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ATWT's Eric Sheffer Stevens on Reid's attraction to Luke & more!

While the storyline heats up this week between ATWT’s Reid and Luke, who battle with their attaction for each other, while Noah battles to regain his eyesight, Eric Sheffer Stevens spoke with AfterElton.com for a look into snarky neurosurgeon, Dr. Reid Oliver.   The interview addresses that Reid is a slightly different representation of a gay male for daytime tv, and why Reid is drawn to Luke Snyder, even though he kind of can’t stand him!   Here are a few excerpts below!

Eric on playing a gay character on daytime: ” It doesn’t have an impact on me, but I appreciate the fact that there just not that many in daytime. There’s more and more all the time. The more varied gay people are represented on TV the better it is so you don’t have any stereotypes. I think that can only be helpful. When you’re stuck with only a few gay characters on TV and they’re not really that varied or diverse in their behavior, I don’t think that’s very helpful to the gay community as a whole. ”

Eric on Luke’s appeal to Reid : “There’s something very fresh about him. I don’t know if I can articulate it, but it’s just one of those attractions. Reid doesn’t know why because it goes against what he thinks he would want in a partner. It doesn’t add up because he definitely dislikes him initially so I think he hates himself for the attraction, but he gives into it more and more. ”

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I love, love this guy. He’s a great actor playing a great character. Hope ATWT uses him well even if Reid doesn’t end up with Luke.

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

i love to see more love sence between luke and reid.luke and reid made for each other.luke and reid belong together.luke and reid meant to be together and they now it don’t hide it and don’t fight it .i want luke and reid to be together and stay together and i love to see them marryed and live happley after without noah in the pitcher.isabel you don’t now what trrue love is

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I think Eric Sheffer Stephens is the best thing to ever happen to Oakdale. He is a great actor, and he articulates very well. I really hate that this show is ending. I have never seen a character like him on any soap. He speaks his mind to everyone and I just love it. When the show does end, I’ll still be watching to see how his career is in the future, hopefully he’ll be on the big screen some more, or maybe some other tv show. He is one great actor.

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selma

I love to watch Eric’s Reid do the pivotal and busted facial expression and his jealous scenes. Great curly close cropped hair to frame that gorgeous intense face, by the way. And Van’s Luke takes on the tough emotional scenes when you feel his anguish to the bone. I think I liked Luke’s Nordic look better when they were in Texas and he was flicking around that long hair from his beautiful eyes and melting the ice around Reid’s heart. Thanks to the writers and producers of ATWT we have these two wonderful actors on reasonably often to entertain us… Read more »

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

eric is awsome actor i love him he is my man i want to see more love sencens between eric and van it makes me melt for him

selma
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selma

Loved Reid’s vulnerabilty when he and Luke played chess and he disclosed personal information about his childhood; loved how Luke enjoyed drawing out this chess master who fumbled so adoringly when he spoke of love; loved that gentle beguiling kiss at the end of the scene. Great writing! Eric Sheffer Stevens and Van Hansis , can you hear the applause?

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mmc

I love Eric and Van together.You can see the love each has for the otherThey took the best from each other and both became better men.Luke with noah was children, Luke and Reid are beautiful men!

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

ERIC SHEFFER STEVENS IS MY KIND OF GUY I LOVE HIM AND HES ACTING HE HAS BRUTEYFUL FACE AND EYES I JUST WANT TO MELT AND GET LOST IN HES PERFECT EYES HE IS AMAZING ACTOR.WHITCH SOAP OPERA IS HE GOING ON THAT I CAN WATCH IT

selma
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selma

Last week we saw Luke’s Alcoholic personality rear its nasty head long enough to choose Noah over Reid–hence the breakup. This week Reid manages to confess a longtime and ongoing attraction for Luke while reminding Noah he is too emotionally bankrupt to give anything back to Luke. Before the show ends this week Noah’s right hook comes in contact with Reid’s face. Surprised? After the physical confusion Luke wonders whether Noah still loves him but Noah is only interested in revenge. Can the “hot” doctor break that mutual dependency between Luke and Noah? Well, thankfully we have astute writers who… Read more »

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

reid can break up luke and noah because reid deseve happy ending with luke.noah had hes chances with luke and he blow it of those years the way noah treated luke.luke doesn’t deserve that at all luke deserve to be happy with reid no matter what noone and anyone not even noah will tear them apart

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GAELYN THOMSON

luke and reid deseve happy ending reid can tear them apart luke and reid forever and you now it

selma
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selma

It appears as if Luke and Reid have finally established their love for each other–albeit in a convoluted and complex format. Luke thought Reid should give up his job to prove his love for him but as it turns out all Reid really needed was to catch a glimpse of Luke with Noah and Luke had all the feedback clearly detailed in Reid’s over-REACTION! Those two sure do know how to handle each other. Seems the actors will get a bit of a break which is rather nice for them because obviously they’ll be diving headlong into another delicious storyline… Read more »

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

noah is the one put luke and reid together in the frist place so noah have right to get mad at luke noah deseve to be alone noah is the one is a spolied little brat;noah is the one drive luke to drink in the frist place;noah walks all over luke as a doormat i don’t want luke with a boy like noah i want luke to be with a real man like reid i want luke to be happy with reid and get marryed and leave happley ever after with reid in dallas

mmc
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mmc

The writers are total A holes by letting Reid die.Reid and Luke were so good on the screen.They spoke without even talking and should have had a happy ending .They really brought out the best in each other and finally realized how much they loved each other.I’ve been crying for days and tomorrow I’ m locking my door and watching the show alone.My husband thinks I’m losing my mind.The writers are making every body live happily ever after….why not Reid and Luke?The writers had two of the best actors to work with and they screwed up.They could have given Chris… Read more »

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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