, I try not to be one of those people who stubbornly cling to an opinion when all evidence points the contrary. I have mandated time and time again that Theresa is a horrible actress. I think she really was and the wedding interruptus really validated my poor opinion of that actress’s poor acting abilities. But when Sappy, er, I mean Sabrina, had to get Carlos’s location on the phone for Anna she truly seemed heartbroken. Her performance rose far above my expectations. In short, she was really very good.
Now I am going to cross myself and say 10 Hail Shays and pray for forgiveness.

Shay
Shay

God will get you for that one—(make that two!)—-Harry!!!!! LOL…But it just goes to show how we can totally take away different things from the same scene. I recall thinking that Anna had to totally carry the water during that live shoot because Sappy was so ineffective what with all of her contrived weeping and whining as she essentially set up Carrrr-LOS! for death. Guess from my perspective, she’ll just always be the bane of my existence, no matter what she does.

Patrick
Patrick

@harry… your last two lines are in hysterics

I will gavel and echo them…. nonetheless

LOL

“…she truly seemed heartbroken. Her performance rose far above my expectations. In short, she was really very good.
Now I am going to cross myself and say 10 Hail Shays and pray for forgiveness. ”

she truly was… earnest… and is making it with Michael

if these two… actors… are starlets and pets… what can I say

LOL… as I told Chad Duell : “I’m getting it”

along with Morgan… DANG he’s fine

ta-da

harry
harry

Shay, I felt so guilty–as if I betrayed the president of the I-Hate-Sappy-Club.
Call it temporarily insanity but I do think Jeffrey brings out the best in Theresa.

Shay
Shay

Now, now, no need for that, Harry….Mr. Parise is obviously a most skilled thespian….he always carried those scenes with Sappy with great aplomb. If a bit of his professional polish rubbed off on her, then it simply bespeaks of his immense talent!!! When you think about it, after two-plus (long) years on the GH canvas, the “Sapster” should have learned something and improved in her presentation. I’ll defer to you on this one, and call it an acting anomaly….as soon as that babysitting buffoon is back in “vacantville” with the equally clueless Mikey, it will be again be a case of the obtuse leading the obtuse.

shrona
shrona

There you go again, jimh, reading my mind again! JVP has been making the prime time scene lately (I’ve seen him on Mad Men and iZombie in the last month) so he will surely get a prime time series or even a movie soon.

Shelly
Shelly

He played Carlos so well. I would hate the character one minute and be mesmerized the next…that’s good acting!

I was surprised at the emotional reaction I had to his demise. Those last scenes between him and Teresa Castillo actually made me cry and I found myself wishing the writers had explored that relationship further.

He’s an exciting actor and I’m looking forward to watching for him in future projects, however, he will be greatly missed at GH. Maybe we could convince TPTB to bring his “twin” to the canvas…remember Manny & Lorenzo? Hmmm…. 🙂

Harry
Harry

He is a really good actor, Shelly.
I think he was wasted on GH as Carlos.
I do feel the actor will go on to better things so I am happy for him.

Timmm
Timmm

The casting director should be fired! Roger, Michelle and Jeffrey were all miscasted ! Jeffrey is gone, Franco sucks and Nina is a waste of time! [Not your fault Michelle!]

I love gh
I love gh

I absolutely will miss him! There are very few actors who, in my opinion, become the part, whether it be on film or television. He became the part and made me feel sorry for Carlos again and again.

Spixiefan
Spixiefan

So great to watch!! I love love love love Carlos and Jeffrey and I’m so sad he is gone from GH. 🙁 After RC had Spinelli leave with Ellie the FIRST time last year, I quit watching GH, it was Carlos and Ava that brought me back…. when GH brought Spinelli back JUST to stomp on Spixie this last time, again I quit watching, but I couldn’t resist watching the Carlos scenes, Jeffrey is simply brilliant. Now he is gone… 🙁 Seeing those last scenes between Sabrina and Carlos again made me tear up, I would have loved more of their love story. It is so sad and beautiful and heartbreaking when he says he wished he could have done something better with his life and that Sabrina deserves someone better than him.. :'( I wish he was staying on GH, can’t wait to see him in other things. <3

Spixiefan
Spixiefan

Oh yeah, I forgot to say, how interesting that he was almost Julian Jerome!! Very cool little tidbit.. I think he woudl have been amazing at being Julian……. I wish they had made Carlos related to Lilly somehow and hooked him up with Sonny.. and then given us more of the Carlos Sabrina love story…… plus more with Carlos and Ava (another great acting team).. I just love him.

su0000
su0000

I love love love Carlos, too!
He must be sad, I should go to him and comfort him heh 😉

Timmm
Timmm

Sorry Spix, I think Will is perfect because Jeffrey wouldnt have been right to be in love with Alexis and he is too young to be Sam’s father.

Linda
Linda

I am glad Jeffrey became Carlos as he played the role to perfection. DeVry seems better suited for the businessman-gangster Julian.

Dan
Dan

Good actor and he did a nice job in the role, but it became an unnecessary character. Once they had Carlos murder Duke, there was nowhere else to go. It was the proverbial being written into a corner. He’s a very talented actor, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing him in many future projects.

And who knows, the harbor in Port Charles seems to be a fountain of youth of sorts, lol, how many people have been thrown in there, and returned? So we may see Carlos again down the road. You never know.

su0000
su0000

ohh gorash !

The Pier 54 is a portal to resurrection..
Perhaps it’s an alien thing from back when, there is a spaceship below that resurrects dead people!!
….. Pier 54 .. I want to die there !!!

Timmm
Timmm

If I were Frank I would bring Jeffrey back as Carlos’s twin. Why not? Ava & Denise, hello! No I would give him a shave and cut his hair and bring him on as a twin named Cante. Anna would freak when she sees him and he would be a good guy here to revenge his brothers death.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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