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Kirsten Storms Back To Work At General Hospital!

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General Hospital fan favorite Kristen Storms (Maxie) is back on the set of the ABC daytime drama series!

The actress, who took some necessary time off, has been confirmed by the series to be taping new episodes.

In a photo on the GH Instagram account alongside her on-screen love interest Ryan Paevey (Nathan) it said, “She’s baaaaaack!! We could not be more thrilled to have @kirstenstorms back in Port Charles.”

Storms also took to social media with a picture of herself inside her GH dressing room!

Look for Maxie to be back on-screen some time next month.

So, excited to hear Kirsten is back taping at GH? Comment below.

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Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, yeah, yeah, what about Tristan Rogers?

Linda
Linda

Hooray! Nurse Amy can leave Nathan alone!

Shay
Shay

I want to see Maxie kick Nurse Amy’s ample butt for going after her husband!

Timmm
Timmm

Amy would snap Maxie in half!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, Shay. All Amy has as arsenal is her wily maneuvers. She’s pretty, but I would not categorize her as “enticing”.
Nathan isn’t gullible, albeit he should be after Claudette. He’s just a nice, honorable, decent guy, ready to help a friend in need and then some.
I suspect Amy was probably envious of Maxie, back in their High School days…..
Maxie was the popular one and Amy the perpetual wall-flower. You know the type? I know her kind well. Unrequieted love, Shay? I hope this story evolves into something tangible……so far, this scenario is very realistic. ….been there.
Being despised because of one’s looks and popularity festers to the point of trying to do said someone harm. It is the classic obsession.
Perhaps there was a boy she really liked . But he only had eyes for Maxie. Is this payback?
Will Amy pull a “Nelle” on Nathan? She couldn’t get him otherwise.
Wouldn’t put it past her, Shay.
Or….it could be all in our collective heads? LOL.
I don’t know if Maxie will be able to “sniff” Amy’s schemes out……not until some paralyzing drama is in order.

Celia
Celia

Shaybelle, I was thinking that Nathan is not all that Amy wants. She’s after “some kind of something” that involves easy money…..she wants money and fame, needing Nathan’s help.
I think she’s embarking on a very dubious voyage …..and not “on the good ship Lollipop”.
She is going to land in hot water, dragging Nathan with her.

Shay
Shay

Well, CeeCeeGirl, maybe our own real-life experiences have colored our shared intuitions about Nurse Amy…(See below.) However, there does seem to be a concerted effort to play up this character as highly-creepy and shifty with malevolent intent and questionable motivations. I’m really not looking forward to seeing where this storyline could be headed….

Shay
Shay

@Timmm…True enough….but with a bit of luck, perhaps Maxie will have a trusty taser on her person when this well-nourished nutcase pounces….or at least some mace! LOL.

Celia
Celia

We shall see where this goes,Shaybelle….especially with Maxie’s return.
Forgive me, one and all, for saying this, but how safe would Nathan have been if Amy were a siren? A drop-dead, voluptuous bombshell? LOL. Hmmmm.
Perhaps, I don’t give men enough credit, as depicted on soaps? Look at Sonny. Look at Griffin…GRIFFIN!!!!!! A priest, no less….who capitulated into a sordid affair with Claudette. The same for Nathan; he fell pray to her as well—immigrant or not, Claudette used him.
So, my point….if Amy had been the “be still mine heart” type, she and Nathan would not be wasting time talking about her possibly ficticious sick brother?
Also, I understand Ms Storm needed to get her life together ( hope she’s conquered whatever issue she was battling),and it was necessary for TPTB to create a credible stortline for her.
But, Maxie could have easily succumbed to a new man while away from PC and her husband.
I loooove Maxie, but, I always perceived her to be very flighty….falling ‘in love’ with one guy after the other at the blink of an eye.
Is it possible Amy dug something up? If Maxie cheated and Amy knows about it; this would be her chance to pounce?
I don’t know, Shay….you know how my brain gallops. I try to see gray areas, but I’d rather concentrate on black and white. Easier to discern. LOL.
I am, at least, fortunate on the GH sites because you always follow my train of thought, and understand moi, perfectly. Yup!!

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shay,
Well, today Ms Bassey will make her first appearance. I am soooo excited about that.
Imagine her as Helena’s sister. Better yet, another one of her husband’s dame du jour…LOL… or, de la nuit. More a’ propos, n’est-ce-pas? Ha!
If she is to be Valentin’s mother, it would beg the question…..why didn’t Helena kill her as she did Alexis’ mother? The point would be so much more poignant and ironic if Jennifer’s character would be both Helena’s sister and her husband’s lover; who bore him another illegitimate child?
I would think full-blast steam would have streamed out of Helena’s ears.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

W-h-a-t?! Did you just post “ample butt”?

Kelly Publicover
Kelly Publicover

So happy she’s back! I missed her but I know the time off was much needed for Kirsten. Hoping the writers don’t have too much turmoil in store for this couple. WELCOME BACK KIRSTEN!!

Magneto
Magneto

Awesome! Can’t wait to see her back on the screen!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Happy to hear it; we need a jolt of personality on the show. Now, if only she and dull as dishwater Nathan break up, there might be some hope. Hopefully she will jump on the Creepy Amy situation.

Celia
Celia

You know, Soaphound? At first impression, when Amy visited Nathan at his apartment and “took” the picture, I thought the worst…that she was after him ( I’m not saying she isn’t, LOL), but, after her “lavish” story about her disabled brother; the death of her mother; struggling financially etc…..well, I felt pity for her and her situation.
But, when she draped her arms around Nathan’s body with that forced Gioconda-like smile, who looked more like the tabby who just licked all the cream from from her paws, then mischievously, rubbing them together, I am having second thought.
A very nastily ’embroidered’ stratagem, if true.
Perhaps, the folder with her brother’s records are fake; and, she knocked them over purposely for Nathan’s benefit.
Did she plan the whole thing? Even her phone call, intuitively figuring he would follow her outside, when she left in a pretend-huff?
Nather and Maxie better watch their backs!!! Yup!!!!

Shay
Shay

I’m on the same page as you, CeeCeeGirl….Nurse Amy’s elaborately-staged sob story is most probably purely fictitious or, at the very least, highly-embellished, to pack the most emotional punch and elicit sympathy from the all-too-gullible Nathan….I’m sensing a very sick puppy here with a totally “fatal attraction” vengeful vibe type of scenario. Hope the canny Maxie sniffs out this “unmerciful anti-angel’s” evil plot before it goes too far….

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

I actually didnt miss the character but im glad the actress is ok!!!

rose
rose

Jimh…I’m with you on both counts. Also feel the same about Lulu’s character, but hoping she has a happy, healthy baby.

Steve
Steve

She looks happy and healthy in the photos. It’s good to have her back.

Time to ship Amy way to the background. The retcon of legacy characters Maxie and Dillon’s backstory for a newbie doesn’t fly. After SORASing, there’s the large age difference in the characters. Plus, I find it hard to believe that Edward Quartermaine’s grandson would go to public high school.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like Amy…much more now that they’ve actually given her a story. Not sure where it’ll go but I do believe she’s in trouble…either her story is true regarding her brother or something else is going on causing her distress. It would have been great if they made her the daughter, niece…some relative of Amy Vining. Not sure how they could have done that without changing history… I’m not sure how they wrote the original Amy out “back in the day”…but anything’s possible on soaps as we know.

I hope they keep her a good character…we need some with good intentions and sincerity. And, to be honest, they rarely give an overweight character any real airtime…male or female…another hurdle to be jumped in portraying the vast array of humanity.

Steve
Steve

OG Amy/Shell Kepler (despite being on contract for 20 years) only had a storyline of her own a couple of times. As mentioned on previous posts, she had one short-term boyfriend during that time and was never shown in a romantic light.

Amy Vining didn’t get an exit story. She just stopped appearing and wasn’t mentioned (like what’s happening with Alice these days). Amy’s only family connection was Laura, who was gone from the show at that time.

I agree that having diversity (including plus-size people) is important. OLTL had the great Kathy Brier as Marcie. And Patrika Darbo appears on both B&B and Days. On GH, we have Sonja Eddy (Piph). For new Amy, it’s not the actress that many commenters have issues with, it’s the character. Imagine a storyline if Risa were Serena Baldwin and Lucy coming to terms that beauty occurs in many forms. And I’m sure Risa would play great opposite Roger Howarth as her brother.

rebecca1
rebecca1

That would have been an interesting idea…Risa playing Serena. I would have liked it but I can assure you there’d be a few who’d protest because of her weight.

As for her as Amy, like I said I’m starting to like the character. I couldn’t figure out why they even created the part other than to try to recreate the original Amy vibe…which was disastrous. Might have been cute if many of us hadn’t known the original…and it’s not about the acting…I think Risa’s great (rather Broadway-esque) just that it seemed forced in terms of trying to capture the original. Then it was just annoying. But since they’re giving her more time and developing her backstory I like her enough to see where it goes. I have no doubt if it’s not working it’ll fade out like so many stories do…

On diverstiy…I’m still waiting for Jewish characters. I’ve said this before but it’s a pet peeve of mine. I’m not interested in hearing about the ONE family on a past soap or two… Soaps started diversifying with race. Needed more black characters which they’ve been working on…I think we need much more diversity than that…other ethnicities as well. If religion never came up I’d not think about it. But there’s the annual Christmas event, the Christmas season, the Catholic weddings, priests, hospital chapel, etc. And what GALLED me…LOL…they don’t have ONE Jewish character on GH and suddenly…Raymond Berlin, the big financial swindler…is JEWISH!!! Suddenly, out of the blue Hayden’s talking about Passover and how her “dad” celebrated it. TALK ABOUT STEREOTYPES. What was the purpose. Did it serve any to make a character we’ve never seen and isn’t that important to the canvas Jewish? And if, later on he does come on…why make him Jewish? Completely offensive. There are other ponzi schemeeees :/ who weren’t Jewish. To top it off, there’s nary a Jewish doctor! And yet, another irony, practically half the actors were or are Jewish…Stuart Damon, Jackie Zeman, Matt Cohen, Sean Kanan, James Franco, Rene Sofer, Don Diamant (Bill B&B),Vanessa Marcel, Nancy Grahan (half)…there’s so many and yet…nada! There. Rant done.

Steve
Steve

@rebecca1

The last Jewish character on GH before Rachel/Hayden was Jake Meyer way back in the 80s. Jake & Rose Kelly’s romance was stressed by their different faiths. Too bad we don’t see anything like this today.

GH also needs to do a better job with Latino men. With the exception of the short-lived Joe Rivera, all others (Carlos, all Alcazars, Manny Ruiz) have been mobsters.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Steve…I looked up Jake Myer…seems he married Bobby, too! (Oh, and I forgot another Jewish actor…Brandon Barash 😉 ) But I digress…yes, to the Latino men…basically shows should be more about all people that inhabit the planet…not just white people under the Christian umbrella. “We’ve come a long way”…and then took two steps back.

Robbin
Robbin

I like Amy.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Finally. Hopefully Maxie’s return will put an end to this mind-numbing “Ask Man Landers” nonsense.

Celia
Celia

It’s a ruse to get to Nathan. Never underestimate the machinations of a woman’s mind, Jimmy. LOL.

Shay
Shay

Well, we certainly don’t, eh, CeeCeeGirl???? Meanwhile, the dyspeptic whinging continues here ad nauseam and how has all that worked out? Millions of dollars down the toilet and Georgia has remained a peach! Gotta love it!!!!

su0000
su0000

Nothing against Kirsten , but I didn’t miss Maxie and I hardly know Maxie was gone.
I did like her stand in a few months back she was way more mature and not annoying, I’d like her back.

I would like to have Nathan free and dating..
Near ruined the character by marrying him off and chaining him in a BLAH relationship..

FREE NATHAN !!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, nearly ruined him with that totally unbelievable s/l of being married–blah, blah, blah.

SZima
SZima

So glad to have Kirsten back!
She has been missed!!
A LOT!!!
I just wish TIIC had come up with a better reason for Maxi to be gone for so long. It made Ab.So.Lut.Ly no sense for her to take off, right after her wedding, and out-of-the-blue move to where her daughter was when she’s been living apart from her for years.
Really?
Um, NO!

rocky83
rocky83

So sooo miss my Maxie!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Glad Maxie’s back and hope Kirsten is doing well. Now, kill off Nathan and pair her up with Griffin.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Kill off Nathan”?

rebecca1
rebecca1

I love Nathan.

Celia
Celia

Welcome home, Maxie.

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

I’m thrilled Maxi is back. Missed her.
I’m tired of having to FF through scenes of Ryan and his stalker.

Jenny
Jenny

I am very happy for this talented lady!! It was obvious during her last go round that she was very sick and something was very wrong! She looked gaunt and frail and skinny!! I sure wish the writers would let the character grow up and stop talking in such a self-referential annoying way. Kirsten is that rare young actress who can make you care, laugh, and break your heart!

Ghlover
Ghlover

Im no longer a fan. Since neither Felicia nor Mac have any more significance on the show (sad but true) i think they should retire the role of Maxie. A big send off for sure (heart failure maybe?) but nonetheless she needs to go. I prefer Nathan with Amy.

dmr
dmr

I’ve never been a fan of the character (Maxie). As much as I think Nathan has potential, I think he’s boring with Maxie. Good God, I wouldn’t wish Amy on anyone, LOL.

heidi
heidi

Thank you Kirsten! Have missed you so much!

Rodd
Rodd

Thank goodness! This bi-coastal-for-work-romance-story was wearing a little thin. Glad Kirsten is back! Hope she is well and now on with the show!

Lucky
Lucky

Yes I am thrilled KS will be back on my screen soon. Maxie is my favorite character, and a large reason why is the exuberance, charm and talent KS brings to the role. I am happy KS is feeling better. She looks absolutely radiant in the pic with RP.

Carol
Carol

Hope she’s able to stay for a while this time around.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like Maxie…but she hasn’t been the same in ages. I’m talking about the character, not the actress. And, I’ve said this in past posts but maybe there was a correlation…Kristen was going through so much personal angst that perhaps it was difficult to play happy, carefree on a daily basis…Maxi (with Spinelli) was an adorable, quirky couple. Maxi with Nathan is more mature…as she should be since she’s older and grown emotionally. So, I’m anxious to see what they do with the more mature Maxi.

I have to say, though, I like Nathan and Amy! Sometimes the most unlikeliest of couples are the ones that turn into gold. They’re obviously making Amy more front and center and with that creating an emotional backdrop with Nathan her guardian angel it seems. Curious to see where that might go, too. (I also wonder if her brother is really wounded or if that’s just a “cover” for something she and her brother are hiding…)

rose
rose

Rebecca1…I’m not a big Maxie fan, except for her time at Crimson with Connie and Nina. And never thought she appreciated Nathan enough. Plus he would probably end up being too boring for her in the long run. Both she and Lulu have always seem to talk and act impulsively without thinking about consequences.

Like you I do like Nathan and Amy. They are building a friendship, even though Amy started off the wrong (or naive) way by using Nathan to be the face of her advice column. And I do admire her for being creative enough to come up with this column which has turned out to be successful. Hope this doesn’t turn into a payback story towards Maxie based on possible “mean girl” ancient history.

As far as her story about her brother being wounded, for now I will give her the benefit of the doubt since her pre-wounded story is the same as Nathan remembers it. But this is a soap after all, and I’m sure it won’t be that simple, but hope Amy stays in the picture even though Maxie is coming back.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Rose…long time! Our shows are coming back soon…ugh…these long waiting times between seasons are hideous. Half the time I barely remember what happened in the season before. That’s why I’ve found binge-watching so fantastic! I have watched at least ten shows that I missed in previous years and get to watch them back-to-back for day, weeks, months…however long I feel with no interruption between weeks or seasons. The downfall is you get so involved in the characters that by the time you’ve finished all the seasons…if it’s renewed and you’re caught up you’re back to waiting…and if it’s cancelled well, it’d be like watching six years of a soap every day and then it’s just done. Or closing a great book. Oh, well, the price we pay for suspending our disbelief to such perfection!

I don’t suspect Amy is up to no good. What I meant was either the story she told about her brother is true…it seems to be since it’s been posted in papers on the web. Was just saying it’s a soap…so maybe she’s being duped or bribed as well. Who knows. However it turns out, I do believe she’s sincere. Sweet. Someone to root for. As I always say…we shall see….

rose
rose

Rebecca1…I know what you mean about waiting for our shows to come back. For the time being “Handmaids Tale” has been the only thing of note I’ve been watching. and Lucifer and re-runs of Downton Abbey. Looking forward to “Zoo” starting soon. You might laugh at this one…I stumbled on “Good Witch” on the womans network…good actors, soap like, where things are mostly happy and end right. Really need this right now in lieu of what’s happening in the Twilight Zone world we live in right now.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ugh…it’s disgusting…the world we live in. I am so beyond saddened at the inhumane treatment and death of Otto Warmbier…just gut-wrenching. What a nightmare…what a waste…beyond tragic. Depressing. Truly.

I love “Lucifer.” It’s got everything…crime, romance, supernatural…and I think it’s hilarious. The delivery, the facial expressions…snark, everything. LOL. Love! I also watch “The Flash” as well as “The Originals.” Both excellent, too. Oh, I was just telling jamesj75 that “Homeland” is fantastic! Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend…excellent but brutal. So many good shows; many are as good as film.

Not familiar with “Good Witch.” Did you ever check out “Younger” on TVLand. It’s great, too.

rose
rose

Rebecca1…It’s as if Otto wouldn’t die until, he got home…So the soul of him was aware. What beasts those who did this to him have to be. And now South Korea want to see if they can set up talks with the Kim/North Korea to see if they can get along. Don’t think you can get along with Kim unless you are Dennis Rodman. And then I’m not so sure.

I watched “Arrow” since day one, but never caught on to “The Flash: when it came on as an off shoot of Arrow. Same with “The Originals.” Really liked the lead guy when he was in “Vampire Diaries” but didn’t like Originals so much. Plus I lost interest when Nina/Elena left Vampire Diaries. May binge watch “Homeland” but like you said a little brutal. I’m shying away from this kind of stuff. Another reason for a mood corrector like “Good Witch.” Thanks for reminding me about “Younger.”

Forgot to add other of my favorites…”Better Call Saul.” And “Into The Badlands” which is my contradiction for not liking violent. But the story is interesting.

Haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet. REALLY want to see this. I have a comic book collection from way back and she is part of it.

Recently saw Maurice/Sonny on Castle re-run acting as a mob boss.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yep; heard it was good. I personally never followed Wonder Woman. I have to tell you…if you have the time and are looking for something to watch “The Flash” is great. So fun. If you do watch it from season 1…and try to separate it from Arrow. I only know a few of the Arrow characters who crossed over to “The Flash” for a few episodes so I know it’s difficult when you have an alliance with either show if you didn’t watch them both from the beginning. I think it’s worth it. As for “Homeland”…sooooo worth it! The acting is stupendous and Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend…just outstanding. But, LOL, I reiterate…some really heavy scenes that you need to WHIP AROUND for…hahahah…what’s a lil whiplash when you can see a fantastic show! And yep, watch “Younger” from the beginning, too, if you haven’t already. Excellent!

I love “The Originals”…although I loved TVD…I just adore the characters and fantastical elements of Orignals, too. Joseph Morgan is quite alluring…

I’m not a Maurice fan per se. Wouldn’t rush to see him on anything…if he was on it I wouldn’t shut it off but I wouldn’t check it out for him.

As for Otto…I feel so much sorrow for his suffering and death. Just heartbreaking…I don’t feel that way about other recent events. He was an innocent soul… As for the other…you would think when one of “your own” needs healthcare and you see how crucial it is to saving lives that some would take a more compassionate view on healthcare for all. Apparently didn’t make a dent. And yet they think its’ “rhetoric” that caused such an action…not that they could care less about the millions of other lives they’ll be putting in jeopardy. Clueless. Naaaaa…Heartless.

JK
JK

WELCOME BACK…YOU WERE MISSED!!!!

Shirley
Shirley

So glad your back GH would not be the same if you and Nathen didn’t get back to your lives together I wonder what will happen now that Maxie’s back.

Shirley
Shirley

I wonder what will happen now that Maxie is back ,Glad to see you back on GH.

Shirley
Shirley

Glad your back on GH ,Iwonder what’s going to happen now that Maxie is back.

Mo
Mo

It’s good she’s able to come back. I hope she is healthy and happy.

dmr
dmr

I’ve never been a fan of Maxie (although, it’s nothing against the actress). The character has always been Tuesday or Wednesday “filler,” in my opinion. I’m certainly not a fan of Amy. Good Gawd, make it stop. TPTB seem determined to make Amy a main character, now slowly introducing her family into her ridiculous storyline. She’s tied to Kristina, has a disabled brother, and has ties to the hospital where she works. All of this was done offline. The cast is bloated as it is and it’s time to clean house!

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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.

Photo: JPI

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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