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“EastSiders” star Van Hansis on indie films, gay roles and why he’s never seen “Queer As Folk”

Van Hansis had a chat with OUT.com and covered several topics of great interest to me – and most likely to you.

As you know, Van stars in the film Kiss Me, Kill Me opposite Queer As Folk alum Gale Harold.

But the two actors could not hash over any of Van’s favorite Q as F episodes because he’d never seen Gale as Brian Kinney.

‘I went to boarding school and then I went to college, so I kind of missed all the late ‘90s, early 2000s television cause I didn’t have a TV. And that was kind of before you could watch things online so I actually haven’t seen Queer as Folk. But I’ve never seen a lot of television from that time period. Like I never watched Twin Peaks, and now I’m going back on Netflix and watching all of Twin Peaks. And now that you have online platforms where you can just kind of see everything, it’s awesome.’

While Harold is straight, Queer as Folk had such out actors as Peter Paige, Robert Gant and Randy Harrison. Hansis is pleased that both Kiss Me, Kill Me and his web series EastSiders have similarly diverse casts.

‘I think it’s wonderful that LGBT actors are being cast in LGBT roles. But I mean it’s called acting. Gay actors can play straight roles and straight actors can play gay roles. But there’s a lot of LGBT actors in Kiss Me, Kill Me and it’s an LGBT story so I think there’s a connection, and sometimes if you cast straight actors in gay roles, they don’t fully get that connection. But as I said, it’s called acting so it’s great to be a part of these films that have a lot of LGBT people but they also have a lot of straight people. And it’s great that everybody can mix together.’

Van is gay but he doesn’t want to be limited to gay roles: ‘I tend to not think about the sexuality of the characters I play. I have played a bunch of gay roles and I think what is interesting is the differences in character, not the orientation. I think Luke (As the World Turns) is very different from Thom (Eastsiders). They both like men, but they’d probably hate each other.’

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  1. Van Hansis is still a hottie and his character Luke on ATWT is still my all-time favorite gay soap character. I agree on his philosophy of LGBT or straight actors being open to play LGBT or straight characters. It is acting after all.

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