Daytime Confidential's Male Entertainers of 2008
No. 8: Van Hansis - As the World Turns
Luke Snyder has suffered many a plot-driven indignity since Van Hansis assumed the role from Jake Weary and the legacy character came out of the closet as a gay teen. In 2008 it seemed TPTB were hellbent on destroying the character with every click of a keypad. From Ameera, to the election farce, to Luke's creepy relationship with his closeted step grandfather Brian (Laurence Lau), Hansis has had the Herculean task of keeping Luke believable and sympathetic, and he did just that. Even as Luke self-destructed by drinking and verbally abusing his true love Noah (Jake Silbermann), Hansis kept the character's integrity intact, and continued to portray Luke as not just a platform piece or token gay character, but as a realistic, human being experiencing his coming of age.