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Robin Mattson returning to GH to reprise her role as the evil Heather Webber!

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General Hospital is certainly continuing to bring back some of the heavy hitters of yesteryear to try to restore the show to some of its former glory! Today exclusively announced by Soap Opera Digest was the news that soap veteran Robin Mattson is on her way back to reprise her role as Heather Webber!

Mattson played Heather from 1980-1982,  and from the reports we are hearing she will be back on screen sometime in late March or early April.  Robin’s Heather was very evil and certifiably crazy back in the 80’s! And, the character returned to Port Charles in 2004 under the guise of wanting to reconnect with her family… but she really wanted to marry  Edward Quartermaine and get his fortune! Heather’s been locked up at Ferncliff since then!

According to SOD, “Look for Heather’s arrival to impact Steven played by Scott Reeves. After all, she’s his mom who sold him on the black market as a baby.”

So what do you think brings Heather back to Port Chuck? Let us know!

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KaShi
KaShi

I think the ABC plans to cancel GH bring her back. This is really a bad sign that they are bringing so many back. People are worrying if they bring too many OLTL stars on that GH stars won’t have anything to do. What about all these stars from the past coming back? Same difference. I would love to see lots of OLTL stars on GH but I understand the problem of not enough work for everyone. This is really getting more and more scary as they bring in more stars from the past. Do they think we’re stupid and it’s not handwriting on the wall? Should we trust them and think it’s to boost ratings? What has aBC /Disney done to earn our trust. zip, zilch, nada.

Christy
Christy

not so crazy for crazy heather — I’d so much rather see Richard Dean Anderson (Jeff Weber) come back! I don’t think they could get him, but I’d love to see him again! Guess I’ll have to do with 10+ years of StarGate DVDs I have instead!

Heather
Heather

Remember her too as Janet Green on All My Children. But General Hospital is what made her famous.

BTW, I thought that FV/RC mission was to decrease the cast of GH, not to make it bigger. But then again, with AMC and OLTL gone, GH probably has the liberty to slightly increase its cast. Wish they would get rid of the mobs and other useless characters currently on GH though.

Brian
Brian

AMC & OLTL didn’t start bringing back people until they knew they were canceled. GH is just trying to give great stories again (finally) to increase ratings. I’m happy Heather Webber is coming back and I really hope Richard Dean Anderson comes back too at least for a few episodes.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

That’s right! GH is being cancelled too to make room for Katie Couric! They just haven’t announced it yet because of the backlash! I wish viewers weren’t so trusting & stupid to believe ABC anymore! I certainly don’t!

cococraze24
cococraze24

OMG! I agree completely! I hate ABC or the TPTB for cancelling #AMC & #OLTL an including the poor treatment of their vet cast over the last 10 years! in terms of firing, killing off, etc…

Heather
Heather

I disagree. AMC and OLTL broughout back people AFTER they were cancelled. GH is bringing back people but they haven’t been cancelled. Days also brought back veterans but they havn’t been cancelled.

And if GH is cancelled, it won’t be to make room for Katie Couric. Katie Couric’s stupid talk show will be a syndicated show, while GH is a network show. A syndicated show, by definition, cannot replace a network show.

And unless you work for ABC, I don’t think that anyone here is in a position to declare that GH will get cancelled. I’m strongly getting the feeling that those who are repeatly speculating about the death of GH are most likely jealous OLTL fans who still can’t get over that GH was chosen over their show. After all, how many times have we heard the “GH should have been cancelled instead of OLTL” sentence over the past couple of months?

Gloria
Gloria

Heather, you are definitely a good cheerleader for GH & you are right to be positive in your comments. We don’t want to lose another soap! But, someone please tell me how to fall back in love with GH! I try, every single day, to love this show again & it is not happening!

I do not like the Steven/girl from Memphis story, the Ethan (who I love but is leaving?)/girl at Windemere/Helena skulking around story-ugh, do not care about Sean & that kid/Molly story-do not care for the new Kate, at a glance she & the new Maxie look too much alike-don’t care for Maxie/Spinelli.

At least Alexis is getting a bit of airtime, even though it is for MENOPAUSE of all things!

I don’t like Anthony & Johnny. Forgive me, I just don’t. I also don’t like what has been done to Michael over the years & I don’t like what they’ve done to Luke either.

The show has been so dark for so long. I know the guys from OLTL have taken over & may have some good things in store so I am hanging on but my goodness, anyone at all who watched OLTL-say for the last 18 mos. & compares it to GH . . .there IS no comparison. Not to say OLTL was great every year. I quit watching it in 1991, actually quit all of ABC & switched to CBS for 10 years! But I kept up with all the shows thru Soap Digest & in 2001 started watching ABC again.

I am not sure bringing back characters from 25 years ago or even bringing in the OLTL people will help the show. I do think it needs a complete overhaul, to lighten up & to get back to families/the hospital/ELQ/just good drama with some laughs thrown in for balance.

We all know soaps ebb & flow-sometimes different ones are better than others-some days I can’t wait for Y&R, sometimes it’s Days or B&B, just depending on what’s happening, but I don’t remember the last time I was excited to see GH.

Hope that will change soon.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Yay, Robin, Yay! 😀

barbara t
barbara t

good grief ,am I asleep when these new storys come up?I knew robin mattson was going to be coming back to gh,this is good news always liked her ,even when she played janet from another planet ,but didnt get to say goodbye to all my children,even though I like the other one to.anyway looks like ron and frank have been busy.general hospital is going for very big changes,for the good.I still am hoping that general hospital isnt heading to the soap opera graveyard,because of all the characters from the past that are showing up,there are alot of people coming back,and I hope it is to save general hospital,not to say goodbye.Im beginning to hate that word.

Susan
Susan

Crazy Heather is coming back I hope to cause chaos in Steve’s life. Robin Mattson and Scott Reeves should get a good storyline out of this. Awesome.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I think ABC is ending GH. AMC and OLTL were ended the same way with all the characters coming back. ABC just wants to keep the soap fans in the dark.

auotb
auotb

at least they are bringing back people with history & not new mob guys! I like the idea of Carly and Kate going head to head now they need to cut the cast of people we dont care about Ronnie, Sean , Anthony etc

Iakovos
Iakovos

I loved GH when Heather was on the canvas, with her mother Alice Grant, her cousin Susan Moore, her machinations with the Taylors, and the triangle that led to the murder of good-two-shows nurse Anne. I would love to see a plot that has her somewhat contrite and wanting to make good. I loved seeing Mattson play the vulnerable side of Janet Green when she was on AMC in the 1990s.

As I have said before in posts, I am hoping the revival of characters past is a bridge to taking GH to a new place and give it a strong renewal in story and spirit. They need not stay for the long term, but use of them in compelling stories really would do wonders for rebuilding cohesion among the current Port Charles community.

Aura
Aura

Correction: The murder you talk about above in late 70’s / early 80’s GH was of nurse Diana Taylor, not Anne Logan. The confusing part is that Mrs. Grant shot and killed Diana (supposedly to protect Heather, who was actually stalking Diana)… then as Diana’s body was lying on the kitchen floor, Heather spelled out “Anne” in Diana’s blood, making everyone think that Anne had killed Diana.

Perfectly reasonable plotline, right? :-/

randy a
randy a

The whole world may have been watching luke and laura, but I was tuning in every day to see my favorite Heather Webber storyline. Diana Taylor death was on the same day as President Reagan’s attempted assasination. And her storyline with Sara Abbott at Forrest Hills and the gun in the dolls head were all so captivating. This was a huge overall success along with the luke and laura escapades. And does anybody remember Sean Donnely? Great Great Stuff.

angela
angela

I disagree. AMC & OLTL did not start to bring back the old characters until AFTER the cancellation was announced. I too was feeling that GH’s days were numbered. Now I am not so sure. Frank & Ron have tremendous pressure to save this show. The damage that was done the past couple of years needs to be reapired as quickly as possible. These guys are well aware of all that and came in last month and hit the ground running! They know what they are up against and they know what needs to be done. They want to bring in some people from OLTL that’s great. All you soap fans should welcome them with open minds, If you truly are a fan you will give it all a chance. The ratings are tanking on GH and truthfully I think that is because so many have given up hope. The Revoltion’s rating suck (thank God) and that is not helping GH either. I don’t know about otjher parts of the country but that the lead in for GH here in NY. Look there is no team better than Frank & Ron, so I say don’t give up hope and support them and our soap!

david
david

Heather is Steven’s mother? How old was she when he was born? The age difference between Mattson and Reeves is only 10 years. This is going to look weird.

barbara t
barbara t

keep in mind its a soap opera ,people ,I mean children, can grow up ,look at michael he was shot in the head as a kid ,and when he woke up he was alot older,sometimes the kid goes in another room then comes back older,or never to be seen again.really there is a 10 year age difference ? It will be interesting to see the two together.Im just glad that robin mattson will be showing up in port charles.I just found out that they canceled house ,I cant believe my luck with shows that I really like,all my children ,one life to live ,brothers and sisters and now house .these past few months have been bad.I hope there will be no more cancellations of programs that I really like.Im wondering if I should just stop watching t v.

gloria
gloria

Funny you mentioned Brothers & Sisters. Would you believe I had never seen an episode till a couple of weeks ago? SoapNet started with the very first show & is running them in order, late on Saturday nights-4 shows in a row, I think & the 2009-2010 shows run 4-6 p.m. central weekdays on SoapNet so I have been recording all of this & have fallen in love! This is a fantastic show! It is helping ease my OLTL pain a little. I do find B&S very well written, family drama with humor mixed in. A very clever show. So sorry it was cancelled. I am with you Barbara, every time we fall for something, whether a tv show, a shade of lipstick or a kind of salad dressing, just hold on, it will disappear on you!

david
david

Yes, Barbara, characters do grow up, but usually not so fast that a “parent” is only ten years older (Mattson was born in 1956 and Reeves in 1966), but I will suspend disbelief. I agree it will be interesting to see them. Will they look like mother and son or what? Heather was always a fun character so having Mattson back should be good.

It seems risky to like anything on television that isn’t cheap, reality trash, which is one the reasons I will not get sucked into viewing ABC’s Revenge, but primetime series usually have limited runs anyway. Revenge is safe for the short term because it’s doing well and should be renewed, but I refuse to support anything on ABC after the senseless killing of OLTL for The (repulsively revolting) Revolution.

gloria
gloria

Well, look at Olivia & Dante! This in particular, drives me nuts. He looks WAY too old to be her son or does she look too young? Whichever, scenes with the two of them together are tough to take. He looks every bit as old as Johnny or Steven, Olivia’s lovers. I don’t know how old Reeves really is but Mattson is definitely mid-50’s so it could work, although Reeves looks kind of old now that I think about it, oh well.

barbara t
barbara t

brothers and sisters was a favorite of mine, its really a shame,that abc killed that to, the writing was good and you were in love with this whole family,something that abc is having a hard time dealing with, having descent family programing ,it use to be on a 10 on sundays ,kind of late for me but I made it though and never missed a show,so that was another show abc canceled that I really think was a mistake.the family dinners where entertaining ,funny,reminds me of my own family ,dinner was fun time for the family to discuss and brothers and sister had alot of good meals.some how you have to find a way to see every season,its worth it.

gloria
gloria

The funniest is Nick & Jackie on B&B. In real life Nick is about 51 & Jackie is 58 & they play mother & son. Talk about having to just let it slide by-I just can’t think about it. And Ridge is supposed to be young enough to be Eric’s son??? Riiiight! Soaps, only a real soap fan would ever understand! Ha.

P.S. I miss OLTL like crazy

barbara t
barbara t

I agree in everything you have said ,it will be interesting to see it ,then we can believe it.the last time heather was in port charles ,I dont remember steven being there.she was trying to steal the quartermains money from poor edward.then again who doesnt try to steal his money.at least it gives him airtime which I hope we get to see more of him,along with the rest of the family ,and maybe alan aj and emily could all be on a vacation somewhere ,the killing of those 3 characters never made any since to me ,Its like they tried to wipe out the whole family,but what I am looking forward to seeing is the manning family,I miss one life to live to,afternoons are not the same.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I posted below you!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hurray, I loved Heather…. she was the “love to hate” type. I actually liked her much on AMC as Janet from another planet. But when they killed off Kate Collins as Natalie, I think the BEST decision for Kate’s career was when she kept a ‘ foot in the door ‘, and came BACK to play Janet, on and off during the year’s. Boy she played the Hell out of it. I would have liked to see Kate Collins and Robin Mattison play off each other with Kate as Natalie and Robin as Janet. That would of been some GREAT stuff. BC Janet was played so simular by both Kate and Robin, both superb. But Kate knocked it out the park, especially bc Janet was so different than Natalie. C’mom home Robin, for a while on GH. Welcome Home.

Howard
Howard

I am so EXCITED Robin Mattson is returning to GH !! Just what the show needs.
Strong in character and roots in P.C. – longtime character and recent fans will remember her.
The entire involvment w/ Laura was poor writing for the character, they had a chance to strongly interact with Mother and Son and barely scratched the surface-so kudos to the new head honchos to resserect this story. Love to see her interact with Scott Baldwin, and maybe be cured of the craziness. Her arrival is a sign that Genie Francis isnt too far behind. GH in my opinion wont be canceled just yet, it needs to get to 50 years. So far my wishlist is coming true of formers returning, but I would love to see Genie return, Jackie Zeman, Chris Robinson, Kin Shriner, Stuart Damon, Richard Dean Anderson, Susan Pratt, Rachel Ames, Peter Hanson all come back.

jason
jason

I’d like to see them resurrect Susan Moore (Jason’s mom). I think that would be an awesome back-from-the dead story since Susan was kind of a villain. Maybe bring Aunt Alice Grant back from the dead too and make thier disappearances all about Jason’s Quatermaine money.

Kimbella
Kimbella

I just hope Jason and Frankie are not brothers but are related some how cause Jason and San deserves to be happy and have a baby and plz don’t put him with Liz

blackkats4
blackkats4

Was a given that Jason and Franco be brothers…. just firmed that up with the dvd. DUH.

Amazing to find out Janet and Heather were the same just different times.

With people coming back… PALLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEES. everytime a sopie leaves one soap you see them on another… I think they had to make some room for the AMC and OLTL folkes to continue on working… and since janet/heather had been on GH in the 80’s what better time to bring her back since the story in the 80 coinsides with what is happening now.

Ya all watch but do ya all really “pay attention” so easy to predict what is coming when you pay attention.

Randal Upton
Randal Upton

She was the evil, psycho woman.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

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.

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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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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