Since crashing Oakdale with his arrogant “tude”, fans have been watching the snarky Dr. Reid Oliver in his dislike of Luke Snyder (Van Hansis). Turns out, as we hinted last Friday in Soapside: The Advocate’s Guide to Daytime, the doctor reveals this week that he is gay. Soap newbie Eric Sheffer Stevens has played this rude SOB since January, and critics and soapers are taking notice.
Now with NUKE on the outs, it looks like the hate could turn to heat or maybe love between Luke and Reid. Watch your back Noah! Here is what Stevens had to say to TV Guide Magazine on the situation.
Eric on the revelation that Reid is gay and how we reassess his reaction to the characters in Oakdale: “You probably will reassess a lot about his relationship with Luke, and also his attraction to Katie [Terri Colombino]. There have been a few red herrings with Reid, so I’m not really sure where this is headed. It’s very strange not to know what’s coming up, but I’m kinda loving that. For Reid, emotions are very messy and silly, but there’s definitely been sexual tension between him and Luke.”
Eric on how he would feel if Luke and Reid have a fling: “Great! That would be juicy and I hope the show will really do something with it, you know? There aren’t that many gay relationships in soaps. I’m open to whatever makes my character more complicated.”
Eric on the timing of the reveal now that NUKE are in relationship fallout: “It forces the [Luke-Reid] relationship to develop. Luke wants to know what this incident is all about and, of course, it takes Reid a while to talk about it. But he does reveal himself a bit, and you see he does care and is very upset when something goes wrong with a patient. For all Reid’s talk and self-promotion—and he apparently is as good a doctor as he says he is—he doesn’t have a 100 percent success rate. And that takes a toll on him. He just doesn’t know how to express it. He doesn’t have the facility to comfort the father or to say, “Listen, I’m really broken up about this,” which is what the father really wants to hear. Reid just allows the dad to beat him up. He allows him to have his grief.”