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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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ATWT Alum Michael Park Joins The Cast of Hulu Drama ‘Saint X’

Great news! Fans who have missed Michael Park (ex-Jack, As the World Turns) on the small screen will get a chance to see him once again in the new psychological drama series, Saint X.

The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

So, excited to see Michael in Saint X? Comment below.

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ATWT Alum Julianne Moore to Star In New Limited-Series

In casting news, Academy Award-winner and As the World Turns alum, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie and Sabrina Hughes) will star in a new period-piece drama for Sky and AMC.

Moore, who won a Daytime Emmy for her work on the beloved CBS soap back in 1988, will play Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham, in Mary & George.

Villers in 17th Century England moulded her  son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become one of the richest, most titled, and influential mother and sons England had ever seen.

According to Deadline, the series is due to begin filming in early 2023 and is slated for an 8-episode run.

Mary & George will mark only the second time, Moore has starred in a TV drama, after her appearance in the 2021 Apple mini-series Lisey’s Story.

Julianne won her Oscar for Lead Actress back in 2014 for Still Alice, where she played a woman battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Intrigued to see Julianne in Mary & George? Comment below.

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ATWT Alum Colleen Zenk Joins Tony Award-Winner, Michael R. Jackson For ‘As The Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration’

Circle Friday Night, October 21st beginning at 6PM EST.  That’s when you can join a virtual event featuring former As The World Turns star, Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara) who will join Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), for a very special discussion and more of his upcoming new musical to bow in 2023, White Girl in Danger.

The Zoom event is brought to you by The Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

In As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration, Michael will chat on how his new musical satire, White Girl in Danger was inspired by the soap opera genre that Zenk was front and center on for more than 30 years on the beloved CBS daytime drama.

Look for, White Girl in Danger to have its Off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre and The Vineyard Theater in the early part of the new year.

To register for As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration’s virtual program click here.

Now, you can get inside scoop on this brilliant musical concept, and soon to be must-see theatre piece, that any soap fan will love!

So, looking forward to seeing Colleen and Michael virtually on October 21 and finding out more about ‘White Girl in Danger’ and its soapy inspirations? Comment below.

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