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New General Hospital Opening Title Sequence To Debut In July!

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Looks like with the new additions to the cast of General Hospital over the past year, and a decision to freshen up the opening of the ABC soap opera, On-Air On-Soaps confirmed through a GH representative today that the series will debut its new opening title sequence in early July!

Nathan Varni, who is Manager Current Series for ABC General Hospital also tweeted upon fans inquiries, “We have multiple openings rolling out, showcasing our talented cast.”

According to Varni, it was General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini who was in charge of the efforts to bring the new vision of the openings to life!

So, how would you like to see the new opening sequences look? Who would you like to see included?  Everyone on the canvas ?  Let us know your creative thoughts!

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Janet
Janet

Dante, Patrick & Nathan

candy
candy

why isn’t felix included in the new openings? no gay people in the openings and you have an openly gay writer. now that is strange.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Yay!!!

steven cates
steven cates

Lets get. Maura West in there!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maura is already in the credits, but I’m sure she’ll be in them when new ones roll around. She is under contract with the series.

Mike Fox
Mike Fox

Those sequences from I’d say 2009 and up to 2012 with the siren flashes were hot sexy and fun. But they won’t be back I guess. I also liked the one life to live sequences from the late 90s up to 2012. Also my first time posting here:) Been a fan of the website for year and a half so thought it was time:)

Anthony
Anthony

Welcome. Now you can regularly comment/vent like the rest of us! I, too, enjoyed the openings you mentioned for GH and OLTL. I’m still missing OLTL. Personally I’d like to see the GH opening credits “slow down” a bit. Seems too rushed to me.

Matthew
Matthew

Yeah, show us the entire cast including major recurring players! We promise we won’t get bored and tune out or get upset that we won’t have the extra 60 seconds of “scene” time. The excuses they gave for chopping the opening sequence down to nothing in the first place were riduculous! Personally, I enjoy a good theme at the beginning and it gets me excited about the show. I miss the dramatic lead up that they did way back, that haunting, rolling, thump that played over the end of the scene before the opening sequence began… That was cool and upped the drama factor. Bring that back!

Mike Fox
Mike Fox

Thanks I look forward to it:) yea I still miss one live a lot and I actually was looking forward to the two soaps to work all that drama out. So that they could at least tell a finished product of the mystery of what the hell was really going on there in lanview after the black out and the two Todd’s story. Todd Blair Carly tomas John star tea all fit in nice there in port Chuck too. Poor story got stuck in our minds forever now. But yes the music is important and I hope they at least try to make something more substantial and not seem so rushed this time around.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Kassie DePaiva makes her DAYS debut as Eve this Wednesday!!!

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

I dont want beauty shots. I want action romance intensity

Kathie Simmons
Kathie Simmons

Than you are not looking at GH!There is no romance on GH, just two people thrown together.

su0000
su0000

Frank Valentini is always moving forward and giving GH its’ best..
Looking forward to the new openings!1

Some will love it and some will hate it..
So, Frank Valentini will do what is best for GH .. 🙂

”you can please some of the people some of the time but you can’t please all the people all the time”

harry
harry

“Fool me once, shame on you, fool me again……….uh, I won’t get fooled again

tim
tim

I’d like to see some of the recurring cast added to the rotation,such as Ian Buchanan,Sonya Eddy,Kathleen Gati,Lynn Herring,Haley Pullos,and Kin Shriner,among others.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Recurring don’t get credit in the opening credits, only contract cast do.

Micante
Micante

Spencer

Vickister
Vickister

ITA a few second and include more.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Nancy Lee And Jane and Laura and Emme. Peavy, Bryan, Maurice and William

harry
harry

When did NLG fall in love with her own cleavage? It seems that every day she takes her girls out to play. This isn’t wardrobe’s fault either as the actress is frequently seen off set with that horizontal crack. I think NLG’s bra needs to get an Emmy nod for best supporting actress in a drama series.

Tricia
Tricia

Love this! I want to see Julian with Alexis, Lucas, Felix and Nathan in the opening credits

Vickister
Vickister

I think.you covered them Tricia

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

More of Nathan with Maxie!

pumpkanpie
pumpkanpie

Only the main characters … especially the legacy characters that we have loved for a long time!

Kathie Simmons
Kathie Simmons

They seem to be the must boring characters.That some of you loved for a long time, don’t everyone love them.Simply because they have done nothing.Lets see Jaxon and Jakob (the Daniels)in the credit.

Jill
Jill

Want to see Genie Francis in it.

harry
harry

Me too, Jill. It would have been nice to have Laura around while Fluke was acting like such a transparent sociopath.
Luke’s angel would have known that Luke was as faux as a knock off Coach bag.

Shay
Shay

Here, here, Harry. So would have Scorpio, Lucky, Nathan, Holly, etc….how convenient none of these folks are around to notice anything is awry with this malevolent miscreant. For now all we have is clueless, lovestruck Tracy, babycrazy Lulu who cannot be bothered enough to notice her father is not in reality her father or the astonishingly and increasingly thick Anna who has been in a fog for far too long on a number of really important matters. Even the usually suspicious Sonny “Tortelli” has been oddly blind to picking up on his old friend’s strange behavior. It all really beggars belief…and I must ask, how can anyone overlook the fact that “FLuke” has totally failed to address Tracy as “Spanky” or Anna as “Slim” for months????? It’s so obvious that it’s screaming out loud for someone to notice this HUGE oversight!!!!

Jared
Jared

Bring back Faces of the Heart opening.

Tom
Tom

+1

Still one of the greatest openings of all time.

Evan
Evan

I couldn’t agree more, would love to see “Faces of the Heart” return updated with the current cast. That was an iconic soap opera opening.

Dave
Dave

Definitely agree!

Walter Ian Kaye
Walter Ian Kaye

It will be nice to not have to squint to see the tiny faces in the back lol

A Baptiste
A Baptiste

I thought Ilene Kristen got gypped when OLTL took her off contract and out of the title sequences, since others are mentioning recurring folks, I pray she will become “much more recurring” on GH and will be in the new opening-s. And dare I say, I enjoy glam shots, actor’s posing…it’s just plain “retro” fun to see our stars like this. This is a vote for the soaps, so happy with this story, in “general!”

Vickister
Vickister

She is coming back ,not sure of h ok w long , posted in fb n tweet

KM
KM

Glad to see this. I miss having that delineation between the contract actors and recurring. With the cast being so large it can sometimes be hard to tell who you’re supposed to invest in and who’s just there for the latest plot point.

The current openings just includes a handful of pets in group shots with no real correlation to their importance to the canvas and in some cases even to each other. I mean, Patrick/Maxie/Silas/Sam? How often do they actually interact? Almost never?

I’d include all the contract characters in the opening as has always been the custom. If they want to do group shots I wish they’d have some connection to the families and dynamics of the show.

Frances Varela- Gomez
Frances Varela- Gomez

I was hoping for a gentleman closing credit again. I was appreciated Anthony Geary add to the end.

Natalie
Natalie

I agree! Loved the men in tuxes at the end! Classy and sexy!

Cathy
Cathy

Want to see Robin, Kimberly McCullough added to opening. She always said GH is and will always be a big part of her life and she is a big part of GH and our lives. She is GH present and history.

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

Is there room for all of them…lol…can they do a big box like Hollywood Squares or Brady Bunch with 100 windows for the cast(sarcasm)…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

lol! you do crack me up jimh… 😉

leesh12
leesh12

The reason they got rid of the Faces of the Heart opening because it allowed them to add 2 minutes on to the show. That might not seem like a lot but when you add it up for the course of the year…thats a lot of time.

And I would like to see Kelly Theibaud, Teresa Castillo, Marc Anthony Samuel, Sonya Eddy, Bryan Craig, and The love triangle of Spencer, Emma, and Cameron

mike
mike

It would be nice to see the faces of the actors. The current open flashes too quickly.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Hopefully they bring the last opening back, but with the “Faces Of the Heart” theme instead. This short opening is too out-dated and boring.

kathleen johnson
kathleen johnson

Would love to see sonny nathan and Anna and duke and maxi on the new sequences maybe bigger not small and the ones from the 9os were the best no beauty shots remember one from 9os where Luke was jumping off boat think with Robert before it exploded would be nice to have action shots

Timmm
Timmm

Hopefully they will put the characters name under the picture so we can remember their names since we dont see characters for weeks on end!

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…or they can scramble them and make it a game show”

For 100 points…who is that lovable, zany actress/character who loves two men…

And for the win…which character did we kill off this week???

Loveamystery
Loveamystery

Veterans of GH front and center. Highlight GH not the watered down version.

Rod
Rod

The entire cast

lovescalebmorley
lovescalebmorley

Definitely need to see Maura West and Ryan Paevey & let’s see the kids – Spencer, Cameron & Emma. Can we get a more memorable theme song?

amy
amy

I loved the old hospital shot with the sirens!!!!

Rodd
Rodd

I like to see all the cast represented. I know it’ expensive but I think these people are clever enough to find a way to put actors in and take them out when they leave without breaking the bank.

Looking forward to seeing what they do.

Shay
Shay

Dr. O. and her gorgeous “kinder!”

VIKKYE
VIKKYE

i miss the old beginning with everyone showed

jk
jk

love the music, please don’t change the music

Charday
Charday

I’d like to see some of the current “hot” characters in the opening–whether contract or not–like Britt, Dr. O, Spencer, Sabrina, and some of the long-termers like Monica Q, Lucy, etc.

SW
SW

Faces of the heart!! Classic, lovely, and perfect!!! Still miss it!

Kathie Simmons
Kathie Simmons

GH people thats on contract, than the others and also the kids including the babies,toddlers and kids.

tracey
tracey

I would love to see all the kids too

Mary SF
Mary SF

Personally I would do away with the openings of all the soaps– they are so short anyway are they really necessary? I think most people know what show they are watching—-But if I were going to do an opening I would open the show with a teaser, show a brief clip from that day’s show, with a voice over saying, Today on General Hospital– fill in the blank- stay tuned and then go to commercial. Or better yet, do a recap, and say yesterday on General Hospital– because on GH the first scenes are all repeats of the day’s before ending scenes— so just admit that and make that the opening.

harry
harry

Mary, it’s all packaging at this point.

Andrew
Andrew

Have hated the space age theme since it debuted last year and not liked the trio of pics in the boxes. It’s also so dark, more like what the opening to “The Edge of Night” would be if it were still on.

“Faces of the Heart”, flashes of the characters (and various openings so everyone who is on canvas would be seen at one point or another). No group shots, they become old fast since there are always people leaving the cast.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Why have any cast members at all? I say do like Days of Our Lives and have one big picture representing GH. It could be the picture of the hospital itself and flash the title on the screen. Let’s just call it a day already.

DavidEvanSmith
DavidEvanSmith

This topic is RIGHT in my wheelhouse… I love me some opening credits!

I’m gonna stick to motion shots of all current contract characters. Something in the vein of Faces of the Hearts, but less of the red background and more like the red/blue siren background of the 2003-2009 opening. I found a way to include Recurring characters by them sharing group shots. Contract characters (except for Britt and Mac) are featured in solo shots. Managed to feature 39 characters in five versions, with a few duplicates across versions. Featured twice: Sonny, Alexis, Patrick, Dante, Franco, Carly, Ava, Luke, Nathan. Featured three times: Anna, Julian.

Version A (Monday)
Sonny
Olivia
Dante
Nathan (New)
Nina (New)
Silas
Sam
Alexis
Julian (New)

Version B (Tuesday)
Carly
Franco
Michael
Kiki
Morgan (New)
Ava
Julian
Molly/TJ (Featured Recurring)
Shawn

Version C (Wednesday)
Anna
Duke/Emma (Featured Recurring)
Patrick
Sabrina (New)
Felix (New)
Lucas/Brad (Featured Recurring)
Elizabeth
Nikolas
Britt/Obrecht (New / Featured Recurring)

Version D (Thursday)
Luke
Tracy
Lulu
Dante
Nathan
Maxie
Felicia/Mac (Featured Recurring / New)
Patrick
Anna

Version E (Friday, All-Stars)
Sonny
Ava
Carly
Franco
Anna
Scott/Lucy/Kevin (Featured Recurring)
Alexis
Julian
Luke

Thoughts?

JustSaying
JustSaying

Wow, no Monica. Nathan should be replaced by her on version D.

TJ, but no Rafe. Rafe is technically a legacy character from the other show “Port Charles”. I think he belongs there.

Emma should really be with Patrick for family purposes. It would be a group photo of them.

Franco should not be on the All Stars. Tracy should be. Even Mac would be a better All Star.

DavidEvanSmith
DavidEvanSmith

Fair notes. I was trying to keep recurring characters isolated to group shots and contracts to solo shots. Exception was Mac/Felicia because Mac is on contract but is utilized like a recurring/background player and has been since probably 1999. I think his last actual storyline was when Felicia cheated on him with Luke and their marriage fell apart. Originally I had Britt and Obrecht as separate shots, but combining them made room for a Lucas/Brad shot, so I made an exception there as well.

Emma/Patrick would make total sense, but violates the pattern I was trying to create. But the Duke/Emma connection makes sense to me and that shot is sandwiched between Anna and Patrick, so the connections are all still there.

I omitted Rafe because he has been infrequently appearing for the last year and they appear to be writing him into a corner with this sudden drug addiction and potential to be the driver that ran Patrick/Sabrina off the road leading to their baby’s death. I don’t see much of a future for Rafe, but if he’s that important to you he can be grouped in the Molly/TJ shot in Version B.

I reworked the All-Stars Version E based on your feedback. 🙂

Version E (Friday, All-Stars)
Sonny
Carly
Ava
Julian
Alexis
Scott/Lucy/Kevin (Featured Recurring)
Bobbie/Monica (Featured Recurring)
Tracy
Luke

There you go!

JustSaying
JustSaying

I see what you were going for in version C. And I like the new all-stars.

Rafe is tricky though. He’s legacy but recurring. I have to think about that one.

Dave
Dave

Great pics especially with the new Version E. You did forget one more, Jordan! She could be featured with Shawn.

Double Z
Double Z

In the end…who cares

jared
jared

I really hope they bring the 90’s/early 00’s “Faces of the Heart” back in an updated format. The music is beautiful and ingeniously updated the original GH theme.

Dave
Dave

What happened to the updated opening?!! Maybe it will start First of August instead of first of July?!?

phil
phil

They just added faces to the current opening. This article was misleading!

Marc
Marc

Totally agree with you. I was very disappointed!

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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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.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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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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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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