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Kristen Alderson On Her Final GH Scenes With Roger Howarth: "Roger And I Were VERY Happy We Had Those Scenes Together."

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Monday marked the final episode of Kristen Alderson in the role of Kiki Jerome on General Hospital.   As viewers know, Alderson decided to exit the series and the role will next be played by Hayley Erin.

In her final scenes, Alderson acted with her long-time scene partner, Roger Howarth (Franco). But while Kiki and Franco are not biologically related on GH, when on One Life to Live, and early on during their time on GH, Alderson played Starr Manning, and Howarth was Todd Manning.  This was prior to the Prospect Park lawsuit entanglement.

As a nod to their time when they were on-screen father and daughter, the GH writing team wrote-in that while Franco was still suffering the effects of LSD, he spoke to Kiki as if he was his bio-daughter, and even talked about the difficulties he has had in his relationship with her mother.  But he wasn’t referencing Ava Jerome!   One Life fans know it was Blair he was referencing.

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After the scenes aired today Kristen tweeted: “Roger and I were VERY happy we had those scenes together. Thanks @carlivatiron & @valentinifrank #shorty”   She also tweeted:  “Now I think today is really my last air date on @GeneralHospital … Thank you again for all of the overwhelming support & love.”

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Ron Carlivati clarified on Twitter that when GH knew Kristen was exiting the show, they wrote-in the scenes between her and Howarth!  The head scribe tweeted: “We rewrote them after we found out Kristen was leaving. Her scenes in this episode were originally with Morgan. #GH

And in a beautiful and emotional moment at the end of the episode which felt like Howarth saying his farewell to Alderson, he said in a speech: “You’ll find something that you love to do and do it. And don’t ever marry a man unless you trust him.  Most importantly, believe in yourself.  I want you to have an OK life.  I think you deserve that.”  Alderson’s Kiki then says, “You don’t have to do this.  I’m not saying goodbye forever.”   To which Roger replies: “Maybe you are.   So just in case  …  goodbye.  You’ve been a gift to me.  I won’t forget you.”   It was Howarth at his best!

What did you think of the scenes between Kristen and Roger?  Were you sad to know this was the final airshow of Kristen’s?   Share your thoughts on the final moments below!

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Judy Manning
Judy Manning

geez Michael. I nearly cried again reading this 🙁 the scenes were awesome.

Walter Ian Kaye
Walter Ian Kaye

Indeed. Me too!

Mrs B
Mrs B

I could not agree more! Stop wasting Roger. He is the best!

betty hudson
betty hudson

it was excellent n very emotional i truly hate to see her leave

Kara Anderson
Kara Anderson

That was so true about michael

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

It was a touching and poignant heartfelt moment…those tears were real…RH and KA couldnt fake those…now that was a well written award deserving scene!

Mrs. P.
Mrs. P.

I couldn’t agree more Jimh. I watched them on OLTL when Kristin first started at 6 years old.

betty hudson
betty hudson

it was amazing i truly m going to miss her it was sad n for real

Carol
Carol

Agreed! Have watched them both for a very long time and even with many missed episodes this last one of theirs, together, was touching!

carol aldrich
carol aldrich

They were great.

harry
harry

That was indeed a beautifully written and acted scene. It was very bittersweet and a farewell gift to OLTL fans who still miss their show.

terri boyd
terri boyd

I have love your acting since you were a young Starr..Please come back soon i will be watching everything you do from here.I want all my soaps back miss every one.At one life to live and amc Keep you head high i wish the gh starrs and fans could have heard your singing voice a lot more..Love you ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

I actually did cry, Judy. The dialogue between Roger and Kristen was from the heart. They have shared such closeness as Todd and Starr….such life-lasting friendship, and perhaps as close as a father-daughter relationship two actors working together could possibly share.
It was so sad to see their loving exchange; to hear the affectionate praise for each other. Their mutual respect was palpable…I was moved beyond words. The scene was real and honest ….I was present in the makeshift hospital room.
I feel as if I’m losing a friend…watching Kristen/Kiki standing in that doorway as she bid her ‘last’ farewell to Roger/Franco was so touching, my heart broke.
Bye, Kristen….you will be missed so! Luv-ya, girl. All the best.
I do hope Roger stays for the duration.

harry
harry

Hey, Mr. Fairman? Could you consider installing a “like” button in here similar to the one on Facebook? I don’t want to litter your comment section with a bunch of “I agree Jim!” or “Well said, Shay!” or “You are right on, Rebecca!” comments.
That said, I really like Cee Cee’s post. It’s eloquent and poignant and worthy of the aforementioned scene.

kevin
kevin

Yep! I appreciated the multiple levels that the dialogue was reflecting: Franco & Kiki; Todd & Starr; Roger & Kristen. The emotion was genuinely heartfelt, certainly – nice work again, Mr. Howarth. Best wishes following your dreams, Kristen: “Go get ’em, kid!”

mary
mary

I agree. a great scene. classic Ron, RH and KA.

Carol
Carol

No…………….I love Kiki. At first I wasn’t sure but now I am so sad to hear she is leaving. You’ll be missed Kirsten!

Kara Anderson
Kara Anderson

MICHAEL Quartermain you are so mean to carly and sonny

Magic
Magic

I LOVED the scene and it was such a great nod to OLTL. I rewatched it a few times!

deldiva
deldiva

It was awesome and sooo beautifully delivered from a “father” to his “daughter”, recalling their relationship they had since she was a very, very young girl. It was obvious that RH meant the words even though they were written for him and the tears were genuine. I cried too for it ended a long, long loving relationship between two actors that have spanned the time. And yes, I agree with Magic, I, too, loved that scene/moment and it was an fantastic nod to OLTL.

Queenmfb
Queenmfb

Because I have watched One Life to Live and General Hospital from inception, I knew those farewell scenes were written for Todd And Starr, and that poignant moment reflected everything I knew about them from the moment she was born to Todd and Blair on One Life to her exit as Kiki Jerome. Howarth is a brilliant actor, in my opinion in line with the likes of Deniro and Brando to name a few. Give him the break he needs and let him shine! Kristen, you will be missed!

Leslie
Leslie

It was brilliantly written and acted. I watched OLTL for over 40 years and still miss it so much. I so hope that Kristen returns someday. I will miss her.

Shari
Shari

Ditto! One of the best Exit Scenes ever! I cried my eyes out watching Todd & “Shorty”

Queenmfb
Queenmfb

I know that’s right!

Patricio
Patricio

It felt in someway a final goodbye to those characters on OLTL. It was we were saying goodbye the the final Cramer woman.

Denise
Denise

I teared up watching this scene! I realized that Franco was channeling Todd in these scenes, and I was watching the last scene thru blurry eyes. I watched Kristen grow up from a little girl, have a tv daughter and lose her. She was wonderful as Starr and it’s only the mess with prospect park that turned her into Kiki, which unfortunately never connected with the fans. I will miss this beautiful actress but know she has a wonderful future, and I can’t wait to see her in other things!!

Mrs B
Mrs B

Kristen has been around a long time and is a pro. Maybe it was the name KiKi that just never quite “fit in.”

Shannon B
Shannon B

I was outright crying! Both RH & KA were so good and it reminded me all over again of how much I still miss OLTL. Loved that Rin & crew did that for her

M
M

I wanted him to say “Go get em’, Shorty” at the end instead! They may have been portraying Franco & Kiki, but we were watching Todd & Starr….& then at some point Todd & Starr became Howarth & Alderson exchanging their goodbyes/best wishes. I loved it. I wish they would have had more screen time together. I cried.

Conni
Conni

Me too!! I was so hoping for that!

Patricio
Patricio

The Shorty comment would have been great! Roger felt that in the bottom of his soul!
Great comment, M

Beth
Beth

Even if he could have said something like “Don’t ever let anyone call you short” to get around any potential difficulties with Prospect Park.

Queenmfb
Queenmfb

Yes, Yes!

Laura
Laura

My gut told me that was her final scene. I’m glad the writers did that for Kristen & Roger. It was just really sweet. When she blew him that kiss, I was like, “Even if it’s not her last day, that’s her last moment with him.” It really was so good! Good job Ron & Frank!!

Lynn
Lynn

I loved that scene! I cried, rewound, re-watched and cried again. So glad RC wrote that in.

Nancy
Nancy

This was one of the best scenes and such an emotional one for those of us who go back to the early days of OLTL. What great actors but more importantly, what great friends these two are. I hope whatever she is leaving for is worth it! Loved her ever since OLTL!

Barbara Breen
Barbara Breen

I loved Franko’s (Todd) & Kiki’s (Starr) scenes together today. I kept thinking about thier many years of history together. Since she was a very little girl. I couldn’t help but have tears in my eyes. Father and daughter for ever.

W. R.
W. R.

The writing on this show often frustrates me, but these scenes were gold. They were good if you didn’t know the actor’s back ground but still paid tribute to a relationship that many of us still miss. Kudos Ron and thank you.

Diana
Diana

Absolutely LOVED the scene today. All us OLTL fans knew Todd/Roger was saying a heartfelt goodbye to Starr/Kristen!!

Muck
Muck

thought they did a great job. Thought the emotion between the two was real.

leslyn
leslyn

Perfect.

charlene
charlene

it was a very touching scene, i cried, they work so well together, will miss Kristen, she is a wonderful actress, hope she returns, hope that Roger and Kristen will be together again one day too.

wanda
wanda

You could tell that it was their final scene. It was such a touching tribute to the both of them, their chemistry as father & daughter is evident (One life to live). The small tear out the corner of Roger’s eye was genuine and heart felt, I was sad that I will not see them together in this special way. I’m a long time OLTL fan from when Kristen first came on the scene. I will miss her & wish her the best in her next project. xo

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

I loved it and I got it. I knew exactly what Ron was doing. It’s his love and genius of soaps that’s gives us the joy of what’s left after the genre’s decimation. It’s time for Vicki and/or Dorian to check in at GH. Maybe as patients or donors to the hospital…something. Everyone else had their moment. Or one stint of Erica Kane…selling something, lol.

Rose
Rose

Erica could help Lucy resurrect her cosmetic company. Add a little glamour and humour to a very dreary Lucy and Port Charles.

West Coast Shell
West Coast Shell

As a life long fan of OLTL and GH I was moved to tears by these scenes! Bravo

JNG
JNG

I watched the scenes with Roger & Kristen. ..thought about it and realized it was a farewell for all of their time together – so I watched it again. I had tears in my eyes. I love those two. I’ll miss them together. I wish Kristen so much success and Roger, please don’t ever leave us! I was thrilled when you came over to GH.

Carole
Carole

Never fortunate enough to have children, but I felt the way others are saying they felt about all this. Watching her grow up from a terrific child actor to an even more wonderful young adult actor. It feels like my tv daughter is going off to experience the World. As it should be. I grew to like her as Kiki but yes, she will be Shorty in my heart. The scenes were wonderfully written and acted.

Jeremy
Jeremy

As a GH viewer, I loved this episode with scenes with Kristen and Roger, back in the day, my Grandma would watch OLTL and in the other room, I’d watch AW. Anyways, I really enjoyed the crossover of Blair, Todd and Starr on GH briefly a few years ago, and I was really hoping Kristen’s last scene would be with Roger and, somehow would incorporate the OLTL characters, intertwined into story with Kiki and Franco. Thank you GH for giving Kristen her final scenes with Roger, they were so deep and full of history between this two actors and their working relationship. What a send-off for Kristen. At this moment, I wish the role of Kiki wasn’t being recast.

Patty
Patty

It was fabulous! You could feel the love, warmth and respect between Roger and Kristen. It was obvious, even with Roger’s eyes welling up that he was speaking to Kristen. A wonderful, unforgettable moment! Sad to have Kristen leave after watching her grow up on OLTL, but it usually happens sooner or later. I wish her all the best and I hope to see her back in something soon. It would be wonderful to hear her sing again! She’s beautiful and talented!

Audrey
Audrey

I will miss Kristin Alderson so much. I watched her on OLTL since she was a tiny little girl and then on GH. I hope Kristin will join GH again one day after she explores other things. She is a wonderful actress!! 🙂 Roger and Kristins last scene today made me feel sad because I knew it was the last time I would see her unless she returns eventually. I dont blame her though, she has been on soaps for many years and she is a young woman. Go get ’em, Kristin!! 😉

Rose Polacek
Rose Polacek

Thank you Roger and Kristen for the walk down memory lane today. I am still saddened by your departure Kristen. I will miss seeing the two of you sharing scenes. Kristen you look so much like my daughter Emma who passed away over 6 years ago. She had the same spunky fire for life that you brought to the roll of Starr and Kiki.
Hopefully today was just saying see you later someday. Maybe Roger and Kirsten can have their own prime time show some day as a father daughter investigation team that would be great. The father daughter chemistry is there to make any show you two would do together a success.

Joe
Joe

Kiki and Franco, bah….let’s face it folks, it was Starr and Todd and we love them and miss them. Kudos to the writers and to Alderson and Howarth. All gave the fans, at long last, what we really wanted from them … to have Starr and Todd, if only in parting.

Rose
Rose

It’s too bad there wasn’t a parting like this for OLTL. It’s still unfinished business. Or maybe…we can only hope something will rise out of the ashes. Hope springs eternal, especially if you’ve seen as many come back to life on GH.

Melinda
Melinda

I agree with you Rose. So much unfinished business and so many storylines left hanging.. Viki and Clint, Tea and Victor, John and Natalie as well as Todd and Blair. To put it bluntly it sucks!

Maria
Maria

I have watched these scenes twice already. Roger and Kristen did some amazing work in these scenes. These scenes were a great farewell for their fans. I have always loved their onscreen bond these two actors have shared and I will miss seeing them onscreen together.

su0000
su0000

🙁
RC and team can go deep and serious when it is called for, and the ”goodbye” was very touching and heartfelt.. (a Kleenex moment)
Done excellently and righteous…

I see a great career ahead for Kristen ..

Rebecah Garcia
Rebecah Garcia

I absolutely loved Roger and Kristen ‘ s scenes today. It brought tears to my eyes remembering them as Todd and Starr Manning my two favorite characters on One Life to Live. How wonderful of General Hospital to do that for them and for us!!

Debra
Debra

I loved the scenes today with Roger & Kristen it was very heartfelt and I had tears as I do now reading it again . Us OLTL fans got it. All the best Kristen you will be missed!!

Diane Bacon
Diane Bacon

Fantastic scene. There were so many layers to this and both actors hit every note perfectly. Tugged at my heart.

Amanda
Amanda

Such a beautiful way to end her time on General Hospital! She couldn’t have left with a better ending!! The two of them together, made an ending that will be remembered forever!! A (on air) father daughter relationship that will last a lifetime (no one will ever be able to replace the love that had for each other on the set of OLTL or GH).

Melissa
Melissa

Absolutely beautiful scenes. Broke my heart. I’ve really enjoyed Kristen these past few months. I wish her the best!

lynn
lynn

I love watching Kristen and Rodger. LOVED THEM AS TODD AND STARR ON OLTL, loved them as franco and kiki on GH. Two wonderfully gifted actors, who have such warmth and friendship between them that we all got to share in it. I will miss Kristen, wish her the best, Roger I hope you stay on GH for a very long time!

Debra Treadaway
Debra Treadaway

I almost was crying also wonderful they both will always be Todd and Star Manning!!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Really sweet scene. Glad they got to have the last scene together.

Dana
Dana

I loved the scene at the end of the show today with Franco and Kiki. It brought back the sadness I felt whe One Life to Live went off the air. I knew Kristen Alderson was leaving I just didn’t know when. I could read between the lines though that this either was her last scene with Roger Howarth or her last scene altogether. I wish her good luck I’m whatever she does.

Elizabeth Bongard
Elizabeth Bongard

As soon as the scene started, all I could think about was Todd and Starr. What a great tribute to both the actors and the characters they portrayed for so many years.
One year when I was at Disney’s Super Soap weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Kristen Alderson when she was very young. She was a joy to meet.. A very humble actress.
I have watched, recorded , read abut GH, since the first episode April 1, 1963 and I’m still a fan. When OLTL started , I became a fan and was very sorry to watch it disappear from our lives. How lucky were to watch not only these two actors but many more..Thanks for the Memories.

Denise
Denise

I thought the scenes between Kristen and Roger were so moving and OLTL watchers knew that was Todd and his Shorty up there. Bravo to these two great actors who were blessed to have spent their last scenes together!❤️

paula Fitzgerald
paula Fitzgerald

Seriously??? I cried like a nany!! I have watched both Todd, franco, (roger howarth), and Starr. Kiki, (Kristin Alderson), since her day one debut!!! I may be 56 yrs old, but I have been watching OLTL and GH since grade school, thanks to my Grandmother Lucy, when I came home from school and I amso happy that I did!!!!! Ple contcontinue actacting Kristin,!!! Wishing you all the Best, but sorely Missed!

Lew S
Lew S

A very touching and awesome scene.

m
m

When she blew him a goodbye kiss that was very emotional . Sad to see her go I’m sure we will see her again will miss you I watched you as little Star Manning

karen Baker
karen Baker

I have enjoyed watching Kiki on GH and Roger….watched them on OLTL….and I will follow her on B&B…which I have watched from their beginning…..she will do awesome with the character of Hope….she is really good…..and the scenes between her and Franco were very touching and he is awesome also……she is a precious girl. GH is my all time very favorite soap, I have been watching it since 1965….love most of the actors on that soap…

Lynn Chamberlain
Lynn Chamberlain

This was some of the best writing we have seen in a long time and a thoughtful nod to who Kimi and Franco have been to each other. It was good even if you didn’t know the bsck story…but for those of us who did..exquisite! ! And Kristen and Roger were there ever amazing selves!! Thank you to all for a proper finish for these awesome actors!!

Rose
Rose

I’m getting teary again just reading this. It felt real, not like acting. Too bad there wasn’t a picture of Blair on the table next to the bed. See, Ron! After all the fluke stuff it was good to see you take a time out and write something with substance. Best to Kristen, and thanks to Roger for this moving scene.

Melinda
Melinda

The scenes were incredible! It was such a gift to those of us still mourning OLTL. I’ve always loved, loved, loved Todd (Roger’s version of Todd) and Starr and how she always brought the best out in him. Good luck to Kristen Alderson on her future endeavors.

D.Marie
D.Marie

Please ABC, bring back “One Life To Live?” Bittersweet!

Nick D.
Nick D.

Prospect Park’s attorneys are subpoenaing these scenes as we speak LOL

Beth
Beth

Bring ’em on! PP was such a disappointment, not only for dropping the ball on AMC & OLTL but for what they did to the plot lines and characters while they had them. I didn’t watch AMC but, as far as I’m concerned, OLTL ended with its next-to-last episode on ABC. That gave me all the closure I need and, apparently, all we’re going to get.

Patrick
Patrick

“…I’m not saying goodbye forever.” To which Roger replies: “Maybe you are. So just in case … goodbye. You’ve been a gift to me.”

how classic this is

su0000
su0000

,
Kristen and Roger ..
Many years of love between them .. I felt the love..

mmc
mmc

That was Roger & Kristen saying good bye to each other….everything about that scene was so heart wrenching….they worked so well together for so long & their tears were real….I cried then & thinking about it I’m tearing up again….. Such a beautiful scene.

Nan
Nan

The RH and KA scene was gifted! Gifted actors and writing! Not only was it “Todd talking to Starr” it appeared it also was Roger talking to Kristen. It is a difficult departure for those of us who have watched KA grow up. Kristen I know your STAR will continue to shine.
It’s to bad that they (the writers) never took the time to develope “Kiki” maybe KA would have stayed a while longer.

Jay Keaveny
Jay Keaveny

Emmy Award quality work from both of them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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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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