With Bry­tni Sarpy

(Va­lerie, GH)

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■ That sur­prise kiss be­tween Va­lerie and Kristina got fans talk­ing. What was your re­ac­tion to it? “I mean, it’s about damn time, right? I think it’s cool. We’ve played with that sto­ry­line, or the idea of that sto­ry­line, for a year now, so it’s nice that Lexi [Ainsworth, Kristina] is fi­nally back and we are able to fig­ure out what is go­ing on with that, and ex­plore that a lit­tle bit. I think it’s ex­cit­ing. I hon­estly don’t know how I feel about how Va­lerie feels about it yet, which is how I want to keep it. I kind of want her to be a lit­tle con­fused ... be­cause she is! This is her first dose of ex­plor­ing her sex­u­al­ity and, of course, she’s not very open to it. It’s scary! But she was part of that kiss. She wasn’t kissed; it was a 50/50 kiss. What she doesn’t know yet is what that means.” On New Year’s Eve, she was pretty dis­tant from Kristina. “I think she is just pure con­fu­sion right now. It’s just a re­ally awk­ward sit­u­a­tion for her, es­pe­cially be­cause Kristina has al­ready ex­plored her sex­u­al­ity and knows where she stands. Va­lerie was not look­ing to ex­plore that or know that she was go­ing to be con­fronted with those feel­ings and deal­ing with how she felt about these is­sues, you know — is she bi­sex­ual? Is she a les­bian? She’s never con­fronted any of that. I think she thinks if she avoids

Kristina, she won’t have to deal with any of that.”

I’ve also no­ticed some talk on Twit­ter about a pos­si­ble Va­lerie/chase pair­ing. “I no­ticed that, too! I didn’t think any­body cared! When Va­lerie talked about Chase with Kristina, I think the di­a­logue sug­gested that there is some­thing there. Kristina was talk­ing about how hot he is and Va­lerie said, ‘Well, look, the bot­tom line is, he’s ob­vi­ously into this other girl [Wil­low], re­gard­less of whether I have feel­ings for him or not.’ She never flatly says, ‘No, I don’t like him.’ I think that would be fun to ex­plore.”

What do you, Bry­tni, think of Josh Swickard (Chase)? “Oh, I love Josh. He is a Soul­cy­cle in­struc­tor and I’ve taken his classes. He’s into his faith. He’s just a cool guy. I think he’s great.”

And what do you think of your new boss, Bri­ana Ni­cole Henry (Jordan)? “Love her! Bri­ana, Josh and I ac­tu­ally get along re­ally well and I’ve had a lot of scenes with them lately, which is great. As much as I loved Vi­nessa [An­toine, ex-jordan], I love Bri­ana just as much. She adds a dif­fer­ent en­ergy to the role and it’s cool. It’s a great new dy­namic to work with.” What did you make of Va­lerie at­tend­ing Jordan’s wed­ding to Cur­tis, who is Val’s ex? “It was in­ter­est­ing. I ac­tu­ally had lines about it that got cut, about how it was awk­ward that she was go­ing to her ex’s wed­ding. Even though they got cut, I car­ried that sen­ti­ment through­out. But I think it’s good growth to bridge the gap that’s been there be­tween Va­lerie and Jordan.”

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