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Rebecca Budig Exits General Hospital! But Since Hayden Holds A Big Secret Will She Return?

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This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that conniving Hayden (Rebecca Budig) took a bullet to the head, thanks to Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher)!

With the knowledge of Jake’s (Billy Miller) true identity to be Jason Morgan and what that could mean for him and his wife Sam (Kelly Monaco), that bullet put Hayden into a coma after Patrick  (Jason Thompson) tried his best to save her during delicate brain surgery!  And that, put’s an end to the short term run of Rebecca Budig on General Hospital!

But since Hayden holds a vital secret and if she were to wake-up she could completely wreck Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Nikolas’ plans, (since they are in collusion now keeping Sam and Jake from knowing who he truly is) we wouldn’t be surprised if she wakes up just when the time is right!

In this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Budig reveals if she would also be very interested in a return to Port Charles.   Rebecca answered, “Yeah, totally! I feel like there is more to learn about Hayden and I would love to figure out who she is, where’s she’s coming from, what her whole back-story is.”

So, what do you think about the departure of Rebecca Budig for now? Would you like Hayden to wake up and become a more permanent fixture on the GH canvas?  What do you think about Nikolas ordering the hit on Hayden to keep his lover and blackmailer silenced? Comment below!

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Jake from NJ
Jake from NJ

Sad…love Rebecca!!

karen
karen

never like her

Pat
Pat

I always liked her acting. Would love to see her stay and become a good person.

karen
karen

bring haden back!she brings real drama to gh…she is a great actress!

Michael
Michael

I agree! She has quickly become one of my favorite characters on GH. Would rather keep her and lose Elizabeth and Nicholas.

karen
karen

nik has went to his dark side.haden brings the wild out of nick.she tells him.thats what ratings are made of…

Sammy
Sammy

Bring Rebecca Budig back to GH! She is a great addition to the cast. We want her to stay in Port Charles.

Christine
Christine

l love Rebecca find a way to keep her. Not liking Nicks dark side though. Always glad he was the one good Cassadine.

Sandy
Sandy

Hayden needs to return permanently. I just love Rebecca Budig and I loved her on AMC as Greenlee.

mary
mary

I agree. Rebecca is fabulous. Frank should give her a long term contact,

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, AMC….my heart hurts, I miss that soap so much!!!!
Greenlee/Rebecca first appeared as the real quintessential bad girl, just like Hayden. Greenlee was finally reformed due to the love of her life Leo, who later died.
I truly hope Hayden comes back to GH for redemption. Let’s give her Patrick…well, he did save her life. They fall in love while Sam and Jake find each other.
Hayden is in a coma….Rebecca will leave temporarily. When Hayden wakes up, Rebecca will return, for sure. She is too much of an asset to lose….love her.

Cory
Cory

Totally agree!!! Yes!!!! Bring her back!! Give her a real story on her own! Tell her backstory and let her become a part of PC!! Please!! Please!!

Helen Conboy
Helen Conboy

I would love to see her back again & bc more involved with people like Carly. Also hope Jason finds out who he is before May ends. Needs to be with Sam & Danny & Liz & Nick need to be exposed!

Tonya
Tonya

Agree!!!!

Rod
Rod

YES YES BRING HER BACK
LOVE Rebecca and her being in GH brings so much to the canvas

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Hayden’s a little spitfire. I’m hoping her coma will bring some of her relatives from Beecher’s Corners out of the woodwork, and turn Elizabeth & Nik’s lives upside down. It would be hilarious, after all of her subterfuge, for Liz to ruin yet another chance w/Jason because of all her lies & plotting w/Nik. She’ll be skulking around with a worried look on her face for as long as Hayden’s in that coma instead of enjoying her time w/Jason. Also, it’s never a bad thing to watch Carly be proven wrong. If Hayden reveals that Jake is Jason, Carly will probably become her BFF because she’ll get her best friend back. Frankly, I think a Hayden-Carly duo would be hilarious, especially opposite Ric & Nina Lansing.

David
David

That really was a short term stay, hopefully she will be back and they can delve more into her as a person and her backstory. I just wish they would hurry up with the reveal that Jake is Jason. This has carried on far too long getting close to a year since Billy Miller joined the show, it is long past time for it to come out that he is Jason

Erick
Erick

Not quite… He debuted on October 1st… but he was in bandages for what, a month? So it’s more like November.

David
David

That is still over 6 months closer to 7 since when he had the bandages the viewers already knew he was Jason. It still has dragged on for far too long and its time for the reveal to come out.

Torqumada
Torqumada

I thought she fit in pretty seamlessly.

I suspect the coma clears up during fall sweeps.

Lizzy Diaz
Lizzy Diaz

Please consider bringing her back….R.B. is an amazing actress,I think she proved that coming to GH….I loved her when she was on AMC also….please find a way to bring her back and keep her!

Diane
Diane

I would like to see Hayden stay long term. She seemed to fit in well with the cast and storyline. And she’s a great actress. Would bring some of AMC fans to GH.

Shari
Shari

Well he lost a piece of bootie but,the takeover of ELQ is more important to Nik! That’s the only reason why he’s keeping the secret!

CB
CB

Wait! Hold up! Did I miss something???? Nikolas ordered the hit? I know I missed a couple of days due to illness, but I watched & THOUGHT I caught up! Guess not. Thought Shawn actually shot Hayden. Guess he missed, huh? Then, they’ll be able to confirm Shawn’s innocent. I know Sean is leaving the show, but isn’t his character, Shawn, being written off & going to prison for Hayden’s attempted murder??

shrona
shrona

It was revealed at the very end of the second live show, just before the Spencer Cassadine Dance Party. I too am sad to see Rebecca go. I don’t suppose there’s any way we can keep her and lose nuKiki, is there? 😉

SZima
SZima

Shawn DID shoot Haayden. Nicholas’ hit man told Nic that someone got there before him.
Jordan is the one who caused Shawn to miss his target and hit Hayden rather than Jakson.

Not sure why the author didn’t mention these vital facts!

BreckRoy
BreckRoy

Not quite. The hitman specifically said that he did the job. But Shawn Butler was the perfect patsy to take the fall, didn’t he? Or am i missing something.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmmm, I don’t know. Nik’s hitman specifically said that Shawn thought he missed Jake and accidentally hit Hayden because of Jordan. It went so in favor of Nik’s minion. Stroke of luck? Shawn probably did fire, but the bullet went wild/astray and is most likely embedded somewhere. Sounds confusing, but it seems pretty clear. Then again, the writers will fix it any way they want it fixed. Things could change at their whim….
I did mention earlier that there should be an investigation…too easy? Yeah, the so-apt police department will figure out the trajectory of the bullet in maybe…… uhmm, two years?

CeeCee
CeeCee

No, SZima. Nik’s evil-doer had no idea Shawn would be there. That’s what he was referring to. The hitman said he shot Hayden. Shawn THINKS he shot her.
As I said, an investigation will prove all this…if there is one……if I were there? Every piece of the puzzle would be in its place. I think I’m in the wrong profession……LOL and triple LOL.

samantha Fournier
samantha Fournier

I want her to tell all and bust Elizabeth out ……

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know, Samantha. What really disturbs me is that Jake is missing so much precious time with his son. A shame, really. These are a boy’s formative years, and Danny deserves to know his father. Sooo, C’mon, writers.

By the way, Samantha? I’m sure you are aware that Fournier literally means ‘oven keeper’, or ‘tender’. Later, it was Baker or Boulanger. Don’t mind me…..name-derivation fascinates me, especially Italian, French, English and Castilian Spanish.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ Timmm.
Hi,
Hmmmm….pick whom? Impossible for me. I love them both. So, if they should come back, I hope it would not come to that, Timmm. No cat fights over Nik…not worth it. The Prince has put a few dents in his crown. Please do not let there be a Britt versus Hayden scene of any kind…LOL.

tweets
tweets

good bye!

brian
brian

Well truth be told, I am finding that like Britt Westbourne, I hated her at first and am now warming to her….but there are many other characters who need some focus and airtime.

Ces
Ces

Yeah, I kinda wish Britt would have visited with Nicholas. It was fun to see her back and I never thought I’d say that!

Timmm
Timmm

Brit-vs-Hayden!

Frank
Frank

I hope they bring Rebecca Budig back as I would love to see more of her character Hayden.

carolyn
carolyn

Think it would be great. Always loved her.Great actress.

Nancy
Nancy

please ler her wake up SOO N,

Robin from East Tennessee
Robin from East Tennessee

I love little (Peanut) her nick name that Cameron (“Ryan”) gave her on All My Children, but yeah, I think Rebecca is a great actress and could be an asset to General Hospital. She plays a bad girl well, but she also plays a good girl well too.

nicole
nicole

I would absolutely love love love for Rebecca budig to stay!! I really hope she returns love Hayden’s character !!

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

I’d like to see her wake up and totally blow Liz and Nikolas out of the water! In just a short amount of time GH made Hayden a more compelling character than they have yet with Nina.

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Jenny!

Bonnie
Bonnie

Yes I would! Was this just choice to leave. She never got a back story

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I get so really tired of Elizabeths always lying. Why cant she be straight up for once and then she might have a chance in a relationship. But, oh no, knowing hes Jason, married to Sam and a father to a baby he doesnt know, she takes him to bed. Of course, she will lose again!

Alice Robinson
Alice Robinson

Wake up, Hayden!!!! Wake UP!!! Then go kick Nikolas’ butt all over that island.

Ces
Ces

i like that gh is cleaning house. Can we unload kiki next? Her character is such a wast of time. Also, i love roger howarth and michelle stafford as actors but what is their purpose on gh? The cast needs to shrink.

shrona
shrona

Ces, you’re reading my mind. I love Roger and Michelle too but they are not getting the storyline their talents deserve. And maybe it’s because I’m such a huge Kristen Alderson fan, but I can’t stand nuKiki.

SZima
SZima

Wow, do I ever agree about Kiki! Right now the most annoying and unnecessary character on the show!
I also agree about RH and MS…love them but they’re totally NOT needed.

Janice
Janice

Sad that it was only a short term gig.
I thought they put her on contract.

shrona
shrona

I’m hoping she has a short term project she was previously committed to ( like a Lifetime movie) and will return to GH after to wreak more havoc!

TMJ
TMJ

Excellent actress. Terrible storyline. I feel bad for her, but I’m glad she is gone.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I hope Rebecca Budig comes back! She was one of the biggest shining talents during the #GHLive shows and adds intrigue and humor, coupled with drama and great timing to Hayden.

Rose M
Rose M

She can come back but ONLY if she lets loose with that secret before she leaves. I’m way tired of waiting for this thing to come out! Good News/Bad News: Good – Jason Morgan Recast. Bad – He doesn’t find out for 2 years who he really is. RESULT – Nobody tuned in to see it happen.

BreckRoy
BreckRoy

Lol, Billy Miller has been on th show about six months. Soaps used to keep secrets like paternities and infidelities for years.

kelly
kelly

I would definitely welcome Rebecca Budig back to GH. Any character that doesn’t like Elizabeth and puts her in her place,is a character I want in Port Charles. Plus Hayden was actually an interesting new character, unlike say Kiki.

Carol
Carol

I would like to see her back but not to upset the apple cart.

Brenda Kay
Brenda Kay

YES BRING REBECCA BUDIG BACK!!!!! Let her tell the truth and keep her on GH! She is a brilliant actress and would bring so much to the show. Please please keep her on GH!!!!! I will be so disappointed if this is it for her. GH writers need to get a grip on their stories and stop bouncing all over the place with loose ends everywhere. Can we please tell Jake the truth once and for all and can Elizabeth just get her own man for a change. Frustrated!!

Terri Capraro
Terri Capraro

YES, I want her to stay on GH. I loved her as Greenlee and I feel she could be an awesome character as Hayden. Give her a chance. She wasn’t on long enough to show what she can do. Really disappointed that she is leaving so soon.

Sarah
Sarah

I have enjoyed seeing Rebecca Budig back on screen. I don’t totally like her character, but I will miss seeing her on GH.

su0000
su0000

well,,
Hayden (Rebecca Budig) is recurring..
And-
FV and RC know the great acting talents of Rebecca, they will not let her go..
I will be looking forward to her return, she is a spit fire, very spicey, an awesome type of a soap character..

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe putting her in a coma was a way for Frank to measure her popularity and decide if they should put her on contract?

su0000
su0000

Hi Timmm..
that could be..
I believe Rebeca will have a great future on GH..
She fits in very will..
GH and Rebeca= great match ..

aria
aria

I love Hayden, i hope Rebecca decides to come back, and i’m glad the character wasn’t killed off, i knew she only came in short term but i hope GH’s RC/FV ask her to come on board and stay longer, she was so good, so keeping my fingers cross. As for Nikolas, oh boy, i’m not sure how to feel about this, I think if prince nik is taking a shot at the dark side then he for sure needs his mom Laura, so i’m so glad Genie Francis is coming back, hope her return is for more then just Luke goodbye..

Christine
Christine

I hope the writers keep Rebecca on the show. I would love to see her and Carly go after Elizabeth and Nicholas for keeping Jason from her (Carly)….. GH need another spicy woman with a backbone like Carly,
Let her stay around and cause trouble for Nicholas and Elizabeth. Find a man for her, better yet put her with Rick Lansing to make Elizabeth sooooo unhappy!!!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Not surprised, they wrote her character into a corner and the character had no real ties to Port Charles. It’s unfortunate that GH hires all these big names from daytime and prime soaps, only to use them for short stints at a time. For me one of the joys of daytime is having the chance to get to know a character, to see them evolve over time, but when they come in and out of the canvas so fast, I can’t really empathized or care about them. Hayden taking a bullet meant nothing to me, because she meant nothing to me. Her existence was another example where instead of the plot revealing something about the character, the character was only there to further the plot.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, Mary SF, I hear you, and agree. As much as DAYS is not well balanced storyline wise, the fact that their contract players are all on mostly on a regular basis, I care so much more for the characters on DAYS compared to GH. GH has so many recurring characters, like that of Rosalie (who I love), but like you say, it’s hard to empathize and care about the recurring characters on GH, the cast is so large, and now that Monica is no where to be seen, or Kevin, or Brad/Felix/Lucas, I don’t care as much about them, and it’s a crying shame. I like Hayden, and hope she returns, and hopefully as the cast is now trimming down, hopefully the EP will look into reducing the short stints.

lisa
lisa

Yes that would be very interested. And ut needs to be real soon.

Penny andrews
Penny andrews

I would really like her to stay. Loved her in all my children awesome actress

Jayson
Jayson

Are TPTB out of their minds???? Rebecca Budig has brought sexiness, sassiness, and humor to this role like only she could. I freaking adore Hayden, and i’m crushed that she’s not on contract. Who do I contact to bring her back to the show? Make her a long-loss Quartermaine. Now that Tony is leaving, Jane Elliot needs a storyline. Make Hayden her daughter, or Carly’s adoptive father’s daughter. Make her pregnant with Nicholas’s child. For heavens sake, BRING HER BACK!

Tivette
Tivette

I would LOVE for Rebecca Buddig to wake up at the right time to spill the beans AND to find out she is preggers with Prince Nik’ s baby! She has the strength to manage Nik and his crazy grandmother. What great potential stories could be had with Rebecca as a matriarch in the making! Oh my, if only…

Karen
Karen

AMEN! LOVE THAT IDEA! A QUARTERMAINE SHE MUST BE! AND PREGNANT WITH NIC’S CHILD! I LIKE BOTH IDEAS!
REBECCA HAS TO STAY

Timmm
Timmm

Hayden as a Q, excellent Jayson.

Candace Profit
Candace Profit

I would love to see Hayden return. She was a good character and she brought a good energy to the show.

Debra
Debra

I hope she wakes up and explores the character . Rebecca Is an amazing actress. Look what she did with Greenlee on AMC. I think that was a character short term until she created an amazing love to hate. I think Hayden is what PC needs.

Patrick
Patrick

I was hoping she would have short-term amnesia… at least with the JakeDoe reveal

I haven’t been this gobsmacked with such a natural… in a very long time…

I was hoping Britt was returning to help stir up the pot… w/Nikolas
and MS’ Nina sure could use a friend… COUSIN to carry story with

Britta intertwined with Nikolas and Hayden
Britta mixing with cousin Nina, Franco, Ric, Dr. O., Nathan, Brad, Liz, Spence… she’s endless in her presence with all of GH

ie: Nikolas… where does he go from here? with Britta and Hayden gone
and… for him to see Liz wanting “desperately” to move on with “Jake” certainly is a slap in the face / realization…. that Liz is NOT interested in Nikolas

hopefully, the writers will continue to gung ho… NIkolas , no holds barred…. surge for power… and all the excitement he is generating

Rebecca Buddig, : surprise, surprise

mama22
mama22

There is a lot of potential for this character. She brings energy and excitement to the canvas. Bring her back.

Shay
Shay

I’ll be glad to see Hayden gone….I couldn’t warm up to this character, whatsoever. I only wish that that more unnecessary roles were dispensed with as quickly….like Nina, Sappy, Felix, Jordan, Kiki and Val-Chops. There’s something to be said for such expediency when there is no valid long-term reason for a character, and having one hang around simply for the sake of being there is not only foolish, but a waste of time and space better utilized by old favorites. And speaking of, will someone please get Britt back on a more regular basis? I know KT left to seek other work, but her brief return was a true breath of fresh air, and she is badly needed is on the GH canvas. No other female has captured the spark, humor and villainy of that sexy minx, Dr. Westbourne!!!!

Ginger
Ginger

I’m very disappointed. I really want Rebecca to stay. She is a terrific actress. Bring her back! With so many leaving, this is just what we need now!

Patricia Herndon
Patricia Herndon

Yes I want Hayden to stay,,she is a great actress an she plays mean good ,but then in the long run kid want to see the good side of her

Erika Litton
Erika Litton

I love Rebecca Budig. She was my fav on AMC. Would ore than love for her to stay. Exellent actress. Nik is unreal. He better have a reason behind is evil doings. Let saving or protecting somebody.

Joe
Joe

If that stupid lawsuit between ABC and Prospect Park ever gets resolved, maybe ABC can get back the AMC and OLTL rights and bring her back, and say she’s been Greenlee all along, posing as Hayden.

Monica
Monica

Yes keep her on to blow Elizabeth up

Andrea
Andrea

Bring Hayden back

louisa
louisa

GH is crazy. They need to bring Rebecca Budig back any get rid of Valerie, Kiki, Julian, Ava, Nina…the list goes on.

Anita
Anita

You said a mouth full

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

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

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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.

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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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