June was a good month for former As the World Turns star, Van Hansis (Ex-Luke Snyder). First, he was named the winner for Best Actor in a Feature Film in the Audience Awards at the just completed San Diego LGBT Film Festival. Van won for his performance in the motion picture Kiss Me, Kill Me.
Hansis, who most recently was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his performance in the digital series, EastSiders, is in New York City this weekend celebrating Pride with is partner of 9 years, Broadway-bound star, Tyler Hanes. In a wonderful interview with Playbill.com, the duo discuss: their relationship, Hanes upcoming turn in the revival of Cats on Broadway as Rum-Tum-Tugger, and Pride weekend in New York City in light of the tragic events in Orlando a few weeks ago.
When asked what the duo had planned for Sunday’s Pride festivities, Van answered: “We haven’t discussed what we’re doing for Pride yet, but I think it’s really important to stay out there and keep fighting and to not let something like this terrible tragedy stop the celebration and the ownership of how far we’ve all come. It’s very telling that even though gay marriage passed across the country and things have changed so much for the positive, there’s still this underlying homophobia. You’ve got to stay angry, and you’ve got to stay vigilant. You have to ask for more than just moments of silence and prayers at times like this.”
Hanes, who is prepping for his role as one sexy cat, and who along with Hansis are parents to two cats of their own, discussed their relationship when both have successful careers in their own right: “I’m always grateful for any opportunity to work and do what I love to do, and with this cast especially—they really assembled a great group of personalities. This journey so far has been so much fun. We just have a really good time in rehearsals, and we just happen to be putting on this great show. So to be in this show on Broadway, at this time, and at this point in my life, where I have so much pride—I am so proud of who I am, and I’m so proud of my relationship, and I’m so proud of Van—it means something so much more to me than it ever did before. I feel like I have so much to celebrate, whereas when I was younger I don’t think I understood what that meant, or how it came to this, or who came before us. Now I do, and with the recent events that happened in Orlando it means more to me now than it ever has. It’s great that I get to celebrate it with this cast and this show on Broadway.”
So, what do you think about what Van and Tyler had to say about Pride, their relationship, and their successes? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!