2010 Greggys: The Soap Star of the Year is Eric Sheffer Stevens who invigorated ATWT’s final days
When his character of Dr. Reid Oliver was killed off of As the World Turns shortly before the soap went off the air for good I wrote that I hadn’t been that upset since Bobby Ewing was killed on Dallas.
The reason we mourned Reid so was not only because he had won the heart of our Luke Snyder, but he was played so deliciously by a very talented actor named Eric Sheffer Stevens.
Stevens brought something very unique to a daytime soap and the soap’s writers knew they had struck gold with the actor and his character. He could be so funny, he could be such a jerk, he could be very sexy and in the end, he could break our hearts.
The seasoned actor was new to soaps and his chemistry with Van Hansis (Luke) was so crackling that many fans welcomed the split of longtime lovers Luke and Noah (Jake Silbermann) so Luke could be with Reid.
As for Stevens, he gave many thoughtful interviews throughout his glorious nine-month run about the show’s gay storyline.
He said to Michael Fairman’s On Soaps site of Reid’s death in a train vs. car accident: “I feel that it’s the better ending, and it just raises the awareness of it all the more, and to have them interacting with a funeral director… and it’s all about a gay couple. All the focus then is about the gay couple and how they love each other, and how it should be easier to take care of Reid’s remains and effects. But they are not married, but they are a couple and they are not quite being treated the same way, as if they were a straight couple. That is all good stuff, but not satisfying stuff. But, to have the couple be the focus of everybody’s conversation and grieving, I can’t think but that helps bring awareness to gay couples.”
Eric isn’t sure what he would have wanted to have happen storyline-wise for Luke and Reid had the show continued but he said: “I was interested in seeing how they were developing the relationship and where it was going to lead them. I would love to see them date and have Reid open up some more, like Katie said he was finally doing at the end. And, see him in a relationship, and get really close with Luke, and showing them living together. And Luke is a man now, so whoever Luke would end up with, even if later down the line the Reid relationship didn’t work out, that is the next step… to show him with somebody, and living with him, and being a proper couple as adults.”
The show is now long gone but if there is any justice, Eric will have a lot more than a Greggy Award to show for it: This man deserves to win a 2011 Daytime Emmy Award!