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Van Hansis and Tyler Hanes Talk Celebrating Pride, CATS & Their Relationship!

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June was a good month for former As the World Turns star, Van Hansis (Ex-Luke Snyder).  First, he was named the winner for Best Actor in a Feature Film in the Audience Awards at the just completed San Diego LGBT Film Festival.  Van won for his performance in the motion picture Kiss Me, Kill Me.

Hansis, who most recently was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his performance in the digital series, EastSiders, is in New York City this weekend celebrating Pride with is partner of 9 years, Broadway-bound star, Tyler Hanes.  In a wonderful interview with Playbill.com, the duo discuss: their relationship, Hanes upcoming turn in the revival of Cats on Broadway as Rum-Tum-Tugger, and Pride weekend in New York City in light of the tragic events in Orlando a few weeks ago.

When asked what the duo had planned for Sunday’s Pride festivities, Van answered: “We haven’t discussed what we’re doing for Pride yet, but I think it’s really important to stay out there and keep fighting and to not let something like this terrible tragedy stop the celebration and the ownership of how far we’ve all come. It’s very telling that even though gay marriage passed across the country and things have changed so much for the positive, there’s still this underlying homophobia. You’ve got to stay angry, and you’ve got to stay vigilant. You have to ask for more than just moments of silence and prayers at times like this.”

Hanes, who is prepping for his role as one sexy cat, and who along with Hansis are parents to two cats of their own, discussed their relationship when both have successful careers in their own right:  “I’m always grateful for any opportunity to work and do what I love to do, and with this cast especially—they really assembled a great group of personalities. This journey so far has been so much fun. We just have a really good time in rehearsals, and we just happen to be putting on this great show. So to be in this show on Broadway, at this time, and at this point in my life, where I have so much pride—I am so proud of who I am, and I’m so proud of my relationship, and I’m so proud of Van—it means something so much more to me than it ever did before. I feel like I have so much to celebrate, whereas when I was younger I don’t think I understood what that meant, or how it came to this, or who came before us. Now I do, and with the recent events that happened in Orlando it means more to me now than it ever has. It’s great that I get to celebrate it with this cast and this show on Broadway.”

So, what do you think about what Van and Tyler had to say about Pride, their relationship, and their successes?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Didn’t know he was gay, not that I follow him.

Cats is being revived?! Good grief. I guess ALW needs some money. Well, good luck to all.

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I’d rather see ATWT on Bway 🙂

Rodd
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Great guys, great interview.

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I knew he played a role as a gay son in As the World turns. His name was Luke and he had a significant other called Noah.

mark
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A cats revival is a bit silly

Paula
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I find it quite telling that so few choose to comment on articles with an LGBTQ slant. I am a proud supporter of HUMAN RIGHTS and only wish there were more evident posting on this site. Wishing Van and Tyler all the best in their careers and personal lives!

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What is it telling you?Why is it a cause
for concern?

Dylan
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Good question, Robert!

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In a once-in-a soap-lifetime event during the Covid-19 pandemic, the cast of As the World Turns will reunite for one night online for a virtual reading of the CBS daytime drama’s final episode that aired back 10 years ago this past September,

This livestream event is for a good cause and is brought to you by former ATWT cast member, Trent Dawson’s (Ex-Henry) theatre group The Katonah Classic Stage.  Dawson is the artistic director there.

Over 26 veteran cast members from ATWT, including Larry Bryggman, Don Hastings, Kathryn Hays, Elizabeth Hubbard, Michael Park and more are set to participate in the reading plus some surprise guests.

The show will be streamed  n The Locher Room YouTube channel, 0n Wednesday night, October 28th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, where fans will also  have the opportunity to comment and ask questions of the cast,

The event is asking for a $15 donation to be able to see it and you can click here for more info!

Working with Katonah Classic Stage (KCS), a professional, nonprofit theatre group an hour north from New York City, Dawson is hoping this event will help those in need.  KCS has access to outdoor performance space that can provide a safer, more  socially-distant experience for the artists and the audience. The fundraiser not only  applies to salaries, but to health care as well; without employment most artists are ineligible for health coverage during a time when such insurance is critically important.

So what do you think of getting these beloved stars from ATWT together for a good cause to relive and read the script of the final episode from Oakdale? Comment below.

 

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That is when As the World Turns fan favorite, and two-time Lead Actor Daytime Emmy winner, Michael Park (Ex-Jack) along with the CEO and Founder of STOMP Out Bullying, Ross Ellis and former New York Jets legend Tony Richardson will join Alan at 2 p. m. EST.]

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You can watch the livestream here.

So, will you be checking out Michael and company for this special chat? Comment below.

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Look for Mary Clay Boland, who was with As the World Turns till its conclusion in 2010 and Rob Decina who was with Guiding Light till it ended in 2009, to talk about the casting process, what they are up to today and so much more.

You can check it out next week live by clicking here.

So when you look at the last ten years or so of As the World Turns and Guiding Light, which characters and actors would you love to know about … and hear some back-story as to why they got their parts from Rob and Mary?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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