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

This morning, NATAS posted on their official facebook page, the nominated performances in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category vying for the gold at the upcoming 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be held in ceremonies on June 22nd!

Nominated in the category are: Hunter King (Summer) from The Young and the Restless, Kristen Alderson (Starr now Kiki) from General Hospital, Linsey Godrey (Caroline) and Kim Matula (Hope) from The Bold and the Beautiful and Kelly Missal (Dani) from One Life to Live.  Below are the synopsis of their submissions and following that their reels! Take a look at the playlist of videos below!  Then let us know, who you think deserves the win?

Kelley Missal  – One Life to Live

Sometimes there is only so much a person can take before they make a very bad choice that leads them down a dangerous road.  Dani is lost.  After mourning the death of Victor (the man she thought was her Father) who was shot by her biological father, Todd, Dani has been neglected by both her Mother and Todd. Todd left Llanview for Port Charles, and Tea was so buried in grief over the loss of her infant son, that she could not see how badly Dani was hurting.  In the previous Episode, Dani overdoses on Oxy and collapses at the opening of Blair’s new club, Shelter. Todd has come to town because Dani has been “drunk dialing” him, and he is worried about her.  He arrives just in time to see Dani collapse and picks her up and rushes her to the hospital.  Victor, back from the dead, also arrives at Shelter and sees Dani collapse.  Victor and Tea wait bedside for Dani to wake up, while Todd watches from a distance.

Linsey Godfrey  – The Bold and the Beautiful

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Socialite Caroline Spencer is determined to win back the heart of her boyfriend, Forrester Creations President, Rick Forrester.  However, Rick is currently in love and in a committed relationship with Maya Avant, a woman who has pulled her life together from a sketchy past.  In her attempt to break Maya and Rick up, Caroline ensures that Maya is hired by her friend; producer Rafael, to star in a web series entitled “Room 8.”  While watching the opening titles with Rafael and Maya’s hunky co-star, Carter, Caroline is not impressed with what she sees.  She offers up her services to revamp the entire episode and comes up with a plan where she and Rafael can both be satisfied with the series.  She explains how she will intercut ‘fantasies’ and sex it up between Maya and Carter.

Kim Matula  – The Bold and the Beautiful

Always forgiving and understanding in the past when it comes to her true-love Liam Spencer and her half sister, Steffy Forrester, fashion designer Hope Logan is confident that this time she and Liam will make it to the altar without interruption from Steffy who is far away in Paris.  Unfortunately, even though she truly does own Liam’s heart, unforeseen forces are still conspiring against her.  Days before their wedding, Liam made Hope a video tribute to their love.  Having accidentally seen it when Liam was asking Steffy to send the signed annulment papers, Steffy requested Liam make one for her.  Making it clear that he doesn’t intend to reunite with her, Liam honors Steffy’s request.  Innocent enough.  Right? Well, not if you’re Quinn Fuller, who desperately wants Hope to be with her son, Liam’s half-brother, Wyatt.  Quinn finds the video that Liam sent Steffy and anonymously sends it to Hope.  The outcome is heart-wrenching.

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Kristen Alderson  – General Hospital

New Year’s Eve turned out to be a head on collision of lies and truth for Starr Manning.  After being involved in a serious accident, Starr was forced to help the one person she wished was dead, Connie Falconeri.  Starr held Connie fully responsible for the death of her daughter, Hope Manning, and her boyfriend, Cole Thornhart.  Starr quickly learned that it wasn’t Connie that caused the death of Starr’s family but someone else that she thought was her friend.

Hunter King- The Young and the Restless

Summer’s parents, Nick and Phyllis, have done everything they can to discourage 18-year-old Summer’s crush on Kyle Abbott, and now she knows why: he’s her brother. Nick delivers the shocking news that he’s not her biological father. Jack Abbott, Kyle’s father, is. Reeling, Summer resists Nick’s overtures to comfort her, insisting that she has no home, no family…and her whole life has been a lie.

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

Kelli(Dani) was the best…she’d be great as Ninas thought dead child…her and K.A. could play half sisters again!!!

Bonnie
Bonnie

the child is a boy to be seen in a few weeks

Omar
Omar

Great casting idea!!

Mama
Mama

Please no more screen time for Kiki!!!

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’d be okay with GH hiring Kelley Missal but i can already see some posters having a problem with the casting and saying that RC and FV were hiring another former OLTL actor.Plus i don’t think GH has revealed yet what sex Nina and Sila’s baby is/was because they may want to keep their options open if and when they do bring that character on.However the character’s age will have to be in his or her early to mid 20s and probably around Kiki’s age because Nina was pregnant around the same time Ava was.

Rodd
Rodd

Andrew Hass, here’s a question re: your post…Are we really sure that Ava was ever pregnant? Kiki was already an young adult when we met her. Could Kiki be Nina’s child and Ava took her to raise, in cahoots with Nina’s mother? As I write this, it seems a little improbable, but you never know on a soap.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I have the same theory that maybe Kiki is really Nina and Silas’s daughter and somehow Ava got her.I’m sure it’s Nina could give birth to a baby even though she was in a coma.However Madeline probably didn’t want the baby around because as Nina’s child he or she could be the heir to her fortune.So Madeline could have given the baby to Ava because Ava probably wanted Silas’s baby.Plus maybe Ava was pregnant but lost the baby somehow.However by then Franco may have known Ava was pregnant and Ava didn’t know how Franco would react to her losing his baby.So she needed a baby.

dmr
dmr

Please not Kristen Alderson. I can’t stomach her any longer. She needs acting lessons. Should not be in scenes with Maurice Benard, Jane Elliot, or Tony Geary. I don’t really know any of the other actresses. The little actress who plays Emma Scorpio Drake should be nominated, regardless of her age. She’s incredibly talented.

GRANTLOVER!!
GRANTLOVER!!

I agree with you on every word, she was great on One Life but can’t stand this Niki person. Kill her off for good!

k/kay
k/kay

The only good thing about her reel is getting to see BB/Johnny again the show was so STUPID to let him get away.

Mitch L
Mitch L

I AGREE! Kristen Alderson is awful, awful, awful. Yet another reason to hate GH. GH is an awful mess. But Kelley Missal makes KA look like a genius. Please don’t let her on GH. She was so bad she should never be on any TV ever again.

Kim Matula should win for putting up with the actor who plays Liam. Can’t remember his name, don’t really care. He’s a former OLTL and is a truly horrible actor! Those two women are nuts for wanting him. 😉

There were so many great performances on OLTL, none of which are recognized. Viki, Dorian, Clint, Bo, Nora….. The Emmys have become a joke. Its time to give up on OLTL. It’s over. I’m a long time fan, but after PP screwed it over,I hope it never comes back.

Robert
Robert

I disagree with you and everyone who agreed with you. Kristen is an outstanding actress!

Christy
Christy

I agree with you, Robert! I love Kristen! I don’t care who she is playing.

Keith
Keith

I disagree with everyone who agrees with you. Or something like that. I agree that KA is an awful actress and doesn’t deserve an award. I’m surprised she even has a job. There are so many other actresses who are more deserving of an Emmy than her.

Mo
Mo

I was going to say Kim, but I love the ep Linsey submitted. It is so funny and she is so good in it. Either one. They both deserve it.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Linsey is way better than Kim! Kim needs to stop looking at the camera!

Dinah
Dinah

Hunter

Filogirl
Filogirl

Kim Matula. Nobody plays heartbreak and has passion like Hope and Liam. Kim Matula is great in these scenes, so is Scott Clifton. Kim is deserving of this award for her continued great work.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I hate to say this because I don’t like Liam at all, but everything he said to Hope was spot on. He can love her and have memories at the same time. He spent a long time with Steffy and they shared something equally as special as what he shared with Hope. She can’t expect him to wipe those memories away and be perfect for Hope because she herself is not anywhere near perfect no matter how Ally thinks of her or how Brad Bell wants to write her.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

KM does not deserve the emmy. In fact, she should not have been nominated! Her emmy reel is loaded with her looking at the camera.

Anna
Anna

Kim Matulas reel made me want to give the emmy to Scott Clifton. He was way better than KM in that scene. (I guess Scott Clifton will have an “extra reel” to show his stuff…)

I want Lindsey Godfrey to win the Emmy. She is fantastic in this reel.
This reel is also kind of a breath of fresh air compared to all the drama/weepy stuff that almost always win….

Tim
Tim

Isn’t Kristen being nominated for her role as Kiki? She won last year for playing Starr.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Kristen played Starr for part of the eligibility period.Which means she could have submitted scenes as her playing Starr or Kiki.Just like Roger Howarth could have submitted scenes as either Todd or Franco and Michael Easton could have done the same because he played John or Silas on GH during 2013.

Johnny
Johnny

I would like to see Kelley win. She was a breakout star on the new OLTL and it would lend a lot of validity to what Prospect Park attempted. I could be on board with a repeat by Alderson. It would make up for all the years she was overlooked on OLTL. I can understand some of the initial Kiki bashing…the character was horribly written…but the hate aimed at Alderson herself has been vicious and misdirected. She has grown up before our eyes and always delivered whatever has been asked of her including handling some very demanding storylines from a young age. The B and B gals are a bit too vapid for me…but that is also due in large part to terrible writing.

terri
terri

Kelley was outstanding this past year in OLTL. My vote is for her to win.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I wish all 5 actresses luck.However i think Kelley Missal and Kristen Alderson might be the favorites in this category.

Sarah
Sarah

between Kristen Alderson & Hunter King

Derrick
Derrick

Hunter King!

Sissy
Sissy

Hunter!!

su0000
su0000

The winner is;
Kelli(Dani) OLTL ..
She is a fantastic actress!!
She has more talent than the other 3 together ..

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

There were four others for a total of five. 1+3=4. You must have hated one so badly that she was a zero unless you’re not good at math. LOL!

KM
KM

I think several of the actresses suffered from being upstaged by their co-stars. Scott Clifton seemed more front and center in Kim Matula’s reel than Kim herself. I also think KA’s reel suffered from way too much clutter from at least 10 other characters and too many short scenes cuts where she barely had a line or two. I was very surprised that she submitted as Starr too. I’m not sure that will help her.

I didn’t care for the campy, cartoonish tone of Linsey Godfrey’s reel at all. I’d put her at the bottom of the list.

That leaves Hunter King and Kelly Missal at the top IMO. I’d like to see Kelly win personally. She held her own against 3 major leads although I wish she’d also submitted the pre-overdose scenes where you could see her downward spiral as set up.

Calvin
Calvin

Kelly Missal (Dani) from One Life to Live

Jolene
Jolene

I pray Hunter King wins i like the character she plays on Y & R . Good Luck H.K.

Barbara Weaver
Barbara Weaver

Kiki should get the award for the best younger actress. She is a great actress.

Omar
Omar

Kelly Misal will probably win but she faces stiff competition from Hunter King and Kristen Alderson,

Not to diminish the work of Ms Godfrey, but how did this reel earn her a nomination??

The actress that played Kristina over at GH, should have been nominated instead for her fine work during the submitting period! I guess GH did not submit a good tape of her work?!

louisa
louisa

Kelly Missal should win for sure.

Max
Max

I love all of them but Kelly Missal hands down… She was amazing as Dani that last year on line. So hope she gets on another soap.

Nikki
Nikki

Kelley Missal is truly deserving of a win in this category. Her reel is so far above the other nominees that it is laughable. She really grew up and brought a mature performance, well beyond her years, showing an abundance of range as well.

Unfortunately, Hunter King will win. Her name was front and center this year, being heard on various news outlets that normally don’t even mention soaps. Publicity is publicity and, sadly, I think that will shine more than actual talent (which, compared to other nominees, she is lacking) and she will win. Hope she thanks TMZ in her acceptance speech.

Ty
Ty

I thought Kelly Missal was the best! Kristen and Hunter did great to.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Though I more than detested Prospect Park’s version of OLTL I thought Kelly did an outstanding job so I think if she won it’d be a good call.

Joel
Joel

1, Kristen Alderson & Hunter King (tie)
2. Linsey Godfrey
3. Kelly Missal
4. Kim Matula

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Our lists are very close!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Personally, I’m not a fan of Linsey Godfrey. She’s whinny and prissy and too over-the-top. Kim Matula is the the same way, but her form of over-the-top is her constant weeping and crying.

My list is:
1. Kelley Missal & Hunter King
2. Kristen Alderson
3. Kim Matula
4. Linsey Godfrey

Jimmy
Jimmy

Why wasn’t Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in the running for this? Her scenes when she lost her baby were some of the best scenes she’s ever had, and her scenes with Heather Tom and Hunter Tylo were fantastic.

k/kay
k/kay

Looking at the reels they chose it is Hunter King by a landslide because she was smart enough to pick a reel where it showcased her. This should be a no brainer!

su0000
su0000

Not necessarily..
The judges need to see what they are acting in context to the scene ..
To see how they are acting expressing themselves to the situations around them..
And to see them preform next to the Stars..

Jimmy
Jimmy

Kim Matula’s reel was overshadowed by Scott Clifton, he was amazing in that scene! Whereas, Hunter’s scene was about her, not Joshua Morrow.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

And the winner is…HUNTER KING!

#2. Linsey Godfrey
#3. Kristen Alderson
#4. Kelley Missal
#5. Kim Matula

Once again, every soap was not represented in this category! Let’s celebrate the genre by including all soaps!!!

I would have liked to see Kate Mansi on this list!

Rose
Rose

If I got to vote I’d cast for Linsey G. on B&B and Bryan Craig on GH. Good luck all!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Personally I can’t stand either of them. Back when Caroline was cast, I always thought the show should have cast Chrishell Stause in the role. Linsey is very whinny and prissy and all around annoying, I know that’s how her character is supposed to be but it’s not good when viewers are fast forwarding through every scene with a certain actor/character in them. That’s what I did when Caroline was acting crazy.

As for Bryan Craig, he just doesn’t measure up, IMO, to Maurice Benard or Chad Duell. Chad has really grown on me since his debut, back then he was really annoying but I like him a lot now. Bryan Craig is like how Chad Duell used to be – annoying and melodramatic.

Rose9
Rose9

I see it completely different. Usually younger actors are irritating to me at first but then slow grow on me. But something about Bryan Craig had me hooked from day 1. I think he is such a talented young man. I really enjoy all his scenes. And I find Linsey to be great at playing multiple side of the character. She manages to make Caroline sympathetic while playing out so much humor. I’m impressed by her as well.

kiki smith
kiki smith

Definitely Kelley Missal!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

They were all strong reels– I would happy with any one they chose– I think the one with the least chance is Linsey’s simply because it was a lighthearted piece– she was great in it, but most times the emmy goes to a really dramatic scene that involves the actress crying and expressing anger– so out of the reels submitted I think Hunter King has the slight edge in that department. For me this one is too close to call outright.

code
code

Kelly missal or kristien alderson deserve to win.

Selena.C.
Selena.C.

Sry to say, but hope its anyone BUT hunter king unfortunetly… Not impressed with the storylines and wardrobe tthey have writtten and gave for her character. For examble, the “bra” scene with “kyle” was cheesy and led to nowhere and if anything may have caused trouble for her

Tony
Tony

KA is the only actress in this category with series acting chops and she had the material to play as Starr. Runner up is the actress who plays Dani. None of the others can touch those two in these clips. The irony is that Josh Morrow is the riveting performer in the Summer scenes as is Scott Clifton as Liam.

Patrick
Patrick

Outstanding : Younger Actress

#1. Kelly Missal : Wow! HER emmy reel just zoomed by : LOVED all of it…. she contributed her act : seamlessly : interwoven : her part Mixed : I was enthralled. when you are WITH 3 superstars (Trevor, Tea, Roger) and we’re transfixed… I’ve got to give it to this lady. As usual.. I was thinking… what part could she play on DAYS… a bit younger… but… could be spitfire… with Kate and Abs… Chelsea… 8 year age difference… but could work.

It pretty much goes downhill from here. couldn’t even finish several of the reels…

#2. Hunter King : I scratch my head… wondering… what the production finds interesting.. with said characters… who don’t resonate with the audience… where’s the pull…. she went from he’s not my daddy to pill popping model to coma.

#3. Kim Matula : I thought it was Liam emmy reel… she was reacting to his act.

#4. Kristen Alderson : I don’t get it…. all her appeal? there’s no acting here…. you wince and then it’s forgettable. currently, as Kiki… and Michael.. VS Tracy and Luke… at ELQ – I may have to start fast forwarding… this is too much

Brandon Barash stole her scenes… Man… doesn’t it make you realize.. what a loss… GH’ LOSS. I swear to you, tho… ex-Johnny is the perfect (male) counterpart… to Michelle Stafford’ Persona… Nina. this is tantamount to the biggest couple… GH should realize or Jax

#5. Linsey Godfrey : what was the least bit interesting here? all she did was talk about two other people… it wasn’t funny, interesting… and lacked … I didn’t finish her reel

This is clearly the weakest category… and a landslide victory… for nuOLTL Dani.

su0000
su0000

Brandon Barash/Johnny.. GH, when he left GH he went off to prison..
I hope he will come back..
As you said Brandon Barash and Michelle Stafford would rock GH !!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Patrick, I found Kim Matula’s reel very distracting because she looked directly into the camera at least three times. I “Hope” that doesn’t happen every episode she’s on!

PatF
PatF

Hunter!

Followed by Kelley…

sam moon
sam moon

and the EMMY GOES TO BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED KIM MATULA….she is the star of young generation for sure.How beautiful eye expressions!!

elisabeth lyon
elisabeth lyon

Kim Matula.She flawlessly portrays a heartbroken young lady.She is the best in that category.

knighthawk
knighthawk

Kim Matula should win. She is so genuine and natural in her role, an absolute workhorse that always delivers. The girl can do comedy and drama, heartbreak and fun. She should win.

Brad Norton
Brad Norton

ITA with you.Kim Matula is shining in B&B and she is doing a perfect job as Hope Logan,daughter of Brooke Logan.She deserves to be the main character of the B&B in young generation.The Emmy must go to her,her brilllant acting and her beauty outshine others.

Lisa Brown
Lisa Brown

Fingers crossed for beautiful&talented Kim Matula.Her scene is definitely a perfect reflection of a great frustration and heartbreak.

Christy
Christy

of these, I like Kristen’s the best. I wouldn’t have picked those scenes for Kelly Missal…. those scenes were more interesting of the Manning boys than her. Especially since we hadn’t seen Victor for so long.

Not sure what I’d pick for her, but there were many scenes where she was in catflight mode with the mystery gal that Mathew was dating, or the earlier scenes where she was drugged up and rushed to ER, then skip forward to the scenes with Michelle and the Arturo guy.

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

Go Kelley!!!!

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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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo: JPI

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!

Photo: JPI

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.

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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