Quick Take With Marcus Coloma (Nikolas, GH)

There has been even more friction between Nikolas and Ava since Nik has been pondering whether to divorce her and give up the Cassadine fortune in order to have Spencer back in his life. “Her saying she was going to [hold him to the terms of the post-nup] was hurtful to him. I don’t think everything between them is genuinely about the fortune, but after this, it doesn’t seem like she’s someone he can have a relationship with.”

What is your take on why Nikolas didn’t automatically say, “Fine, take my fortune, the only thing that matters is my son”? “Honestly, it was hard for me to understand at first, but his whole life, this empire has been in the spotlight. It’s how he was raised. It’s not just about money, and I think the importance of it is very real to him.”

On several occasions, he’s turned to Elizabeth for advice about what to do on the Spencer front. Is he genuinely seeking a connection with her, or is he hoping to stoke something between Ava and Franco? “I think they’re kind of intertwined in the sense that if he can get Ava and Franco together, it’s such a win-win situation for legal reasons because of the post-nup. But I also think his drive toward Elizabeth … I think the majority of it is more to create a relationship with Elizabeth and get a potential best friend/ soulmate back in his life. Obviously, they had a romantic relationship in the past, and I do think that at the time, [ending it] was a hard decision to make, but it was like, ‘I’m going to pull myself out of the equation because I’m going to be the bigger person; I can’t do this to my brother.’ But maybe that doesn’t seem like such a good decision to Nikolas anymore since it turned out, that relationship [Elizabeth and Lucky’s] didn’t work out anyway.”

What is Nikolas’s take on her marriage to Franco? “It’s hard because I’ve seen them together and I think they’re really sweet together — as an actor, like, as Marcus watching the show. It’s so hard not to let the lines cross and there’s part of me as Marcus that doesn’t want to mess that up for them because it seems like a really good thing! I do think Nikolas is self-aware enough to see that Franco is seeking redemption and I think he believes that people can change. He’s seen Franco, like, at Elizabeth’s house and with Cameron and I think he believes he has changed. Nikolas is not a big fan of Franco, necessarily, but I think really more because of his own feelings for Elizabeth. But I don’t think Nikolas can be objective. I don’t think he can take a step back; when it comes to Elizabeth, it’s more selfish.”

But you believe he’s genuinely fighting to get his friendship with Elizabeth back. “Yes, step one is, ‘Get the friendship back.’ I think the reason why he is going for friendship first is that I don’t think he’s fully convinced that it’s the right thing to do right now, to break up her family.”

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