Hey! If you’re not gonna let me out of here, can you at least give me an extra blanket? My backside is freezing! Quarantine my frozen tundra. And find that quack Reid Oliver, okay? Tell him he can’t do this to me! [Henry grunts] Tell him I’m going to take his butt to the AMA, and the CIA, and the — the AARP, the ASPCA! He’s history, do you hear me? He is history!

— Henry (to unseen hospital staff)

Van Hansis and the ATWT Cast in the Netherlands, 15 January 2011

The one (and only) huge bummer of the weekend for me is that my audio recorder cut out midway through Liz Hubbard’s interview, and I didn’t notice it until midway through Paolo’s. So I missed all of Van’s and Martha’s. I have some notes which I’ll write up, and most of what I recall is covered in the YouTube videos linked below.

What you’ll find after the jump:

  • My notes on Van’s interview
  • My photos of Van from the event (on-stage and one meet & greet)
  • Fan videos covering most of the Friday evening event

Happy reading….

Van’s Interview

ETA 20 Jan 2011: I’ll be posting more on Van’s interview portion as I find my notes and watch through YouTube videos to jog my memory, but I did just remember one segment. Peter was asking Van whether he ever watched ATWT before being cast and Van said no. So then Peter asked, “So why did you audition?” And Van replied, “Because I needed the job!” And he went on to talk about how he was the worst waiter in NYC.

He later repeated a quote I’ve seen in a print interview about how when Damian returned everyone was telling him his dad was back, and since he’d been given so little briefing into Luke’s background, he was looking around thinking, “But Holden’s my father!”

And since so many people have asked, I’ll reiterate it here. Yes, he definitely kissed a woman on stage. The conversation was about stage kisses and how unglamorous they are. So they asked him to demonstrate, and were there any volunteers in the audience. Van made a joke about “How come it’s only me? This is the second time today I’ve had to kiss someone and no one else has had to do it?” (very cute; he didn’t really sound like he minded).

About 600 women raised their hands and another 600 sat on their hands, most likely held back by glaring spouses or misplaced dignity.

The chosen woman went on stage and Van basically talked through how they would set up the shot, how the director would have in mind that one of the characters would be “down camera” (I think that was the term he used) which I think basically meant who was in front. Then he continued, so that means if you’re “down camera” your head would go this way (and s/he tilted her head one way) and I’d tilt my head that way, and voila.” He leaned in and gave her the world’s shortest, most chaste kiss I’d ever seen (makes the Nuke kisses look positively steamy!). It was so short that my camera, which has a pretty fast reset cycle, missed it completely. 🙁

And can I just say how comfortable he looked with Billy and Marnie. At various points he had his arm behind Marnie’s seat or was leaning over her; at some points, Marnie was practically wedged between Van and Billy – lucky girl! 🙂

LoveLure’s Gallery

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get my Picasa albums to display properly on this post, and the gallery plug-in I’m using refuses to juggle the varying thumbnail heights, but I thought I’d go ahead and post my pictures sooner rather than later since I know there’s a lot of interest in photos of Van.

Just one request: if you are going to repost these images on Facebook and elsewhere, credit would be appreciated (link back to the post preferred). I don’t mind them being shared, that’s why they’re being posted here, but I’ve seen at least one that was posted on FB with the watermark cropped off, and not only is the pose pretty distinctive, but because I hadn’t figured out the white balance on my camera yet and I haven’t had a chance to play with them in PhotoShop yet, they have a distinctive blue cast. Thanks.

Fan Videos


The clips played during Van’s intro as well as the first part of his interview where he talks (modestly) about getting recognized on the street "(“Hey Luke!”), as posted by mssamason79

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A closer-up view of just Van’s entrance (closer up) from fecawi69

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Van talking about Luke’s storyline, Brian, and making “world news”, courtesy of adna12

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The tail-end of Van talking about Luke’s storyline and a brief mention of Occupant – adna12

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I can’t believe no one has posted his “kiss demos” on YouTube!  There are two “set-up” stills above from the evening show, but the kiss itself was so fast I completely missed it!

12 Responses to “Van Hansis and the ATWT Cast in the Netherlands, 15 January 2011”

  1. Milou says:

    And I’m the girl who got to kiss Van in the morning 🙂 I only have 2 pics from before and after the kiss but nothing from the kiss itself, ahh does someone has anything for me, a photo or a video? I would be very thankful!

  2. Caroline says:

    Hello mmc,

    Thank you.
    I am very lucky. I know. It was a wonderful moment for me and to remember it for the rest of my life. I’m hoping for you that you wil meet him.
    I find him a very special person.


  3. Caroline says:

    Hello Lovelure,

    I would like to send you the video. Because I don”t know how to put it on you tube, so I am going to need your email adress. Then you can post it on this website. And on you tube if you like.
    I am the dutch girl with red hair from the pictures on this website. The video is from the same situation as the pictures.


  4. mariel ruiter says:

    i am the one who kissed at the evening show,
    with damian 🙂
    i allso have a video and photo’s
    what a moment,,
    xx mariel

  5. mmc says:

    Oh Caroline, You are one lucky lady.What a wonderful memory for you.I hope one day I’ll be lucky enough to meet him.good for you!!!!

  6. Caroline says:


    I am the one from the evening show that he kissed. I have a small film of the kiss. It was amazing to be there.

    • lovelure says:

      Lucky you! If you’re willing to share it, let me know (I’m happy to post it here or on YouTube if you haven’t already) – if you would prefer it to remain an intimate memory for the 1,500 of us who watched enviously from a distance, then no problem at all. Enjoy it in peace. 🙂

  7. mmc says:

    It was so nice to see these photos as i’m missing Van .He is so adorable and I hope there will be some fan events in NYC.I hope he gets a great part soon.There really is such a void in my life without ATWT but mostly without Van.he’s such a sweetheart!

  8. Ripley says:

    Did anyone actually get to go up and kiss him?! Oh lord, just the IDEA *swoons*
    Thanks so much for sharing these, darling! <3

    • lovelure says:

      Yes! At least two women – one from the evening show, and one from an earlier show! And any time, sweetie! 🙂

      P.S. You can imagine the scene as people were clamoring to go up on stage. About half the audience were jumping up and down waving their hands and screaming, begging to be selected. The rest (myself included, as well as, I suspect the 50-something, reserved Dutch woman to my left) were secretly jumping up and down screaming, while outwardly trying to retain some dignity. 😛

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