Hilde Van Kamp
Hilde’s a very controlling, driven and headstrong woman. Every time Reed is there, her presence alone is every reminder of everything she wants and expects Reed to become, she’s made that clear.
She was away often as well with all the overseas trips. She showers him with clothes and toys and product and he appreciates them, but it’s strange to want to see your mother and at the same time be positively terrified whenever she’s around.
She doesn't take pranks very well.
Hilde may have considered that Reed would look for a father figure, but she fully believes that her son could be taken to greatness without one.
Hilde wanted to keep him in Manhattan but he told her explicitly that now that he was in high school, a lot more media attention will hit, being her son.
The scariest thing Hilde has done was threaten to send Reed to a boarding school outside of the US which he didn't like because he was halfway through his Dalton life and he has friends there, whereas if he moved he wouldn't know anyone.
No-one wants to cut Reed's hair short as they're afraid of Hilde and Reed.
She sees anything Reed does except for being a fashion designer as a waste of time.
“He can be so careless and he can’t see how much work he needs. He keeps turning to the inconsequential things and never looks at the bigger picture. I’m not sure he has the capacity to improve himself.”
Hilde brought a property in Reed's name as a gift to him.
The Worst Thing She's Done To Reed
I think the worst thing is still ongoing—it’s the way she judges his appearance. She mentions him hoping to get taller, wishes he didn’t wrinkle his clothes so much, wants him to make sure he’s neat all the time, tuts about his curls being unruly and how he should do something about that--
Reed has very little stock in the way he looks because of her criticisms. She’s been doing that since he stopped being a “baby” and grew into that transition phase to puberty. Overall, Reed is convinced that there is very little he can do to reach his mother’s impossible expectations.
That, I think, is the worst thing.
Okay, if hypothetically Shane and Reed finally get it together and then Shane is an active hindrance to the sparkling career Hilde plans for Reed—she will most likely do everything in her power to remove him. (Think Blaine and Shane’s dad to Micah.)
But she will do it less upfront, and be far more stealth about it. And no. Reed won’t get a say. He’ll want to get a say, and in all likelihood he might even fight—but based on Reed’s current emotional quotient (the future status is still vague), versus his mother it’s more likely he’ll end up being folded to her whims.
Reed In Her Control
Well, Hilde's always introducing trying to introduce Reed to young people of the same...standing. Reed always slips away because he can't handle socializing with them on a prolonged basis. Finally, Reed shook her off by saying that being with someone might take time away from career focus. Which she liked hearing and that's currently what's saving Reed from her attempts.
But if she were to find out where Reed was so inclined and that he is open to the idea of...someone, it's CONTROL CITY. ...if she were to meet Shane and found out that this was going on, then Reed's whole cover will be blown and she'll take over. Shane would take anybody if it means keeping their grubby paws off Reed.