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Kirsten Storms Taking Time Off From General Hospital!

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Daytime fan favorite Kirsten Storms (Maxie) is taking another leave of absence from General Hospital.  Storms is reportedly exiting for a bit for personal reasons.

Daytime Confidential first revealed the news, while ABC Soaps In Depth got confirmation from GH that Storms is taking some time off.

This is the fourth time that Kirsten has departed GH for a while.  First in 2011, while she was battling endometriosis, and was replaced by Jen Lilley (Ex-Theresa, DAYS).

Then in 2014 when she took a maternity leave giving birth to her daughter, Harper, and then in May 0f 2016 when she was temporarily replaced by Molly Burnett  for a spell to deal with some skin issues.

So, now that Kirsten is taking some time off, would you like to see Molly Burnett or Jen Lilley temporarily return to keep Maxie’s presence moving along? Comment below.

 

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jenni zemlock
jenni zemlock

Jen Lilley if needed

Claudio
Claudio

Jen Lilley, yes yes yes amen to that.

Celia
Celia

Yes, agreed, Claudio. I like Molly, but, I really think Jen fits the role like a glove. We shall see. Let’s hope Kirsten won’t be absent long enough to warrant a substitute.

Sam
Sam

Kirsten is not doing well, I am praying for her and her family. Please pray for her,. I love Kirsten, she is a terrific lady. She is resting and trying to get better.

Shay
Shay

And here’s another vote for Jen!!! She stepped up the last time under difficult circumstances and did a really credible job as Maxie, which is saying so much given that KS truly owns that role.

Kevin
Kevin

No to Jen Lilley, Molly Burnett is a better choice. Molly was wonderful as Maxie On General Hospital. Bring her back until Kirsten gets better. Jenn Lilley belongs on DOOL, And Jen will be back to DOOL This summer, that’s what I am hearing.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I liked Molly Burnett, too. The real question is who will take Maxie’s place at Crimson. IMO it should be Nelle. There will be no love lost between Nina & the Falconeris because of the custody dispute. So, bringing someone on board who also has a grudge against the Corinthos clan & extending the feud would make sense. Spencers/Corinthos clan vs. the Cassadines, with slightly unhinged Nina becoming Helena 2.0.

Lourdes
Lourdes

No to Jen as well. Molly did a better job.

cincydewdd
cincydewdd

Oh please not Molly Burnett again. Jen Lilley was amazing. While Kirsten embodies Maxie, in my humble opinion, Jen Lilley was an excellent choice.

Phil
Phil

Molly Burnett please!

su0000
su0000

yes!!
Molly Burnett as Maxie was pleasantly watchable!
I hope she will return as Maxie (permanently hopefully ..

Dinah
Dinah

I agree with you Phil, I love Molly Burnett she was terrific as Maxie. Bring Molly back to Gh full time. I love Kirsten but the show must go on.

Robynne
Robynne

If they need to replace her for a bit, either Molly or Jen will do a good job. I liked them both during their stints and on Days. Hope Kirsten is well.

Mary SF
Mary SF

She hasn’t looked well for a while so this doesn’t come as a complete shock. For her daughter’s sake I hope whatever the issue she is dealing with, it will be resolve with a positive outcome. As for GH I guess it depends how long she needs– right now the character isn’t in any major stories, so they could easily just write the character out for a short time– if the character can’t be written out, then I rather see Jen Lilley back in the role over Molly Burnett.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I agree Mary. I hope her daughter is a big reason she’s facing her eating disorder again. I truly hope some cast members are helping her along even if she may say no thanks. Painfully obvious in screen. I felt so bad watching her. I wanted to reach through the screen hug her give her a good shake and tell her pull it together count your blessings.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I agree with everything you said. Lilley suits the role much better. But at least the timing for Kirsten to take a break is better now than it was last year, when Maxie was front and centre in story and the first few weeks of the Claudette story were being played by Molly Burnett. That was all types of wrong in my opinion, and very disappointing.

Boop
Boop

The show didn’t have a choice ; Kirsten was ill!

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

I pointed that out some time ago Kristen didnt look well…hope she is ok…and your right-not much going on with her character so she should be written off for a brief time…and i too prefer Jen if available and willing!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Jen Lilly–so lovely to look at–and warm and viewer-relatable–but I’m wondering also if she is available. Don’t know if she left DAYS willingly or was fired, but I’ve seen that she is in some movies. Does she have ambitions to be in films?

Claudio
Claudio

Jen Lilley is a wonderful actress, the streets are talking that Jen might come back to Days as Theresa Donovan. I liked Jen on Gh as Maxie Jones. She rocked it as Maxie.

robbie
robbie

Ditto, well said. Really thought Jen did a fine job

Sandra.
Sandra.

I agree with all of this ^ . I do feel for Kirsten. Praying whatever is troubling and/or ailing her is resolved <3

Ces
Ces

I’m so sorry to hear this, I really hope Kirsten starts to feel better soon! I guess we need a fill in or Ryan will also be off the canvas? Not Molly or Jen though; didn’t care for either one as Maxie.

Claudio
Claudio

Hire Brittney Underwood ex Langston OLTL, to play Maxie. The lady is a very talented actress, and she can sing too

Carole
Carole

I think we can take a break with Kirsten and wait for her return. Not in favor of a recast and the writers were not putting Maxie front and center anyway. Wish Kirsten all the best and hope she can return for a full speed ahead Maxie storyline.

Ces
Ces

I can agree with this. Maybe Nathan can spend more time with Nina and Dante so he’s not off the canvas too. That would suck for Ryan Paevey.

Carole
Carole

Agree about Ryan, there is a lot of story to get him involved in while we wait.

Tammy
Tammy

Either as long as it’s temp.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I agree with this. I do like the other actresses when they had to fill in but at the same time, I feel only Kirsten can play Maxie.

Carole
Carole

If she can’t return, that’s a different story. But yes, she IS Maxie.

Celia
Celia

Agreed, James. But, life does happen. It hurts!!
Nonetheless, even as callous as it may sound, we do try to go on.
If Joe is right, and Kirsten will not return, a recast will be necessary, unless the character is completely erased, which I doubt.
I think, what’s important right now, as fellow human beings with a heart, is for Kirsten to be well and healthy, whether she returns to GH, or not. I think of not only her, but her beautiful little daughter, who does need her mommy.

Joe
Joe

Rumor is Kirsten will not be back, they need to bring Jenn Lilley back to General Hospital. Kirsten has a lot of health problems right now. I hope she gets well, but sign Jenn Lilley to a contract.

Melissa
Melissa

I agree that the character should remain off canvas entirely while Kirsten takes the time she needs. She’s been fired from Crimson and is newly married so she can be written as someone who is enjoying married life and looking for her next career opportunity.

Tamara
Tamara

Hoping not medical problems again

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree, Carole. I thought both replacement actresses did well, but they’ve kind of backed Maxie into the “boring corner” right now anyway. I say, use this time to craft a fun, smart new venture for Maxie. Like….taking over Crimson. To me, Nina’s recent actions in helping deliberately keeping a child’s natural mother from her are unforgivable. Maxie can handle Crimson, with a new assistant. Kiki, maybe, or someone not being used much.

Carole
Carole

She was such a spunky character … until what, the last year? Your scenario, especially involving Crimson, is great.

Boop
Boop

Did anyone think about Charlotte and her feelings for her father? Why all of this concern for Lulu?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Boop? Why all this concern for Lulu? Because she is the child’s mother…who has been kept away from her since birth! Can you imagine being a parent and finding out your child is alive, being raised by another woman? Lulu didn’t abandon her daughter; she was always searching/wondering if her egg had been used or destroyed. She deserves her child. Don’t know why you would question that.

As for Charlotte, it’s a dilemma. Her feeling matter very much. Very much. But, she was deprived of her mother and hasn’t had a chance to bond with her. Although she doesn’t understand now, she will when she’s older. I think Lulu and her need time together, although Valentin needs to be a constant in Charlotte’s life, as well. (Until and if the supposed “dangerous” “evil” side erupts which poses a threat.)

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Since Nina fired her, can’t they just say she’s out of town visiting Georgie?

Tea
Tea

Yes keep it simple.

mark
mark

Not Jen what’s her name please

Tea
Tea

Lilly. I agree.

Vicki T
Vicki T

I love Molly Burnett. She did a great job as a replacement Maxi. Jen Lilly is my next choice if Molly is not available. I wish Kristen well and hope she can resolve whatever issues she has and come back when she is well. No one does Maxi like Kristen!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree, Vicki!

soapgal
soapgal

Absolutely…Molly Burnett

Christine
Christine

Jen Lilly!

Tea
Tea

I’m with you Chrissy

Christine
Christine

Thanks! Jen is bubbily like Kirsten..and cute too haha..
Does anyone know when a new episode will air with Kirsten’s temp replacement?

Connie
Connie

Definitely Jen Lilley. She did an amazing job. I will miss Kirsten though, she is my favorite on gh

Tea
Tea

She is amazing !

Dave
Dave

Either one is fine. Maybe Kristen needs to leave the show until she can come back full time

Linda Z
Linda Z

Isn’t Ryan taking time off, too? Wait until they both return.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’ve heard that he IS.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Ryan’s time off is nearing its end, hence why Maxie hasn’t been active in the current storylines, and if she appears, it is sans Nathan.

elm1951
elm1951

ryan is already back taping – he has finished filming his new movie…………..

aria
aria

oh god, neither please. do we know how long she will be out? first and foremost i hope nothing serious is wrong w/ Kirsten, and hope she get well for her sake and her family, as for maxie, have her go away for a little bit,and then if its going to be for a while then maybe get someone to replace her for a little bit.but lets keep nathan on full time please i must have my nathan time ..

Jimmy
Jimmy

I hope this issue is resolved quickly so she can return! But if a permanent recast is needed at one point (considering Kirsten’s frequent departures) I think Jen Lilley would be a great choice. She was phenomenal on DAYS as spitfire Theresa, and her time on GH was impressive as well.

While we’re on the topic of recasts, for the love of God, can GH please decide what’s going to be done about Nikolas? They should do everything they can to get Tyler Christopher back, but if that isn’t possible, rehire Nick Stabile permanently. He was a great temp recast and would shine in the role full-time.

ppage
ppage

Jen Lilley please. Although Molly didn’t resemble Kirsten physically, she did have the same Maxis spirit. But I would sill prefer Jen. I have a feeling that Kirsten is going to be gone for several months so I think a replacement is needed……. I hope Kirsten is able to get the help she needs!

Joe
Joe

At this rate, who cares? She’s rarely on the show anymore. Maxie can join Georgie for all I care, and Nathan can find someone else! But if a replacement must happen, hands down Jen Lillie!

davlestev1
davlestev1

She has her problems as we all do celebrity or not. .I FOR ONE CARE! ! KNOCK IT OFF! !!

Joe
Joe

For someone you don’t know personally, you sure are emotionally involved. Lol. I’m sure she does have her problems, as we all do. Apparently it’s interfering with her job. If we all repeatedly took leaves of absences every time life got rough, none of us would be working. So you knock it off, mommy! It’s a tough business. There are others who can gladly take over that role!

davlestev1
davlestev1

All I can say is wow and God bless you and yours. .peace.

Debbie Tagoe
Debbie Tagoe

Jen Lilly is wonderful as Maxie!

Michelle
Michelle

Either of the stand-ins mentioned above are fine by me; I just hope Kirsten is ok. Best wishes and prayers for Kirsten.

Heidi
Heidi

I don’t think either Molly or Jen are strong enough actors to Carrie Ryan for any significant amount of time Kirsten herself could barely do it

Celia
Celia

Hi, Heidi,
I, actually, do think Jenn Lilley represents a very strong, determined character….look at her role as Theresa! She stood up to Victor Kiriakis. Who can do THAT and come out unscathed?

Kat
Kat

The cast is bloated anyway so keeping Maxie off the canvas is fine with me. She could go to Portland to be with Georgie for a while. Nathan can stay though. Give him a good crime to solve with Dante so the PCPD doesn’t always look so lame. Jason and Curtis solve more crimes than the entire police force.

SZima
SZima

Jen Lilley did great as Maxie. Molly not so much. If necessary, I’d be happy with Jen.

Buddy
Buddy

NOPE, Kirsten IS the one and only Maxie!!!
Just let her take her personal break, and come back as great as always!!!
I do not want another temp recast in her absence, both the others were just horrible in comparison to OUR Maxie!!!

Celia
Celia

Wish you well, Kristen, with all my heart…love you!! God is on your side…..

davlestev1
davlestev1

EXACTLY!!! LIFE ain’t easy for NOBODY! !

Celia
Celia

Yes, dav….I know that personally. Losing my baby son was the worst experience of my life. I will take that pain to the grave.

elm1951
elm1951

so sorry for your loss celia………………….

Celia
Celia

Yhank you, elm. It has been five years, now; but, the loss and pain are constants in my life.

Dan
Dan

I was remarking to someone the last time Kirsten was on screen that she didn’t look well, so I hope whatever is going on with her, that she’s able to do what she needs to do to get herself feeling and looking well again. Her health and well being as a person is obviously the most important thing, being a character on a TV show is secondary.

The show will do what it needs to do. With Ryan Paevey away, it’s not like Nathan and Maxie are front burner right now, so they could just have her off screen for a while. If the storyline requires it, I would be fine with either Jen Lilley or Molly Burnett stepping in again.

First and foremost, I send my best wishes to Kirsten in whatever she is dealing with, and I look forward to seeing her back when she’s ready.

Celia
Celia

Yes, Dan. Many of us noticed the drastic change in her physical appearance. I had remarked that it started, coincidentally, soon after rumors of her divorce surfaced.

elm1951
elm1951

yes – she said she had a skin rash that was due to stress & she was out for a while in may 2016 – so now i think it has may have flared up again because the makeup dept was really putting her in very heavy makeup…………………

heidi
heidi

Jen LIlley

rebecca1
rebecca1

Sorry she’s not well. She hasn’t looked well since she returned. I know her weight’s fluctuated over the years but this time she’s looked gaunt. I must commend her, though, her acting was spot on as always.

The character of Maxie, though, has changed. She’s no longer bubbly or flighty…no longer fun. Not sure if that’s just a coincidence regarding Kirsten’s personal life or just that the writers matured her. If it’s the latter, I feel even with emotional maturity they’ve cut out a huge part of Maxie’s personality.

As for Kirsten, I hope whatever’s going on with her is treatable and if she intends to return I look forward to it.

My understudy vote goes to Molly.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree, Rebecca!

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

I pray she gets well soon
as for Maxie
I enjoyed Jen Miley in the part
at the time of recast I enjoyed her
much more than Kristen.
All the best

Joanne Casserly
Joanne Casserly

Jenn

Renee
Renee

Kirsten is one of my favorites,I want the best for her so whatever she needs to do, she should do it, hope whatever it is resolves soon we will miss her.

Lisa
Lisa

Please not Molly Burnett-Jen Lilley only will do.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I don’t like when one is recast, to me Kirsten is excellent as Maxie and like other’s said that she and Nathan/Ryan is not in a major story line…The writers can write Maxie out till Kirsten can come back…Wishing Kirsten the best and I hope all is well..

Mo
Mo

I doubt Jen would return. I wish Kirsten well.

Steve
Steve

Let’s pray that KS gets the strength and support she needs to get through this at her own pace.

Maxie isn’t driving story this time, so save the money and her live in off-screen Port Charles for a while. I’d rather see Jen Lilly as a permanent Serena Baldwin rather than a temporary Maxie.

Jennifer m
Jennifer m

No one for now. If she needs more time then yes to a temporary recast. Keeping Kirsten Storms in my thoughts and prayers. All her fans and GH fans want is for her to be okay again and return to GH when she’s okay.

toscanti
toscanti

Write her off temporarily.

Wendy
Wendy

Please have Jen Lilley please. She is much more like the character of Maxie than Molly is.

Celia
Celia

Exactly. I love both actresses. But, Jenn is never boring, just as Kirsten never was, in Maxie-mode.
I loved Molly, as Melanie. But, I never saw any energy from her in that role.
Of course, a good actress can take over any role….so, I do not want to underestimate any actor/actress.
Molly did do a fantastic job as Maxie….I just did not feel the vibe with her and Ryan….the passion, but simultaneously, the playfulness that Jenn could bring, was missing for me.

Karen
Karen

Ryan is out for awhile, so there is probably no need to replace her. I’m sure the writers could come up with something.
Hope she is ok and will be back real soon. There is no replacement for Maxie. She is one of a kind.

Omar
Omar

Clearly Kirsten have some serious issues, hence her appearance when she returned the last time..The girl is skins and bones..Best of luck to her.

GH needs to recast or just write the character off..And Ryan too…He is so pointless and boring..Just saying!!!

Omar
Omar

If rewrite, Jen!!! She actually was equal or better than the Kirsten!

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Molly Burnett!! ASAP! 🙂

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I don’t like these recasts. Just take Maxie off canvas until Kirsten is ready to return.

Lee
Lee

Please give her the time she needs to heal whatever her problems are and pray for her each day. Bring her back to GH as soon as she is able, I know we all will miss her. No one can play Maxie like she does. A wonderful actress.

rocky83
rocky83

Neither, let the character of Maxie chill off camera till K is ready to come back.

Dzzdee
Dzzdee

Neither, I think the actress that play Claudette, Bree is a good actress and has spunk.

Bruce
Bruce

What if Bree Williamson came back to play Maxie?? I love Bree, so I would wish but Jen for me is the best choice between her and Mandy.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

No way…you offer to job to Lilly or Burnett…one of them will surely take it. Both actresses proved the role is recastible…many out there preferred them as Maxie.

If not one of them…begin a fresh search…no Williamson going from Claudette to Maxie.

That’s crazy…like Easton level crazy.

Timmm
Timmm

She looked like a zombie! Seriously, too many times has she reverted back to being sick. ABC has to step in and demand her taking a year off! She may or may not have a job to come back to but she will be ALIVE for her kids! Jen Lilley, please come back! Oh yeah, why not recast the Tin Man while your at it! Lets have a new Maxie and Nathan for the time being!

penny
penny

Neither. Maxie needs a break too.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Since her last departure, and I hate to speculate, but Kirsten has not looked the same. She has been looking gaunt and tired, and it’s very clear something a bit more serious than a skin condition is going on. I think she needs to take an extended leave from the role of Maxie and General Hospital, and focus on herself and her daughter, etc.

As for a recast, if her exit is indeed temporary, then don’t recast. If this requires extended leave, I’d warmly welcome back Jen Lilley into the role of Maxie; I much preferred her in the role when she assumed it in 2011, though, I’d much rather her return to Days of Our Lives. However, if she is unavailable or does not desire to step back into the role, I’d welcome back Molly Burnett. Molly did tremendously in the role of Maxie last time around; in fact, I found her mature portrayal a welcomed departure from that of Storms’ take on the character.

At the end of the day, however, this is about Kristen taking the time she needs to better herself, health-wise!

Rose
Rose

Scott…And it’s not just Kristen’s health. She and Brandon Barash recently got a divorce. So she’s dealing with a lot.

But I’m a little mixed on the Maxie character. You should have stability in the character and actor. Unfortunately this isn’t happening. But since Maxie’s made it her role, I can wait until she’s feeling better. They have enough other stories right now.

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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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