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ATWT's Eric Sheffer Stevens on reveal that Reid is gay!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Since crashing Oakdale with his arrogant “tude”,  fans have been watching the snarky Dr. Reid Oliver in his dislike of Luke Snyder (Van Hansis). Turns out, as we hinted last Friday in Soapside: The Advocate’s Guide to Daytime, the doctor reveals this week that he is gay. Soap newbie Eric Sheffer Stevens has played this rude SOB since January, and critics and soapers are taking notice.

Now with NUKE on the outs, it looks like the hate could turn to heat or maybe love between Luke and Reid.  Watch your back Noah! Here is what Stevens had to say to TV Guide Magazine on the situation.

Eric on the revelation that Reid is gay and how we reassess his reaction to the characters in Oakdale: “You probably will reassess a lot about his relationship with Luke, and also his attraction to Katie [Terri Colombino]. There have been a few red herrings with Reid, so I’m not really sure where this is headed. It’s very strange not to know what’s coming up, but I’m kinda loving that. For Reid, emotions are very messy and silly, but there’s definitely been sexual tension between him and Luke.”

Eric  on how he would feel if Luke and Reid have a fling: “Great! That would be juicy and I hope the show will really do something with it, you know? There aren’t that many gay relationships in soaps. I’m open to whatever makes my character more complicated.”

Eric on the timing of the reveal now that NUKE are in relationship fallout: “It forces the [Luke-Reid] relationship to develop. Luke wants to know what this incident is all about and, of course, it takes Reid a while to talk about it. But he does reveal himself a bit, and you see he does care and is very upset when something goes wrong with a patient. For all Reid’s talk and self-promotion—and he apparently is as good a doctor as he says he is—he doesn’t have a 100 percent success rate. And that takes a toll on him. He just doesn’t know how to express it. He doesn’t have the facility to comfort the father or to say, “Listen, I’m really broken up about this,” which is what the father really wants to hear. Reid just allows the dad to beat him up. He allows him to have his grief.”

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Isabel
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Isabel

Yes! I’m glad he is because there is great potential with him and Luke. Had never been so anxious to know what the secret was with him so I’m relieved it’s finally out.

Vanessa
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Vanessa

I love Luke and Reid together! They have such great chemistry!
Luke is absolutely gorgeous!I’d fall for him as well!

Ashlie
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Ashlie

Im actually looking forward to this sl, Luke & Noah (I still Love them) Need an actual story together… That makes sense. The Ameera & The “Z” Twins ones are ridiculous.

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

LUKE AND NOAH IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEND BECAUSE LUKE BELONGS WITH REID AND YOU NOW IT BECUSE THAT IS TRUE LOVE

Ashlie
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Ashlie

Haha I know This Now, I Dont Like Noah Anymore, I want LuRe As Endgame! ♥ Back In March I Was Still Skeptical Of Reid, But Now I Love Him To Death♥

Angela
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Angela

Eric Sheffer Stevens is an amazing actor and Reid is a breath a fresh air in ATWT. Thank you a thousand times for this new awesome character As The Worlds Turns. I’m so excited when I know he’s in an episode!

Colette
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Colette

My daughter Jennifer and I are loving Reid on ATWT. He’s so much fun to watch and we can’t wait to meet him at the ATWT soap opera luncheon on 4-17 at the Marriott in NYC. Now I have to find some pictures of him to add to my album to bring to the luncheon! Keep him on the air, we luv him!

David Ham
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David Ham

Eric Stevens portrays Reid BRILLANTLY…I hope he will go onto the big screen as he has a deep inner talent….so far as the story goes…Reid is very much a gay man of today…good looking, smart, self assured, controlled and controlling…that’s what makes him 100% FASCINATING and Eric Stevens is brilliant in this role…..Little Luke will give Reid the love he needs and Reid will in turn give Luke the confidence and self assuradance he needs. They will have a rocky relationship but it will work because the have an inner animal passion for each other…I’m praying ATWT will stay on.

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

DAVID HAM YOU ARE MY MAN ARE YOU SINGLE I HOPE YOU ARE LIKE THAT

Chele
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Chele

Reid is the best new character on daytime in forever. ESS is a very talented actor and he and Van Hansis have incredible chemistry as Reid and Luke. I hadn’t really watched much of the “NUKE” storyline for a while, they were either backburnered or in horridly bad storylines. Reid has me watching again.
But it is more than just his chemistry with Luke, his interaction with Katie and especially Henry keeps me in stitches as well. I hope that ATWT is saved somehow so this can continue.

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

I AM WITH YOU I LIKKE TO SEE WHAT HAPPINES NEXT

Judi
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Judi

I just love Reid and luke together, i’m always excited if there are in an episode. Reid is an good actor and i love to watch him all the time. Please keep him in the show forever!!!

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

JUDI I AM WITH YOU BECAUSAE I LOVE REID ALSO

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Reid and Luke need to get together! When they are together it is so intense! This is where the writers of ATWT needs to go in order to keep the show alive! Just make it more steamy than Nuke!!

Michelle
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Michelle

Dr. Reid Oliver is the best thing to happen to Oakdale in a long time. He has the same personality with whoever he interacts with, and I just love it. Eric and Van , your chemistry is off the charts. ATWT is the only soap that I watch. I wish it didn’t have to end, but when it does, I will no longer watch soaps. Eric you are the best at what you do. I hope you go on to make more movies on the big screen or just be on tv period. Your birthday is the day after my… Read more »

Liz O.
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Liz O.

Eric Sheffer Stevens is certainly one of the most charismatic actors on the current cast of ASWT. Not since the arrival of Simon have I been as fascinated with a male character. He does a superb job playing Dr. Oliver, and I am looking forward to a developing love story with Luke.

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

LUKE AND REID MADE FOR EACH OTHER.LUKE AND REID BELONG TOGETHER.LUKE AND REID MEANT TO BE TOGETHER.I LOVE TO SEE LUKE TO CHOOSE REID OVER NOAH.I LIKE TO SEE LUKE AND REID MARRYED AND LIVE HAPPLEY EVER AFTER WITHOUT NOAH IN THE PITCHER.I LIKE TO SEE ANOTHER SOAP OPERA STARTING LUKE AND REID

selma
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selma

Reid is pure passion in a cauldron of perfection waiting to be unleashed! Luke is beautiful, sensitive, loving, loyal, full of fear yet drawn to Reid’s heat. The writers are staying true to both characters. I’m interested to see what Noah will do. As Luke’s first love he will remain lukewarm, no doubt but Luke’s best love incinerates in comparison. Reid keeps the pressure on because his heart is at stake and Luke wants to play it safe because hurting another human being is not an option. Just loving this storyline!! Thank you ATWT for your courage!

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

noah is not luke’s frist love at all if you would watching the show kevin was luke’s frist love but that diddn’t happend. i don’t think you now what love is. luke wants a real realanship and he can get it from reid not noah so noah should hit the road

Michelle
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Michelle

Eric Sheffer Stevens, what can I say; you are the best. Your portrayal of Dr. Reid Oliver is so intense and compelling. Your character is what keeps me watching. You have been a breath of fresh air to Oakdale. I like the way you keep it real with everybody. I can’t believe that the head honcho at CBS Leslie Moonves said the ATWT wasn’t special enough to be saved. The nerve of him. I’ve heard that ATWT is being replaced by a game show (Pyramid) or a talk show starring Moonves’s wife Julie Chen. Either way I won’t be watching.… Read more »

selma
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selma

To finesse the perfect break-up takes delicate language and a steely grip on the emotions. Luke finally realized Noah was finished with him when he accepted a date with Richard. Supposedly the reason for the break-up was more to do with Luke’s need to help– too much—too much? Along comes Dr. Reid Oliver who utters the most seductive words in the English language,”Mr. Snyder, I need you,” because Luke is a rescuer. For Noah to break up with Luke when he needed him most was equivalent to folding when you have a royal flush. Reid and Luke discovered their attraction… Read more »

stephanie lisser
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stephanie lisser

what soap will eric sheffer stevens be in

mmc
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mmc

I have been a fan of As the World turns for so many years.I’m sad to see it end, but after what the writers did to Reid and Luke almost makes me happy to see it go.Luke and Reid were made for each other…they took so much from each other …Luke became strong and Reid became loving and tender.Their love was so nice to see and when they each realized they loved one another, I cried with happiness.Now the writers have ruined it by making Dr. Oliver die and leaving Luke with out the true love of his life.What the… Read more »

linda
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linda

Eric is amazing in this role, cried more for this character than any I can remember. I’ll miss you along with the millions of other fans. ATWT has been part of our lives forever, I’m changing all my house hold brands you fools.

cory
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cory

Eric played Reid so incredibly. I grew to love him and was devastated when he died so suddenly (I still cry watching) just when he was opening up and admitted he loved Luke. I miss him already and will be lost without the whole ATWT cast every weeknight in my livingroom. With all the fans that post about losing ATWT why is it that it was cancelled? No other soap will take it’s place in my heart.

Manusha
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Manusha

Superb acting by Eric ! It is a pity Reid had to die.

Daniel
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Daniel

Eric Sheffer Stevens did a superb job as Dr. Reid Oliver. I haven’t ever really watched ATWT, excpet a couple times last year watching a storyline involving NUKE. I have went back and started watching all ESS episodes on ATWT on youtube. I fell in love with him very quickly. I still have PLENTY more to watch so I am looking forward to seeing how strongly their relationship grew up till his death. I have watched his death and I don’t think I have ever cried so hard in my entire life. I wish they would have at least kept… Read more »

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

reid and luke belong togrther

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