We’re back with another all new edition of Gays of Our Lives and we’ve got the latest clips,
spoilers and news from your favorite soaps and dramas featuring gay characters!
This week, to mark the last scheduled appearance of One Life to Live’s Scott Evans (Oliver
Fish), we’ve got an interview with the actor. In GOOL THEATER, Reid faces his
feelings for Luke on As the World Turns while
in GOOL SCOOPS AND SPOILERS, it’s Aaron’s first kiss on Emmerdale, but will it be all he dreamed of … or
lead to a nightmare? And in GOOL NEWSBEAT, was One Life to Live too gay for daytime? We’ve got a special report
with the answers.
All this – and more!
INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT EVANS
Scott Evans has been one of daytime’s most talked about
actors since the Kyle and Oliver romance gained prominence on One Life to Live last year. He’s still a
topic for conversation, although probably not in a way the actor would like.
Unless you’ve been in an underground bunker with no Internet
access you are aware that Evans, along with co-star and on screen love interest
Brett Claywell (Kyle), was fired from the show with the reason given that the
Kyle/Oliver romance didn’t resonate with the ‘mainstream audience’ and was in
part responsible for the show’s low ratings.
At the recent Gays of
Our Lives event, I had the chance to talk to Evans about being let go, the
controversy surrounding the axing, how he feels about his time on the show and
his plans for the future.
AfterElton.com: How are you feeling about everything that
Scott Evans: Sad. That’s the best way to describe it. I mean I could have
been mad and angry, but you know what? You can’t be mad. If a storyline gets
written off or something changes and you lose a job, that’s the way the cookie
crumbles. Everybody loses jobs, and that’s fine. I’m more sad about the fact
that gay people need to be seen on TV in order to find acceptance — not so much
tolerance, but acceptance — and for us to be written off is sad.
us daytime’s first love scene between two men …
AE: Do you buy the reasons?
SE: I don’t know the reasons. The reason they say was that the focus groups
and the backlash, and Nick Rodriguez [ex-Nick Chavez] came forward and said all
our coworkers were saying stuff. So I don’t know. If that’s what they need to
resort to in order to make it okay, then fine. It just sucks. It really, really
AE: Were you surprised when if happened? How
did you find out?
SE: I was surprised, but only because I had done a couple of interviews the
week before all this came out, and they asked what’s the future, and I was like,
"I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out. There’s the baby
storyline." And then I find out online, and I was like, "What’s
happening?" I asked Brett what was going on, and he said, "I found
out yesterday that I was being let go."
They didn’t need to let me know I was being let go because
I’m not a contract. They didn’t need to tell me. As a recurring character all
they need to do is stop calling me.