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In a very controversial decision by General Hospital, Elizabeth Webber fell for the brother of her (seemingly) all time love, Lucky.  Hold on Liason fans!  Once Nikolas and La Liz hit the sheets, tables and floors, the young nurse and mother of two and her good girl status, seemed to be tarnished forever.  In the midst of this storyline, the GH powers-that-be also made a startling switch, by firing Greg Vaughan as Lucky and re-introducing and welcoming back to the fold, the original Lucky, Jonathan Jackson.  With Jackson back, the stage was set for this triangle to explode and it has.  Liz is pregnant, (as is Becky in real life!) she is having a nervous breakdown and is trying to rest at Shadybrook sanitarium, but the girl can’t get any peace.  Why?  For starters, her nemesis Helena Cassadine is back and ready to do some pretty hideous things to Liz’s life, or so it would seem.  Then, Nikolas and Lucky are pulled in by the fact that neither knows who the father of her unborn baby is.  Liz is as confused and dazed as ever of what to do, whom to be with, and how to handle the fact that she will now have three children’s mouths to feed.

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with Rebecca Herbst and got all your burning questions answered, or so we hope!  I.e.: What about Jason in all of this?  Is there ever hope for a Liason reunion?  We found Becky to be fun, charming and enlightening on her character’s dangerous liaisons, the men in Becky and Liz’s life (on and off-screen), and after more than 13 years in Port Charles, getting the chance to play an “A” storyline.  Here is Becky front and center!

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The Rebecca Herbst Interview – General Hospital

MICHAEL:

Becky, when you learned that Liz was going to begin a fling with Nikolas, what was your initial reaction?

REBECCA:

I was surprised at the moment.  I was told this was going to happen, but honestly, more surprised that it took so long.  This seemed like such an honest soap storyline; with the two brothers, and with Nikolas and Elizabeth being such good friends and all, which provides this built in conflict.  It’s been exciting how it is all playing out.

MICHAEL:

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The recent scenes with Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) where he just laid into you, and those amazing performances, what did you think?  My God, Lucky called Liz every name under the sun!  Do you think she deserved it?  I say, “Hell, yeah she did!” And what did you think of Jonathan’s performance?

REBECCA:

It was terrible, those scenes!  She totally deserved it, so it did not make it that hard for me to play.  All I had to do was listen to Jonathan, and I felt so guilty. So it was easier than I had anticipated.  Of course, Jonathan is so easy to work with that it makes acting come very naturally for all of us.  Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) said we just have to stand there and watch him and Jonathan did it all!  It was amazing.

MICHAEL:

There is an Emmy in his future for that, don’t you think?

REBECCA:

It’s an Emmy for Jonathan for sure.  That would not surprise me.  I knew that was going to come, but I was afraid for a moment that he was going to hit me. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

How is having Jonathan back as Lucky?  And what are your thoughts on the departure of your other Lucky, Greg Vaughan, who was a casualty of Jonathan’s return to GH?

REBECCA:

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I love Greg.  We are great friends and it’s different with every actor who plays Lucky.  I have a different relationship with each of them…and Elizabeth does too, and of course, I am thrilled to have Jonathan back.  We had great chemistry a million years ago, and we have a great chemistry now.  Greg and I are good personal friends, and I do care for him and his wife and children outside of work.  It was hard to hear the news, and selfishly I loved being with him as Elizabeth and Lucky.  I know it’s hard to get a job out there, and it stinks.  You just don’t see the rug being pulled out from under your feet as easily as it can be. 

MICHAEL:

Were you glad to see Liz have a meltdown?

REBECCA:

Yup… her halo came off. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What on earth to you think drives her to do the things she does?

REBECCA:

I think they are hoping to explore that, and little by little figure out what makes her tick that is causing her to have this breakdown. That is the great thing about Elizabeth.  She has a lot of story and a lot of layers to pull from right now.  So, I think we are going to see her start chipping away at things.

MICHAEL:

I am hoping it is revealed that there is something in her past; either with men, being abandoned or abused… something!

REBECCA:

You know, (ponders) you were hoping for that?  I mean that is a possibility.  I think Elizabeth has some major issues, and she has been hoping we could attribute it to something in her past, like some man.

MICHAEL:

Perhaps something happened, and she had not felt worthy or….?

REBECCA:

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She has some serious problems when it comes to men. (Laughs)  She has men in front of her that she wants and then she pushes them away, and then she does really stupid things. Liz does not know why she does it. Then she has babies by all these people she is not married to.

MICHAEL:

Liz is the Port Charles Babymaker!  But in real life, you are expecting your third child, correct?

REBECCA:

I am pregnant in real life.

MICHAEL:

Did they always write your pregnancies into the storyline?  They certainly have this time!

REBECCA:

No, when I was pregnant with my son they covered that up, and that was 8 or 9 years ago. With my little girl, Ella, they did not and that is when Liz had Cameron.

MICHAEL:

When your real life pregnancy came about, what did the GH brass say?  Did they go, “Now what are we going to do?”

REBECCA:

Yes.  Originally, Bob Guza (head writer, GH) said, ”Oh no, no, we are not going to write it in.”  Then within five minutes, he changed his mind three times and said, “I will get back to you.”  Then he said, “You get pregnant really fast.”  And I go, “I know I do,” and he said, “No, we can’t cover it up.”  Then he said, “No, I will get back to you.” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Isn’t it better that you are not covered up behind plants?

REBECCA:

For me?  Absolutely.  Everyone knows… they can see it in my face and everywhere.  It’s easier to show it off than hide behind purses.

MICHAEL:

Do you say to yourself, “How do I justify Elizabeth’s actions and all the choices she makes?”

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REBECCA:

Well, it’s only been this past year with Nikolas where she has been kind of this tawdry! (Laughs)  I also joked she had this constant halo on, even though she had been with several men, and she has babies by guys she was never married to.  And she floats around and maintains that she is this angel.  But, it’s only this past year that her reputation has been tarnished.

MICHAEL:

Ok, clarify to our readers who are the baby daddy’s of Liz’s sons.

REBECCA:

Cameron is Zander’s baby and Jake is Jason’s baby and…

MICHAEL:

And poor Lucky…has not had a baby with you…yet!  Would you want the dad this time to be Nikolas or Lucky, or could someone else in Port Charles be the stud?

REBECCA:

You know, we all joke that Sonny is the father, because at some point he walked by me in Port Charles and sneezed… and that is how it happened. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Right!  Because…. Elizabeth and Sonny are the most fertile people in the city!

REBECCA:

That’s right.  But seriously, it would be a good story either way. You have the complications between Nikolas and Elizabeth right now – he wants it to be his baby, and she wants it to be Lucky’s, because then she thinks she will get him back.  If it is Lucky’s, she thinks they can ride off into the sunset.  There are just so many interesting angles to this. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

MICHAEL:

Who does she want the father to be?

REBECCA:

She says she wants Lucky, but you can’t really believe what Elizabeth says at this point. Remember, she is at Shadybrook!  She is a little crazy right now.  I don’t think she believes what she is saying right now.  She is confused.

MICHAEL:

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On Monday’s episode of GH she actually has a therapy session with Nikolas and Lucky.  What was your therapist Laney thinking?

REBECCA:

I guess Laney thought it would be ideal to have them there!  I am going to blame it all on Laney. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Fire your therapist!  Get out of there.

REBECCA:

I am totally going to blame it on her. We all joked about it and said, “What are the three of us going to do together in a therapy session trying to work out our problems?  No thanks.”  There is nothing that is going to be accomplished, but it was a good scene.  I think there was one scene or two scenes of that, and I don’t think we will ever do that again. (Laughs) I was surprised that the boys showed up for that!

MICHAEL:

What ensues?

REBECCA:

Elizabeth at that point wants to apologize to Lucky, because this whole Nikolas and Elizabeth thing started out as a joke.  Elizabeth just wanted to make Rebecca and Lucky jealous by them seeing us kiss, and then it rolled on from there.

MICHAEL:

Lucky does not want her!

REBECCA:

Lucky certainly does not want her anymore, and she is trying to wrap her mind around that.

MICHAEL:

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OK.  Liason fans want to know if there’s still hope for Jason and Liz?  They do not give up.

REBECCA:

They are incredible, aren’t they?  No other word for them, and they are dedicated and they do not get discouraged, which is amazing.  And it’s been 7 or 8 years of them writing before Steve Burton (Jason) and I had a storyline together. God bless these people!  They put a lot of work in keeping our characters in major storylines.  Without them, for sure, my storyline with Steve would have fallen flat long ago, but they really kept it going.

MICHAEL:

They don’t want Sam with him.  This group is dedicated to Liz and Jason getting another chance at love.  Do you think at this point there is hope?

REBECCA:

I would have said Jason and Elizabeth would never be together quite a few years ago, and Steve said the same thing.  We kept telling the Liason girls, “Stop writing, because nothing is going to happen.  It’s been 7 years… get over it.”  Steve would joke and sure enough it happened, so I will never say never.  Always hope.  There could always be a future.

MICHAEL:

Steve said you are one of his favorites to work with.

REBECCA:

He is such a goofball!  I love working with Steve.  Our families are close, and it is nice working with him.

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MICHAEL:

Do you think with Liz losing it at the moment, that Jason might try to get custody of his son Jake from her?

REBECCA:

You know, he had not tried so far.  I cannot see Jason taking away Jake from his mommy, but you know there are people in Jason’s life…like Carly…. who will try to influence him.  So we will see what happens with that.  But Elizabeth will fight to the death to keep her children.

MICHAEL:

Who do you think is the ultimate guy for Liz?

REBECCA:

That is a really hard question… I don’t know.   I think Lucky and Liz could possibly find their way back.  But, I have no idea what the writers are planning.

MICHAEL:

Don’t the writers tell you somewhat of what is down the road, so you know what you are playing in your scenes?

REBECCA:

The truth is, I am clueless.  Honestly, I do not have meetings with the writers but once in a blue moon.  On those occasions they will say, “OK, this is what is going to happen.”  I find out what is going to happen in the story when I read the scripts and that usually would be two and half weeks ahead of the air shows.

MICHAEL:

But then, if you don’t know the true writers intent down the line, how sure of yourself can you be that you are playing the beat of the story correctly?

REBECCA:

Sometimes we wing it, but it would not be beneficial for me to know right now who the father of the baby is, because Elizabeth right now does not know who the father of the baby is.  So, it can make it a little more real this time.  Sometimes I don’t want to know where she is headed.  But things like…well, they did tell me she was going to have a nervous breakdown, or she is going to end up in Shadybrook, was important for me to know.  So for the month leading up to that, I could work up to her being a little nutty, and things like that are important and they will tell me.

MICHAEL:

How are you playing her “nutty”?

REBECCA:

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She is not the kind of crazy where she is seeing people or talking to people that are not there.  She is just emotionally unstable and cries at a drop of a hat.  She goes back and forth between superwoman to being the best single mom in the world to, ‘I don’t know how I am going to do this.’

MICHAEL:

Constance Towers (Helena) said a very mean-spirited line about your pregnancy to you and then asked the producers to remove it.  She told me she could not say it to a real life pregnant woman.  Do you remember the line?

REBECCA:

I do remember that. The line was “I hope the mother dies in child birth,” and she thought it was so terrible to say.  I am glad she spoke up about it because being pregnant does affect you differently, and for any mother out there who would hear it, it would hit in the gut a little.

MICHAEL:

Helena also told Liz she has so many children to support she should go on Welfare, or something to that affect.  How is working with Constance as your number one sworn enemy?

REBECCA:

She is good at those little comments.  I love Constance.  How can you not love her?She is great!

MICHAEL:

I think Helena is going to switch the DNA.  DNA switcheroos run rampant at General Hospital.  They have for ages.

REBECCA:

People are having paternity tests all the time at General Hospital. (Laughs)  When Helena has her claws involved there is no limit to how far she will go.

MICHAEL:

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How is working with Tyler?

REBECCA:

I love working with Tyler no matter what we are doing.  It was great working with him romantically, because that was a side we had not explored.  And even if our characters are fighting, we had been best friends for a long time. Right now Elizabeth is like, “I can’t stand you, and I want you out of my face.”  Tyler and I play off of each other really well, regardless of what the storyline is.

MICHAEL:

So, here comes a possible real or faux Cassadine heir?

REBECCA:

I know, it could be one kidnapping after another.

MICHAEL:

Do you read the message boards?  Liz’s popularity has surely tanked with her latest stunts!

REBECCA:

I do not.  They can be mean on the boards.  I am sure Elizabeth is not on the top of everyone’s “like” list right now.  I know that.

MICHAEL:

Has anyone said anything to you on the street, or sent something to you out of anger and frustration with Liz?

REBECCA:

I got a letter not so long ago which said, ”How dare you, Becky, for doing this!”  I just thought it made me feel so bad because I did not have anything to do with that and people are so mad at Elizabeth!  But it’s story, and how exciting is this!  There has got to be more to her than writing in charts and answering phones all day long.  She needs something going on.

MICHAEL:

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Do you think she is a good nurse?

REBECCA:

(Laughs) When she is not wigging out!

MICHAEL:

She used to be a good nurse back in the day.

REBECCA:

I know, but now she is too wrapped up in her own problems.  Nikolas told her to leave because he is running the hospital.  He told her that she couldn’t come back there for a while.  And, that she needs help!

MICHAEL:

When you go on maternity leave again, will that be scheduled?

REBECCA:

You know the baby is due in August, but we have not scheduled a maternity leave yet, but we will figure it out as it goes along.

MICHAEL:

Boy or Girl?

REBECCA:

I don’t know yet.  We will find out soon.  I have a boy and a girl already and I don’t care, it doesn’t matter.

MICHAEL:

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What is the best part of motherhood?

REBECCA:

That is a hard question.  Motherhood in itself is who I am.  I love every minute of it, even though my children drive me crazy at times.  I finally feel complete as a person.  None of my jobs has fulfilled me in the way having children has.

MICHAEL:

Was this planned?

REBECCA:

Yeah, we had been talking about it for a while.  We knew the first and second one was pretty easy, because I knew I wanted two and the third one kind of rocks the boat a little bit. With this third one, people look at me like I am crazy.  I always wanted a big family.

MICHAEL:

GH has been really cooking right now.  It speaks to the longevity of the show.  There have been many times it’s been unwatchable.

REBECCA:

It’s kicked in to what it should be.  I have been told by fans that the show is really good right now, and there are times when I know people are fast forwarding through the show. But right now, I am hearing that the people are loving all the storylines on the show, which is great.

MICHAEL:

Do you ever watch your work back?

REBECCA:

Sometimes, I will.  But if I am at home I don’t have it on, because I don’t want my kids to watch it.

MICHAEL:

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Oh no, no… (Laughs)

REBECCA:

They don’t know what mommy does.  I do DVR it everyday.  So, if someone tells me it was a really great show, then I can go back and check it out.

MICHAEL:

You and many stars of GH have dealt with the ebbs and flows with their characters for many years.  How many years officially have you been on GH?  And what do you feel when you are so back–burnered for a long time and you have to just ride it out and wait your turn for story?

REBECCA:

I have been on 13 years.  We know its part of the game.  I don’t think everybody gets so discouraged.  We know that some storylines are better than others, and sometimes we work more than others, and that is how it goes.  Right now, I am really blessed to have a storyline after being here for 13 years, and that is my feeling.  I know it won’t last forever, and I hope it kicks back in again, because I love being here, but we all know how it goes.

MICHAEL:

Say a few words on your leading men: Steve Burton?

REBECCA:

Steve is comical; he can be very serious and very sensitive.

MICHAEL:

Tyler?

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REBECCA:

He too is a jokester, because Nikolas is so deadpanned… and I would say Tyler is the most opposite of his character.  He walks around here with bracelets on and ripped jeans. He is this cool laid-back guy always joking and nothing like Nikolas… which is good. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Jonathan?

REBECCA:

I have such a special place in my heart for Jonathan.  He was the one I worked with right from the beginning.  He is caring and he is so dedicated to the integrity of his character, as are all the guys.  They are all really great people.

MICHAEL:

Do you think we will ever see loving Lucky/Liz scenes again?  Or, do you think now and forever the writers have ruined them?

REBECCA:

I don’t think they have ruined them.  They have taken a different path.  We can’t be the same kids we were ten years ago.  We are adults now, and in the soap world adults have to have baggage and problems.  There has to be issues and this is the way it goes.  We can’t be two adults hiding in boxcars like we used to. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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What is something you want to clear up for GH fans that they may not understand or know about you?

REBECCA:

After 13 years there is not a whole lot that fans don’t know about me.  However, in the beginning and even now, people don’t understand that I am basically a shy person.  The thing I hate more than anything is having to get up on a stage and have a microphone and answer questions, such as at the GH fan club luncheon.  It’s so hard for me to do.  One-on-one with fans I love, and hearing their thoughts and their opinions, and getting to know them is great.  But, having to be on a stage with a mic and having questions asked just about kills me, and I will get sick every time.  It has not gotten easier.  So I am very reserved when I do these things, and people take it as, “Becky has an attitude today” or “She does not want to be here.”   I freeze.  It’s intimidating with the other actors who are intelligent and witty people.  I don’t consider myself to be a witty person like Steve, or so many of them here.  I will be the one in the back of the room who will enjoy their witty comments, but not spew any back out.  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Does you husband, Michael Saucedo (Ex- Juan, GH) watch the air shows when you have a love scene?

REBECCA:

Absolutely not!  There is no reason for him to see that.  I don’t get anyone who does. First of all, he does not even know when I’m doing them half the time.  I don’t tell him. And he is not that interested to the point where he is asking me, “Oh, what did Elizabeth do today?”  He likes to know story arcs, but not day to day what Elizabeth has done.

MICHAEL:

I can only imagine if he saw you and Tyler “doing it” on the air shows.

REBECCA:

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I don’t mention it, because when I get home I am the wife, and the mom, and picking up the kids from school and doing laundry.  We don’t talk about Liz and Lucky, and mostly Michael does not find out about it till after it’s aired.  Someone will say to him, “Oh, I saw your wife rolling around with that guy with that dark hair,” and I went, “Oh, geez, why did you feel the need to tell him?”  Michael then says to me, “How am I supposed to respond?  What do I say to that?”  And that is something I am sure you can never get used to.  So he does not say, “Oh, yeah?  Did she look good?” (Laughs)  So it’s a little awkward.

MICHAEL:

Looks like things are going to be revealed shortly about Liz and the baby daddy situation. What can fans look forward to in the next few weeks?

REBECCA:

Elizabeth has a long road ahead of her, and now she is anticipating finding out who the father is… and I am excited to see right along with her!

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Carole
Carole

Thank you Michael for this interview. I love Becky and Liz and one of the reasons is her honesty. I was upset about losing Greg but I love the flashback scenes with Becky and Jonathan. I will always be a Lucky and Liz fan first so I hope they get back together.

Garnet74
Garnet74

Becky always sees like such a nice, down to earth woman and this interview was great. I can’t confess to being a huge fan of her current story, though I’m happy to hear that they plan on delving into her character more, exploring who and *why* she is as well as beefing up her stories. As one of “those” Liason fans, I’d be thrilled to see her reunite with Jason Morgan. The grown up, adult vibe to not only their friendship but their romance was always what made me prefer their love story to any other. She got to be more than a kid or “the girl who was raped” with Jason just as he got to be more complex and more interesting than “just” the hit man. Loyal to the bone fans, that’s for sure, and that loyalty and support and desire to see that story continue manifests in awesome ways — like Jason and Elizabeth winning the first round of Soaps in Depths Super Couple Smackdown and qualifying them for the Semi-Finals! Good luck, Becky!

CreamTeam
CreamTeam

Great comments!
Congrats to them winning the Couple Smackdown!!

Dee
Dee

I am so glad I had the chance to read and listen to this interview. Becky Herbst is a real sweetheart and although lately I have wanted to throttle Elizabeth more than hug her, Becky instills the character with depth and makes her extremely sympathetic even when her actions are anything but. I’m not a diehard Liason fan, but I am a diehard LnL2 fan. You guys should have never given me back my babies in their original form (nothing ever touched the chemistry between Jon and Becky for me). Now that I have them back or the possibility of them back, there is NO way I’m letting go. I have to see these two reunited again. Honestly, at this point, I’ll be happy just to see them re-establishment their friendship. There’s just something honest, pure and clean about the way Becky and Jonathan relate to each other as Lucky and Elizabeth. Even with all the ugliness, lies and “oh my God, whut???” between them right now, there is something about the way these two actors interact that sells me on Elizabeth and Lucky’s soulmate connection every time. I was glad to hear Becky’s feelings on whether or not their history had been ruined because, in the beginning, I felt that way and I was very unhappy about it because classic LnL2 always had a special place in my heart. But now, I’m really excited to see the new direction their saga takes and, of course, I’m enjoying seeing Becky and Jonathan play off of each other in a new way because we’ve never seen their version of LnL2 be anything but adoring to each other. This is unchartered territory and I’m liking it so far. I’m anxious to see where it goes.

Thank you for doing this interview, Michael, and thank you, Becky, for being so candid and sweet. You are an absolute doll!

Christian
Christian

Just had to say I agree with every word, Love Rebecca, love her and Jonathan together. Having him back has been AWESOME. Half of the permanent lock felt like it was almost missing. I say half b/c in no way is it all Jonathan. Love JJ, always have, huge fan, but him and Becky just have that romantic chemistry that is off the charts. So hope they make it. I can’t imagine they’d not give Classic LL2 a go, and I also hope the baby si Luckys! I want my Spencer little lady….= )

Kelsey
Kelsey

Wow! Becky is such a classy woman. I adore and respect her as an actress, a mother, and a human being. She is such a sweetie which is why I can’t help but still love Elizabeth even when I don’t approve of her actions. She also had the nicest things to say about her co-stars. I love how Jonathan has such a “special place in [her] heart.” I love the chemistry between Rebecca and Jonathan; it just looks so deep…swoon <3 Please let this be Lucky's baby!!! LnL2 <3

And thanks Michael for this great interview!!

Heather
Heather

I absolutely adore Becky. She is just as sweet and wonderful in person as you see in interviews. While I can’t stand the character of Elizabeth right now, I will always be a Becky fan. Just like while I don’t recognize the character of Jason right now, I will always love Steve Burton. I love Elizabeth and Jason together because when they are together their characters have more depth, make more sense, they are stronger and more interesting. I love their romance, passion and family. They are the perfect blend of hospital and mob, danger and family, adventure and romance. Opposites are so much more fun to watch then similiar personalities. I will always hope that Liason’s time comes around again. We’ll never give up hope. 🙂

Elena
Elena

I totally agree with you. Hope for their happy reunion in Italy…

CreamTeam
CreamTeam

It’s funny to hear how she doesn’t like the stage, it makes her nervous. She came of as so cool at SALE. Steve did 90% of the talking but her zingers were spot on and worth the wait. She is witty, don’t let her fool you!! LOL

For the record, seeing her at the event made me love the actress more. Now this interview shows again what a thoughtful person she is and how she loves her fans. (and how different she is from her character – with the exception of motherhood)

I will forever be one of the nutty Liason fans for the simple reason I think Becky and Steve Burton do their best work together. Hope we get there some day.

Looking forward to the next time you interview Becky!!!

Tiffany
Tiffany

I loved this interview! I have such a girl crush on Becky, lol. I am a Liason fan for life, and Becky said don’t give up hope, and I never will!

LuvnLiason
LuvnLiason

Hi Michael,

Thank you so much for the awesome interview with Becky. First I would like to Congrats Becky & Michael on their soon to be new addition to the family. I absolutely Love, this younglady, she is do talented. I sure hope there’s a emmy nod coming your way too Becky. While I’m not thrilled with the current s/l, I am thrilled that Becky is upfront and center and knocking her scenes out of the the park. So to Becky, just want to say we LOVE and Adore you and I too am a Liason fan and will not give up or stop hoping that one day Jason & Elizabeth will get a fair chance at telling their story.

Thanks again Michael for the great interview

crimsonFan
crimsonFan

Wonderful interview! Thank you so much. What a classy lady. Love Becky and Elizabeth. The story she is in right now has been difficult at times, but she has been wonderful. Actually this kind of story is why I watch soaps; complicated, messy, dramatic with lots of fallout. I hope General Hospital surprises me and follows through. Really does delve into the reasons for Liz’s breakdown and lets her come out of this strong and independent. I want to see a grown up Elizabeth in a grownup love story. Anyway it is lovely to see an actress who is so complimentary of her co-stars and so respectful of all of her fans. Great job!

Rose
Rose

Thank you for interviewing one of the most talented actresses in soaps today. Rebecca Herbst is such a classy person and so down to earth. She is doing such an awesome job on her storyline. She’s brought me to tears with it and she’s made my heart smile. I am one of those LIason fans as well and I hope Elizabeth and Jason will find their way back to one another. Steve and Becky’s chemistry is off the charts. They have so much talent and when you put that talent in a scene together, greatness is created. I can’t understand why the writers are not using these two in scenes together or why they are not involved in each other’s story lines but all I know is when they were, ratings for GH were so much better. I will continue Support Becky because she is a class act and I absoulutely love her work no matter what her storyline is.

Christian
Christian

I absolutely loved this interview and love Becky tons! Elizabeth Webber has always been my favorite female character on the show, and I would go as far as to say she’s my favorite character on General Hospital-period. There has always been something about her. She is a porcelain doll, so gorgeous, I also have a girl crush! LOVE her and Jonathan as Lucky and Elizabeth, have since the beginning. There is just something incredibly natural about them, their chemistry is fantastic. When they are on the screen together, I dare not look away in fear of missing something. Becky is able to say so much with an expression, JJ has the same ability, so together-wow. I also loved Liason, and can totally feel the real life bond that Becky/Steve share. I miss them, but Classic LL2 will always be my first love and fav pairing with Becky. I adore Becky/Elizabeth and hope that she is NEVER backburned again, she is way too talented, and so unique to dare be put on a shelf. This story has had it’s moments, but she has rocked every scene, the rooftop scene was INCREDIBLE. She’s got what it takes, they just need to give her the stories! So hoping for a suspensful exit for her maternity leave. Would love a 90’s feel adventure/rescue story with Lucky saving his girl from the evil Cassadine’s!! So very soapy! Loved that Constance asked them to edit that out of their scenes, love CT, love Helena, never will get tired of her-eva!! Have always wondered why they haven’t made Elizabeth a doctor…seems now would be a terrific time to have her go to med school in the near future and have her working alongside her hottie brother and Scrubs!! Thank you Michael for doing this story, I can’t wait to see the next time you interview Becky! Congrats to Michael and Rebecca for their new edition coming soon! So happy for them!

eliane
eliane

Awesome.. we love the character and the actress..

Rose
Rose

I don’t care for Elizabeth role! From one man to another. Let her just be a nurse!

Katie
Katie

I listened to your interview with Becky and she’s such an adorable lady! Michael, you are the best interviewer ever! I watch GH just because I love the Elizabeth character (I enjoy other characters, too, but if there were no Elizabeth, there would be no GH for me). Even though Elizabeth makes so many horrible choices, she’s kind of easy to relate to for me because I’ve been a single mom ( I haven’t made all the horrible choices like she, lol). I’m rooting for her to be true to her word about being a single mom, but I’m sure the writers will have her in another mess up soon. It is about time the writers settled Elizabeth down as far as jumping from one man to another (and for the wrong reasons). I’d love to see her focus not only on her kids, but maybe take a stab at medical school or start painting again. I’d like the next romantic relationship she has to be for the right reasons (you know, like really be passionately in love with and the guy feel the same way about her) and with no 3rd parties/cheating.

Jessica
Jessica

I LOVE Elizabeth. I’m so glad to see her finally in a real complicated storyline. I’m loving the Lucky/Liz/Nik triangle. Surprisingly, I like Nik and Liz together. They are sexy. And Lucky and Liz will always be sweet in my heart. I’ll always want Jason and Liz to have a chance at romance and a family. It’s nice to see Rebecca getting ALOT more airtime and having so many scenes with so many great actors like Helena, Olivia, Luke. The storyline definitely has the fans attention. Whether you love Elizabeth or love to hate her, she’s on the fans radar. That’s great acting. Thank you for the great interview.

Mary
Mary

I Love Elizabeth Webber character she me favorite actress on GH ! We hope Jason & Elizabeth will finally have a chance together again. chemistry between Jason and Elizabeth are Awesome.Jason and Elizabeth did scenes together first time i so happy to see them together play the scenes over again & again!

semaj
semaj

love elizabeth no matter what she does bring on elizabeth’s next storyline elizabeth rocks

FormerGHFan
FormerGHFan

Just have to say that anytime Rebecca does an interview it always makes me even more proud to be a fan of hers. She is just a very Classy lady!

I hate the direction they took her character with Nik but she totally rocks any scene she is in.

I think she belongs with Jason and their child. That to me is the best soapy couple GH has!

Steckyfan
Steckyfan

I love Rebecca. What a classy lady. She is so humble and down to earth. I love RH’s scenes best with Steve Burton. There chemistry is just paramount to anything I’ve seen in daytime. They don’t even need to utter a word. I heard that Steve and Becky dated briefly back in the day. They make such a beautiful couple, should be illegal to look that good. I remember Becky when she first started GH, wow has she grown up. She is such a classic beauty, I’d love to have her skin for a day. Liason fans are relentless, and we never give up.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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