Congrats to Van Hansis, who was just nominated for a daytime Emmy for Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of gay teen Luke Snyder on As the World Turns. Towleroad correspondent Alan L. created this reel of some of Hansis’ scenes.
Hansis told AfterElton in an interview last year: “As far as playing a gay character, it’s nothing that I’ve ever had any negative feelings about. I love my character. In the end, I’m really glad they made my character gay. I’m able to do so much more than the average soap guy gets to do…One of the really interesting things when the speculation started that Luke was going to come out of the closet was the audience was saying on some of the message boards, “I’m not going to watch this show anymore”. Then after the story line got going and people got into it and people thought the show was going to backpedal and make Luke bi or straight, again that’s when the fans again said no, no, no. He should be gay.”