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WATCH: Outstanding Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Nominee Reels! Who Should Win?

The 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards are now just a month away and to continue to get soap fans revved up and ready for the ceremonies, NATAS today on their official facebook page posted the nominee reels for one of the more hotly contested categories … that of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series!

Nominated are: Jane Elliot (Tracy ) and Kelly Sullivan (Connie) of General Hospital, and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) of The Young and the Restless!

Below are the official descriptions of the ladies Emmy submissions followed by a continuous playlist where you can watch all five nominees back-to-back to help you give us your opinion if you were to judge!   Watch the performances and let us know who you think should take home the gold on Sunday night, June 22nd!

Kelly Sullivan  -General Hospital

Connie Falconeri was involved in a car accident on New Year’s Eve that put her only child, Trey Mitchell in a coma. When it was determined that Trey was brain dead, Connie wouldn’t turn off the machines. Trey’s wife, Kristina Corinthos –Davis acted quickly to get a court order to allow her husband to die with dignity. Connie realized that as a mother she had to do the right thing for her son and turned off the machines. Life without her recently discovered son had been completely unbearable for Connie. Connie’s childhood boyfriend, Sonny Corinthos seemed to be the only one that could help Connie through the dark moments.

Jane Elliot  – General Hospital

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Tracy Quartermaine CEO of ELQ, always got what she wanted when it came to the world of business. When it came to love, Tracy’s record wasn’t exactly stellar. The one man that seemed to get her, Luke Spencer had fooled her in the past and yet they continued to be drawn to each other. Luke’s ex-wife, Laura Spencer return to Port Charles had given Tracy a moment to pause and reflect on what she wanted when it came to relationships. Being a Quartermaine, she wanted it all and would not settle for anything less.

Melissa Claire Egan  – The Young and the Restless

Pregnant with her ex-husband’s baby and convinced he is in love with someone else – and that he will likely try and take the baby away from her – Chelsea decides to pass one-night-stand Dylan off as the baby’s father. Virtual strangers at first, Chelsea and Dylan fall in love and marry, baby Connor is born, and the little family is blissfully happy until Chelsea is forced to confess the truth.  She insists nothing needs to change and pleads with a devastated Dylan not to leave – but will he listen?

Elizabeth Hendrickson  -The Young and the Restless

For Chloe, blissfully unaware of just how dramatically her life is about to change, it’s a night to remember. Her seven-year-old daughter, Delia, got a standing ovation at the school play. Her estranged husband, Kevin, took her to see a favorite movie for the umpteenth time, and the two are inching closer to reconciliation.  And then Chloe learns Delia has been the victim of a hit-and-run accident and did not survive.  Inconsolable about not getting to say goodbye, she lashes out, first blaming Delia’s father, then Kevin, for the tragedy. Chloe doesn’t want this to be real. But it is.

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Amelia Heinle – The Young and the Restless

Victoria couldn’t attend seven-year-old stepdaughter Delia’s school play, but she planned a welcome home celebration, decorating the living room and suggesting husband Billy bring home ice cream. Happily awaiting Billy and Delia’s return, Victoria gets life-changing news: While Billy ran into a store for the ice cream, Delia got out of the car to chase her dog and was the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Now newly arrived home from the hospital, and not knowing where grief stricken Billy has gone, Victoria pulls down the party decorations and shares with sister Abby that she blames herself. If she had gone to the play, if she hadn’t suggested ice cream, Delia would still be alive. When Billy comes home he is upset Victoria removed the decorations and put Delia’s belongings away, but eventually realizes how much he needs to lean on his wife.

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Derrick
Derrick

Liz Hendrickson…………

andrew hass
andrew hass

I think this could a tough category to pick a winner but i personally hope Jane Elliot wins.

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

How come Kelly is only nominated for Connie…what about Kate…i thought they were equally good…lol

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

Please, a tie win for Kelly(who deserves 2 trophys for obvious reasons…lol) and Jane…will Elizabeth Hendrickson be leaving Genoa City for Port Chuck as the new Robin?

Jeanne
Jeanne

Kelly was fantastic and should definitely win this award. Love Jane Eliott and she deserves a win as well. Both excellent actors.

Vicky
Vicky

OMG! Kelly was no way as great as Elizabeth Hendrickson! Not even close! Elizabeth gave stellar performances for MONTHS and this is HER Year!

Vicky
Vicky

Amelia was equally AWESOME too … it is RARE for a story to showcase a step mother’s feeling of loss, and Victoria nailed her performances, again for MONTHS! Maybe a tie in the women’s category this year …. Chloe and Victoria!

Dinah
Dinah

Elizabeth or anyone on YR for this one

Mama
Mama

Well for starters, Robin Mattson (‘Heather,’ General Hospital) should be in the running because she was magnificent in 2013.

But since she isn’t, it’s absolutely going to go to Elizabeth Hendrickson.

And people, please shut up about Sharon Case (!!!) 🙁

k/kay
k/kay

Sharon Case was pre-nominated for Lead Actress.

Mama
Mama

Yes, I know but in the thread for Outstanding Younger ACTOR, all the fans were complaining about Sharon Case not getting a nomination at all.

su0000
su0000

Jane Elliot (Tracy ) GH or Kelly Sullivan (Connie) GH
Both were outstanding!
I’d like Jane to win but I believe Kelly/Connie will take home the Gold Dummy..

Mary SF
Mary SF

I would like to see Jane get it, but unfortunately I think one the gals from Young and the Restless will get it– their submitted scenes are more in tune with the emmy style of favoring highly dramatic crying scenes or expression of anger when choosing the most outstanding work.

Nikki
Nikki

I would love to see Jane Elliot win in this category; that scene was one of my all time favorites for Tracy and the writing, plus her magnificent acting, were incredible.

Elizabeth Hendrickson and Melissa Claire Egan very much deserved their nominations and I predict that one of them will be the victor. I can see Missy winning, not only for her strong reel, but she has been a constant nominee for years and, sometimes, the Emmys love to reward patience. I would be a little shocked if it wasn’t Elizabeth Hendrickson’s year, but, then again, Rebecca Herbst had the exact same storyline and nomination and lost, so who knows.

I’m not discrediting Kelly or Ameila’s talents, but I believe that there were better performances than their’s. I’m still disappointed to not see Kirsten Storms or Kimberly McCullough in the running.

Max
Max

Melissa Claire Egan for the win!

Joel
Joel

I was rooting for Jane before viewing all the submitted performances because she was outstanding all year. All these ladies were AMAZING. Based on the reels alone:

1. Kelly Sullivan
2. Jane Elliott
3. Elizabeth Hendrickson
4. Amelia Heinle
5. Melissa Claire Egan

Tom
Tom

Jane Elliot should win, without question, but we all know the award will go to showkiller/childkiller Phelps. Is it any wonder no network wants to carry the Emmys? We can predict them with sad accuracy from miles away 🙁

Johnny
Johnny

Phelps and Jane Eliot are not in the same category.

Nikki
Nikki

I believe Tom means that the award will go to one of the actresses that were involved in the dead child storyline, for which Phelps was EP of: Elizabeth Hendrickson, Ameila Heinle, Melissa Claire Egan.

Random
Random

I’m rooting for Amelia Heinle.
Elizabeth should have submitted the scenes where she tells her mother. Those were better.

k/kay
k/kay

Kelly Sullivan and hey RC she should have never been written out!

sarah
sarah

Jane Elliot or Amelia Heinle

Libby
Libby

Jane Elliot for the win.

Nanci
Nanci

Definitely Melissa!

Rachelle
Rachelle

Amelia Heinle!!! She was amazing!

Omar
Omar

All the ladies were solid..I so wish GH would have submitted a better reel for Kelly.

I watch both shows and Ms Sullivan is the most deserving of the award overall based on the time period for nominations and she should win!!

But based on these reels alone, Elizabeth’s one was more moving and right up the voter’s alley so she will probably win.!!

That said, I will really love to see the mesmerizing and talented Ms Jane Elliot win !!!
But will be clapping hard also is Kelly Sullivan wins too!!

Dan
Dan

Jane Elliot is my sentimental pick, just because she’s been so good for so long, and hasn’t been recognized for her work in a long time. But Kelly Sullivan’s reel was very good. They were all good in their own way. This is a tough category to call.

I also think it’s interesting to note, for all the trash that people talk about Maurice Benard and the character of Sonny, it’s very telling how many of his co-stars submitted scenes that they shared with Maurice. That says all you need to know about what kind of quality actor he is, which I’ve always thought, but is something that a lot of people seem to forget when they want to bash him.

Jeff
Jeff

Kelly Sullivan by a hair over Jane Elliott.

harry
harry

Oh, Jane Elliot for sure. But why oh why was Finola Hughes not nominated? This is an actress who keeps getting better, who brings something from the depths of her soul when the scene calls for it. Her scenes with Robert and Robin were tear inducing. She was so good I was led to believe she was not acting.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Finola Hughes was in the Lead Actress category in the pre-noms but didn’t get a nomination.Now Finola had every right to choose which category she wanted to be in but maybe she would have had a better chance in the Supporting Actress category.

Mo
Mo

I’m going with Amelia.

Rob
Rob

Jane Elliot will (deservedly) get it but Im rooting for Amelia Heinle.

Kelly
Kelly

As much as I adore Jane Elliot, who is a fantastic actress, my vote this year has to go to Liz Hendrickson! Her portrayal of a grieving mother knocked it out of the park. What a loss for Y&R, to not have this wonderful actress on their cast list. Hope she wins!!

Johnny
Johnny

My personal choice would be Amelia Heinle. I have always loved her portrayal of Victoria and she was SO impressive in the aftermath of Delia’s death. But…based SOLELY on the reels, I say Elizabeth for the win. Second…Amelia. Third…Jane. Fourth…Kelly. Fifth…Melissa. Elizabeth’s reel is the stuff Emmy’s were made for. Jane did some nice subtle work in these few scenes. It was a nice change to see her not being an acid tongued bitch…and she displayed Tracy’s inner little girl. It might have been too subtle though. Kelly’s year was 2012 when she was going full tilt as Connie/Kate. Her reel was okay but I just can’t see it being enough. And Melissa…I like her acting on a day to day basis, but this reel fell completely flat. It contained nothing that screamed “I’m an Emmy winner.”

Izabel
Izabel

LIZ HENDERICKSON…. Without a doubt, should win.

Johnny
Johnny

The Supporting actor nominees came in after the ladies. So I will talk about them too. Bradford submitted the exactly correct clip. He was brilliant and his emotions ran the gamut from cluelessness, to joy, to hurt, to rage. It was the first time I ever thought of Spinelli as a man. I would totally place him as front runner. I would not, however, count out Eric Martsolf. He was fantastic going through a myriad of emotions and seamlessly changing moods the way an addict would. He is a very good actor and when he goes off the rails as Brady he can take himself into some very dark places. The other actors are good and reliable. But they lack the flash dazzle of Bradford and Eric.

Tony
Tony

This is not a competition. If Jane Elliot doesn’t win, it’s fixed. And it’s complete bs that GH wasn’t nominated for writing. That scene alone was far and above better than most of the stuff we see on the soaps.

Beacon
Beacon

Jane Elliot, hands down. Screaming and crying does not mean you are worthy of winning an award. She’s the only actress in this category that gets that.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Another strong competition. It still would have been strong, if not stronger, if the four other soaps were honored in this category!!! And the winner is…JANE ELLIOT!

#2. Amelia Heinle
#3. Kelly Sullivan
#4. Elizabeth Hendrickson
#5. Melissa Claire Egan

Carole
Carole

Like the others have said, it would be nice for Jane to win, but my vote would be for Lizzie..

dmr
dmr

I remember the scenes with Jane Elliot as Tracy telling Luke that she wanted “the whole enchilada;” not only the crumbs. I loved that scene. After watching that, I have found myself say that same thing in various situations. I love, love, love Jane Elliot! I love Kelly Sullivan, too; but, I thought that Kelly’s best scenes were when she was altering from Connie to Kate and vice versa. She was incredible! Also, when she finally remembered that Joe Jr. had raped her as a teenager.

Patricio
Patricio

Kelly Sullivan! For an amazing two years!

Patrick
Patrick

This is far and away the most loaded category Amelia Heinle Elizabeth Hendrickson Jane Elliott STAND out: Kelly Sullivan she gets nominated : MCE for one of the – best – story lines … in years… and befuddles, how weak Y&R has become this was the standing trophy… and last of the GREAT on. I mean really w/ Jeanne Cooper Michael Muhney Billy Miller Michelle Stafford Elizabeth Hendrickson deserves recognition and this is just the actors, who do their best to forefront… a new regime of Genoa City production… behind the scenes… writing team that drives all else… lacks I can’t even call a clear winner in ALL this: you know : how much Amelia Heinle resonates with me… my heartbeat.. and I stand by that she, like, Jane Elliott… have never submitted… every year. is that class in itself.. that they care more about their craft… and don’t hollywood and submit for accolades and spotlight I adore these two for my current pull…. it’s always Amelia … I recognize her Newman…. she’s always maintained, HER. every one else – has – fallen by the wayside… in some way or the other… yet Victoria persevered… that’s recognition of trophy… I love her i’d cull Jane Elliot next.. but it’s Elizabeth Hendrickson she is exquisite… a mainstay.. that perhaps with lack of quality writing is overlooked.. but her quality of presence rises above. I’ll always think of her AMC days… when she beat the odds of spousal abuse… her romance with Bianca… positive stuff… and rose to new heights she ignited for me… as the maids daughter… of Esther… and that’s a statement.. but.. Esther LOVED her daughter I loved the antics with Chase and Ronin… did I say CHASE ? I pull the underdog to the forefront… as that’s what delivers as well. she’s radiant… look at the picture above… of Elizabeth.. just sparkles the love she had WITH Dehlia… was picture perfect… she aired it right…. her resonance with … even tho she didn’t have him… Billy… was a dream…. the “alliance” she had with Victoria… and or fine line… was must see Jane Elliott… a true persona a lively woman… who cares about her craft… who innately… stays out of the limelight… a true force of nature.. who imbues character… unforseen she deserves to WIN…. I know that she’s aware of the business… and would delight in the emmy goes to GOD… excuse… Joe Scully, 3rd.. was such a maligned decision… of canvas… LOVE was wafting in the air… a permeated of senses was true my one and only : Kelly Sullivan… where in this current realm… can you say all time newbie discovered… who radiated everything… about her… was charmed… eloquent… spot on… delivered… real… came on like gangbusters… the biggest blunder of the RC/FV regime. see Patricio… “…Kelly Sullivan! For an amazing two years!” where do you go from this? why can you not see… RC/FV that Kelly Sullivan come back as Kate… just make it… Read more »

Selena.C.
Selena.C.

*Y&R* elizabeth or amelia!

west virgina fan
west virgina fan

Anyone that says GH doesn’t really write for vets or respect their established characters should look at Jane Elliot’s reel–best writing in any of these noms–subtle, drawing on decades of character development and deeply respect of the power and the dreams of a mature woman. (Now if we can only hope that Tracy is going along with Fluke to catch him (and maybe find the original before he is killed–if she is really as stupid as she seems in the current story line, then it will be one giant step forward and then several slides back)

Patrick
Patrick

“OMG” elizabeth hendrickson : reel : did she not hit every stimuli , every button, every note… on Q I”m staggered : having watched it for the first time. I fully realize she deserves to win. as she’s telling Kevin : she shares how Dehila : can talk and talk…. ( what mother wouldn’t not get over her young one relating and communicating with) and how she’s more than bereft that she’s never going to hear her again… Chloe’ life has gone still All soaps delivered human emotion… that triggered highs and lows… this past year… with Genoa City was earth shattering… in front of the camera and behind the scenes… i have to prop and give accolade to how superlative… this Dehlia story… evoked… how Y&R delivered their #1… Amelia Heinle : is not to be taken lightly. she delivers her act… plus she’s carrying the Newmans. she may have been the step parent… she didn’t love any less…. and she loved with every fiber of her being… Billy Abbott… I would have done the same things… continued on… to love and support my husband… knowing he’s grief stricken… and I’d have taken the bullets… because love draws you in… and the pain and process is just that… to align… and plane together… is a hoped for eventual eye to eye together Victoria is the cornerstone… the supplanted if you will… as she’s not a son… ie: Nick… and wasn’t culled from… and yet.. when they do… (y&r production) she rises to the occasion… and beams for every person… out their… the audience cries cheers and bemoans the fact(s) this woman… regardless if she’s the step mother… and her husband… lost HIS child… it’s still a part of her Y&R can deliver… what the heck is happening… since this… a staggering production… of story telling… that top notch actors gave spent and read the script and ripped out our hearts… with ACTion beautiful MCE: was fine… in featuring and showcasing… Steve Burton… and he is propped up in my eyes… for elevating and furthering along… a good story… who’s the father… they both did a fine job… supporting… Michael Muhney. Jane Elliott : I am always waiting… and waiting… and hoping.. that she will one day… as she stated to Luke… I want what ever woman dreams of… true love… my soul mate.. if it takes the rest of my life.. to my last dying breath… I’ll hope and want as much.. and deserved like… a man to dream with wasn’t what I would cull emmy win… but nontheless.. features how reliant and golden Jane Elliott gives… the audience not this year.. but certainly.. she deserves to put her ring in the arc and go with Kelly Sullivan : still IS a STAND out… look at how well they played of off each other… how good… and above par excellence Maurice Benard and Kelly Sullvan… together.. with natural ease… and conviction… on their instinctual nuanced natural delivery… this pair… Read more »

carinamia
carinamia

1) E hendrickson
2) Amelia
3) Melissa clair

Vicky
Vicky

I want a tie in the SUPPORTING ACTRESS category this year! Amelia and Elizabeth NAILED THEIR PERFORMANCES and made EVERY Viewer sob uncontrollably with them for MONTHS! These were DAILY MUST SEE PERFORMANCES–even though NO ONE CONDONED JFP going here and killing this darling child–Delia–the next generation Abbot!

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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