Van Hansis Updates His Blog

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Van Hansis has updated official blog at the official As the World Turns website. Here are highlights from it:

So I was going to start this blog like I feel I've started every blog within the last six months; by apologizing for how few and far between my blogs are. But then I was like, screw it. It's the New Year! I will blog when I want to blog! Quality, not quantity, right?

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These last few months have been really amazing for me. Tonight I finished my run of Charles Busch's "Die Mommie Die!" at New World Stages here in New York City. This is my first long running theater job ever (110 performances- I only called out once!) I got my equity card, and I sort of, as actorish as it may sound, rediscovered my roots. I remember when I graduated school, I was all set on moving to Los Angeles instead of New York, I was going to sign with an agent in California.

I was in my hotel room in Los Angeles and Letterman came on. You know how when he goes to commercial, there are shots of the streets of New York? I saw that and I sort of knew that I couldn't live in Los Angeles without hitting up New York first. The next morning I called my parents and told them that I changed my mind - I wanted to go to New York; I wanted to do theater.

I signed a contract with an agency here in the city and I packed up and moved to lower Manhattan. I was going to get my start in theater! However, life doesn't happen the way you plan it. Instead I was a waiter for almost a year, then I was lucky enough to get As the World Turns.

As the World Turns was my first professional job in the city and it was on television. The irony was never lost on me. I chose not to go to Los Angeles for theater and I end up on television instead. I'm not complaining, I have learned so much on the soap and would love to continue on television for a long long time.

I would have been lying if I said I didn't miss the stage. "So Die Mommie Die!" was truly a gift. To work with Charles was a gift as well. The whole experience was something I will hold so close to my heart. One thing that I really appreciate is how many As the World Turns fans came to see the show. That really means alot to me. One woman drove from Texas to come see me.

A couple of fans threw comic books on the stage for me. I got a kick ass Spiderman tee shirt from a fan! So I want to just say thank you to everyone who came out to support me.

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