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Van Hansis on Dr. Reid & end of ATWT!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The fantastic Van Hansis spoke with AfterElton.com at the recent ATWT Fan Club Luncheon about many things that soapers want to know, namely; how is working with Eric Sheffer Stevens, and his thoughts on the Luke/Reid pairing.  Van also addresses his feelings on the end of World Turns, and  Luke’s story, as it comes to its conclusion in the fall.  Here are some excerpts, but make sure to read the entire interview, especially about serial killer, Nancy Hughes!

Hansis on the success of the character of Reid: “I think that’s a testament to Eric and also I think he’s a very unique character. There aren’t [many] soap characters who can come on and basically insult everybody in town and still have a lot of the audience on their side. It’s very rare. But the character is a lot of fun. I think lots of people, even if they hate him, it’s like a love-to-hate kind of thing.  I don’t think I’m surprised at how interested people are in the story because I think … the stakes are a lot higher in this story than a lot of the other stories. Like for instance with Mason [Jarvis, played by Forbes March], there was no real threat to them. The threat came out of Luke’s actions. And in this story there is a threat, so I think of course the fans are a lot more up in arms about it.”

Hansis on his thoughts at ATWT comes to its conclusion: You know, it’s sad. We were told almost four or five months ago, so I’ve definitely made peace with it. I’m always going to look back really, really fondly on my time here and it’s been more than I could have imagined. Sometimes I’m still, to this day, shocked that I’ve been here for these last four years and it’s truly been a blessing and I’m so, so happy to have been a part of it. That being said, now that we know it’s over, I’m excited about what comes next.

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LI
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LI

“Fantastic VAN HANSIS”, indeed… Thank you!

Ag
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Ag

Best storyline ATWT offered ever.

VICTOIRE
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VICTOIRE

VAN HANSIS is the best actor ever! Luke’s chemistry with Reid is intense! Van is a powerful actor! WOW

selma
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selma

I am so into the Luke and Reid storyline I cannot imagine that ATWT will ever end. And these two beautiful people must be together or there’s no justice in afternoon fantasyland. My congratulations to two superb actors!

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

NO I WANT TO SEE LUKE TO BE BACK WITH NOAH I LOVE TO SEE THEM TO BE MARRYED

mmc
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mmc

You wrote this in May so maybe by the end of the show you will have reconsidered.Luke and Noah were children while Luke and Reid were men who took the best from each other and fell in love.Their chemistry was like no other.I love Luke and Reid together and no actors could have done it justice like Van and Eric.Fabulous …..and I miss them!

Ashley Wilson
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Ashley Wilson

I Think That Reid And Luke Will End Up Together Because Noah Hurt Luke By Being With Someone Else.

VICTOIRE
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VICTOIRE

Luke is conflicted for now, but it is clear that he wants to be with Reid, but what I don’t like is Reid always being so insulting and mean towards Luke, badly judging every Luke’s action. I want Luke to be happy with Reid, not always sad and depressed that Reid is treating him like crap, like Noah used to do. Luke deserves a man who loves him with tenderness and kindness.

SNY65
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SNY65

I totally agreed, the last two episode, Reid really mean to Luke, I hope he don’t continue to do that, Luke deserve someone who care and love him 100%

julie
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julie

i dont know why they are going to do this atwt when i herd about the news i started to cry i got so sad but i hope they get together before they end it

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

i want luke to choose reid over noah because noah hurt luke and noah was marryed to a gril i want to see luke with reid forever because luke and reid is a real deal i want luke and reid together and stay together luke and reid are meant to be

Michelle
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Michelle

Luke and Reid definitely should be together in the end. I hope it ends with their wedding. Maybe a triple wedding Luke/Reid, Katie/Chris, Barbera/Henry. Would that be great.

mmc
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mmc

By now we all know that Reid has died and luke is grieving.What a sickening ending for two great characters who changed each other for the better.Everyone is getting a happily ever after except Luke and Reid.So sad…we got to love them together and now ATWT ends on a sad note.This really made me cry at the unfairness of it all!

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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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