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Van Hansis Thanks Fans For Support After Coming Out Publicly!

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If you didn’t already love Van Hansis, you’re going to love him even this much more!

After the talented actor who won the hearts of millions of soap fans worldwide for his portrayal of Luke Snyder on As the World Turns publicly came out the other day in a quote from his latest interview in The Fight, Van took to his facebook page last evening to thank everyone for their support and love.

Van stated:  “Thank you all for your warm comments and your years of support. It means so much. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Hansis as Oakdale’s Luke played the first male gay character on daytime soaps that was a major character connected to a major family, wherein often times previously the gay characters came and went and were not anchored to the story in many ways.  Of course, years later we now have Days of our Lives Will (Guy Wilson) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) carrying the LGBT torch on daytime soaps.

Van will also return for season two of the hit web series, EastSiders which just received an Indie Series Award for Best Ensemble Drama.  EastSiders is currently having its season two KickStarter campaign!

What do you think about Van statement to his fans?  Let us know

 

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Claudio
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Claudio

He is so cute and a terrific actor. please shave your face Van, you look way better and cuter clean shaven.

Lee
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Lee

My suggestions are Jamie Luner or Tamara Braun.

BTripp
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BTripp

I think this was supposed to be for Phillis recast.

MaryBeth Walsh
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MaryBeth Walsh

He is a phenomenal actor and a very nice young man. His personal living choices are his and only his personal business.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Van is an excellent actor and how he wants to live his life is his own business.In the future i think his portrayal of Luke will be a groundbreaking moment in soap opera history.

Harlee
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Harlee

I thought he was out…I assumed because he wasn’t fooling or probably others.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

So happy he’s comfortable enough in his own skin. The Luke storyline helped me through my own coming out years! <3

Rodd
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Rodd

He’s a great actor. Would love to see him back on a soap! All the best to him.

Brett
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Brett

Really happy for him 🙂

PABWECG
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PABWECG

I always loved Van’s portrayal of Luke Snyder. Liked Luke & Noah, and loved Luke & Reid even more – but my heart always belonged to Luke first & foremost.

Van brought the character to life in such a way that my heart laughed, cried, rejoiced, & fumed on his behalf.

I’m not surprised to hear that Van is gay, am pleased to hear that he has come out, and I wish him well in his personal & professional life.

Sasha
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Sasha

Of course, it’s “his business” how he “wants to live his life”, but show me a straight actor or person who would ever hide their sexuality, hide the person they’re in love with and so on. People who write such a bull**** over and over apparently want gay men to remain invisible. I’m so glad that brilliant actors and strong personalities like Van Hansis aren’t doing them the favor.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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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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