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WATCH: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Nominee Reels! Will It Be Geary, LeBlanc, Miller, Or Thompson Who Takes The Gold?

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Four of the finest actors in the soap opera genre will duke it out for one of this year’s biggest awards at the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys to be broadcast live on Pop on Sunday night, April 26th starting at 8PMET/5PMPT.

General Hospital’s Anthony Geary (Luke) and Jason Thompson (Patrick) will vie for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series prize against The Young and the Restless nominees Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and former Y&R cast member (now on GH), and the defending champ in this category, Billy Miller. (Ex-Billy Abbott)

Geary has won seven times previously, which is a Daytime Emmy performer record! Christian LeBlanc and Billy Miller have each won three times, while Jason Thompson had never been awarded top honors.  Could this be his year? Or, will it be the one of the other gents turn to give an acceptance speech?

After the jump, watch the incredible nominated work of these four talented actors via the reels they submitted for Emmy contention. Then weigh-in: Who do you think deserves to win on Emmy night based on the reels? Who would you most like to see take home the gold? Let us know!

Anthony Geary – Daytime Emmys
Christian Le Blanc – Daytime Emmys

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Jason Thompson – Daytime Emmys

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Lin
Lin

Tony Geary’s clip (while this has nothing to do with his acting ability) shows how ridiculous is it to believe this dissociative identity disorder storyline. It was 2 different people. But his acting was terrific. This can not be a different identity. That’s not how it would have gone down with an alternate personalty.

Lin
Lin

I forgot, we have no reason still to understand what Luke’s alter ego would have against Sonny. Nonsensicle. The acting is brilliant. But makes no sense that the Fluke is Luke.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Does his alter really need a reason to hate Sonny…as Luke he had no reason to hate Sonny who is a friend but as the darker Fluke he hated everyone his good side Luke liked and cared for-his family, Tracy, and Sonny—thats his dark side thinking—when you have any sort of mental illness you dont think rationally…your thought are different and you dont act like you normally do…he had no reason to hate his family and Tracy but because of his mental condition as Fluke he simply thought he hated them…same for Sonny and everbody else he liked!!!

AJQ
AJQ

Yes, it was two separate people, Fluke was not Luke’s alter at the time that was shot. We know that now, we knew it then. The scenes were intended to clearly indicate that Fluke was a separate person. And TG did a masterful job in his portrayal, signaling to the audience exactly what he was supposed to convey, that Fluke was a different person; an imposter who assumed Luke’s identity.

Fluke physically left Port Charles that day. He obviously stopped off at Miscavige to pay a visit. And there he found Luke, drugged up. If it was all in his head, where did this confrontation take place? Did he actually, physically go to Miscavige to confront himself? Why would he have free reign of the place, to be able to use an empty room to do this? What would be Fluke’s/Luke’s relationship with Miscavige if it was all in his head? If he was a different person and assumed Luke’s identity, making a switch there a year ago, then he would have a relationship with the place. (Although that would be hard to explain. How would he have been involved with Heather and her kidnapping Luke? But of course that just shows there were still huge problems with the story the other way, if Fluke was Bill E or someone else).

So now, was all this in his head? Then where was he physically when this confrontation took place? Looking back, would the audience ever be able to look at this as playing out in his head, given how it was presented, shot, directed, written, acted?

Yes acted. Which goes back to TG. A masterful performance, he showed us two separate people, Luke and his double. Give him the Emmy.

Guest
Guest

It is not DID. The writer said it was a Psychotic Break!! TG was great !! I was GH but after watching ALL 4 clips I think Christian deserves the win!!

Omar
Omar

Lin, you are so right..Good acting but since the reveal that Luke is actually “Fluke” with a spit personality, this reel seems so outdated and pointless..Jason should win this year or Christian.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You bet, Lin. Geary’s acting was extraordinary. He did what he had to do….the end product, superb, considering I could not, for the life of me, put the puzzle together. I still can’t. As I have already stated, we all went on a scary, nonsensical (indeed, Lin, as you say) , stupid , long and most audacious ride ( actually an insult to our intellect) .
However, since it is the acting that’s in question and not the story, then TG should win.
I, personally, do not understand why J. Thompson was even nominated…HUH? I just don’t see it. He is as boring as Sam. They’re actually a good match. I see nothing special about his acting.
I love Billy Miller, but, he has yet to impress me as Jake….too sedate…..going overboard there, writers!!
C. Leblanc is a class act. His struggles and fears are potently displayed. I just wish TPTB made him appear like a cancer patient….he looks toooo well to be sick when compared to , let’s say, Maura West.
So, if not Geary, then Leblanc should win.

Jeremy
Jeremy

(Full disclosure…I religiously watch General Hospital & Days of Our Lives.)

After viewing the reels submitted for Lead Actor, my predictions are:

Winner: Jason Thompson (Patrick, General Hospital)

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

JT cries more beautifully than any of the other actors on GH. That even includes Sonny and Michael Easton, whose had some good crying scenes with Maura West lately.

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

Tony Geary…again!!!

Nick D.
Nick D.

Anthony Geary for the win! No matter what you thing of GH, Geary, the Fluke storyline, or the price of tea in China, there is no denying that none of those other reels comes CLOSE to touching his reel. Give the man the award now!

su0000
su0000

OOOHH MY GAWD !!!

Seeing Anthony Geary delivering that scene once again gave me shivers!
—— He is more than brilliant !!
Anthony Geary’s double performances were phenomenal and will never be forgotten !

(Anthony Geary without a doubt will bring home his last emmy !

(everyone nominated were captivating, very good indeed ..
All brought greatness to the screen!

natalie
natalie

All of the reels were very good but the range of emotion the highs and lows that Jason Thompson exhibited with the subtle yet forceful performance is what is going to bring the emmy to him this year. He and Kimberly play off of each other so well he is and always will be golden in my book and in my humble opinion was robbed of several emmys in past years, here is hoping the voters see past favoritism and present the award to a a truly deserving actor. Good Luck Jason!

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ natalie – definitely feeling and think the same as you! Go JT!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I would not be disappointed if JT won, even if I think TG deserves it. TG is the Meryl Streep of daytime tv. He will never phone in a performance. It’s not in his nature. He will always give 110%, & his talent is so huge, just the fact that he’s won before is not a reason to omit him if his work is of such high caliber. But, JT has also been consistently excellent for the past 3 years.

kathy
kathy

i thought all 3 were good but if i had tovote tony geary would get my vote

Dan
Dan

With all due respect to the other actors in the category, and I’m a huge fan of Jason Thompson, and hope he gets the recognition he deserves one of these years, but this year, there’s Tony Geary and then there’s everyone else. Regardless of what you think of the Fluke storyline, this is about the acting, and his performance is far and above everyone else.

He’s gonna need a separate room in his home to display all of his Emmys, and #8 should be coming home this year.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Just when you think Geary can’t get better, he raises the bar another notch….and he’s all by himself! Do people know how hard it is to act opposite thin air? There is no one to make eye contact with, listen to, respond to. You have to do the dialogue beats in your head and make the few takes allowed count so it looks completely natural. It isn’t even an action scene with a green screen. It’s an intimate conversation. Brilliant stuff!

The Substitute
The Substitute

Best Actor Michael Muhney hands down and if anybody had any guts instead of bull he would have been nominated and won! He owned that episode Billy Miller waving a gun and grinding his teeth! Muhney owned that scene!

Chris F,
Chris F,

The actoes submitt themselves for pre nomination. This is the second year in a row MM CHOSE not to submit himself. Who therefore has no guts?

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ The Substitute – I don’t watch Y&R, but I did see see a few scenes between Michael Muhney and Billy Miller from January 2014, and boy would it be a race to the races IF Michael Muhney was able to submit his material along with Billy Miller. With only four slots, the missing name/slot is definitely Michael Muhney. If that were the case, the Lead Actor category would be on fire!

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

After what (seven?!) wins in the catagory, it’s time Geary spread the wealth and withdraw himself from competition (or at the very least, not submit every damn year!) Sure, Geary has AMAZING talent … but Oprah also had an amazing formula with her talk show (as does Ellen) … but after being blessed with a boatload of Emmys, they withdrew from consideration and let others have their day-in-the-sun. (Who would’ve wanted to see her win 25 yrs in a row?!) The same is now happening with Geary; let other equally-deserving actors get a chance … my pick, make it a four-peat for Miller, who is amazing as GH’s Jason, but really OWNED Y&R’s Billy (the role he’s nommed for!)

Dan
Dan

Tony doesn’t submit his name every year. He didn’t submit it in 2010, 2011, 2013 or 2014. He last won in 2012, which he more than deserved for the storyline where he killed Jake, and the heartbreaking scenes were Lucky confronted him about it, and they did the intervention on him.

So other actors have had plenty of opportunities to win during those years.

This isn’t an Oprah situation where she won every year for 5 years straight at one point. Tony isn’t one of those glory hounds that submits his name every year whether he’s done Emmy quality work or not. And to me, if an actor or actress does award worthy work, which he most definitely has on GH over the past year, then it doesn’t matter if they’ve won zero Emmys or 20 Emmys, quality work deserves to be recognized.

heidi
heidi

Tony is mega talented and he did so well with those scenes. Which by the way I did not like. He was incredible. However so was Jason and I hope that Jason will win. I know Tony will… but I hope Jason does!

Agree that Michael Muhney was incredible in those scenes and wish he could have gotten some recognition for his phenomenal talent!

Jeff
Jeff

Geary by a mile; just riveting! Jason Thompson and Billy Miller were amazing also.

Gert
Gert

I am a diehard GH fan but follow Y&R to a certain extent. Tony Geary was exceptional as was Jason Thompson and we all know Billy Miller is great. But Christian LeBlanc reel is the video that brought me to tears. Very well done and on point with what’s real in life.

pinevalleylover
pinevalleylover

Anthony Geary does it again! He’s the winner. Jason Thompson would be the winner if Tony wasn’t nominated. GH has this category in the bag.

mel
mel

Tony Geary !!! none of the others can touch him!

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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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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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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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