“As The World Turns” Star Van Hansis Plays Gay Again In “Eastsiders”
In the new indie web series EastSiders, a gay couple tries to pick up the pieces after one of them has been unfaithful. The show stars writer-director Kit Williamson and Van Hansis, an Emmy nominee for his role as a young gay man on As The World Turns.
That's one way for a former soap star who played a popular gay character to get publicity.
Another is to get arrested for trying to buy cocaine from an undercover cop.
My how the mighty have fallen. Two years ago, this thread would have had 200+ replies.
Total fiction. Gays don't live on the East Side.
Well at least she's not escorting. Or working at American Apparel.
A girl's gotta eat!
I bet this is based on a true story. Van's!
Looks bad and Hansis looks awful in it. Like he needs a bath and a haircut.
East side of where? I bet he thought he was going to be on Eastenders.
I'm not a crazy fangurl, but I never believed that Van was gay, and this seals it for me. A desperately closeted actor would not take on a string of gay roles because of the fear of being labeled gay. He'd instead go for some bullshit macho roles. Only a hetero actor comfortable with his straight sexuality would take these gay roles. That pretty much confirms that Van is straight. Besides, I know for a fact that Van was dating a woman when he was on ATWT, and no it wasn't Liz Hendrickson LOLZ. I remember Soap Opera Weekly had pictures of them occasionally in their Seen Around Town section.
r7, Van has a little problem where he perspires a more than normal people.
I think R9's logic is faulty. Van is clearly hiding in plain sight-- pretty much everyone knows he's gay even though he hasn't said it outright.
Doing a web series is less a sign of him being straight and more a sign that he's struggling to find work.
Van should have stayed in NYC and done theater and Indie film.
r12, this is another New York show shot in Hollywood? Good enough reason not to watch!
Van had so much more romantic/sexual chemistry with his female co-stars than with his male co-stars like that crappy actor Jake whatshisface. Van's a wonderful actor, and it's to his credit that he could play gay believably. BUt there was no denying his smoldering chem with the ladies.
R14 I agree about Jake but he had total chemistry with the doctor. And which lady did he have sexual chemistry with because I can't think of any?
Ignore r9/r14. Clearly a delusional fangirl despite their claims not to be. Van had no romantic or sexual chemistry with any woman on the show. He has never been linked with a woman and not gone to great effort to disguise his relationship with Tyler Hanes.
If he's straight, he's straight. If he's gay, he's reprehensibly closeted.
r9/r14 Perhaps if Van was getting back-to-back jobs, he might be picky about what roles he's playing.
But Van has barely worked since ATWT was canceled. So, he's not going to turn down a part offered to him simply because the character happens to be gay.
Is he still with Tyler? Does anyone know?
R19, I don't know if he's still with Tyler. Regardless, when he WAS with Tyler (if he still isn't), it was very much a glass closet kind of thing; they were obviously a couple when out and about, even if Van never made any official pronouncement about their relationship or his sexual orientation.
R7, it's supposed to be gritty, that's the whole point of it. They all look messy and dirty (not in a good way). It's about the apocalypse!
R9/R14 sounds like the Luke is straight fangirl troll. I'm not even sure why I'm bothering replying to this.. but I will. I agree that closeted actors would take on macho roles if they wanted to hide, BUT Van doesn't exactly have the option of choosing roles.. he has barely gotten any work since ATWT ended.. he would take whatever was handed to him, whether it means playing a gay or a straight man. Second.. it's not like Van Hansis is a new Tom Cruise or Luke Evans. Van Hansis hasn't commented on his private life. He's not ashamed of who he is and he's not covering up his sexuality. He just chooses not to talk about it.. and we can discuss if that's the right choice. I wish he could be open, but at the same time I understand his possible reasons for staying in the closet. I just admire the fact that he isn't bearding or claiming to be straight. Anyway.. Van is clearly not ashamed of who he is, which means he's not afraid to take on gay roles either. I admit that actors deep in the closet, claiming to be straight would think twice about gay roles, but Van is clearly not like that. He seems pretty open about his sexuality.. he's in a glass closet basically.
For the past year, Van has been in a helplessly heterosexual May-December romance with Victoria Wyndham. They share a love of horses, sculpting and crystal meth.
Actually Eastsiders (in L.A. geniuses) seems quite good. I liked it. Van looks great as do the other guys in it. The whole cast is good. Glad to see him again.
[R9] is a very delusional fangurl,LOL. Van is gay, gay, gay and publicity pictures in soap mags are just that. I have never heard that Van was involved with any girl, even as a front though. He has barely worked since he left ATWT which is why he is reduced to a webseries. Van has never pretended to be straight, or had a "beard" girlfriend, just doesn't come right out and say he is gay.
What R24 said. Everyone - EVERYONE - knows he's gay. He's not even remotely trying to be in.
And also, the GAY MALE ESCORTING suggests that he's slept with men before.
I understand Van has been seen carousing about town with Vicki Sleestack.
Wait, Van was an escort?
R15, clearly, you're not remembering Kathleen Widdoes!
REID, I can't BELIEEEVE that you think NO-AH and IIIII are STILL together! WEEEE are just FRIENDS!!!
This thread is really dead; I guess Van's mystique has faded, LOL!
Hardly R32. The first ep is close to 20,000 views. It's gotten a lot of good buzz. Van looks great and the shot of his feet is hot, hot, hot. Seriously I'm thrilled to see him back in something regular. The writer/creator Kit Williamson plays Van's bf and imagine the scenarios Williamson can contoct with Van. Lucky, lucky guy.
As for Tyler, he's on the road touring in a musical . I doubt they are still together. Van seems to have made a lot of new acting pals in LA. Who wants to bet Jake Silberman is frothing at the mouth to guest star on this show?
R3, I love you
Bet the 20,000 views is from around 100 people who keep watching it over and over. He and Jake have always had a rather scary stalkerish fanbase.
Alert me with Billy Magnussen plays a gay character again.
Would it kill them to have a gay person play a gay part?
[quote] Total fiction. Gays don't live on the East Side
the mayor does
Do these web series pay the actors well? How do these web series make money?
New interview with Van about "Eastsiders." He also talks about the final days of ATWT.
R39 - Let me guess - this is an interview by someone in the soap press; who else interviews has been soap actors. When he is interviewed by Entertainment Tonight or someone of any substance, let us know!
I thought I would liven up this dead Van thread - if anyone is interested, the producer/writer etc. of Van's two episode new online series, is busy raising funds so they can get another bunch of episodes made. After two they ran out of money -for anyone who has a few bucks they might not need for food or something, you can go to the Kickstarter site to make a contribution. This is not a joke - apparently anyone who is an ex-soap star is reduced to begging.
I thought it was EastEnders. Don't care now.
He's so fat and hairy now. All he needs are some tacky earrings, and he could play Pat back from the dead.
Scott Evans, Portrait of a Deliriously Happy Prison Bitch
Any updates on Van? Did his little websoap tank? I attempted to watch an episode but it was pretty painful. Are he a Tyler still together? Rumor was that he wanted the Jacob Young recast role on the new AMC, but was rejected. Seems to be the story of his career.
So here's an interview with Van Hansis where he says he's has a partner that he has been in a relationship with for years.
Is this his way of coming out and testing the waters, like when Anderson Cooper said bitch please on the plane.
His interview was carefully gender neutral.
What happened to the other one from that couple. Someone was posting something on here about him waving his dick around on stage.
Is he drugged out with Scott Evans and Chandler Massey yet?
Van just came out as gay in the latest issue of The Fight magazine, an LA based magazine.
Fight: You were out in your personal life, but you didn’t speak out about your sexual orientation at the start of your career. What was your hesitation?
Van Hansis: I guess it was a combination of a lot of things—It was my first job, it was a different time back then in regards to LGBT stories being told—I mean, the Luke story was groundbreaking at the time. Now, I think every remaining soap has a gay storyline. I was completely green, fresh out of college, and honestly, I was scared.