Van Hansis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Van Hansis
VanRedCarpet.jpg
Hansis on the Red Carpet of the 5th Indie Series Awards
Born Evan Vanfossen Hansis
(1981-09-25) September 25, 1981 (age 34)
North Adams, Massachusetts, US
Occupation Actor

Van Hansis (born Evan Vanfossen Hansis on September 25, 1981 in North Adams, Massachusetts) is an American actor. Hansis portrayed Luke Snyder on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns from December 14, 2005 until the show's final episode September 17, 2010. The son of son of long running characters on the series, Luke is known for a gay romantic storyline cited as one of the first in American daytime television.

Hansis has had guest roles on several television series and starred in the 2011 thriller film Occupant. In December 2012, he began playing the role of Thom in the dark comedy web series EastSiders. Hansis later played Jess Gibson in the 2013 horror film Devil May Call, and starred as Dusty in the 2015 LGBT mystery film Kiss Me, Kill Me.

Hansis was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009 nomination for his As the World Turns role, and was nominated again in 2016 for his role on EastSiders.

Early life and education[edit]

Hansis is originally from North Adams, Massachusetts, but moved to Greenfield in the third grade when his mother became a principal in the Gill-Montague Regional School District.[1] He attended Four Corners School and later the Greenfield Center School. Hansis began acting in theater camp as a child. He attended high school at a boarding school called Walnut Hill, in Natick, because, he says, he knew by then he wanted to be an actor "and it was a good school for that".[1]

Hansis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the School of Drama.

Career[edit]

Hansis appeared in the play The Laramie Project in Pittsburgh in 2002, and later worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in productions including On the Razzle and The Witching Hour in 2005.[2][3]

As the World Turns[edit]

Hansis portrayed Luke Snyder on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns from December 14, 2005 until the show's final episode September 17, 2010.[4] Luke, previously played by Jake Weary, is the son of one of the series' long running supercouples, Holden and Lily Snyder (played by Jon Hensley and Martha Byrne, later Noelle Beck).[4] Shortly after Hansis took over the role, the character came out as gay in spring 2006.[4] Luke subsequently became involved in a romance with another male character, a pairing eventually hailed as the first gay supercouple in American soap opera history.[citation needed] The August 17, 2007 kiss between Luke and Noah Mayer (played by Jake Silbermann) was the first ever gay male kiss on an American daytime drama.[citation needed] Hansis was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for portraying Luke in 2007,[5] 2008[6] and 2009.[7]

Other projects[edit]

From September 2007 to mid-January 2008, Hansis appeared off-Broadway as Lance Sussman in a production of Charles Busch's Die, Mommie, Die!.

In 2011, Hansis guest starred in the Psych episode "This Episode Sucks" as Adrian Viccellio, and the Nikita episode "Clawback" as Yuri Levrov. He next appeared in the 2012 The Mentalist episode "Red Is The New Black" as Derek.

In 2012, Hansis began starring as Thom in the dark comedy web series EastSiders, which explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake, Los Angeles. He has been nominated for two Indie Series Awards for the role, in 2014[8][9] and 2016,[10] as well as a 2016 Daytime Emmy nomination.[11][12]

Hansis starred as Danny Hill in the thriller film Occupant, which premiered on the opening night of the Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest in New York City on October 14, 2011. He next appeared as Jess Gibson in the 2013 horror film Devil May Call. In 2015, Hansis starred as Dusty in the LGBT mystery film Kiss Me, Kill Me.

Filmography[edit]

Medium Year(s) Project Role Notes
Television 2005–10 As the World Turns Luke Snyder Three Daytime Emmy Award nominations
2011 Psych Adrian Viccellio Episode: "This Episode Sucks"
2011 Nikita Yuri Levrov Episode: "Clawback"
2012 The Mentalist Derek Episode: "Red Is The New Black"
Web series 2012–present EastSiders Thom Daytime Emmy nomination, two Indie Series Award nominations
Film 2011 Occupant Danny Hill
2013 Devil May Call Jess Gibson
2015 Kiss Me, Kill Me Dusty

Theater[edit]

  • The Laramie Project, 2002 (Stephen Mead Johnson, Doc O'Connor) – Pittsburgh (dir. Jesse Berger)
  • Polaroid Stories (Narcissus), 2004 – Williamstown Theatre Festival
  • On the Razzle (Ragamuffin), 2005- Williamstown Theatre Festival (dir. David Jones)[2]
  • The Witching Hour (Dr. Scott/ Washington Otis), 2005 (dir. Amanda Charlton) - Williamstown Theatre Festival[3]
  • An Evening Honoring The Laramie Project, 2006 – New York (dir. Moisés Kaufman)
  • Die, Mommie, Die! (Lance Sussman), 2007- New York (dir. Carl Andress)
  • Johnny Applef?%ker, 2007 - New York (dir. Stephen Brackett)
  • Dance Dance Revolution (Wiggles), 2008 - New York (dir. Alex Timbers)

Personal life[edit]

Hansis came out as gay in The Fight Magazine in May 2014, in an interview with his EastSiders costar and creator, Kit Williamson.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Hansis was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2007,[5] 2008[6] and 2009[7] for portraying Luke on As the World Turns, and was nominated again in 2016 for his role as Thom on EastSiders.[11][12] He has also been nominated for two Indie Series Awards for EastSiders, in 2014[8][9] and 2016.[10]

Year Nominated work Category Award Result Notes Citation
2007 As the World Turns Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series 34th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated [5]
2008 As the World Turns Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series 35th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated [6]
2009 As the World Turns Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 36th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated [7]
2014 EastSiders Best Lead Actor – Drama 5th Indie Series Awards Nominated [8][9]
2016 EastSiders Outstanding Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series 43rd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominated [11][12]
2016 EastSiders Best Lead Actor – Drama 7th Indie Series Awards Nominated [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gordon, Ronni (June 15, 2007). "WMass natives up for Daytime Emmys". The Rebuplican. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "On the Razzle". Williamstown Theatre Festival. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "The Witching Hour". Williamstown Theatre Festival. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Fairman, Michael (September 17, 2010). "The Van Hansis Interview – As the World Turns". On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Bonawitz, Amy (February 11, 2009). "34th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners". new York City: CBS News. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "The 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. April 30, 2008. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "The 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 14, 2009. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "5th Annual Indie Series Awards Nominees". Indie Series Awards. February 7, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c Giddens, Jamey (February 7, 2014). "Colleen Zenk, Van Hansis, Alicia Minshew and More Snag Indie Series Award Nominations". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved November 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Nominations Announced For 7th Annual ISAs". Indie Series Awards. February 3, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Award Nominations". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c "Young & Restless Leads Daytime Emmy Noms But Ceremony Won't Be on TV". Variety. March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ Williamson, Kit (May 5, 2014). "Turning Point". The Fight Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 

External links[edit]