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Michael Easton Gives GH Exit Interview Via Fans Burning Questions!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

As Michael Easton fans know, the actor over the weekend and announced via his facebook page that he would give his fans, an opportunity to ask him questions that would indeed be be his exit interview since being killed-off of General Hospital as Dr. Silas Clay.  Easton in his post said there will also be a part two forthcoming, since so many fans sent messages to Michael to be answered.

Here are a few of the questions and Michael’s answer that apply to his exit from the ABC soap opera and more from part one.  Check out the excerpts below!

Originally watched OLTL and I just feel like after it was cancelled they used you, Roger and Kristen to lure the One life audience over to GH to boost ratings and now that they THINK they have us there (they don’t) they’re cutting you guys loose one at a time. – Tammie

EASTON: I’d like to think that’s not the case. Either way, we’re big boys and girls, we signed on the dotted line, we were compensated and knew what we were getting into.

How could Ron have done this to you? It was widely reported that you were one of his favorites. – Rose

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EASTON:  Not sure who reports these things but I don’t think that could be further from the truth. That being said I like to give the benefit of the doubt and I believe Ron will re-emerge from this experience as a wiser and even better writer.

Classic Cartini move (assuming this is one of Ron’s desperate final acts). With ratings falling month after month instead of taking responsibility for some poor storytelling they start firing actors as if to imply it’s their fault. I just checked the episode counts and in this case they’re letting go a great actor who worked the second fewest episodes of anyone under contract in that time. Does that make any sense to you? – Elaine

EASTON: Someone’s always coming and going. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s like “Logan’s Run”. It’s just my time.
Things look really bleak for GH right now. Is it headed for cancellation?

EASTON:  Every show, every character, for that matter, is one inspired storyline away from turning it all around. A wealth of hard working talent remains in that building and if anybody can make it work they can.
What do you think about Michael’s responses and that he has given his fans an opportunity to be a part of this exit interview from GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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Lainie
Lainie

I am so upset over this whole Michael Easton debacle! To let such a dynamic actor go
is a mistake! I for one, will miss his talent !!! What a mistake this is!!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am holding out hope that the lawsuit ABC has with Prospect Park gets resolved so that we can have the actors GH took from OLTL and put them back in the roles they played on OLTL. It has been a bitter pill to swallow watching Michael, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson being these other characters when they were first brought on as their original OLTL characters. They played those characters to perfection but when they were morphed into Silas, Franco, and Kiki, I could never watch these actors without seeing them as their OLTL counterparts. With any luck, this mess with Prospect park becomes a thing of the past because we know PP is going to lose.

Michael
Michael

I highly doubt that will ever happen especially since they changed head writers.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Well, that was the most boring interview ever, let’s hope part 2 is more revealing! Does Michael really expect us to believe that he has absolutely no opinion about his storyline, Ron’s writing, or the future of this show?

su0000
su0000

It was not an interview, actually..
Those were quotes from his facebook, he is answering question on his facebook..
not an interview lol

Harry
Harry

suooo, sometimes I think you post just to hear yourself talk.
The title of this blog does read Michael E’s exit interview. I am correcting your correction.

Anacarrie
Anacarrie

More questions are posted on his facebook page if you are interested.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

I like that he took the higher road, maddiehayes. It speaks volumes of his character.

I am sure he has had his fair share of harsh words in private, but I respect him being the bigger man. He sure deserved better.

jb44
jb44

I agree. Classy!

Laura
Laura

This is a colossal mistake by GH. Michael Easton is a fan favorite and an amazing actor. Ron stopped writing for Silas shortly after Silas breakup with Sam. Ratings were high last year when Silas was on more and Silas and Sam were a couple. How can they day this is a move to help ratings when he was barely on to affect ratings . Terrible decision that I hope can be reversed by Shelley Altman and Jean Passante.

AJQ
AJQ

I think the person who said they used the OLTL actors for ratings touched on the right subject but their conclusion is wrong. The ratings never came with them. GH had a marginal increase when Cartini took over, it was for several reasons, curiosity and yes the OLTL crossovers. But within two months, April 2012, the GH total viewer number was at 2,250,000 viewers, lower than Guza and in Demos as well. The ratings floundered at between 2.3 and 2.4 million for months and only showed real increases when AJ returned, Duke was rescued and there were other vet returns for the 50th and Nurses Ball. The ratings plummeted again when the OLTL actors came back as new characters, along with Julian and Ava and only increased with Robin’s return.

I point this out, not to knock the actors or their fans, but to state a simple truth that exists and speaks to the current state of GH and Michael’s dismissal.
Actors do have fans that follow them, but they do not represent a large enough number to make a difference, and in the case of GH, there have been so many of them that core GH viewers have lost interest and tuned out.

It is extremely difficult for people to want to start watching a brand new show and have to invest the time, especially in a five day a week soap which also requires a lot of catching up to do with characters and history. It is a big investment and one that people don’t just make readily, and not for one actor who is part of a cast of 30-40 and on a couple of days a week for seven minutes at a time.

The experiment didn’t work and ME is now the first to go.

Anacarrie
Anacarrie

I agree a lot of what you are saying. And for those that did join GH, many did not like the storylines and left; no one group saved this show from being cancelled and no one writer did either. A lot of factors contributed to GH staying on as long as it has. And no, a lot of people do not have the time to get re-invested in another show and former GH fans who came back found the show too different than before. Either way, I found ME’s answers direct, to the point and he is not going to bash anyone. That’s not his style. I wish him the best.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I have been “off the grid” for a bit, so I’m just catching up on these threads, but I agree with you. A similar thing happened when Another World was cancelled. P&G own it and ATWT, so they had a couple characters from AW move to ATWT when AW was cancelled in hopes of luring former AW viewers to ATWT. It worked because I was one of them, but I found my beloved characters from AW were never written in the same way on their new home. Eventually those AW characters were written off ATWT– I continued to watch ATWT for a big afterward but it really was never “my soap” so I stopped. And as a fan of AW I would have prefer to remember those crossover characters as they were on AW then see ATWT destroy them. So I think the same thing happened here. As you said crossovers are an experiment that never worked– not back then or now.

k/kay
k/kay

Good Luck and everybody thanks he was jumping on RC at least he knows the guy’s name hello TG. I think he was trying to tell RC write a good story and quit arguing with viewers on Twitter as my Dad use to say not everybody is going to like or love what you do. He really had not had story for some time and he and MS had 0 chemistry sometimes it works sometimes it does not.

Debbie
Debbie

What a classy guy! One of a kind. No wonder he is a fan favorite. general Hospital made a huge mistake!

su0000
su0000

Michael’
” we’re big boys and girls, we signed on the dotted line, we were compensated and knew what we were getting into.”

ALL soap actors are apt to be let go at anytime, unless you are the core stars and yet they can be let go..
I’d bet 100’s of soap actors since the 70’s have been let go and many were fan favorites..

Michael’
” Someone’s always coming and going. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s like “Logan’s Run”. It’s just my time.”

It really sucks it you was Michael, he is one of my favorites..

We will be seeing Michael again, sometime some other place..

RC does not have the power to fire anyone, he just needs to write them out when they are let go ..
I’m sure he did not like having to write Michael out, they go back a long way..
What can ya do. soap actors/characters come and go .. it just is sad when a personal favorite 🙁

su0000
su0000

0oohhh!

I luv luv luv Caleb Morley and John McBain ..!

Caleb and John! wow huh !

su0000
su0000

10. I don’t want to sound selfish but will you still be doing your event August 9th? Please don’t cancel. I’ve waited three years to meet you. – Kathleen

Michael’
I’ll be there. It’s for a good cause and I’ll bring a fine bottle of Irish Whiskey so we can have a proper wake for Silas and McBain.
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oohhh no a wake ! I do not like that but.. no wake for Caleb 🙂

Fanny
Fanny

How very gracious of him to respond personally… I wonder if
he will move back to New York, now that GH is a thing of the
past. Or stick around Los Angeles in hopes another role catches
his fancy?

Ann
Ann

His answers were heartfelt, direct, and to the point. He was very up front about thibgs. He was gracious as I have always known him to be. I sent questions that weren’t answered in this part. Hopefully they will be in Part Two.

Ces
Ces

doesnt appear that he is a fan of Ron’s either. Shocking!

Patricio
Patricio

Those disjointed questions and answers shed little on the current situation both with the talented Mr. Easton and the current state of GH. Get away from the mob – go back to the hospital. Please Mr. V! You made OLTL a masterpiece.

su0000
su0000

The mob is exciting, the hospital is blah..
not a lot that can happen in the hospital without shooting people to be sent there lol

Who is the 1st you want to die under Patricks hands for a very short story ..
Or- perhaps Laura can get a horrible disease and go into a coma ..
or Monica will have a heart attack, that is a hospital story too:)
I like the mob, a lot .. 🙂
if there is shoot out then the hospital will get busy aha!

Rose
Rose

Su…I agree with you on hospital business being “blah” if that’s all GH is about. I like some of the drama there when it’s tied into other stories, but not hospital stuff on it’s own. Sort of ironic since the show is called General Hospital. In fact I have never watched any of the doctor/hospital shows on night-time prime time. Ugh! for me. Don’t mind Sonny, etc and the mob. Just don’t want the writers to overdo these stories. Would like more of the Q’s, high finance conspiracies, the Cassidine’s…

Harry
Harry

sigh

su0000
su0000

Hi Rose..
You would like more of the Q’s, high finance conspiracies, the Cassidine’s…

RC did try for a ”high finance conspiracies” but there are no players
If RC did not bring in Dillon it would just be Tracy as Q’s,, and Michael that RC tryed to make a Quartermaine (he is reue Corinthos
And- he needed to turn Nikolis into a ‘true’ Cassidine to even have a real Cassidine on GH ..

there are 2 Q’s(Tracy n Dillon) and 2 Cassadine’s (Helena n Nikolis) 0hh and Spencer..on GH..

Belle
Belle

I wish you the best, Michael. I wish that one Life to Live had remained on t.v.; however, that wasn’t meant to be
Walk into whatever God has for you with eagerness!

aria
aria

michael easton is pure class, i’m sure they can bring him back hopefully as john mcbain down the line, or maybe the new writers can start by cleaning up the mess RC left and make it all a dream…

Rose
Rose

I caught myself thinking the tone of the responses from Michael could just as well have been from John McBain or Silas. And that the characters he played were in part an extension of himself. All three sound similar..polite…a little world-weary, like Bogart…no b.s…with more to the answer than they are willing to reveal. Just a feeling…

Leah
Leah

Michael’s firing was a bad decision and ones fans of Michael’s are trying to have reversed. If anyone is interested in helping us, please go to the Petition and sign to fight for Michael, a fan favorite and veteran ABC Daytime Actor.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/914/044/258/bring-back-michael-easton-to-general-hospital/

elm51
elm51

michael easton is such a classy individual – i read every question & answer on his facebook page……………some are saying it was boring but i don’t think so – i believe his answers were very appropriate plus he is not the type of person to give negative responses.
why would he bash tptb at gh??? he would be cutting his own throat because other head writers & producers would never consider hiring him.

Sly
Sly

There are petitions on the internet to bring back Michael Easton. The last time I checked, there were close to 3,000 signatures and that was just on “one” of the petitions. There are several out there. I am going to sign “ALL” of them.

JUST GOOGLE:

“BRING BACK MICHAEL EASTON PETITION”

Please take the time to sign. A lot of people like Michael and we want to see him back.

Rose
Rose

Hope ABC and PP make up soon. Then they could bring back Michael as John McBain. Heaven knows Port Charles needs all the savvy cops they can get.

Sly
Sly

What’s the latest word with ABC and PP. I hope they come to some sort of an agreement so we can have our character back.

Rob
Rob

They need to settle with Prospect Park and bring back John McBain.

Double Z
Double Z

Not a favorite character of mine,but as an actor and human being….pure class

Seth
Seth

Maybe the Prospect Park lawsuit has been resolved, and TPTB are planning to bring back Michael Easton as McBain. If they were going to make that switch, recasting one (Kiki), killing another (Silas) and possibly sending the third to jail (Franco) would be a good way to go about it. Imagine Franco going off to jail, devastating Nina. Then Todd comes back. Instant triangle between Nina (who is drawn to him) and his ex-almost paramour, Carly. Starr and McBain can follow when appropriate, which would cause trouble for Michael/Sabrina and Sam/Jason. Doubt it’s happening, but I sure hope that’s the plan.

Rose
Rose

Not bad!

Terri
Terri

Michael Easton is a class act on And off screen given the right material. I thought things were finally hearing up for his character and that was what I was looking forward to…sigh. I will miss ME!!!!!!!

me3
me3

The difference between this exit interview and Tony Geary’s is frightening. ME has my respect because he’s clearly a true professional. That being said, I didn’t enjoy his character on GH and wish him all the best in his next job.

Jason
Jason

Hate to see him go. I think this is a mistake.

Timmm
Timmm

This Q&A was just like the character “Silas”, BORING! Those of you who bitched about Tony Geary’s exit interview can go pound salt! At least Mr. Geary told it like it was and didnt beat around the bush!

Harry
Harry

Timm, Geary would hate me for suggesting the following, but would you say Tony Geary is the Donald Trump of daytime actors?

Timmm
Timmm

I like that Harry. Although, I am more inclined to belief Tony before The Donald!

lizzy
lizzy

This is a disaster. I agree with the person who said these people were just used to draw a crowd and now 1 by 1 they are leaving – – Will Roger be next? Well, I was always a GH watcher and also a OLTL fan so it was so great for me to have them show up on GH. We’ll miss you Silas and OMG that GREAT HAIR of yours.
Of all the people they could have gotten rid of (just sayin).

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks for the link. Read the whole q&a….very interesting. I will really miss Michael Easton on daytime. Wish him all the best.

Jen
Jen

I love part one of Michael Easton’s interview. He’s a classy guy and extremely talented. General Hospital made a huge mistake writing out Silas. Easton did a great job with both McBain and Silas and he deserved better writing. There should have been numerous hospital stories for Silas. Easton is a big talent in daytime and the decision makes no sense. GH should bring him back.

Janet
Janet

From how he answers fans question, he was not too happy with his character and in the actors world if you are not too happy you ask for your contact to break with a penalty or if the actor don’t agree with writers or producers will they give the actor their walking papers just like any Joe blow out in this wo rld we live & work in so it goes, Michael also sound like he has future plans for his self he be just fine with out GH it happen to the best of actors

Cassie
Cassie

Anna should come back, oust the corrupt Mayor. Anna becomes Mayor because Felicia realizes she’s too busy helping Mac run the Floating Rib to really do the Mayoral position justice. Jordan goes away on some Special Ops assignment. McBain comes in and runs the PCPD.

Emily
Emily

I enjoyed reading the full ques/answer on FB. It was nice of him to indulge the fans and answer as many questions as he could. He didn’t have to. As usual, I love how he expresses himself, well spoken, thoughtful and humble. A very stand up guy, talented actor. I think he accepted the writing on the wall b/c he’s been in the business for awhile and knows the nature of the beast. He rode a great wave on OLTL. I was hoping to find out if he’s open to other soaps in the future, but there’s other parts to the question/answer session, so hoping it’s a “yes”!
Had a chance to see the OLTL actors when the show was ending but got really sick. My friend saw him at Comic Con in NY and she asked him for a pic and he kindly obliged. Looking forward to reading more and hoping 1 of my favorite soap stars comes on my screen soon. Cheers Mr. Easton!!:)

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FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

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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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy/ABC

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.

Photo: JPI

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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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