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Michael Easton Addresses Rebecca Budig's GH Departure In Heartfelt & Poetic Message!

Photo Credit: Peter Konerko

Photo Credit: Peter Konerko

It is pure and simple that Michael Easton (Dr. Hamilton Finn, GH) has been a class act throughout his daytime career, and through all aspects of his creative projects.

The soulful man has once again displayed his genuine nature in a heartfelt and poetic posting on his facebook page, in which he addresses the exit of his current on-screen lady love, Rebecca Budig (Hayden).

As GH fans know, Budig was let-go from the series and Hayden will be written-off the canvas in what has been deemed a storyline-dictated move.  That fueled speculation as to if Easton may be the next on the move from the ABC daytime drama series.

Sensing the sadness over losing one of his all-time best scene partner, Easton expressed the following below:

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“THE HARD GOODBYE… Miss my friend. My partner in crime. The light at the end of the tunnel. The girl with the soulful eyes, a fighter’s heart and so much damn talent it hurts.  I know the clocks will not stop; tomorrow brings a new day but the sun will seem to shine a little less bright.”

Easton added with a photo of Budig and on the side of her on a wall a line from Charles Bukowski; “What matters most is how you walk through the fire.”

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Budig wrapped her run last week on set taping her final episodes of the long-running ABC sudser.

So, what did you think of Michael Easton’s message on the loss of Rebecca Budig to GH and his kudos for his co-star? Comment below.

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Irene
Irene

This was such a classy statement. I bet everyone likes working with him. Some are just born with hearts of gold and he is one. I wish wish wish he would jump to Days. I am more familiar with him from oltl.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

He’s one of the best and always so eloquent.

Tricia Anne
Tricia Anne

It was perfectly sweet and thoughtful. Very full of emotive compassion and worded to fit the bill. LOVES to RB & ME.

Tricia Anne

Dar
Dar

Beautiful !!!

Ray
Ray

Wouldn’t it be great if MT returned to “DOOL” as Tanner and Rebecca as Molly?

PAM LITTLE
PAM LITTLE

Whatever that Soap is I would definitely Watch them… LOVE HAYDEN AND FINN TOGETHER ♡♡♡

DEEDEE
DEEDEE

Don’t care. Take ME with her & RH. Sorry want writers to focus more on longtime characters on the show.

PAM LITTLE
PAM LITTLE

Others CARE !!!! ♡ HAYDEN & FINN TOGETHER ♡♡♡

Timmm
Timmm

A real snore! Hayden was so much better with Nick!

Lia
Lia

That was beautiful. So sad to see Rebecca leave. Hayden was my favorite female character on GH, and I will miss she and Rebecca terribly. It’s nice to know she and Michael have a great friendship of love and respect for one another. I wish her well as she moves forward.

k/kay
k/kay

Their really could have been so much potential for her and Liz to grow a bond as sisters and she sure does not yell fling her arms and spit on her co-stars that’s a big plus. Good luck to her future endeavors.

Lena
Lena

Michael Easton has always been a class act. I wish Rebecca Budig the best. Yes she is a talented performer . I found her character to be propped continually and was not a fan. She was given everything, a pairing with Nikolas, two identities, shoehorned into a legacy family, endless propping by Tracy, residence in the Quartermaine mansion, financial officer walking the hallways of GH and Finn and a pregnancy.
Yes Finn and Hayden had chemistry just not off the charts amazing chemistry in my opinion. Finn needs to be developed as a character on his own. He was shooting up for a year for Pete’s sake. He is a good guy we know. Let’s see him treating patients and interacting with others not attached to Hayden only.
Best to both actors

JK
JK

MICHAEL EASTON……….A REAL CLASS ACT……AND WONDERFUL ACTOR!!!!

mick
mick

Michael Easton is a wonderful man and actor. GH imho sucks right now. How they let Rebecca go when they made her the sister of a major character, have her pregnant and in a major storyline with Finn is not only beyond me it is being horrible to the fans. At first, I think most of us, weren’t really sure about the Hayden character. But over time she became an integral part of GH and well beloved by the fans. Now what happens to Billy Miller since they’re bringing back Steve Burton. I never thought anyone could replace Steve as Jason but Billy Miller has done that and more. Is he the next to go? I’m really questioning after watching GH since the 70, because yes I’m that old, if it’s not time to quit.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Mick, how right you are. GH is nearly unwatchable lately, and if Billy Miller is shafted in this inane shuffle, I’m gone, too. They can keep Steve “Blando” Burton and his probably excessive salary requirements. Until he gets another “business” opportunity and says Sayonara again.

Remi
Remi

Totally agree with your comment!

Steph
Steph

The writing for Hayden and Finn both as a couple and separately has not been stellar. What really bothered me was how obvious the propping of HAYDEN was. No disrespect to the actress but I personally found her character always selfish and smug walking the GH hallways like she owned the place. Really? Making her a Webber provided no benefit. She was never shown to inquire about Liz and her family. She actually bad mouthed Liz and her kids. The character had to be made to almost die to garner sympathy. Too selfish.
Nevertheless I agree with Michael Fairman, Easton is a class act.

Karen Giles
Karen Giles

Rebecca is a wonderful actress. It is the PTB and the writers. They are all lousy and do not have either the fans of this Iconic soap or the soap itself, let alone the actors best interest at heart. They Let Sabrina, Nikolas, Duke, SB go and now pulled him back in, and now Rebecca. They jump all over with the storylines and almost never develop the character. After 53 yrs of watching I am angry, frustrated and disappointed. They have botched the job but they stay. This is the worst team ever, and people thought Carlavati was bad. Valentini sucks and should be let go along with the idiot writers. No talent.

BARBY
BARBY

I agree. I too am an old timer. I have stopped watching altogether. When Jason i.e. Steve Burton left the show, I was heartbroken. Without Stone Cold it just wasn’t the same show. I hung in there. Now the constant dialog with Sonny and Carly drove me away. It had to have driven the actors crazy! Come on get it together GH. It just makes me sad. My soap since 1980 is going down hill. At least the storyline with Finn and Hayden had substance.

Shay
Shay

How very well put, Steph! You nailed this self-centered, obnoxious character to a “t!” As I have said before, I shall not miss her, but it was still a very thoughtful gesture on Michael Easton’s part to bid his latest co-star farewell in such a heartfelt manner. I just hope his Finn will remain on the GH canvas…drug-free, that is! (And what a timely, appropriate message that would be….)

rose
rose

Steph…Since Hayden hit Port Charles Rebecca has had to fill a lot of different story lines of who she was supposed to be. Blame the writers for this. I think over this time she has finally “mellowed” from her NYC attitude and was settling into GH. Attempting to be a sister and aunt…remember her babysitting day with Liz’s boy and Spencer 🙂 And I don’t think trying to help Finn is selfish. As for being smug and walking hallways like she owned the place, I can think of someone else that owns this way better.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Steph…

I don’t see the character that way, at all. She evolved. Yes, when we first were introduced to Hayden she was a user. We quickly found out she was traumatized by her father’s ponzi scheme and thus started scheming on her own. But gradually, she became a loving stepmom to Spencer, a great friend to Tracy and Curtis…a wonderful girlfriend to Finn and as we saw recently had the desire to get to know LIz and her (Hayden’s) nephews…Not to mention she also saved Elizabeth’s life when they weren’t even getting along! Additionally, she had quite the conscience when she didn’t want to let anyone go and had to fire staff during the hospital crisis.

You can like the character or not but she’s certainly not going out as obnoxious or selfish.

dmr
dmr

Steph, I agree with you. Hayden was propped up since day one. The character was paired with Jake/Jason, Nikolas, helped “save” the hospital, was Elizabeth’s long lost sister, and helped Finn through detox. Also, she was a friend of Tracy’s and not too long ago, she was boarding at the Quatermaine mansion. C’mon?! We hardly see the Quartermaine Family in their own home; yet, she is receiving visitors on their property. None of this helped the character’s likeability, IMO. She was constantly trotted out with legacy characters or involved with storylines that did not concern her.

su0000
su0000

0ohh lawdy!

” Hayden will be written-off the canvas in what has been deemed a storyline-dictated move.”

that ^^ is the worst reason to rid of Rebecca over an attempt to write a story of substance, and that’s not doable by current team..
The GH stories are mostly Lame Junk Soap..

They are throwing a seasoned actress to the curb to make more Junk Soap..
(( go figure, sigh ….

Stacey
Stacey

Good luck to Rebecca. I was never a fan of the character. I miss quirky Finn with attitude.

Jenn
Jenn

Sweet sentiments by Michael Easton. Let’s face it, it has been an uphill climb after McBain exited. Finn has possibilities if written better. I hope this happens and I hope Michael Easton stays on GH if that’s what is best for him. After GH destroyed the integrity of McBain and his love for his family in Llanview my GH viewing decreased significantly.

Mari
Mari

Well said Jenn.

Patrick
Patrick

now that the “isolated” pairing is now defunct. why not go that step . and release Michael Easton as well?

he has no ties to the canvas whatsoever. this functioning addict is lackey. has no step that generates.

Finn is nothing more than filler.

Maureen Lynch
Maureen Lynch

I agree with you. He doesn’t have Tracy either. A good actor though. Not sure what’s going on here.

Pattie B
Pattie B

What have you been watching ???? He is great…..

fran
fran

I wish they didn’t leave I have been watching GH since they were on tv. you seen a lot of people come and go. they make a good couple together.
fran

Mari
Mari

Hayden should have been paired with Curtis.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I thought that was the way it was going when they first met. They did have good chemistry.

Rachel
Rachel

Your crazy for letting that one slip through your fingers.
She certainly has made GH much more interesting.
We all knew you would be close behind All My Children &
One Life to Live anyway.
Oh sad.
The end of an era……

Tori
Tori

Very bad move for GH! Rebecca and Finn have chemistry and they work. I suppose this was done to make room for Burton to return. Not EVERYONE cares for his dead, boring version of Jason. I wish Rebecca the very best and may better things come her way. Michael Easton, you, sir, are such a gentleman!

Tori
Tori

Michael deserves to be in a much more appreciated television show. He has too much class and talent to be on GH. Don’t appreciate GH taking his storyline away from him. Big mistake and the ratings will drop, guaranteed.

Aria
Aria

I hope the show reverses their decision I really loved Rebecca Budig as Hayden.

Ash
Ash

What a lovely message and so damn sweet. I think GH made a mistake letting Rebecca go, they had a great pairing in Fayden and Hayden was a Webber. We never even got to explore that and her relationship with Elizabeth.

Jimh
Jimh

She could come back one day…but i could care less either way!

Jimh
Jimh

oh, that rhymes-lol

Timmm
Timmm

Thats just it, a forgettable character!

Janice Gundersen
Janice Gundersen

It was a big mistake letting her go. I am so upset. Michael has class. Get her back please.

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Such a sweet gesture to Rebecca Budig. Both actors are a class act. I think this time GH has gone too far. Fans are really pissed off.

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

I read that the actress who plays Dr. Obrecht has also been let go. I think ABC is doing this because Steve Burton has been rehired. It wasn’t storyline dictated, it was BUDGET dictated to be able to pay Steve. That’s just my opinion.

dmr
dmr

I liked Dr. Obrecht. I thought the actress brought some much needed comedic relief to the show. Unfortunately, TPTB are making way for Steve Burton’s return. I can think of a few other actors to be shown the door. #cleanhouse

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

Well, one the new writers came in, they had no idea how to write for Dr. O, we didn’t see the humor and emotion she was allowed to show under Ron C. She had a vendetta against Anna Devane, but supposedly she forgot all that to get into office politics at the hospital.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Lose Rebecca to gain Steve Button… Not a fair deal. I’d rather have Tyler Christopher back than Steve.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe if they keep trimming the fat we will get Steve and Tyler back and have the show start resembling GH again!

Maureen Lynch
Maureen Lynch

Nice sentiments. Here’s what I don’t understand about soaps, you sign a four year contract but can be released anytime, so why the contract? Just curious.

Patrick
Patrick

nice work if you can get it… huh?

what a generous gesture and/or offering

what platitudes of will… by a pet of Frank Valentini

Finn you are just as dull if not more so

I will reach to the heavens that you are the next to go.

and this is a big piss off… to Shelley and Frank for firing of Kathleen gati as well

it’s near time to bitch slap Shelley and Frank.

what the expletive do you two see with the dullest characters @GH

Carly and Sonny … so freaking dull… upchuck
Jason and Sam … so lifeless… dead eyes
Michael and Nelle … no person’alities
Franco …. the freak
Finn… he needs to just up and walk away from Port Charles

Patrick
Patrick

I hope Frank Valentini is sowing his oats (cajones) and is livid at any remarks that question his authority. Blame him

dmr
dmr

Patrick,
I may be in the minority here, however, I agree with you, I find Sonny and Carly extremely boring. Both actors seem to be adlibbing their lines at times, and it is not working. Laura’s “hell no” and “hell yeah” is really getting old and tiresome. She sounds like a teenager. Jason and Sam, I have always said, are very boring. It doesn’t matter to me who plays Jason, Steve Burton or Billy Miller, Monotone Sam just bores me to tears. Michael and Nelle, very boring and no spark. There are no super couples to root for anymore-no heat, no romance.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

His message was beautiful but I’m still pissed about Rebecca being let go. There was no need for that whatsoever.

rose
rose

James…Monica did mention she had heard about Hayden being pregnant from a message Tracey sent her from Amsterdam, probably living with Luke. Maybe this is a “temporary” place they can send Hayden for the summer? Hope she will be back.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Yawn.

Marie
Marie

GH why are you letting all the good characters leave? You are ending a beautiful relationship before it could really get started. They are having a baby you shouldn’t end it now. We want her to stay and become a mom and Mrs. Finn.!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Rachel Bastarache
Rachel Bastarache

What is going on with Frank Valentini. Love the story line with Hayden and Finn. It annoys me, when actors are written off. We get wheeled in by a nice story line and then BAM, done. Favorite character is cut off. Please keep her on.

Crystal
Crystal

I think it was sweet of him but whose ever idea it was to let her go that was very stupid and I mean stupid!!! Love Michael Easton

missy
missy

Oh this stuff happens all the time. A girl played Greenlee for awhile and then rebecca decided to come back and was touring the studio while the other girl was sick with the stomach flu barfing into a bucket in between takes. It was in soap digest I remember

PAM LITTLE
PAM LITTLE

Michael/ Finn/Silas/ McBain, What a Lovely Tribute to our Hayden / Greenlee, a Wonderful Actress, Loved her on AMC and really Loved the Story line with you and Hayden.. I was always Happy to see you and her on screen together… so many others I would not care to see leave.. GH seems to rid our TV screen of our favorite ones… how does a 4 year Contract turn into a 2 year Contract? … thought a Contract meant just that… I am not Happy with GH right now…. not Happy at all… Love to You and Hayden <3.

GramS
GramS

Tick tock

Deb
Deb

I honestly don’t know what the hell they are doing on General Hospital. The chemistry between Rebecca and Michael was easy and loving. The chemistry between Billy and Kelly is great too. They finally made Sabrina meld with Michael and then they killed her. They made Kiki and Morgan go through hell reunite and then they killed him. Why don’t we see more love in the afternoon instead of these ridiculous stories where a six year old kid is brainwashed into opening a toxic virus. I’m also sick of the constant inventions of romance for Jordan. She only clicks with Curtis, she sucks and is frankly unbelievable as a police commissioner. And that irritating Amy and the stupidest of stupid storyline of Man Landers. I know they had to find something for Ryan Paevy to do but really! Kind of missing days at a time and not really missing anything.

luisa
luisa

I like her with Nik, But this is wrong ten times up and down. Women are being kick around this yr. Gh you should be ashamed of yourself. Boycott GH

rebecca1
rebecca1

I adore Michael Easton and he’s a great writer…but as sweet as this is to Rebecca it sounds like a eulogy!

Mari
Mari

Yes indeed it does.

Betsy Allen
Betsy Allen

Michael Easton is one class act! Whoever made this decision is making a huge mistake. FInn and Hayden were A fresh and interesting storyline. I hope they find a way to keep the character of Finn and that they find a way for his storyline to continue. For me this is the final test. If they can’t get this right when I have an actor with Easton’s ability then they can keep having the same old storylines over and over. The whole show is getting stale and stagnant. but I don’t think the writers care what the fans think anyway.

Debra m
Debra m

Michael is such a class act, He seems like such a caring, down to earth guy. I am sure Rebecca was let go to pay Burton his big salary. Unfortunately I blame the writers of GH for not establishing the characters of Hayden and Finn right. I hope Michael stays, just give him better writing and a good story. I say bring back John McBain, more story possibilities. That was his best character along with Caleb. He was one sexy vampire and he sizzled with Kelly M. as Olivia. GH does not have one hot couple.

Lolamariescorpio
Lolamariescorpio

Michael Easton I Agreed with him writers don’t care what fans and viewers think anymore.Big fans of GH watch my favorites show all the times writers should come up with news storyline instill of change or history of GH. Like Finn and Hayden start family together with baby she try to find out who hurt Finn work. Elizabeth will loss sisters Hayden another family again . Notice Michael Easton leave show too go on Days .

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Karen
Karen

A class act.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I was never a Michael Easton fan until he become Hamilton Finn, and this was the epitome of class and respect. Kudos to him!

Steve
Steve

Yes, Easton is a class act. The buzz is the he want to go, but Frank is afraid that he’d go to Days, so they’re keeping him for at least another cycle (26 weeks).

William DeVry (Julian) is out. The network did not budge on contract negotiations.

And yes, “storyline dictated” in soap terms is usually a synonym for budget cuts.

Patrick
Patrick

What’s with all the class act ( s) ?

Reality check. Michael easton BROODING. With his @one time looks fading. Is what appeal he had. A lot of these actors KNOW this is a dying genre AND are cashing in.

William deVry has so much more style presence and sexual appetites fulfilled

Patrick
Patrick

This is brass tacks time and no more pulling the wool over any one.

Holding accountable the writers executive producers and yes begging tptb to see the light

Yeah cliché and churning out product via an assembly line. This is as broke down as GH will ever get

Timmm
Timmm

That was a very nice gesture on Michael’s part. Maybe Rebecca will return the favor when he gets the ax!

dmr
dmr

Oh, this made me laugh! Michael hasn’t had much luck in Port Charles, as McBain, Silas, or Finn. It’s unfortunate, however, TPTB just don’t seem to know what to do with him or who to pair him with. Not for lack of trying, however…he gets quite a bit of air-time..

Patricio
Patricio

Respect.

Ravello
Ravello

I’ll bet they bring her back within the year. In the meantime they cut some payroll cost.

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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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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