Top 50 Greatest Gay TV Characters
37. Noah Mayer, As the World Turns
Actor: Jake Silbermann
Previous Rank: 16
Noah Mayer arrived on the soap scene as the potential love interest for As the World Turns‘ Luke Snyder. Naturally, there were several obstacles in the way, including the fact that Noah was at that point straight, was dating Luke’s friend Maddie, and had a psychopath military Colonel father who had murdered his mother and was less than open to the idea of having a gay son. But over time and after various attempted murders, kidnappings, fake wives, and other day-to-day soap opera developments, Noah and Luke emerged as daytime’s first gay supercouple.
When we met Noah he – like many other closeted or questioning LGBT people who are not living their truth – was a mess of contradictions. He was irritable, duplicitous, guarded, and a bit shady. But as he became more comfortable with his sexuality and let Luke’s love for him pull him out from under his father’s heel, he evolved into a warm, honest, and engaged young man with dreams of being a film director and a real love for Luke. Unfortunately a fireworks accident and a subsequent bout of blindness (which allowed another handsome suitor to enter the picture) derailed “Nuke”, but it was clear that had the series not been canceled, the two men would have found themselves in one another’s orbits down the road.
Noah is beloved by many because he reminds many of us of our first love, especially if that first love was still navigating their path toward self-awareness. While sometimes it was easier to hate Noah than to love him, it was always clear that beneath his armor there stood a knight. –BJ