In the new Soapside: The Advocate’s Guide to Daytime monthly column out today from On-Air On-Soaps, Michael Fairman, an item of ‘hot buzz’ interest lately is speculating who will Luke end up with in the final episodes of As the World Turns come September. With so many fans seemingly now split between Nuke, and Luke and Reid, it makes for an interesting guessing game.
ATWT head writer Jean Passanante, says it’s a tough call for the fans, because all three actors involved in the triangle are pretty special: “I think Van Hansis [Luke] and Jake Silbermann [Noah] are the two cutest boys I have seen in my life. Van has an enormous heart and is an open book. I think a lot of what you see is what you get. He plays a character of great passion who sometimes goes too far with things. He is very appealing and very principled. Noah is more controlled, given the background of his family and his development, and they have a very nice quality together. Eric Sheffer Stevens [Reid] is just so brainy and has great timing and is funny. There is nothing stereotyped about any of these characters. These are three wonderful actors. 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 cast 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!”
So it could it be that Reid and Luke will ride off into the sunset? Or, can Luke and Noah find peace and start over, since they were each other’s first love? Stay tuned!