Fun Facts About Van
- Van’s off-Broadway debut was the play “Die Mommie Die”.
- Van went on a trip to Chile for a week after he’d been on ATWT for about a year.
- Van toured the Marvel Comics office.
- One of Van's pet peeves is that he hates when other people speak for him. (Yes, there is irony in this fun fact.)
- Van's first part in a theater production was a gargoyle in a summer camp when he was a small child.
- Van’s parents are from the mid-west and are both work in the field of education.
- Van moved a lot during high school and college. He has said that he lived like a vagabond so making the moves wasn’t difficult.
- Before Van was hired for ATWT, he had never seen the show.
- Van’s first red carpet event was the GLAAD awards in 2006.
- Prior to taking part in the first Rock The Soap event in 2009, Van had never been on a cruise.
- Van has worked on projects connected with Cyndi Lauper on at least three occasions - n 2006 during "An Evening Honoring The Laramie Project", in 2008 when she made a guest appearance on “As The World Turns,” and in November 2009 when he hosted "The True Colors Cabaret" at Feinsteins in NYC. Cyndi stepped in for Rufus Wainwright who was originally supposed to perform.
- Van has referred to one of his pre-ATWT jobs as being “one of the worst waiters in NYC.”
- Two things that Van has stated he simply cannot do are learn foreign languages and sing.
- Van loves to make lasagna.
- Van is good friends with singer Amie Miriello of the band So & So.
- Van had a cat named Hobbes for 20 years, named for this favorite cartoon, Calvin and Hobbes.
- Van has two cats who are named for songs by The Decemberists.
- At an event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania soap queen Kim Zimmer referred to Van as “the best recast in soaps.” It was quite a compliment considering that Van took over the role of Luke Snyder from her son, Jake Weary.
Van's Book Recommendations
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Handling The Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Let The Great World Spin by Colum Mccann
Let The Right One In by by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The New X-Men Omnibus by Grant Morrison (comic)
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn (graphic novel)
Runaways by Brian K. Vaughn (comic)
She’s Come Undone By Wally Lamb
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman (comic)
We3 by Grant Morrison (comic)
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Van's Movie & TV Recommendations
28 Days Later
The Hunger Games
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Les Chaisons D’Amour
Let the Right One In
Mary and Max
Slings and Arrows
We Can Be Heroes
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