After the big reveal that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Valentin was not a Cassadine after all, it didn’t take viewers long to realize that by extension, he wasn’t actually related by blood to Alexis — and some of those fans immediately warmed to the idea of pairing him with Princess Natasha for a fling! “The soap audiences see things through those sex-colored glasses,” Valentin’s portrayer, James Patrick Stuart, cracked to Soaps In Depth. “That’s one of the reasons we tune into our soaps: We want to get sexed up! And I get that. So I got it when some people said, ‘They’re not attached anymore… so maybe they’ll have sex!’”
While he understands the reaction, however, the actor sees a whole different type of relationship brewing between Alexis and Valentin, who still share the unique bond of being the illegitimate castoffs of the same dysfunctional family. “The truth is, even if they’re not genetically related, there’s a sibling thing happening,” Stuart maintained. And ironically, it all started when Helena’s son considered jumping off the Metro Court terrace over his newfound parentage. “Alexis talked him down from the ledge, literally. And when they revisited the balcony later, he thanked her and said something like, ‘Funny how it took learning you’re not my sister to realize just how very alike we are.’”
Even Natasha, as Valentin likes to call Alexis, had to recognize the truth in that statement. “Through some strange compassion, she went there with him,” Stuart reminded. “I think it might stem from the moment that she felt she saved his life. Alexis feels a certain connection to him now and a responsibility to continue to act like a big sister.
So that sibling energy will continue to be out there,” he concluded. “I doubt they’ll go that other way.” Though, this being GH, you can never be 100 percent sure!
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