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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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ATWT Alum and ‘The Addams Family’ Favorite, Lisa Loring Dead at 64

Lisa Loring, who portrayed the recurring role of Cricket Montgomery Ross on As the World Turns from 1980-1983, and was best-known for her childhood acting role as Wednesday in the classic comedy The Addams Family from 1964-1966, has died at the age of 64.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actress passed away January 28th from complications from a stroke, as result of high blood pressure.

Loring died aProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.  Lisa’s daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, shared in a statement: “She went peacefully with both her daughters (Vanessa and Marianne) holding her hand.”

In story on As the World Turns, Cricket had a sometimes competitive friendship with Betsy Stewart (then played by Meg Ryan) and had man troubles throughout her time in Oakdale. Cricket’s extended family consisted of Craig, Margo, and Katie, who all remained on the canvas after her exit.

Lisa also appeared throughout her career in series such as: Dr. Kildare, Barnaby Jones and Fantasy Island. 

She is survived by daughters Marianne and Vanessa, in addition to her grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.

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As the World Turns Alum Rita Walter Dead at 71

We’re still losing so many beloved soap opera actors as 2022 comes to a close. Now comes word that former As the World Turns alum, Rita Walter (nee McLaughlin) passed away at the age of 71.  Walter had been diagnosed with Multifocal Glioblastoma, an extremely aggressive form of terminal brain cancer.

Rita had an 11-year-run as Oakdale’s Carol Deming Hughes Stallings Andropoulos Frazier.

The former actress-turned-optician, died on Christmas.  Rita’s brother, David McLaughlin revealed the news on the 26th which also happened to be the anniversary of Walter’s exit from the defunct CBS soap opera in 1981.

In his posting on Facebook, McLaughlin shared: “My sweet, loving sister Rita was called to Jesus today on Christmas day, his birthday. She was a well known actress as well as dedicated server of the Lord Jesus. May you rest in peace Sis, I love you forever. You’ve taken my heart with you.”

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Before playing good girl, Carol Deming, who always found herself in distress as only a good heroine could do, Rita started her career as Patty Duke’s double on The Patty Duke Show, before getting her first foray into soaps with a role on The Secret Storm as Wendy Phillips.

We clearly remember when on ATWT, Carol was married to Jay Stallings, but Jay was having an affair behind her back. Carol also had failed relationships and marriages to Tom Hughes and Steve Andropolous.  Eventually, Carol left Oakdale after falling in love and marrying Reverend Norman Frazier.  In a case of life imitating art, Rita married Reverend Normal Walter in 1976.

Walter is survived by her three children, Brian, Jill, and Amy, and her husband, Reverend Norman.

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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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