July 29th, 2010  |  Leave a comment

The Eric Sheffer Stevens Interview – As the World Turns

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You wrote to me, you tweeted me, you facebooked me, and to be honest, I was never going to let As the World Turns fade into soap heaven without trying to get Eric Sheffer Stevens (Reid) to do an in depth interview with On-Air On-Soaps! And, this past Monday, Eric and I finally had our long awaited chitchat.  We went 360 degrees in and out the world of Luke and Reid, or as we have come to love them as… LuRe.  The actor whose performances have resonated with soap fans across the world, burst on to the soap opera scene with a character quite unlike any other, right?  I mean the sheer arrogance of this fictional doc!  Well, we have loved it all.

Eric Sheffer Stevens and his on-screen acting partner Van Hansis (Luke) have caused such a stir, that as we head into the final seven weeks of the 54 year old soap, it’s not a sure bet that Luke and Noah will be the two to ride off into the sunset.  Sheffer Stevens had the enviable task of coming between perhaps the most popular soap couple of our time, and making it an all gay on-screen triangle…something seldom, if ever, seen on daytime.  And, as daytime fans lose three beloved male gay characters, (which will be quite a devastating loss come September); Eric details what was great, and not so great, about playing a gay doc on daytime TV.

Prepare yourselves for a super-sized interview below!  I think we can all say that in nine months time Eric Sheffer Stevens, as Dr. Reid Oliver, has left an indelible impression for years to come, and whose character’s sexual orientation was not
the subject of his storyline, because there was so much more that defined him,
and Eric felt so too.  From his work in the theatre to his work on daytime, Eric is
one of a kind, and just as he will remember his time in Oakdale, so too will the
citizens that orbited around Reid’s world.

MICHAEL:

Eric, have you seen the comments about you and your alter ego Reid, all over the Internet?  It’s amazing, and it’s escalating!  The fan bases are in-fighting between LuRe and Nuke! And, these are fan bases and contingents from all over the world. Reid has become beloved!  Kudos to you.

ERIC:

It was a great match for me.  I love that role, and they wrote really well for him.  Being on the show for the last nine months of the show’s run was a very special time to be there, and to be involved with it, and to have one continuous storyline. When it was canceled they were forced to write an ending to it and have an arc for the character and the storyline, which is unique in soaps from what I observed.  I feel very lucky to have been a part of it.

MICHAEL: 

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ATWT head writer, Jean Passanante was interviewed by me for Pride Magazine, which is currently available at many of the Gay Prides in the U.S., Europe and Canada…this summer.  In the feature, we discuss that the end of the Reid/Luke/Noah story is really the end of gay male storylines being represented on daytime.

ERIC:

I think someone will move in on that territory!

MICHAEL:

Maybe… not sure about that one.  Did you know from the very beginning of landing this primo role of Dr. Reid Oliver, that he was going to be gay, and such a snarky neurosurgeon?

ERIC:

They changed the name of the characters when we auditioned for it.  It was very much his character and it was very much who he was.  In the audition, he had the same kind of horrible interaction with people (Laughs) and sarcasm.  I really loved it and I had not seen anything like that soap-wise!

MICHAEL:

Well there isn’t anyone like him on daytime, which is why it was so refreshing to see.

ERIC:

It’s really fun stuff to play.

MICHAEL: 

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I actually know pompous doctors like that!

ERIC:

I’m sorry. (Laughs) So, yes.  I sort of knew who he was, but I did not know where the story was going to go, or anything.  But, they had said that a couple months in it was going to be revealed that he was gay, and then they would sort of see where the story went from there.

MICHAEL:

Did you have any trepidation at all playing a gay character?

ERIC:

No, not at all.  Playing a gay character I had no problem with, but being sucked into a relationship, and then having relationship talks, (laughs) that is not fun for me to play. But fortunately, they did a fine balance with not only Luke, but also Reid got to intermingle with other characters on the show as he is trying to figure out his whole situation with Luke.  I feel I was lucky and got to skirt that pitfall of a soapy romance.  You know what I am saying? (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Reid fought so hard his attraction to Luke, and he is hot for this guy, and he really wants him bad!

ERIC:

There is an element where he is angry at himself about that, but he is now coming to terms with it and going, “Well, this is what it is.  Let’s see where this goes.”  And it changes him, and changes the way Reid is interacting with people.

MICHAEL:

When we witness the final weeks of Reid on-air, will he change more and more?

ERIC:

He definitely continues to evolve till the end of the show.  He is on a path.

MICHAEL: 

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Jean Passanante said to me, “In the case of Reid, we knew he was funny, and a pain in the ass, and a misanthrope, but without a face it’s sort of hard.  Once we had Eric in the role he informs everything for us.  We are getting positive feedback for Luke and Reid.  And who would’ve imagined we could bring anyone between Luke and Noah?  You never know.  I thought people would yell, ‘You can’t do that!’  But it’s been great!”  What would you say to that?

ERIC:

I am very grateful to her for saying that, and that is very sweet. And, I became aware of the Luke/Noah storyline after joining As the World Turns.  I had no idea of the phenomenon that is Luke and Noah.  I looked into it right away, and became quickly clear how significant they were, and not just fan base wise, but historically.  At the beginning I told both Van and Jake, “It’s an honor to be breaking you guys up for a little bit” because it’s such an established and historical relationship to come between. I became so aware of the significance of that, and to add a triangle to that… I think this whole triangle balanced really well. That is due to the writers, the way they have pieced this whole thing out.

MICHAEL:

Since as Reid you have to play a delicate balance of a pompous jerk, a man who is somewhat relatable to make fans root for him, and who is gay… have you taken issue with anything in the scripts or that they wrote for him?

ERIC:

There were a few things, but nothing I can think of specifically. I just expanded my idea of who Reid was. I think that is something about a character that is ongoing and evolving, and that the writers are figuring out at the same time.  Early on, I got an idea of who he really is to be behaving this way.  And then little things would get thrown in, and I would go, “I don’t think he would do this.”  But then you go, “OK. It’s a given that he is doing this.  So why is he doing this?”  Somehow I have to make sense of it.  And, all people are some form of contradictions anyway.

MICHAEL:

Many have commented, and it has been written about, that the reason fans enjoy LuRe so much is that it is a much more mature relationship for Luke than the Nuke pairing.  It’s more adult.  Would you agree with that?

ERIC:

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There is still the element of not fully fleshing out their relationship because it’s a gay relationship, and it’s on daytime television.  That is frustrating.  It’s like, “OK. If we are going to do this, then let’s do this!  Let’s show two men dating, and falling in love, and wherever it goes.”  The writers and producers still have to negotiate differently than they do with straight couples, and that gets a little frustrating when you are playing it.  Then, it feels awkward.

MICHAEL:

On Guiding Light during the huge and wildly popular Otalia storyline, Crystal Chappell expressed to me in interviews how it was frustrating playing a same-sex couple who instead of kissing, were only allowed to bump or touch foreheads as a show of affection.  It still seems that the network and the soaps themselves keep dancing around the issue.

ERIC:

To kind of play that well is tough, when actually what the couple would be doing is making out on the couch, or spending the night together.  To give them a little nice kiss and leave them at the door…well…it’s a fifties television show feel then, and it does not feel authentic.  But again, that is a given, and you have to play it, and for some reason that is where they are at this point in daytime television culture… or so it would seem.

MICHAEL:

Sadly gay intimacy is not shown on daytime.  However, One Life to Live should be given kudos for their love scene for the same-sex couple, Kish.  They actually showed two men in bed together, and now they are off the air!  Reid and Luke have not had sex yet, right?

ERIC:

No. They have not had sex yet.  And, something always happens to break that up! (Laughs) There is some device like, “Ah, yeah. I really got to get back to work.”  Oh man. Whatever, dude?  Who cares about work?  Then, what you would do in real life would be to make the excuse after you show up for work 20 minutes late, and so…

MICHAEL: 

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Well, there has been a drought of action for LuRe fans, not only in the sex department, but also airtime recently.  But I hear they are going to kiss again.

ERIC:

Right now there is not much airing, because that is when Van Hansis was off filming his feature film, Occupant. So we did not tape that much then, but right now Reid got his job back, and they are going to give it a go as a relationship.  They are going to kiss again.

MICHAEL:

Luke is hesitant to have sex with him next week, when an opportunity arises for the duo.

ERIC:

He is hesitant and that is part of the storyline coming up.  And, it’s one of those that you can’t analyze too much, because I don’t know any two men that would hesitate.  But Luke does, so that is what we have to play. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What did you think of the plot point of Reid losing his job, and being thrown out, because of his relationship with Luke?

ERIC:

It was a bit abrupt and fun stuff to play.  I like any storyline that was with Dr. Bob.  I mean not all of it was completely rational, because it happened to be an accelerated time frame… to quit, be sad about it, and sewing up a teddy bear!  I thought we could have played with it longer, but I enjoyed all of it.

MICHAEL: 

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Coming up, when Chris Hughes collapses, Reid is the one who finds out something is wrong with the good doc!

ERIC:

Which I loved, because it’s a doctor thing.  It’s a twist of their rivalry, and their interaction.

MICHAEL:

Reid has got to help the guy he is the rival of.

ERIC:

Yeah, or antagonize him!  So Reid is the only one aware of what is going on for a little while.  I love playing with Daniel Cosgrove (Chris).  He is a great, great, guy. Reid will help Chris along the way, and that is part of story.

MICHAEL:

How was working with Van Hansis?

ERIC:

I loved working with Van. We worked really well together and enjoyed each other, and it was a lot of fun.  Van is fantastic!

MICHAEL:

Why do you think the viewers and fans have fallen in love with LuRe?

ERIC:

I don’t know.   I am not sure.  I think they like the way they interact, and they are sort of opposites, and there is chemistry there.  On a personal note, Van and I have a lot of fun working together.  I think that is attractive to people, and people like watching people who enjoy each other.  I think they are a unique couple, and so are Noah and Luke.  It’s a well-written pairing.

MICHAEL: 

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Did your on-screen nemesis for the affection of Luke, Jake Silbermann (Noah) ever say to you in jest. “I can’t believe you come in here and take my man!”

ERIC:

We have never even addressed that.  I am not sure what he feels about the whole thing, but we all enjoyed how the story ended up.

MICHAEL:

Did you enjoy when Noah hit Reid?

ERIC:

Yes! (Laughs) Anytime you get to jump or fall on a table, it’s a good day.  It was a great thing for Noah to lash out like that at Reid.

MICHAEL:

I also asked Jean Passanante, “Where would you like to see Luke, Noah and Reid five years from now?  She answered, “I think Luke would like to get married.  It would be interesting to play that there is nothing in the world that Reid would like to do less than get married… and/or one of them wants a child they become attached to.  There are lot of things, and an endless supply of stories that would have been done.”  I posed this same question to Van.  What do you think about Reid not wanting to be part of a marriage ceremony?  He would be sooo uncomfortable.

ERIC:

Yeah, and it’s not because it’s a gay wedding, it’s just Reid.  That seems consistent. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Are you sad that As the World Turns ended?

ERIC:

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Yeah, it was funny that I got attached to it so quickly.  I was on for nine months, and I became very sentimental about the whole show.  I am sort of a sucker for that. ATWT has been on for 54 years and Don Hastings (Bob) and Kathryn Hays (Kim) being on it for so long…they had so much knowledge of the history of the show.  Anytime I could I get Don to tell me about the past was a good day.  Don is very funny, charming, smart and very generous.  The history of something like that coming to an end is very sad to me. And, that group of people not working together again is very sad.  In the last weeks, it was tough walking around, and looking at different sets knowing that I would only be on that particular set two more times.  It’s like that when you come to the end of any project and it’s hard to let go, but this one was definitely more significant.  I was surprised how drawn into that storyline I had gotten.

MICHAEL:

I had spoken with Colleen Zenk (Barbara) who detailed to me the last day of taping when everyone got to be called to the set/stage with ovations.  Did you have that?

ERIC:

I was not there the last day.  I kind of snuck out of the studio before anyone realized it was my last one.  We all hung out the last night of taping, and met up and there was a party, and the last day we had an informal get together.  We all hung out for hours, and so my cast mates told me how that last day went down.

MICHAEL:

What do you think you would love to have gotten the chance to play as Reid, if the show had continued?

ERIC:

I would have loved to have tormented Henry more, and that was really fun. Trent Dawson (Henry) and I had worked together before ATWT.  We had done a play together six years before that.  That was fun right off the bat that I was antagonizing him.  Trent was the only one I knew at that time on the show.  I assume Reid would eventually have to move out of Katie’s house. (Laughs) Maybe like a grown up… get his own place?  I don’t know. (Laughs).

MICHAEL: 

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I was thinking it could be a never-ending romance between Luke and Reid, like a Carly and Jack.  Perhaps they were meant to be and star-crossed, but through the years, always something gets in their way.

ERIC:

Regardless of what happened in our end, and in the hypothetical… getting together and breaking up over the next several years, would be good.  One story could be Reid gets kidnapped… like a whole, “Where is Reid thing?” for a month and a half.  Definitely where Luke and Reid would end up in five years is interesting, because this is a significant event in Reid’s life.  And, that is giving in to this massive attraction to Luke and not just attraction, but giving in to why he wants a relationship.

MICHAEL:

What is it about Luke that Reid likes?  I mean, you knew instantly from the moment he showed up in Oakdale and despised Luke, and Luke hated him in return, that this was soap opera love in the making!

ERIC:

I figured out, if you are introduced that way then you are bound to end up together (Laughs).  It’s a mystery to him, and that is why he resists it and hates it for so long.  Besides Luke being rich and spoiled, those are all unattractive qualities to Reid, as far as his list of what he would want in a mate.  However, it’s usually those people in life like that that keep you off guard.  There is more to them.  I think that is what becomes attractive to him… that despite all the trappings of his upbringing, Luke is a very attractive, smart, funny, interesting guy.  All of that surprises Reid, because I think he pre-judged Luke right off the bat.  And then, all of his pre-conceived notions were proven wrong, and then Reid fights that. There is a lot of self-loathing, because Reid perceives that as weakness… having feelings.  That is not the world that he lives in.  Reid is very practical and logical, and likes to do his work.  He has no personal life outside of work.  He is not a well-rounded person.

MICHAEL:

The infamous elevator scene, which I loved, and I will tell you why.  It did not end up as being the tried and true soap device of a couple stuck in an elevator, and obviously they would not let two men do it in an elevator, let alone in a bed.  But, there was other stuff going on.  And, in a way it was a perfect vehicle to ignite the spark between Luke and Reid.

ERIC:

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I ended up loving it.  But I loved learning that about Reid.  It’s a funny thing… like his thing with food, like when he is eating and always talking with his mouth full.  I loved learning that he gets claustrophobic and how it would play out.  When we were doing it, it didn’t feel great. But, when I watched it, I liked how it all came together.  I thought it was fun. While doing it they were in the elevator with a camera, etc, and it did not feel great, plus sweating and the hanky (Laughs).  But I love it.

MICHAEL:

I thought, “This is going to be awful! Oh barf! They are not doing this to them!”

ERIC:

(Laughs) Me too!  But what they did was use it to flesh out Reid a little bit and have Luke help him through a little thing that was not overly cheesy.  That was my reaction, too. Somebody came up to me on set and went, “So did you read next week?  You get stuck in an elevator with Luke?” And, I went, “Oh, Really?” (Sarcastically).

MICHAEL:

What I also loved about this story was Reid did not have a coming out story and he was just gay, which I loved.  I said to myself, “Thank God, not another coming out story.”

ERIC:

Yeah!  He just is, and he never apologized for it.  This is what I liked about Reid, and how he was written.  Him being gay was just part of who he was.

MICHAEL:

Exactly!

ERIC:

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And that is the pitfall in writing any gay character.  That is not what we need as far as expanding people’s mind and getting people who don’t know gay people themselves, or to represent real gay people.  Reid being gay, that is just who he is attracted to.  They did not write him, that he is the “Gay guy” on the show.  Reid already had a strong personality.  That was just one more aspect of who he was.  I loved that about him.   As far as people saying anything… one story was brought to my attention.  There was a woman who had not come out and got hooked on this storyline, and became involved with people who were fans of the show and the storyline.  Through her involvement with them, she has since come out.  She wrote me a note expressing gratitude. To affect anybody is a gift, because not only are you doing your work, but that somebody’s been influenced by it is so special.   I so appreciate that.

MICHAEL:

Do you surf the web, message boards, etc and see what people are saying about you and Reid?

ERIC:

I see things and read interviews.  Occasionally I read things, posts, and see feedback on things, but I am not on facebook or anything.

MICHAEL:

So you are not secretly using an alias, as some soap actors do and go sniffing around on the message boards?  (Laughs)

ERIC:

No, no.  I actually would not know how to do that.  I have never even checked my email and the show, because I barely email myself.   I am not that technical.

MICHAEL:

Which is not like Reid? 

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ERIC:

No, it’s not.  But, I am not quite sure he would spend anytime on the message boards. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Are you happy with the way your storyline wraps up?

ERIC:

I loved it.  We can talk afterwards and see if you like it.

MICHAEL:

Will we need our hankies?

ERIC:

I can’t say.

MICHAEL:

In the nine months you spent on ATWT, reflecting back what were some your favorite scenes/moments on the show?

ERIC:

I have a bunch.  Early on, I remember really liking the court stuff when I had to go to court and Henry was at my hearing.  I liked the speech I had about the town when I was first arrested, and the doctors going to “Clown College”.  I loved all that stuff.  There are scenes with Katie that I love, where she works on him and tries to change him, and when she first suspects he has a thing for Luke, and calls him on it.  Then there was a scene where he suspected that she was sad to lose him as a roommate.  He said, “Holy co-Dependency! You don’t want me to leave!”  There were a lot of lines like that, that were so funny. 

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MICHAEL:

What about scenes with Luke?

ERIC:

When Luke and Reid become more playful is when I really enjoyed it, and when it was not so fraught with so much tension…. where we see them really enjoying each other.  I think now we are seeing on-air that they are getting into that part of their arc. And, by the way, the scenes that aired this week when he is trying to teach me manners and tact…I loved that. We are doing role-playing, and we had a fun time shooting it because we would goof around.  Where we left off was; Bob is considering me for the Chief of Staff position.  So I have asked Luke to help me become somebody who would be considered for that job…. which would basically be changing the whole way Reid interacts with people.

MICHAEL:

Reid really wants the Chief of Staff job right?

ERIC:

Yes, he does.  Luke’s charge is to try to groom him.  It’s scenes like that when Luke and Reid enjoy each other, and you don’t have to write about the relationship, or have a talk about your relationship… you’re just in a relationship.  That is what I was talking about earlier.  I like playing it as opposed to saying it.  I don’t need to articulate it because people don’t do that.

MICHAEL:

What can you tell the rabid LuRe fans about the final weeks of your story?  Can you give us a tease?

ERIC:

I don’t tease. (Laughs)  Hopefully the LuRe fans will watch it all the way to the end, since it all kicks into high gear.

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What would you like to say to all the fans for sticking with you, and their loyalty to your character, as we prepare to say goodbye to ATWT?

ERIC:

I have been overwhelmed and very grateful for it.  Going into this I had no idea where this character would be, and so that anybody pays attention to what I am doing is very gratifying.  The way this has played out and the popularity of this storyline has caught me by surprise.  I am very pleased with it.  People have been wonderful in support of that.  There is a huge group of fans coming up to Vermont to see the play I am doing up there Much Ado About Nothing with the Vermont Shakespeare Company.  We will be up there next week, August 5th through the 15th.  I am looking forward to seeing them.

MICHAEL:

Would you consider doing another soap, and/or moving to L.A.?

ERIC:

It’s always a question that is difficult because they are so far apart, New York and L.A.  I would do another soap, but it’s difficult considering spending time away from my family, and it’s also difficult considering uprooting my family.  New York is where we live and where our community is, but there is a lot of work out there.  That is always something to throw into the mix, when considering this.

MICHAEL: 

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Your cast mates, the Hensley’s (Emily and Holden) and Maura West (Carly) are moving out here, so we just wanted to make sure you weren’t left behind!

ERIC:

(Laughs) Everybody has different things to deal with in their life, and for me theatre is a really big part of my life that I enjoy, and that is fulfilling for me. There is not much of that in L.A. but there is a lot of work more exponentially out there that would help me provide for my family.  So that is always going to be a question.

MICHAEL:

So you and I will have a download and compare notes after the final airdate of As the World Turns on September 17th?

ERIC:

I would love that!  We will discuss it all, and I am happy to do it.

  1. Doe says:

    Great interview, Michael. The questions and answers are so intelligent, especially when Eric spoke about his approach to his role as a gay man. He just approached it as an actor telling an important story. This was a classy interview with a classy actor. Do we think the couple in the end will be Lure? I certainly hope so. I enjoyed this interview very much and feel badly that the show is leaving . I hope we will see Eric again sooner than later………

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    Ellie replied

    This is an amazing interview. Thank you Michael for asking so many great questions, and thank you Eric, for being so open and honest with your responses.

    I love the character of Reid, it’s like he says so many of the things that the audience has been thinking for years. I love that he is so direct, but there is also a caring side to him, for example, how he told Katie about the photographs of his patients who died, or how he made Noah relax before his surgery. Eric has done an amazing job at making this character believable and fun to watch.

    Eric has an incredible future ahead of him.

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    Anthony D. Langford replied

    A terrific interview Micheal. I think this might be one of the best Eric has done. Wonderful job. I’ll be here when you interview him again once the show is over.

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    sera replied

    What a really terrific interview & I give credit to you for asking the right questions & being a great interviewer. Also the added pictures were a nice bonus.

    I love that Eric tried to answer these questions honestly, especially as he discussed the qualms daytime TV feel about showing a fully developing gay relationship. When you see they have no problems showing teen agers undressing & starting to have sex in the woods but they’re so unwilling to have 2 gay men touch each other meaningfully, it makes you sort of queasy to see how far we have not come. And I say this as a straight woman. It’s also ironic that CBS has now decided that they need to include more gay characters in their prime time shows. Apparently they must believe the daytime TV audience is still living in the 1950′s. They need to get in the 21st century, we can handle seeing gay men in love.

    As for the interviewee himself, Eric, I cannot say enough good things. I was one of the viewers who tapered off watching ATWT last year. It was Eric and the Reid & Luke story that bought me back. Eric has portrayed the anti-social, curmudgeon but witty & smart doctor with such charm & talent that it has made many fall in love with Reid. Eric is obviously a very talented actor. I wish him much success in his future. Thanks again for a great interview.

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    Martine replied

    I loved Reid character portrayed by Eric whish they had more time together.
    They were believable even if not guay . They made a nice couple . I tought at the beginning he was a jerk , but by the end I loved him ….I watch that show for about thirty years , sad to see it end

    reidstheman replied

    Great interview! I have NEVER been so involved in or so loved a storyline as that between Luke and Reid! These two incredible actors have the most amazing on-screen chemistry and are so “in sync” with each other that they are absolute perfection together!! I would say 98% of the viewers want to see Lure together in the end….Nuke fans got to see them together for 3 yrs. Lure fans are already being cheated out of years of watching our guys…The LEAST we should get is a fairytale ending for Lure…

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  2. Leanna says:

    I really wanted to get through this interview, but I found it hard to get through your blatant bias in the beginning, in your introduction before the interview. I felt like you were alienating the Nuke fanbase and then proceeded to degrade what Nuke has done for daytime and what they have meant to a lot of people. What was the point of that? Especially since Nuke is what made it possible for Reid to be even ON the show. I am still trying to understand the angle that a lot of the press seem to be going with all their reports on this “triangle.”

    Anyway, besides the way it started, I loved Eric’s responses. They were quite intelligent and I particularly loved how he pointed out how significant Nuke is in history. And that he recognizes their importance. And I also found it quite interesting that he enjoys playing Reid more when he’s not in the relationship with Luke. I’ve never read an actor openly admit that. And I got the feeling he enjoys the other drama of his storyline that doesn’t involve the romance.

    The only thing that I really disagreed with him on is when he said that this “triangle” was balanced. Because it’s not. I sometimes wonder if the actors watch their own shows.

    But overall, besides the obvious bias in the beginning, and throughout this interview in how it was conducted on your part, it was a pretty interesting read.

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    Michael Fairman replied

    Hi Leanna
    I was not in anyway degrading the Nuke fan base! I I have been a fan of their gay love story for years on the show, and I am representing here the work and the storyline of Eric, and Dr. Reid and LuRe.

    I have many times also written about Nuke and Van and Jake.

    I hope you enjoyed the interview though, and I hope you know I meant no slight in the writing style of the piece.

    Best always and thank you for your comments!
    Michael

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    Leanna replied

    Hey Michael,

    I apologize if that’s not how you meant it but it’s how it came across personally to me. I just thought the comparison to Carly and Jack was a bit too much. Since in my opinion, Luke and Reid will never be a CarJack as I am a huge fan of that couple as well.

    But all in all, I enjoyed Eric’s responses. And I like how he said that basically all three of them, including Van and Jake, are happy with the ending. It gives me hope for Luke and Noah. Because Eric seems the type of guy who loves playing drama in television and in theatre more than the cliche of soapy romances. So I am not surprised he likes the ending for Reid, especially if it’s a dramatic one. Am looking forward to seeing Eric in other roles in the future.

    ktbob replied

    Really? You thought the intro was biased? I would think that “arguably the most popular soap couple of our time” and “THREE beloved gay male characters” made it clear that Noah was being honored for his contribution as well.

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    CarrieSierra replied

    Eric never said that he did not enjoy playing Reid being in a relationship. If you read it, he actually said he enjoyed it when Luke and Reid became more playful and when they are just enjoying each other. That is their relationship.

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    Stefanie replied

    I’m not sure where you got the impression that ESS enjoys playing Reid more when he’s not in a relationship with Luke, when he described some of his favorite parts as: “When Luke and Reid become more playful is when I really enjoyed it, and when it was not so fraught with so much tension….where we see them really enjoying each other. I think now we are seeing on-air that they are getting into that part of their arc. And, by the way, the scenes that aired this week when he is trying to teach me manners and tact…I loved that.”

    It seems like he most enjoyed playing LuRe when they were finally together and being happy, and he comments several times how much FUN he had with Van, so he seems to enjoyed it a lot.

    That’s an interesting interpretation of the interview, with people now saying on some message boards that ESS isn’t even a LuRe fan. LOL, okay. That’s quite a leap. Anything to make certain fans feel better, though, I guess.

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  3. Diane says:

    Is the implication that Reid and Luke never get it on?

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    SnapeGirl replied

    Diane, I strongly believe that Eric was speaking to what is currently happening THIS week on the show–at this time in their story arc. Michael specifically asks: “Reid and Luke have not had sex yet, right?” That fact that Eric says “not yet”, leads me to believe that it actually will happen. I can’t imagine that they would have a whole story arc about Luke hesitating about having sex with Reid and not have the payoff in the end of the arc. Let’s just enjoy these wonderful actors and the great story they are telling us each week.

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  4. Amber says:

    Wonderful interview, Michael! I was waiting for you to snag Eric, because your questions are always so intelligent. Eric seems very smart, and I LOVED his answer to playing a gay character. I’m also happy to see him reiterate that he loves the ending for Reid, and I’m choosing to think that means good news for LuRe fans. Regardless, I can’t wait to see the ending, because ESS has created a once in a lifetime character, and I’m thrilled to see how the storyline wraps up.

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  5. Maggie says:

    Great interview. Love him. Wish we could see more of him. Will miss ATWT, greatly.

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  6. Max says:

    Uh, thanks, but this storyline is NOT a triangle at all. Noah/Jake has been missing from it (as usual). Michael, are you planning on doing an interview with Jake Silbermann about his point of view in this “gay triangle”?

    Thanks for the interview.

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    Michael Fairman replied

    Everyone had been missing from this story because none of the guys have been on lately. And, in answer to your question about Jake, yes, he is on the hit list here at MFSoaps. We have talked to Eric, and Van and if Jake is amenable he would be next.

    Thanks for your comments

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    Max replied

    However, Jake has been absent in a large portion to when Luke and Reid are ACTUALLY on. It is still not a triangle in my opinion as it’s been ALL Luke and Reid, all the time. Counting ESS apperanaces vs. Jake’s and the proof is in the pudding. This story isn’t balance or fair. I was very put off with Eric’s take on this “triangle”. However, thanks again for the interview.

    Leanna replied

    I hope this happens. I am very much looking forward to reading about Jake’s view on this entire storyline. Since Noah has been missing for 85 percent of it.

    Thank you for keeping him in mind for an upcoming interview.

    Max replied

    Thank you, Leanna. Not only this storyline, but his character in general. As I would also like to hear why Reid gets to rub elbows with all of Oakdale, while Noah gets to be shipped off again and given more fodder for people to hate his character. This wasn’t a triangle, at all!

    md1347 replied

    Noah hasn’t been on the screen for almost 2 months. There is no triangle and there won’t be one. This is where the show really failed it’s viewers. It’s a shame that the show gave up on a almost 3 year relationship (in it’s final months) to show LuRe when obviously, it’s not going anywhere. Shame the gays don’t really get an endgame when other supercouples will.

    Great job with the interview, I think he gave better answers to your questions than he has in other interviews.

    Alissa replied

    Awesome interview with ESS and really don’t see the need to bring up Jake Silberman’s name every time ESS does an interview. Sorry but that’s really old.

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    SnapeGirl replied

    Luke and Noah had three years to build up their part of the “love triangle”. Reid has had about three episodes with Luke alone. Their whole relationship starting back from January when Eric first came on the landscape was ALL about Noah. Jake was off because of his own personal schedule, so when he comes back on screen, the story will take the frontburner status and become the main focus. It’s impossible to compare this story with the “Mason” story because Eric and Van actually have incredible chemistry, whereas “Mason” and Jake had zilch. I’m happy the writers incorporated Reid throughout Oakdale because they allowed this well thought-out and layered character to become more that just a love prop for Luke–the way Noah has been written for years. No need to blame that on Eric. Obviously he knows more than you do since he actually KNOWS what is coming up on the show and the ending of the show. Trust him.

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  7. Isabel says:

    Thank you for this interview. Eric Sheffer Stevens is an amazing actor that was unfortunately brought to attention this late in the show’s run. Nonetheless, he has made the last storyline for Luke and Noah a must-see event. It’s always interesting to hear what he thinks about his character and his interactions on the show, as well as his frustrations. Thank you for covering all this here. T

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  8. Kristine says:

    I really enjoyed the interview. Eric Sheffer Stevens is very articulate. Reid Oliver is my favorite character and I’m glad that he has brought Reid to life. I can’t imagine anyone else in the role.

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  9. Crystal says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful interview! The questions you asked were great and Eric’s answers made me love him even more. He seems to have really enjoyed playing this role and working with van, and it shows on the screen.
    As for the “triangle”, it really has not played out that way yet…with only seven more weeks, I am hard pressed to see any way for Nuke to find their way back to eachother. I mean no disrespect to Nuke fans, I would be mad if I were you…after three years of putting your time and passion into a couple, they seem to be torn apart at the very end of the show. That being said, I have been a fan of ATWT for twenty years and I think that for Luke, the legacy character, the relationship with Reid has helped him grow and mature in a very short time, and I for one hope they end up together.
    Thanks again for a great interview!

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  10. Rebecca says:

    Great interview, Michael! Always enjoy reading your interviews. You always ask great questions. I’m loving the current storyline, Reid as a character & the LuRe pairing, so any interview done by his very talented (and humble) portrayer is great. I hope you had a lot of fun interviewing him! :) I loved his views on gay storylines in general & how much is allowed to be shown by the higher-ups & his views on how real life people would be behaving as opposed to how Luke & Reid are behaving in regards to intimacy/lack of sex. Also loved that Reid’ll be interacting with so many different people in the coming weeks, such as Abigail, Carly, more Chris/Reid, Katie, Luke, etc. And that he’ll be evolving & changing until the very end, which is great seeing that change in Reid from how he was when he first arrived to how he is now & how he’ll be by the end of the show. I also love how he doesn’t seem like the perfect interviewee, but that’s a good thing since his answers don’t seem rehearsed or generic like others come off as being – they’re real & honest & sometimes he gets stumped by questions or doesn’t necessarily know the whys & hows (lol I’m sure he doesn’t spend lots of time thinking about this stuff like fans do), but he always seems to have enjoyed playing the beats of his character’s story.

    I have to disagree with you, Leanna, about it being biased. Eric touched on Nuke’s historical significance in the soap genre in the interview itself & really respects the pairing & what he’s come into in the last 9 months of the show. It can only be “biased” though if the opinion was clearly one way or the other & if I recall, Michael doesn’t actually say one way or the other his personal preference. He’s just interviewing based on the current storyline. Since this interview was done by Michael featuring ESS talking about HIS character & the storyline HE’S currently in – which includes his relationship with Luke/the LuRe pairing & how it’s effecting Reid as a character – that doesn’t seem biased in the least to me. He wouldn’t spend the entire interview focusing solely on a couple that Eric had no part in, just like he wouldn’t spend an entire interview with Jake focusing on the LuRe pairing. JMO

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  11. CarrieSierra says:

    Love the interview. Very good questions and answers! Comparisons to Carly and Jack are spot on. Carjack and Lure are very similar couples.

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  12. Marissa says:

    Great interview as always, Mr. Fairman! Thanks for sharing it with us. ESS sounds like a lovely man and I’m glad we had these nine months to enjoy his talent on ATWT. Reid will stick out as one of the most memorable characters on a soap for me, as will the Luke/Reid pairing. He and Van have fantastic chemistry and I look forward to the coming weeks seeing them work together. I hope Van and Eric get the opportunity to work together again one day.

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  13. Rebecca says:

    ETA: IMO, Michael’s one of the most UNBIASED interviewers among the soap press. He just asks the questions that people want to know by whoever he happens to be interviewing at the time (in this case, Eric).

    And saying that Reid & Luke could’ve continued on a la Carly & Jack isn’t really a stretch. If the show had continued, I think we can all assume that the Luke/Reid pairing would’ve continued on for quite awhile, possibly even years. Or that Reid/Luke/Noah could’ve continued on & had several more story arcs, whereby they become a power-triangle a la Dusty/Lily/Holden or Damian/Lily/Holden. It’s rather sad actually when you think about it, because the possibilities for this storyline are SO endless, and yet because it’s cancelled, we’ll never get to see what could’ve been.

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  14. ktbob says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful interview. Eric is extremely talented and articulate as well. It was a joy to read!

    And, uhm, I thought you did a nice job of integrating the Noah/Luke relationship in the context of the interview and the storyline, considering the interview *was about Eric and his character, Reid.* Focusing more strongly on what ATWT did or did not do regarding other characters would have been out of place.

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    tasha replied

    do you think luke will end up with noah now that reid is gone? and do you think that reid will come to luke in a dream/? i like the one where reid tells luke he loves him before he goes to bay city i think he met it to.

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  15. margie dalton says:

    On Facebook we tried to save. Grew up watching Fifty years with World Turns would appreciate a movie with our cast. Thank you you were part of our lives

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  16. Sandra says:

    Thank you so much for this great interview with Eric. I’ve never been as emotionally invested in a character as I have been with Reid Oliver and I’m devastated that we won’t see him after September. Eric is in amazing talent and he should have producers lined up at his door.
    I really appreciate your questions about the portrayal of gay characters in soaps and I loved Eric’s frank and honest responses. As frustrating as the double standards are though, this is still an incredibly nuanced portrayal of a character that just happens to be gay. I can’t think of a more complex, convincing characterization on TV and I have to credit the writers for creating Reid and Eric for bringing him to life.
    Finally, I just have to say that the love story between Luke and Reid is astonishing. The chemistry is amazing, the dialogue sparkles, and I really feel that I am watching two people fall deeply in love. It’s not easy to create such a convincing, entertaining love story so I hope that the writers realize what a magical pairing they created and give them the happy ending they deserve.

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    Carol replied

    Sandra – everything you said in your note to Michael could have been written by me! Ditto everything! I have watched ATWT for 52 years and have never been so invested in a character/storyline as I am with Eric/Reid/LuRe. ATWT has been the only Soap I’ve watched and I will miss Oakdale and all its denizens tremendously!

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    lovelure replied

    ^^What Sandra said – well said!

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  17. Gus says:

    That was some terrific interview!
    I love how sincere you both talked about the way daytime TV treats gay relationships. Eric seems to be a really intelligent, classy guy.
    I will surely stay tuned for LuRe. And yeah, fingers crossed for that “together” part.

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  18. Gus says:

    *sincerely, of course.

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  19. Cc says:

    Best Eric interview yet!

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  20. El Baradaï says:

    I would love to read/see an interview of Van Hansis about the end of the show since Luke is the one who will be in there till the end. I love when Eric says that Van is fantastic: he is so right!

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    Stefanie replied

    I hope Michael Fairman will get to interview Van (and ESS and Jake, if they want!) after the show is over. I think Mr. Fairman asks the questions the fans want to know the answers to, and he always gets great responses.

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    Birgit replied

    I hope that too! An interview with Van, Eric and Jake after the last episode was shown on TV. So everyone can be pleased.
    And that part with the questions that fans always wanted to ask him, absolut!! This brought me the actor an person Eric closer and he seems to be more sympathic than before, if that is possible.

    Great interview, thank you Michael!!

  21. kwbalan says:

    Wonderful Interview Michael. Thank you!

    Cannot wait to see how this story plays out. I am enjoying every episode that has Dr. Reid Oliver & Luke Snyder.

    Kudos to Eric Sheffer Stevens for a job well done!!

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  22. Paris says:

    Hi Michael-

    Great interview. I really appreciated that you covered a variety of set of questions and didn’t overlap much with ones that have been used previously in past interviews from other sites and mags. This really showcases your professionalism.

    Liked how blunt Eric was about the LuRe storyline and their lack of intimacy. It’s sad that a gay couple gets treated differently then a heterosexual one on tv. It amazes me that we are advanced on many fronts in society, yet in some areas we are still taking baby steps.

    Thanks again for a great interview.

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  23. Denise Robinson says:

    Michael,

    Thank you for taking the time to interview Eric. I love that he’s so refreshingly candid. I’m anxiously awaiting your followup piece with him after ATWT airs it’s finale.

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  24. Debbie says:

    Thank you for such a fantastic interview. I love the character of Reid, and it’s interesting to hear the actor’s take on him. I am sad that the show is coming to an end, but I look forward to reading your interview afterwards.

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  25. Ann says:

    Thank you so much for this interview. Truthfully, Eric and the LuRe pairing is the only reason I am hanging in there to the end of ATWT. What a shame this SL started so late. Will look forward to your follow-up interview after the end of the show.

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  26. Jennifer A. says:

    What Nuke fans don’t seem to want to admit is that Nuke wasn’t on much in the last couple of months because seeing their interactions is like watching paint dry. Viewership had been down for Nuke for a long, long time before Reid came on the scene, but when he did show up, wow! Van Hansis to me was revitalized by being able to work with someone like Eric, and the characters of Luke and Reid have had so much more humor, intensity, chemistry, you name it, in their scenes. Luke and Noah together equals a whiny, clutchy Luke and Noah lashing out one minute and being lovey dovey the next. To me, Nuke have been most believable in the last few months as being old, good friends. When they reunite in the end (or the storyline points in that direction) I will mourn. Sad, sad way for Luke to end up, and Reid, well I’m not even going to go there…

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  27. Larissa says:

    What a fabulous interview! I have loved Eric since he came to ATWT and this just makes me love him more. I can’t imagine any other actor playing Reid and his chemistry with Van is off the charts. I am very sad that we won’t see what could have happened with LuRe in the future but I’m enjoying the story that we are getting now!

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  28. LisaB says:

    This is, without a doubt, one of the most honest interviews with a current soap star that I’ve read. Thank you, Michael, for asking such thought-provoking questions, and thank you, Eric, for having the courage to answer them in an honest and articulate way.

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    Anth replied

    This x 1000.

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  29. Bhumi says:

    Michael…thank you so much for this amazing interview! Eric Sheffer Stevens is indeed an articulate, honest and understanding man and this interview was just reflective of that. It is a shame that we do not have much time left to see his talent and his character unfold onscreen because I think, if anything, we all would have loved to have seen how Reid deals with the ridiculous situations that occur in Oakdale as well as balancing a relationship with Luke. I wish we would have been introduced to this character earlier but to see what we have seen so far, has been special enough for me! Wishing Eric all the success in the future and I am looking forward to the next 2 months! Thanks again for this interview!

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  30. T says:

    Thank you for the wonderful interview. Reid and LuRe got me hooked on this show again after a long period of apathy. I will definitely follow ESS (and VH!) with their future projects, and I’m just sad we won’t be able to watch their relationship grow and develop for many years. In my personal opinion, this is the supercouple that Luke was always meant to be a part of. I appreciate Noah and Nuke’s historical significance, but the two can’t be compared in terms of quality soap-storytelling and actor chemistry.

    ESS had many insightful things to say about his character, and the impact of Reid and the relationship on both the show and viewers. I agree with him that it’s much more interesting to watch people IN a relationship rather than watch people TALK about their relationship. I also agree that it’s important for Reid to have other interactions and interests, making him a well-rounded and well-developed character who just “happens” to be gay. While the writers absolutely get credit for that, it wouldn’t be possible with someone without ESS’s acting ability and talent.

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  31. Sharon says:

    As a LuRe and Eric Sheffer Stevens fan I’d like to thank you for a great interview. It was great to read Eric’s take on Reid and the relationship of LuRe. I’m really going to miss him and this storyline come September but I hope to see Eric back on tv some time soon because he’s a very talented actor.

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  32. Nina says:

    Thank you for the interview. Eric seems like such a nice and smart guy, and it’s especially nice to hear his opinions on the show, because I know that’s exactly what a lot of people think too. I have a lot of respect for him, as an actor and a person.

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  33. SnapeGirl says:

    Michael, thank you so much for your wonderful interview with Eric Stevens! There is nothing that makes me cringe more than seeing someone unprepared interviewing an obviously talented performer. You asked interesting and leading questions and in turn Eric gave intriguing answers. I LOVED finding out how he felt about the lack of physical scenes between Luke and Reid, and especially how much he enjoyed working with Van. Their chemistry really showed on screen.

    Eric talks about the honor of working with the veterans and this cast. But I have been watching ATWT for 25+ years since I was a little girl, so I hold Oakdale very close to my heart. And I can tell you, It has been such a joy for me to see Eric (and the character of Reid) come in for their last year to bring such electricity and new-found excitement to the show and the cast members. What a complete and utter joy to see Don and Kathy and (I can’t wait!!) Larry brought to the forefront again and with such a quality scene partner to work with. I thank Eric for that.

    I really wonder, did Eric let on to you (off the record) how Reid’s story ends? :) I’m so thrilled to hear that you’ll do a wrap-up interview when it’s all over. All the best!

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  34. Evie says:

    Thank you so much for this interview.

    As a huge Reid/Eric fan I was hoping we’d get more interviews as the storyline heated up.
    I enjoyed your smart questions and the indepth answers from ESS. It makes me really happy that the love story will be showcased in some manner. I was worried there after not getting much in July.

    While the writers have done an excellent job in terms of character development. They were truly blessed to have Eric and Van play those roles. I don’t think we would have had the heat and interest had it not been for them.

    Lastly, I appreciated that ESS was refreshingly honest about the differences in how gay couples are treated versus straight couples. The viewers know this is going on but we feel helpless to do anything. From everything I’ve read the majority may want romance, regardless of the characters orientation, and yet, those who run the soaps and network feel compelled to parent us and disregard our majority interest b/c of their own fear. How very sad when this genre broke barriers decades ago when they began to incorporate people of color into their storylines. I hope it’s not too late and that this storyline help break further barriers within daytime.

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  35. sdv says:

    Great, great interview, Michael. Thank you so much. Your questions were thoughtful and direct. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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  36. Stickymittens says:

    What a refreshingly candid interview! And thank you for the intelligent questions, Michael. ESS is one in a million – talented, smart, honest, creative, gorgeous – and humble beyond belief. All the best to him and his family. If he doesn’t land on my TV again soon, I’m going to need some serious, serious counseling.

    Loved that his answers were so honest. Especially about the lack of a physical relationship with Luke. (I’m a straight woman, BTW.) There is absolutely NO WAY these two characters would not be all over each other at this stage in their relationship. And I don’t even necessarily mean having sex. They’ would totally be making out whenever, wherever they could. I can imagine that they are (and I do) but it would be nice to see it onscreen just because that is a natural part of the “first blushes of love.” And “in love” is exactly where I think Luke and Reid are. So, yeah, I agree with ESS – Reid would be coming up with some reason why he’s late for work, not leaving Luke all dewy-eyed at the curb.

    It just boggles my mind that whoever made these decisions would find physical love between two gay men who have built an honest relationship offensive, but would have no problem with straight couples who barely know each other acting like animals in heat. Or teenagers who are cousins trying to get busy in the woods. Ewww. Really offensive? Having a character fake a miscarriage. Can you imagine how many women that hurt, who have gone through that? I’ll never understand the decision-making process at ATWT, but if it weren’t for Reid/Eric I wouldn’t be watching at all.

    Thanks, Michael, for giving me an ESS fix so early in the day! Well done.

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  37. Carolyn says:

    Excellent interview. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how ESS views his character and how the role has evolved.

    Thank you.

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    Caroline replied

    Great interview! Really enjoyed reading Eric’s perspective on his character and the story lines he’s involved with. Intelligent, articulate, funny Eric. It really is too bad the show is cancelled, because it would have been such a blast seeing Eric develop Reid more on the show. I’ve never been drawn to soaps before, because they always felt so fake and there’s always too much unnecessary drama involved. I realize that is what soaps are all about, but it’s something that always turned me off. Reid coming to Oakdale was so refreshing. A very un-soapy character, blunt and sarcastic and lovable at the same time. It’s funny to me that Eric seems to enjoy playing Reid the best when the lines are un-soapy, too.

    At any rate, thank you for this interview! Great to get to know Eric a little better.

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    selma replied

    Thanks for the interview Michael, you do know your stuff!! I am loving the fun way Reid and Luke are relating again this week–how determined Luke is to get inside Reid’s core and peel away as much of his mask as possible. I love that Reid absolutely never gives up on his own one hope–to get Luke into bed! I am happy they didn’t throw them into a sexual relationship too soon; had they done so we would have stopped watching the fireworks, the amazing tension, the exciting dialogue. Great acting guys! Great writing–I am so happy you’ve kept me watching!

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    selma replied

    Eric Sheffer Stevens–Your talent is/ will be legendary!! Your ability to portray the Reid character as a real human being with hidden redeeming qualities is beyond fabulous! As the ‘tortured genius’ Reid is incompatible with most people on planet earth probably because his brain works at warp speed and theirs in ‘slow-mo’. His ‘people skills’ are his guard against frivolity, pain, and an abstruse world. Eric, your claustrophobia/elevator scene was brilliant. I would like to know why Reid is claustrophobic–this is not clear, yet. Only traumatic experiences cause particular reaction. My sisters, who live in Noah’s, Reid’s, and Luke’s world for real advised me against watching this story to the end because they will put the former couple back together. Since I am still obsessing about Jason and Elizabeth on General Hospital I have decided to take their advice and watch the end on Youtube, then decide on the other episodes. And because I hate to lose!!! I only started watching this show in December so Luke and Reid is my only couple. Eric, I look forward to watching you on every possible screen in the future. Thank You for choosing to entertain the world with your special gift!

  38. Johanna says:

    Wonderful interview, Michael. Thank you. It was great to hear Eric talk about his role of Reid, the way LuRe’s love and sex life is being treated (loved his: I don’t know any two men that would hesitate!) and his ever-growing fanbase (am so glad he’s aware!).

    I’m very much looking forward to the follow-up interview post 17 September, to hear his take on the ending!

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  39. Allison says:

    What a wonderful interview! The best one he’s had so far, hands down. I love how articulate and candid he is about everything. Eric is the most talented actor I have come across in a long time – it will be a complete and total crime if he doesn’t get any more jobs in the future. It’s so great to see someone who’s in the business because of their love for the art, and not for the money. I really admire him for that, in addition to his incredible talent. I hope you two get to talk again once the show finishes, I’ll be keeping an eye out for that!

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  40. Ismael says:

    Just a thank you for the interview. Eric is a fine actor and I wish him all the best in his future projects. My wish would be to see him in a role on prime time,
    And to the interviewer, thank you for a great job, It was a refreshing conversation to “hear”.
    I look forward to the post ATWT interview.

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  41. Marissa says:

    Mr. Fairman, if the opportunity ever arises, I would love to see a video interview with Eric and Van, like the one you did with Kish! I’m hoping ESS will be at the Paley Center event…

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  42. AC says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful interview with ESS! I do hope that you’re not deterred from another interview by the more enthusiastic Luke and Noah fans who’ve posted. There are just as many (if not more) Luke and Reid fans who would love to see another interview when the show is over.

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  43. Billy says:

    I love how Michael asks Eric what his favorite scenes were. Eric doesn’t mention Luke, so Michael’s all “WHAT ABOUT LUKE?” That was the second time Eric had CLEARLY stated his least favorite scenes were the relationship-based ones, yet Michael just kept on pushing. Luke and Eric as star-crossed lovers? Does the soap industry turn everyone delusional?

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    Anon replied

    Eric did not CLEARLY state that his least favorite scenes were the relationship based scenes. Please read the article again and don’t take his words out of context!

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    ktbob replied

    Eric spent a good part of the interview talking about working with Van, discussing scenes at length. He has been effusive about his enjoyment of working with Van. A follow-up question about favorite scenes gave him an opportunity to talk about working with other actors on the show. It clearly was not a coded message to the world that he hated the LuRe pairing, or that the relationship was his “least favorite” thing about working on the show.

    And yes, many people DO see Luke and REID (not Eric) as the supercouple, based on the storyline, the acting, and the incendiary chemistry between the two characters. Your mileage may vary. But that does not make the rest of us delusional.

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    Becky replied

    Not everyone, no. Just entitled to their own opinions that don’t deserve the label of “delusional” just because they don’t necessarily jive with yours. Oh, and btw, it’s Luke and REID, not Luke and Eric.

    Just because Eric states that he likes playing other things more than the romance-based scenes doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the LuRe relationship or how it’s effecting his character. He’s stated that he & Van liked working together & had a lot of fun in their scenes & that he likes playing the actual relationship instead of them just talking about it.

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    Stefanie replied

    Where did ESS clearly state this, because I must have missed it, in between his quotes about how much fun he had working with Van, and how much he enjoyed and LOVED the scenes with Luke and Reid in a relationship and being happy together, like in the last episode?

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    Becky replied

    “Playing a gay character I had no problem with, but being sucked into a relationship, and then having relationship talks, (laughs) that is not fun for me to play. But fortunately, they did a fine balance with not only Luke, but also Reid got to intermingle with other characters on the show as he is trying to figure out his whole situation with Luke. I feel I was lucky and got to skirt that pitfall of a soapy romance.”

    Actually, you’re right, Stefanie. He doesn’t actually say he doesn’t like playing relationship/romance scenes. He says he doesn’t like being sucked into a relationship & having relationship *talks* – which later on he said that he liked playing out the actual relationship instead of *just* talking about it. He’s glad he (and Reid) escaped the pitfalls of the usual soapy romance, which is actually true if you look at Luke & Reid & Reid as a character. He’s glad Reid’s interacting with others too besides Luke as he figures out what he has with Luke. So going back & reading it again, definitely misinterpreted.

  44. Santi says:

    Well, I loved the interview! It truly gives a new view to Eric and his role as Reid! ^^

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  45. Joy says:

    Thank you so much Michael, for this wonderful interview. It truly is the best one of ESS yet. I really enjoyed reading it.

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  46. KPH says:

    I can’t wait to read your Jake Silbermann interview!

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  47. zubie says:

    Love, Love, Love ESS, and loved this interview. After 25 years watching ATWT, and loving all the old characters mucho ( Martha’s lily, Holden, Carly, Jack, Tom and Margo, Bob and Kim, Katie, Lucinda and of course John ( love that he is coming back), and many, many more, i have to say, Reid is the one that i will miss most from the show.He absolutely stole my heart.
    And from this interview ESS seems like such a nice, intelligent and humble person, next to being such an amazing actor! Will definitely be following his career from now on, and hoping he will soon appear on my screen again.

    Thanks

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  48. ltklo says:

    Michael, thanks for the wonderful interview. Eric is obviously very thoughtful and refreshingly frank. I agree that it is more interesting to “see” a relationship than hear the characters talk about it.

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  49. Michelle says:

    Michael you are such a great interviewer. Eric is a great actor and he seems to be a very genuine person. The first day he was on as Reid, having that phone conversation with Luke just amazed me. When I heard the way he was talking to Luke, I said “Who is this guy talking to Luke like that” I was hooked ever since. I had never seen a soap character like him before. We all know that the chemistry between LuRe is off the charts. I will truly miss ATWT, for my family my daughter age 14 was the 4th generation to watch. ESS you are truly a star on the rise. I wish Eric and the rest of the cast much success in their future endeavers. (^_^)

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  50. anonymous says:

    “Liked how blunt Eric was about the LuRe storyline and their lack of intimacy. It’s sad that a gay couple gets treated differently then a heterosexual one on tv. It amazes me that we are advanced on many fronts in society, yet in some areas we are still taking baby steps.”

    I can understand his frustation. I’m a straight woman but I find it almost embarassing to watch when I see scenes where gay couples are blatantly treated differently. It makes even less sense now because the show is cancelled so why not give Luke and Reid or Luke and Noah a love scene. Its already been done on OLTL so its not like its something no daytime audience has ever seen.

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  51. cathy says:

    Good job Michael i love the interview with Eric.I love the new kissing pic’s too.All i have to say is Reid and Luke deserve to be together they are meant to be.This hasn’t been a triangle at all.This has been about Luke and Reid falling in love.I really hope in the end they are the endgame for the show.

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  52. bytheway says:

    Great interview. Eric gave some good, forthright answers. Love, love that he is such a family man.

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  53. Becky says:

    I’d like to know what “objective” means to some people. Because it just seems, to me anyway, that the only way some soap journalists can be considered “objective” these days is by touting Nuke as the 2nd coming & Jake as the best actor that ever lived. And I’m not saying anything bad about Jake here – I think he’s a good actor & a really nice guy in person too – but it’s a little ridiculous when there’s accusations thrown at soap journalists like this for not being objective when the people making these accusations don’t actually want them to be objective unless it’s in THEIR favor, which isn’t objective either. Just sayin.

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    Alice replied

    Well said!

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    Becky replied

    :) It just seems like some in fact DO want a biased opinion that they can call unbiased as long as it’s “unbiased” in their favor. Which of course is silly & ridiculous & makes no sense. Nor does it make sense that Michael would’ve focused on Noah/Jake/Nuke in an interview he did with ESS about the storyline that ESS is currently involved in – which includes his character dating Luke & the LuRe pairing. I suppose if Michael does do an interview with Jake, LuRe/Reid fans can come on here & comment about why he can’t be “unbiased” and why he didn’t ask Jake more questions about a character he’s not actually playing and a couple his character’s not actually a part of?

    And Eric DID touch on the historical nature of Nuke in his interview & he clearly respects what Van & Jake have done with these characters & their role in soap history. That being said, like someone else said on here, that doesn’t necessarily mean they must be the last ones standing or that all fans of this gay storyline must pledge some kind of membership oath that it’s Nuke or bust. Um, no. People are allowed to like Reid & Luke together, think they’re better for each other & like Reid as a character without being given absurd, demeaning names in the process, kthanx.

  54. Garnett says:

    Thank you for a wonderful interview, Michael. I really enjoyed reading it and must say that you are very UNBIASED in your interviews. This was great and you asked many of the questions that I wanted answered.

    I think some Nuke/Noah fans need to get a grip for a moment. The “triangle” is over right now. Luke & Noah are over for the time being. Luke is with Reid. I can understand being unhappy if your couple is not going the way you want them to. But an interviewer saying nice things to and about Eric Sheffer Stevens in an interview WITH him is not an intended insult to Noah or Nuke fans. Nothing bad was said about the Nuke pairing. It simply isn’t and shouldn’t be the focus of an interview with ESS about his character and what is currently happening on-screen with his character.

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  55. Kikka says:

    Thank you SO MUCH Micheal for this amazing interview…. Looking forward to the next after the finale…Obviously all my kudos for Mr Stevens & all his great work!!!

    EDIT_”BREAK A LEG ERIC!” for your next Shakespearean play, all the fans are with you. Bye xoxo

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  56. bluemirror144 says:

    Thank you for a wonderful interview. You asked the questions that all of us have been desperate to ask, and Eric is clearly a professional–brilliant and liberated, both.

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  57. CarlyJ says:

    Great interview! I enjoyed reading about Reid and Eric. Some people are totally misinterpreting what Eric said about not liking the relationship scenes. It’s really annoying when others take comments out of context to spin their opinion. That isn’t what he said at all. What he said was that he liked it better when Luke and Reid got to enjoy each other and be in a relationship than when it was just drama and tension. So he does enjoy the relationship scenes. BTW, I just don’t get the need for some to come into an interview with ESS and start spamming it with questions about Jake Silbermann.

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  58. Kaylee says:

    Great interview and I love how Luke and Reid are compared to Jack and Carly. As a couple, Luke and Reid are very similar to early Carjack. Honestly, I don’t get how anyone can say that Luke and Noah are anything like Carjack. There is passion and electricity with Luke and Reid in the same way there is with Carjack. Reid and Carly are very similar characters. Abrasive and snarky on the outside, but always just wanting to love and be loved by the nice guy. Carjack waited a long time to have sex too.

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  59. Eirini says:

    Leanna, when you say “I love Shakespeare” does it automatically excludes you could love Petrarca? Hell no.
    The introduction reflects what Fairman (and many voices in the press) thinks about Eric Sheffer Stevens and his job in bringing Reid’s character to life, and it’s totally fine since this is an ESS interview, not a Jake’s or Van’s one.
    It would be more honest if you said “I don’t like Reid, therefore I don’t like Eric and what he has to say, because he’s come to split up Luke and Noah”.
    It’s not so mature, but at least it’s honest. Accusing someone to be biased when he’s done several interviews (you could find them on youtube) with Van and Jake in the past is quite frankly, very rude. Also, you misread a heavy part of the interview to Eric Sheffer Stevens, regardless what he was saying was as clear as sun.
    I enjoyed this interview, I find questions and answers intelligent and funny and the only thing I feel to say to Michael is “thank you”.

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  60. Anne says:

    I also loved this interview. Eric is amazing. I am a little dissapointed in the Nuke fans that would read an interview about ESS in the first place. I also don’t understand how they dont realise that PEOPLE BREAK UP! Hello! This is a fictional soap opera where most of the main characters are not with thier first love. I have watched ATWT for 25 years and am devistated everytime Lily and Holden break up, but I am a big girl and accept that it happens. This idea that Nuke has to be together is not healthy. Jake and Van cannot help the bad writing the Nuke storyline had to endure over the years but to throw them together at the end of this year would be horriblely contrived. We should be seeing signs of this now between Luke and Reid if we are to believe Luke would abrupty go back to Noah (and Noah would take him back that easily-hello pride?). And if they kill Reid it would be such a cop out for Noah to be the second choice due to death. (again pride) That said, I hope Eric gets a nighttime TV show because I am such a huge fan!

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  61. Anth says:

    Whoa. I see some bitter people right here.
    I honestly can’t fathom the “this is no triangle” opinions. I for one am truly tired of all the hesitation, constant interruptions, and unsureness between the characters of Luke and Reid. If the writers want me to believe that concept I want to see some real stuff here. And I’m not even talking about the physical aspect here, because let’s not be delusional – it’s daytime TV, and it’s America. However, if this is supposed to be a “love triangle”, I expect to see some actual LOVE here.

    Thank you for such a wonderful and insightful interview, Michael. I’m very impressed by the accuracy and tactfulness of your questions, and brave, honest responses from Eric.
    Looking forward to seeing your next conversation with him after the show ends. Hope we’ll get some serious stuff until then.

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  62. Anth says:

    Also, grousing at the interviewer for maintaining a focus on the interview main subject? Some people need to learn certain boundaries.

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    Alice replied

    Thank you! Let’s not forget who this interview was with! Sheesh, some people are just plain rude!

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    Lexii314 replied

    AGREED!

  63. Barbara says:

    I’m very happy to read that ESS appreciates what Luke and Noah have meant to each other. I admire him for not biting on the question concerning the maturity of this Luke versus the Luke I came to love all those years ago. And his not denigrating the legacy of Luke and Noah was also nice to read.

    Micheal – as it is your column and your website you are absolutely correct to interview who you want. I do hope you will reach out to Jake Silbermann for an interview. I’d love in depth questions on his time at ATWT as well as this so called triangle.

    Thank you very much.

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  64. Mary P says:

    This was a fantastic interview. You asked some good questions.Eric Sheffer Stevens breathed new life into ATWT for me. Eric will be missed when the show goes off the air in less then two months. I hope that you will do another interview with him when the show ends. It would be great to be able to hear his answers when he would not to worry about if he is giving away any spoilers.

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  65. Sarah says:

    Thank you for this amazing interview. You clearly share brains with most of the Luke/Reid fans and discussed a lot of what we want to know! This is probably one of the best interviews I’ve seen with Eric so far.

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  66. liberallu says:

    Thank you so much for the great interview!! All the Lure fans really appreciate you listening to our pleas! Great questions….and a really big thank you for pictures!!

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  67. ian says:

    This was the interview with the most insight. TY, Michael. Reid is my favorite fictional character of 2010. Fingers crossed in hopes we’ll see Eric Sheffer Stevens’ name on the Daytime Emmy final ballot in 2011.

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  68. KSP says:

    Thanks for the great interview. Eric is a doll and clearly respectful of all the fans.

    I’m finding it interesting that in Luke and Reid’s supposedly mature relationship there is little touching or kissing, and no sex. At least in Luke’s relationship with his life partner, Noah, they were allowed to kiss and have sex, albeit off-screen in their invisible apartment. But Procter & Gamble apparently got tired of viewers complaining about the invisible apartment and were probably afraid of an embarrassing media campaign like the one that ended the kissing ban, so Noah was injured. And in one episode, the apartment inexplicably disappeared and Luke and Noah were back in separate bedrooms. The Nuke fans should’ve seen the writing on the wall then but were played for fools for months, believing the guys would get back together eventually. But no, Luke got a new boyfriend, though this is turning out to be the longest courtship in recent soap history, with even less onscreen gay affection than before. Left and right the straight characters are having sex and Luke and Reid aren’t even holding hands. (But they do play chess–that’s how we know the relationship is mature.) I have a feeling by the time September 17th rolls around, fans of both Luke/Noah and Luke/Reid will realize that Procter & Gamble has played us all for fools with a 10-month cockblock that kept all the gays in town from acting, well, gay.

    I too look forward to your Jake interview.

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    TaylorBradford replied

    Luke and Noah broke up months ago. And I don’t remember them having any sex. There was that one time, which happened mostly off screen. Afterward any sex they had was implied. If you can recall the beginning of Nuke’s relationship, there was very little touching or kissing either. Don’t you recall the 211 days that went by without Luke and Noah sharing a kiss? Clearly all of the Jake/Noah fans did not read this interview(probably too busy skimming Noah’s name). If they had, they would have seen that it has been difficult to allow and that they will kiss again.

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    KPH replied

    I truly enjoyed seeing all the sex Luke and Reid had.

    Oh, wait.

    Yes, I remember the 211 days that Luke and Noah didn’t kiss since I was one of the fans who contacted the media about it.

  69. Alice says:

    Brilliant interview, Michael! So many wonderful comments from Eric! His amazing portrayal brought me back to watching ATWT after I’d tired of the dull Nuke storyline last year.

    Pity the rabid Jake fans can’t wait for a Jake interview to come and hijack the comments. That’s just plain rude. This interview is about Eric (and he DID acknowledge Noah’s importance) so why on earth WOULD they spend more of it talking about Noah or Nuke?

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    Wendy replied

    I absolutely agree with you on the fact that this is an interview about Eric not Jake.

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  70. Deanne says:

    Thank you for the fantastic interview & photos Michael. I LOVE Eric/Reid. I was a Nuke fan for a while, but LuRe really won me over. I’m so sad that come September we will no longer have these great characters. Best wishes to Eric. I hope is phenomenal run on ATWT during it’s last few months will propel him to bigger and better things.

    P.S. I disagree with anyone that claims this interview and your writing was biased or disrespectful toward Nuke. I think some Nuke fans are just touchy that Luke has another love interest. Nevertheless, This was a fantastic interview as usual.

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  71. Wendy says:

    Thank you so much for the awesome interview with Eric SS. I love your questions and his responses. I have always loved ATWT but had strayed from it until Eric came on. Him and Van had so much chemistry it was hard not to take notice and watch it. I think if the show would have stayed on they would have had a lot more success because of him. I absolutely love his work on ATWT and Reid is my favorite all time soap character. Can not wait to see what Eric does in the future. This is one fan who will be watching him forever!

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  72. Snowmore @ LJ says:

    Thank you, Mr. Fairman, for a great interview. The character of Reid Oliver has been a breath of fresh not only for the show, but for TV in general. His mixture of snark and vulnerability, bare truth and sweetness are a joy to watch.

    I have my doubts Reid would have been as fleshed out if Mr. Stevens wasn’t playing him. Mr. Stevens is a treasure. I have a feeling that he doesn’t know how well liked he is.

    An interview such as yours really highlights what a thoughtful man he is. His co-stars, family and friends are lucky to have him.

    I, too, look forward to you chatting Mr. Stevens up after the show is done. I hope at that time everyone commenting will be gracious and thoughtful towards your efforts.

    Take care.
    Robin

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  73. Niall says:

    Brilliant interview! I am so satisfied that Eric is now getting a true sense of his popularity. He’s modest to a fault. His responses appear to be very genuine and the questions asked were thoughtful and probing. I will definitely be back to catch the update interview when the show ends.

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  74. sierra says:

    Great interview and ESS seems so real and down to earth and certainly not full of himself. Since so many others have already commented on the misinterpretation of the disgruntled Noah fans (not so much Nuke) I will pass over that but I am still amused by people who keep emphasizsing their 3 year relationship being trashed and Noah being Luke’s ‘life partner’. Sorry but people who get together at such a young age are usually not destined to be together and their young relationship was raveling apart for over a year before Reid showed up. Nuke never had the chemistry Lure has and I think had the show continued Noah would be history anyway. They are much more believable as best friends. Thank you again, Michael, for the great interview.

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    mmc replied

    I never felt any real chemistry between Luke and Noah .With Luke and Reid i loved watching them on the screen together.When Luke looked at Reid you could see thel iove in his eyes, they sparkled and when Reid realized he was falling for Luke, he was great to watch!Two of the finest actors i’v seen in a long time!!!Luke and Noah seemed like kids whereas Luke and Reid were men!

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    Lexii314 replied

    I never saw any chemistry at all between them. I guess this is the reason I never invested in the couple. They where just not believable to me. I never bought into Noah being gay. I loved Luke and his coming out story. But nuke as a couple? I never even payed any attention to them until Reid came into the picture.

  75. Lanie says:

    Thank you Mr. Fairman your interview with Eric as for me it is the best one yet :-)

    I use to love ATWT for the Luke and Noah storyline but soon became bored with it and the repitition of them breaking up then getting together then breaking up again. However once Dr. Reid Oliver was introduced I became hooked back on the show as it seemed to get a new lease of life and Reid has quickly become my favourite character. I think this is largely down to how hard Eric works into making his character awesome!

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    mmc replied

    I totally agree!!

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  76. Camilla says:

    Thank you for doing this amazing interview. I really love how Eric seems to have no qualms talking about how gay relationships are treated differently from straight relationships on (daytime) TV.
    I really enjoyed reading it, and as others have said before me, the best one yet. Thank you again.

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  77. Karen says:

    Thank you for a great article with ESS.
    I enjoyed reading his answers to questions we all wanted to know. He is a classy guy & seems so down to earth & that he enjoyed his time at ATWT & working with the great cast that he did.
    I loved his interactions with Don & Kathy, Van & Jake, Trent, Terri, & i can’t wait for the ones with Larry B.
    He’s one of the best characters that’s been introduced in a long time & it’s the writing & the interpretation that Eric’s put on it with the snarky one-liners that has alot of us loving this character & rooting for him.
    I can’t wait for the follow-up interview. It would even be great if you could get together a bunch of the actors from the show to do a group interview & a behind the scenes look at how much fun they had working together.

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  78. Alicia says:

    Hi, Michael!

    Thanks for a truly fantastic in-depth interview of Eric Sheffer Stevens. He has really revitalized ATWT in its last days, and every moment he is on screen captivates me. He’s got amazing presence.

    Every once in a while, a character comes to ATWT that does this: I felt like this with Kim, Betsy, Marcy, Frannie/Sabrina, Rose, Sierra, Henry, Simon and most especially, Carly. They really exceed the storyline they are given, and I would want to skip school to see what would happen next! (Thankfully, I did not, due to a very smart stepmother.)

    ESS seems to bring out the best performances is everyone: Chris, Bob, Katie, Luke and Noah all seem more interesting in scenes with him. I’ve never liked Noah as much as I did when he told Luke that Reid had quit his job. He reminded me there that he was a great guy despite everything. This storyline is doing a lot to redeem Noah in my eyes.

    I’ve always loved Luke, and I love how this is progressing. I’d like to see everything work out well for all three of them, even if they can’t have it all.

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  79. TaylorBradford says:

    Amazing interview. Great questions. Great answers! Eric Sheffer Stevens and his portrayal of Reid are totally awesome! I agree with some others that it is just plain obnoxious and rude for fans of Noah to hijack an interview with ESS. It is also quite annoying for Noah fans to twist ESS’s words and take them out of context. This was an interview about Eric Sheffer Stevens, Reid, and his relationship with Luke. I thought the interview was very balanced, unbiased, and informative. I’m so looking forward to ESS’s interview at the end of ATWT.

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    tess replied

    very well said. It was about ESS n his character reid. Well balanced interview n a good job done by Eric. Loving e Lure pairing.

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    mmc replied

    I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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  80. tess says:

    This was the best interview ESS has done. it was so much fun reading it. Thanks for the candid questions you asked and the honest answers he gave.

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  81. allison says:

    when i was reading i enjoy even bet of what Eric say.i all more cry because i dont want as the world turns end.thank you Eric for tell use what come up

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  82. Laura says:

    Love this interview.. Month ago I said about the Nuke realationship (As it took them a year before they had sex) and now the LuRe storyline, that no man and not any gay man would hasitate to have sex if the opportunity come along and then Eric says:

    ERIC:

    Luke is hesitant and that is part of the storyline coming up. And, it’s one of those that you can’t analyze too much, because I don’t know any two men that would hesitate. But Luke does, so that is what we have to play. (Laughs)

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    ian replied

    As a gay man in his 40s with a partner of 11 years, I do chuckle at these MOST chasted gay men(Luke/Reid) and the annoying devices used as prevention. I keep waiting for a further reduction in their intimate relationship…down to fist bumps only.

    OH, and I would NEVER answer a cell phone/page when the GETTING IS GOOD!

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  83. Teri says:

    Thanks for a wonderful interview. I very much enjoyed getting Eric’s take on the role of Dr. Reid Oliver and his relationships with the people of Oakdale. Eric is a gifted performer and has made Reid on of my favorite characters ever.

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  84. Kat says:

    Michael, thank you for such a wonderful and insightful interview with the GREAT Eric Sheffer Stevens. I’ve been a daytime viewer for almost 30 years and I have to say that Eric coming to ATWT and daytime has been a gift! We are so blessed to have been able to discover and watch this skilled actor for the last 9 months. I look forward to your follow up interview with him. Thank you for being our voice and asking the real questions we wanted answers too!!

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  85. smuch says:

    Michael, thanks for this brilliant interview! I adore how forthright Eric is about the gay characters being treated differently. Good man. He seems like such an intelligent, thoughtful guy. So upset that we won’t get to see him play this character for years and years.

    It’s frustrating that every bit of good press about Eric or Reid or LuRe is perceived by some as a slight against Jake or Noah or Nuke. No, the show hasn’t done right by Noah/Jake. That’s not Michael or Eric’s fault, and there’s no reason for it to be brought up in an interview only tangentially related to Noah/Jake. And of course Nuke was incredibly groundbreaking, but again, not relevant in this interview with this actor.

    I would love an interview with Jake though! He’s as smart and thoughtful as Eric and I’d love his opinion on how everything went down. Hope you can snag him, Michael.

    Thanks again for your fabulous questions :) ))

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  86. Emily says:

    I was so excited to read your interview with Eric. I love how he answers the questions directly and isn’t evasive like you find with a lot of actors.

    I’m sorry you’ve been assaulted with harsh comments from NUKE fans.

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  87. Feli says:

    Thank you for that awesome interview with Eric, Michael. This guy has just class. I´m really looking forward to your next interview with him after the show´s ending. It´s so cool of him to offer to talk again – and to MEAN it. I love how he speaks about his family. This guy is just too cute.

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  88. Jan says:

    Thanks so much for this fantastic interview, and for asking ESS *THE* best questions that his fans and fans of LuRe would want to know!

    It’s especially great to hear and see such a great actor like Eric, express how regardless of being held back due to it being a gay character, that he wanted to be true to the Reid character and to play him as realistic as possible. That is a true sign of a talented and versatile actor, when THE most important thing is to portray their character as if they were a real person. Eric was Reid.

    To think that if it were to have really been left up to Eric and Van themselves to realistically portray this gay couple falling in love and their attraction to one another, they both would have been on board and we the audience would have certainly been in for some groundbreaking WOW LuRe scenes indeed! The character of Reid is one of the best characters I’ve seen on TV!

    Eric’s interpretation of Reid’s complete attraction to Luke was really great to hear. My take/POV of Reid’s attraction to Luke is that Reid knows who he is:snarky, arrogant, and at the brink of being an SOB, and that he intimidates everyone who comes in his path and not very many, if any, have probably ever stood up to him or challenged him. Then he meets Luke, and Luke isen’t intimidated by Reid and is not afraid to stand up to Reid…..I kind of felt that was also possibly a major factor into Reid’s attraction to Luke as well. Luke was maybe the one person who wasen’t scared/intimidated by Reid, and THAT attracted Reid.

    Mr. Fairman, if the opportunity should ever arise where you would interview or talk with TPTB from ATWT (directors, producers, writers, etc.), it would be interesting to pose a certain question to them after the final airing date of ATWT. If it were to end up happening that LuRe would not consumate their relationship on screen OR if we’d end up getting a very subdued/1950ish LuRe love scene, to maybe ask TPTB….Since they already knew months in advance that they were to be cancelled, many fans wonder, why wouldn’t they have maybe considered pushing the envelope a bit, or be somewhat daring in regards to the intimate, kissing, or love scenes between Reid and Luke?! TPTB didn’t have the worry of getting cancelled or low ratings. What’s the worst that would have happened? Many LuRe fans feel that TPTB could have took a chance and pushed the envelope, and in turn at the same time, make a bold statement!

    In closing and much of my rambling, I so hope that Eric’s amazing acting as Reid is rewarded with many great TV, film, and theater offers for him, and most importantly that his acting on ATWT is not overlooked because of it being a soap opera.

    To Eric Sheffer Stevens: That modesty and humble trait of yours is endearing I must say!

    Very much looking forward to your follow up interview with Eric after the last airing date of ATWT. Mr. Fairman, your a great interviewer and really made Eric shine….and in turn Eric’s honest, insightful, and frank responses made it his best interview by far!

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  89. steve says:

    Thanks Michael for a fine interview. I had never watched ATWT until this past Jan. I was drawn in by the Nuke storyline. Although it held my attention there was always something missing. It took the introduction of Reid Oliver to make me realize what: a palpable chemistry between Luke and Reid that just didn’t exist with Noah. You can blame the writers, praise or disredit the various actors, etc but LuRe is simply a more exciting, mature, and satisfying pairing than Nuke. ESS infused the character with wit, charm, swagger, yet vulnerability. I will miss Reid and I wish Eric more great acting roles in the future.

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  90. Nicky says:

    I loved the interview. Eric is so charming. Well done job as Reid. I love it. I hope we’ll see him in many more series and especially in movies. He deserves the recognition as a real talented actor. I ‘d love to see him with Van again in a movie. There have an amazing chemistry together, a great duo.

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  91. Clarence Tracy says:

    Love the fact he always refers to Reid as “I” like “I had to go to court …” or ” so I’ve asked Luke to help me become somebody …” istead of “soReid asked … or Reid had to go to court …” It kind of shows he really likes his character and don’t differenciate between him and his character, and that’s what makes him come out with this majestical acting !
    I love Reid’s sarcascm so much ! I’ve never seen such a funny personage in a soap opera before. I could even say, I watch soaps because of Reid! Eric just brought out a little bit of light in there, We couldn’t ask for better. And the way he kiss Van could have left me with the though that the were both really gay in life if I didn’t know much more than that. Eric himself said there was this “chemistry” between Luke and Reid ! I really hope to see Eric in another soap or anywhere else on screen ( as a gay character still ! Because now, I can’t stand seeing him kissing a woman LOL ) !!!

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    E replied

    This was a great interview. I really appreciated his candid remarks. Reid was by far my favorite character and I was so glad that was integrated into the soap at large and able to build complex relationships in addition to his beautiful love story with Luke. Whatever the ending may be, Eric and his character really resonated with so many people and we will never forget him his contribution.

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    Clarence Tracy replied

    I share your point of view! Eric’s such a genius. I don’t think anybody else could make that script look so perfect. I mean, just think about the words found there, reading Reids lines, it sounds like a poor charater so sure of himself, with this big ego of his, detested be so many people. The bad habit of always talking mouth full ( which I really love by the way ),But Eric knew how to make that look good on sceen! He literaly changed Reid. I don’t think any other actor could do this job as good as Eric. He’s really a great actor. I wonder even how old he is !

  92. amy says:

    I just came back to read this interview again after seeing the spoilers that Reid dies. Eric said that he loved the way his storyline wrapped up. Huh? I guess he liked it, being the actor and getting to play what are sure to be emotional scenes, but we as fans are going to hate it. I’m sure he will do an excellent job. We will all remember his portrayal of Dr. Reid Oliver fondly. I’m looking forward to the follow-up interview to hear more from him.

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    mmc replied

    I loved Reid and Luke and so saddend by the ending.I’m still crying…it should have been happy for eveyone.Why not Luke and Reid ?

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  93. reidstheman says:

    I have been watching soaps (including this one) for over 30 years (since a young teen) and I can honestly say I have NEVER been so “in love” with a couple or so emotionally involved in a storyline as I am over this one! Since I found out several weeks ago the planned death of Reid, I have been in tears more times than I care to mention as I watch the remaining episodes! I ask each of you to call ATWT at 866-695-1860 and tell them you want to SAVE Reid with a “dream scene” edited into the ending of the show!! Don’t just accept this crappy ending….

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    Lewis replied

    In the latest SoapOperaWeekly, the editors hinted that “Luke’s last scene might make you cry [and also said] it puts its own spin on one of another soap’s classic moments.” So far, I cannot imagine what exactly was being referred to, and I certainly hope that Thursday’s episode was NOT “the end of Luke” and that there will be one final denoument. In my opinion, the cancellation of the show in addition to the need to wrap up so many different storylines forced the writers into a corner which resulted in the death of Reid, thereby leaving the audience with a sense of emptiness, frustration, sadness, and disappointment. But soaps have never been totally rational. To give everyone a happy ending except for Luke and Reid is especially gnawing. The dramatics and “heroics” aside, the ending for L&R was so sudden and unexpected that it felt like “an unfinished symphony” that has deprived the viewing audience of a positive resolution for those two characters and voided all the months of emotional investment that was put into them – and, therefore, a sense of frustration and upsetment lingers on despite all the rhetoric designed to give the ending a “positive spin”.

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  94. Diane F says:

    I think he said liked the way the storyline wrapped up because of the way Reid changed. When he was first introduced he was a terrible person and ended up helping Chris and giving his heart and saving his life plus falling in love with Luke. I must admit it does stink and I do hate the fact that he did have to die but the show is going off the air.

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  95. mmc says:

    I love ESS and love his character of Dr’ Reid Oliver.Because of his love for Luke, and Lukes’ love for him he became a softer and tender person, and Luke became stronger.These two actors showed gay men are human beings with faults and goodness just like everyone else!I was so sick of the stereotype .Eric and Van are two of the best actors I’ve seen in a long time and it’s too bad the writers screwed up the ending for us.I’ve watched the show for 54 years and i’m so sad that everyone will not have happy endings.Writers BOO to you!You ruined the end of this show for me and so many others.What were you thinking??????

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  96. Rob says:

    I hope another soap snaps this guy up ASAP.

    One of the best actors to hit Daytime, hell Television in general, in a long time.

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  97. Lewis says:

    I have now seen all current episodes to date as of Sept. 9. The ending (so far) of the Reid/Luke relationship was both emotionally devastating and yet, at the same time, elevated daytime storyline telling to a whole new plateau. What a change from the repetitive histrionics of the other soaps. ATWT did not deserve to be canceled. I felt as though I were watching a variation of a A TALE OF TWO CITIES. This is the first time in almost 40 years of watching daytime soaps that I actually cried. With a week to go, I’m still hoping that Luke will encounter someone who received Reid’s eyes (from all the organ transplant business) and there will be a connection or, at least, a hint of one. At the moment, I am stuck between the sense of loss and the brilliant writing. I truly hope that ESS and Van Hansis are picked up by other soaps. What superb actors! Bravo!

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    Koreen replied

    Ditto all that…. Van’s scenes have been so spot-on and heartbreaking but I really have missed seeing more of a farewell from ESS. It was all over so quickly. At least Luke admitted what a stupid thing it was for Reid to get killed by a train, LOL. I frankly am hurt that they seem to be wrapping everything up and giving everyone happy endings, but this couple gets a tragic one instead. Trying not to take it as a personal thing, but…. hmmm. Please oh please. don’t let this be a quick get-back-together for Luke/Noah. That would be totally unrealistic after this sudden death.

    Thank you, thank you for a marvelous interview. I will be following this actor from here on out. I wish him all the best!!!

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  98. Lewis says:

    After mulling over the finale of Luke/Reid and digesting all of the fallout, I feel that the audience was cheated in the end despite all of the dramatic implications. Had the show not been terminated, I’m sure that the storyline would have taken a different turn. Instead, a mature, sensitive, and evolving relationship was suddently cut down with no warning thereby leaving the show’s audience in a kind of limbo land of frustration and sadness along with vitiating nine months of emotional commitment. That so many of the other characters, with the triteness of their multiple marriages and all-too-often infantile behavior, were allowed to have a happy resolution only adds insult to injury. Luke and Reid were fully fleshed out characters depicted in a developing state of intimacy, growth, and humanity unlike so many others who were locked in a state of seemingly perpetual childhood, indecision, and immaturity, Chris Hughes and Lucinda being only two examples from potential candidates. The writers could have even chosen a more fulfilling epilogue if they had put their minds to it. A stethoscope to a beating heart doesn’t cut it for me. The emptiness in the aftermath of tragedy lingers on; and Luke said it best: “Where was the rush to beat a signal light that meant the difference of only some 30 seconds?” And why would an expensive automobile suddenly stall out? And why couldn’t the safety belt be opened? All that aside, the end of Reid was as if he was never there, except for Chris’s new heart and some ashes in a cornerstone.

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  99. Lewis says:

    Now that ATWT has ended, I am even more disgusted with what the writers did to Reid. Some 8 couples – count them – had happy endings!! Even Craig and his frowning new son were given a positive spin. The writers should have and could have had Reid make it to Bay City; show him “being Reid” as he contested the new heart; show him leaving Bay City hospital with the heart cooler in hand and a triumphant smile on his face; then have him get into an accident with the train on the way back leaving the audience hanging for a couple of days; have an announcement about the accident on the Oakdale hospital TV news; keep the audience in the dark; show the upsetment of those cast members who were present in the hospital; show Luke off by himself in tears when suddenly a hand appears on his shoulder and a voice says: “Why are you crying Luke?” He turns around to see a somewhat haggard but alive Reid telling him about his narrow escape with the new heart from the threatened car; the heart transplant is a success; Reid and possibly Chris become joint Chiefs of Staff at Memorial; and Luke and Reid appear to have a promising future. End of story. But no, we the audience had to have OUR hearts torn out and then be exposed to all the saccharin coupling whose triteness is one of the reasons why daytime soaps are becoming extinct.

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    mmc replied

    Oh Lewis , I love your happy endings.Why couldn’t we really have had one?I think someone besides the writers put the brakes on this luke and reid storyline because the chemistry between Luke and Reid was so beautiful and so hot !!isn’t it a sad state of affairs that they can be gay but never take the next step when they’re in a monogamous relationship and when the straights are playing musical beds like a bunch of rabbits!

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    Lewis replied

    mmc, I fleshed out my “ending” a bit more on the other ESS interview page following the end of ATWT. Another person, Selma, put forth a wonderful ending with great dialogue and more appropriate characterization. Look it up, In the end, the soap writers only displayed their usual barrenness and triteness, except for the two most notable figures over the past 6 months who had to be torn apart to make up for the severe lack of any real drama from the other characters during that same period. Think about it: Barbara locked up for days and days with a clown and then dragged into a wine cellar; later Emily is locked up with her (when did they go to the bathroom or shower? and how was Barbara taken to the wine cellar ?); Jack was waffling; Janet was screeching; Chris was kvetching while dying; Lucinda was plotting; Bob and Kim weren’t really legally married (a truly gagging soap moment); and on and on. Meanwhile, the only storyline with any REAL substance, emotion, and credibility was that of Luke and Reid – one that ended in literal dismemberment. And Jean Passanante still doesn’t get it!

    mmc replied

    Hi Lewis, I did read your other fleshed out ending and I loved that too.I meant to get on the other ESS interview site.But either one you did a better job than the writers.If you read jean P’s interview.she as much as intimated that they couldn’t do what they wanted.i wonder really who was responsible for putting the brakes on this storyline.I wonder if we’ll ever know! thanks for your input…it’s much appreciated!P.S. i could have done without the details the insensitive writers wrote as to all the organs and skin that were taken from Reid.How terribly insensitive of them!

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    Lewis replied

    Hi mmc, when Luke disclosed the full details of harvesting Reid’s organs, I felt for a moment as if I was listening to a scavenger hunt. But then when I thought about it, the idea that Reid’s eyes might have been transplanted to a Dr. who had been seriously wounded while serving overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan crossed my mind. That Dr., who happens to be a surgeon, also bears a certain physical resemblance to Reid and winds up at Memorial hospital several months later. Luke sees him from a distance and is immediately reminded of Reid. He approaches the new Dr. who turns and introduces himself. A closeup of the Dr.’s face reveals Reid’s eyes. The camera then pans back to Luke’s face. His expression says it all. Fade to black. End of story. Well, there you have another alternative ending. But from J.P.’s comments it does seem that certain PTB behind the scenes had a hand in determining the ending. We will never know – unless it eventually becomes possible for J.P. to write a tell all without recriminations.

    Bambishootsback replied

    They did that to let us know that Reid is deader then dead. Adding salt to the wound.

    mmc replied

    Lewis, I remember on one of your posts you mentioned you write books but not fiction.Maybe it’s time to reconsider!

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    Lewis replied

    mmc, As a Professor Emeritus and editor who went back to the classroom after “retiring” for 81/2 years, I am afraid that I have a rather full plate when it comes to current writing. 1) I am proofreading and editing another author’s very lengthy manuscript; 2) I serve on the editorial board of a scholarly journal which requires my input from time to time; 3) I was commissioned to write a book dealing with a variety of subject matter that continues to grow like Topsy. The Soaps were meant to be an “avocational escape” and I never dreamed that I would or could ever get so emotionally involved in a particular storyline. However, this one was different and I didn’t even start watching until April. I applauded the writers for their daring and skill, never imagining what they would do in the end. It was a real jolt and made me feel cheated by an ending which, while highly dramatic, seemed like a cop out and could have been done differently (as I have indicated twice, as did others) with plenty of drama, suspense, emotional impact, and resolution without feeling sucker punched in the gut in the process. That’s what the writers did to their audience; and from the number of postings on various sites, especially YouTube, the wallop is lingering and not abating. If so many people are reacting in the same way for this long, something is amiss. And it’s a tragic shame that the writers misjudged and miscalculated their viewership’s response by such a wide mark. It could have been otherwise. After all, it was just a story…but was it?! Soap characters have a different reality than those in a novel. One has to consider the visibility of individuals both as fictional AND real people; and the depth and duration of involvement adds another dimension. Something in the Luke/Reid storyline, combined with the appearance and acting talents of the protagonists struck an atavistic chord in its audience. The writers had a veritable diamond in hand but thought they had a cubic zirconium and threw it away!

  100. Lexii314 says:

    Thank you so much for this interview. So very sorry that I have not read it till now. Finding out what would happen to my absolute favorite character on any soap in my 40 years of watching hurt too much for me to want to read anything at the time. I am still very upset and very bitter.

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