Valentin Cassadine had been spoken of in hushed whispers for what seemed like ages before the man actually made his first appearance on GENERAL HOSPITAL. And once he arrived in Port Charles, he made quite an impression, especially with Nina… and viewers! The Cassadine seems to be attempting to redeem himself for his previous villainous acts, but does it really count if he keeps doing wrong to make things right?
James Patrick Stuart, best known to soap fans as Will Cortlandt on ALL MY CHILDREN, joined the cast of GH in July of 2016. Helena Cassadine considered Valentin to be the most dangerous of the family and was terrified of Mikkos Cassadine’s son. Jason, Sam, Ava, and Nikolas encountered a fisherman on Cassadine Island named Theo, who soon revealed himself to be Valentin. He forced Nikolas to sign over the Cassadine family fortune, but when he attempted to shoot Ava, Nik attacked and was shot and presumed dead. Valentin later also shot Kevin when he was trying to protect Laura.
Valentin finally showed up in Port Charles where he seduced Nina Reeves, then warned Claudette that she’d taken something that belongs to him. He revealed himself to the Spencers at Wyndemere on Halloween, announcing that he now owns the castle and was hoping to be able to redeem himself.
While it was revealed that Charlotte was Valentin’s daughter, it wasn’t until a bit later that Lulu learned that she was the little girl’s mother, not Claudette Beaulieu. Helena had used Valentin’s stolen sperm to inseminate Lulu’s stolen egg — and when he found out, he stole that embryo and had it implanted into surrogate Claudette. This launched a custody battle between Lulu and Valentin where he quickly married Nina in order to give Charlotte a proper family. Lulu was furious when the judge awarded custody of the girl to Valentin and Nina and vowed to continue fighting for her child.
Anna Devane recalled fragments of her past with Valentin from the WSB, and he told her that her rejection of his romantic advances was what inspired him to change his life. But when Anna became seriously ill, he remained by her side, demonstrating that his old feelings had not died. Anna’s continued investigation into their shared past caused friction in his marriage as Nina became jealous of the Brit.
Eventually, it was revealed that the Anna who kept trying to seduce Valentin away from Nina was actually her twin sister, Alex, but the damage had already been done. Valentin sang to Nina at the Nurses Ball, but it was later taking a bullet for her during a hostage situation that brought them back together again. Unfortunately, due to Valentin’s involvement with the Chimera virus, the WSB arrested him and took him into custody.
After being released, Valentin vowed to make a fresh start with Nina and agreed to shared custody with Lulu so they could all be a part of Charlotte’s life. But the Cassadine still had secrets, like the one he shared with Peter August. Valentin knew that he was really Henrik Faison’s son with Anna, and when that truth came out, Faison had killed Nathan and Nina blamed Valentin for being partly responsible for her brother’s death.
Since then, Valentin has been desperately trying to win back Nina’s love, including discovering the baby she thought she’d lost years ago was still alive and tracking down Sasha Gilmore to reunite the two. This worked a treat, and Nina was so happy she even agreed to remarry Valentin. Unfortunately, Valentin and Sasha were lying and it was all a big scheme so he could win back the woman he loves. And at Nina’s wedding, Lulu blurted out the truth, and Sasha confirmed she was not Nina’s daughter. While she took all the blame on herself, Nina still knew Valentin was part of the scheme and secretly plotted to destroy him.
Stay tuned to see if Valentin can wriggle his way out of this one and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!