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THE VAN HANSIS INTERVIEW – AS THE WORLD TURNS – YOUNGER ACTOR EMMY NOMINEE!

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MICHAEL:
What scenes did you submit for Emmy contention in this year’s Younger Actor category, and why did you choose those particular episodes?

VAN:
My birthday fell in September, so I could not submit a lot of stuff I would’ve submitted, because then I was too old. (Note: 25 yrs old is the cut off in the younger Emmy acting categories) I tried to find stuff that had a varying range of me doing different things, as far as acting goes. I found a couple episodes that showcased things that I do best, and I was lucky enough to be nominated.

MICHAEL:
I read that in an interview, you had said that the reason you chose those two episodes to represent your work was because they were stand-alone shows. Is that true?

VAN:
I think I did say that. Last year when I was a judge, I found that if what you pick is so wrapped up in a story, sometimes you don’t know what was really going on, but appreciate the acting by itself. I wanted to find material that had some semblance of that.

MICHAEL:
Are you familiar with the work of the nominees in your category?

VAN:
I have seen Jesse Sofer’s (Ex-Will, “ATWT”) work and I think he is awesome. I have seen Tom Pelphrey’s (Ex-Jonathan, “GL”) work and I think he is incredible.

MICHAEL:
How have you dealt with all the controversy surrounding the amazing Gay storyline being played out on “ATWT” between your character Luke and his love interest, Noah? And, how do you feel the show is handling this subject matter?

VAN:
I like what is happening in the story right now, and some material that is coming up is good. I have always been proud of the story. I try not to get involved in whatever controversy there might be, and thinking about it does not help me do my job at all. With all that has been talked about, I have never been interviewed once about it. I think we are the wrong people to talk to about that, because we are actors who go in and say lines and do it. We don’t make any of the creative choices. So, I feel it was the right way to handle it. It’s as if you are written off a show. Do you necessarily want to be written off, or be killed? No. But you play those scenes anyway, because that’s your job. I am very proud of the story and the work that Jake and I have done. We are treated like any other soap couple, and currently what is being aired is, that they have broken up. Colonel Mayer, the sham marriage, is all good soapy stuff.

MICHAEL:
How did you feel about the abrupt ending to the Ameera storyline?

VAN:
The thing I am saddest about is having Tala gone. She was a great actress, and a good friend of both Jake and I. It was sad to see her go. I think that story was interesting, and what happens after the story. The outcome of the break up of Luke and Noah has brought their characters to a different place. That is the objective of any story; to have the characters end up different than when they began.

MICHAEL:
What happens now when you are out in public? Do people address you as ‘Luke’ and talk about the storyline with you?

VAN:
Sometimes, people scream, “Luke” at me. All the interactions I have had with fans have been really nice.

MICHAEL:
Cyndi Lauper is making a very special guest appearance on “ATWT”. We hear she will be singing “True Colors”, which has become the gay anthem all over the world.

VAN:
Yes it has, and the way they worked her in was great. Cyndi is not just a celebrity who came onto the show. She is not just there for some random reason. The way they wrote her in is really, really smart and pivotal to the story.

MICHAEL:
How was working with Cyndi?

VAN:
It was great! I had done a reading with her for the Matthew Shepherd Foundation a few years ago. I had met her at that time, and to see her perform “True Colors” was incredible. I mean, she is like an icon of my childhood and it was very cool! A glorified rock star serenaded me! That has never happened before.

MICHAEL:
So, it sounds like you were very moved during her song!

VAN:
Her energy is so fun, and as a performer, she is incredible. I was completely blown-away.

MICHAEL:
Because you have such amazing acting chops, and have such a complex character to portray, are there any types of moments that are more difficult for you to play?

VAN:
I think it’s difficult if you don’t know why your character is doing what he is doing. Your job as an actor is to figure it out, even if it has to be the natural thing the character would do. On soaps, no character learns from their mistakes. So, you will come across issues that a person did in real life and they do not make those mistakes again. But with soaps, you have to suspend that part of your brain and do what is asked of you.

MICHAEL:
How is it working with your on-screen partner, Jake Silberman (Noah)?

VAN:
Jake is hands-down my best friend on the show. Honestly, I could not have asked for a better person to act opposite. He is incredibly talented. We get along really well, and he has an awesome sense of humor. He is very smart and an all around good guy.

MICHAEL:
Were you involved in the casting process for the role of Noah, since he would be acting opposite you?

VAN:
Noah is not a contract character; it was the same when I started. Luke was not a contract player. The way it’s done is that you are in the rehearsal hall and they have a camera up. By the time I came into it, they had narrowed it down to six or seven. Each would come in and quickly do the scene once. Chris Goutman (exec prod, “ATWT”) was there and the casting people were there. Chris made his decision.

MICHAEL:
What do you think Jake would say about working with you, if I asked him?

VAN:
Knowing Jake, he would say really nice things, because he is a really nice guy. He would not talk about all the times that I tried to sabotage every scene that I was in. And, he would not talk about the time I pulled a Tonya Harding on him, and tried to hit his knee with a crowbar. He would not talk about it. He would be very polite and not talk about the evil things that I have done. (He laughs)

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MICHAEL:
With Luke and Noah being the premiere gay male couple on daytime… well, the only couple… have you done many interviews with the gay press? You are so vitally important now to so many people who watch “ATWT” because you represent their voices.

VAN:
I have done interviews with the gay press. I think the story resonates with a lot of people. It would be stupid to say that part of our audience wasn’t gay. People are finally seeing a representation of themselves, in a medium where there hasn’t been any. I think it’s very important for the gay community. I think Jake and I are very proud to be telling this story and representing people that have been marginalized.

MICHAEL:
Have there been a few performances you can tell us about, where you felt you just ‘knocked it out of the park’?

VAN:
There are a couple. I think one has not aired yet. There are some scenes with Jake and I that we both felt awesome about. You have these episodes once in awhile, when you go, “Oh, yes. This is why I love to act.” It’s cathartic in a way, and I am not one of those actors who use acting as therapy. I don’t think that’s really healthy, but if you are in the moment, and have a really good script and you are clicking, it’s an amazing feeling that I have had nowhere else but acting. I have had a couple like that. The one coming up is when Noah is moving out of the cottage and we had a good whole day of good scenes. I remember feeling that way when Luke was confronting Damian in the airport. Last winter, I had these scenes with Lucinda at the diner. They were not really big scenes, but I felt those scenes where Luke and Lucinda were just talking about their lives were wonderful. I really like scenes like that.

MICHAEL:
Do you know what you are going to wear to the Emmys?

VAN:
Not yet. I should really get on top of that. I like just going and buying something and leaving. I don’t like spending a lot of time fussing about it. I will probably wear a suit.

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MICHAEL:
Now that Noelle Beck has taken over the role from the recently departed Martha Byrne, in the pivotal role of your on-screen mother, Lily Snyder, how has the transition been for you?

VAN:
Noelle is wonderful, and of course, Martha’s leaving was incredibly, incredibly sad. Martha will always have a special place in my heart, because I do feel I learned a lot of what I am doing on the show is because of her. Her humor and warmth are just one of a kind, but Noelle does not have an easy job. She has to step into a role that has been played by someone else for 20 years. She is doing a phenomenal job. She is such a kind, warm person and I love working with her. I feel she is clicking with the cast very easily, and she is a very generous actor.

MICHAEL:
What can we tell Luke fans to look forward to in the coming months… that you can give away?

VAN:
Luke is contacted from someone in his past who he may not want to be contacted by, but it happens, and that befalls the next storyline. That is what I think fans will have to look forward to.

MICHAEL:
Can we assure your fans, and fans of your story, that Luke and Noah will be on “ATWT” for quite some time to come?

VAN:
As of now, I am pretty sure we will be around for quite awhile.

MICHAEL:
Finally, if your name is called on Emmy night, will you have a speech prepared?

VAN:
I will not have something prepared. I will probably go up there and babble incoherently. I don’t think I want to prepare something, because I don’t like it when people get up there and open up their piece of paper that has been all thought out. I think it will be very spur of the moment. I will go out there and spend a minute and half not making any sense at all.

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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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‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

Soap Con Live, is a women-owned company, co-created by Lacretia Lyon (Bleav in Soap Operas/ Forever and a Day) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) who wanted to bring their love of soaps and Comic Cons together and introduce a new & exciting experience to fans of Daytime.

So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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