For a genre not known for its subtlety, his coming out journey has been surprisingly realistic and poignant. A few weeks ago, the show added Jake Silbermann as Noah Mayer, an intern at the TV station at which Luke and his friend Maddie are working for the summer. Luke has been fighting his growing attraction to the seemingly straight Noah, especially as Noah started a romance with Maddie.
Tomorrow, they exchange their first kiss: What does that mean for the show and for them? We spoke with Jake Silbermann to find out. How does that feel? It is kind of a milestone for daytime television. Do you feel a sense of responsibility about the role? Did Van take you under his wing and tell you what to expect? I assume you knew you were auditioning for a gay role?
How did you feel about the prospect of playing a gay character? It sounded like a really different role for daytime, which it is. I was really excited about that. Paul James and I went to Syracuse College together. Do you know actors still afraid of gay roles? What are your thoughts about that since having taken the role of Noah? How do you feel about that? Are you okay with that? Did you read with Van to see what your chemistry was like with him?
Van was present at one of our final auditions. We read together, and it was very natural. Was there a lot of discussion about that on set? Nobody ever came to me. That sounds about right. Soaps are obviously known for their steaminess and the episode from last week where you and Van are shirtless and end up in each others arms fits the bill as steamy. Can fans expect to see more of that between the two of you?
Actors often say romantic scenes are awkward to play. How do you and Van approach them? Those scenes are important. Those moments are what romances are built off of. Luke and Noah finally kiss tomorrow. Does Noah realize he is actually gay then or is he still trying to figure things out? Noah is definitely still trying to figure things out, and in some ways, the kiss brings up a whole new set of questions for him.
Noah is very different from Luke who knew he was gay for a long time whereas Noah seems to be just figuring it out. Do you know anyone who went through something similar?
Did you talk with someone gay for advice on how to play the role or what Noah might be feeling or thinking? The story is really about to just pick up.
What would you like to see happen between Luke and Noah? The scene when Luke came out to you was well written and you guys did a great job of acting in it. Have you ever had a friend come out to you? Not the way it happened between Luke and Noah.
I have had friends who have, over the course of growing up, come out. How do you think the older audiences will respond to the storyline? Folks would like to now more about you. How old are you and where are you from? Did you always want to act? When I was younger, actually, I wanted to draw for comic books.
Do you still pursue that? I let that go a while ago. Any other projects in the works? Not at the moment. Thanks so much for talking to us, Jake. I really appreciate that.