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Jack Falahee is Sick of People Asking Him If He's Gay Just Because His Character Is

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How To Get Away With Murder actor Jack Falahee tells Vulture that he's tired of people asking if he's gay:

"People have been asking me about my sexuality ever since that OUT interview. I’m very confident in my sexuality, and I really don’t like talking about my romantic life in the press. It’s pretty reductive to ask just the actor playing the gay character what his sexuality is if you’re not going to ask that question of people playing straight characters on the show. I really don’t see what my sexuality has to do with the characters, and I think that’s private. But I find it interesting, the fascination with picking apart or outing actors who play homosexual characters on TV or in films. We don’t have that same fascination with actors who are portraying heterosexual characters."

FalaheeFalahee expanded on that answer this week in an interview with  Michelangelo Signorile on SiriusXM Progress:

“I was basically trying to say [in the OUT interview], for me it’s like asking an actor who plays an alcoholic what their relationship is with alcohol. It’s not necessarily — I think we’re projecting onto actors in a way. I think we’re expecting them to be their characters when, at the end of the day, this is my job and I’m an actor portraying a role on a fictitious television show.”

Signorile then asked Falahee if it's not fair to ask an actor what they personally bring to the experience of playing a character.

Falahee says that's a very different question than "How do I define my sexuality," adding that he thought he got a great question from an interviewer down in Atlanta who asked, ‘What personal experience do you bring to portray — what did she say? — a ‘manwhore’ homosexual on television?’

He said:

 “That is a different question than how do I define my sexuality. And to answer that question, I would say, well, you know, I went to NYU, and the Tisch School of Drama, and there we studied Stanislavski-based acting techniques. And while I have dabbled in the Lee Strasberg method of sense-memory and using your own experience to portray a character, I found that that was a fast track, maybe, to therapy. And so, I fell more into the Stella Adler method of acting camp, and create fictitious circumstances….I’m creating circumstances in which Conor exists to accurately portray him..I just think it’s interesting because I have a body of work before Conor Walsh that is primarily heterosexual and yet people want to ask — you know, no on asks any other man, or woman, on my show, about their sexuality, and that’s what fascinates me...We don’t ask the actor playing James Bond what his sexual preference is. So I don’t know what it is, really, with trying to out actors who portray gay characters on television. But it is some sort of fascination in society.”

Here's the excerpt from the February OUT interview to which Falahee refers at the beginning of this post:

“I don’t think answering who I’m sleeping with accomplishes anything other than quenching the thirst of curiosity. And moreover, it seems reductive. It’s been really interesting to be in the middle of the industry’s fascination with the individual, because I never thought about that growing up or when I was at acting school. No matter how I answer, someone will say, ‘No, that’s not true.’”

I’m the first journalist to straight-out ask, he says, “but everyone wants to.” We spend a good 10 minutes debating why it might matter to any of us how he answers, or why he won’t. “We still live in this hetero-normative, patriarchal society that is intent on placing everything within these binaries,” he says. “I really hope that — if not in my lifetime, my children’s lifetime — this won’t be a question, that we won’t need this.”

Watch a scene from the latest episode (the finale) in which Oliver and Connor discuss HIV and head to a clinic to get tested (spoilers), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Norman Reedus Discusses Whether Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon Might Be Gay: VIDEO

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Last month we reported that Robert Kirkman, the creator of AMC's The Walking Dead, answered a fan letter in which he was asked whether Daryl Dixon (played by actor Norman Reedus) might be gay since he hadn't had any romantic leanings toward any of the female survivors.

Said Kirkman:

“All I can say is that it’s been discussed. We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing… we’ll tackle it in the show.”

Reedus expands on that idea in the current issue of GQ:

I remember Frank Darabont, after the first season we were at a party in LA, He said, 'I've got an idea for Daryl. He's gay. Would you be interested in that?' I was like, 'Let me hear you out.' He said, 'Well, he's prison gay—like, you'll catch him looking at a member of the same sex, but if you mention it to him, he'll just stab you and be like what the f--k?—he will never admit it.' I was like, 'That'll blow minds—let's do that.' And he said, 'I knew I hired you for a reason.' "

Reedus adds that he doesn't think Daryl is very confident romantically, "[he's] not the type of guy who's gonna throw somebody up against a tree in the moonlight."

In more Walking Dead news, check out a brand new clip from the folks at Bad Lip Reading, who bring their hilarious lip-dub antics to Season 4 of the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Luke Grimes Left 'True Blood' Because He Didn't Want to Play Gay: Report

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Last Sunday’s True Blood premiere reacquainted us with Jessica’s (Deborah Ann Woll) new love interest James, a handsome fellow vampire that she’d met in southern vampire prison. Fans of the show were surprised to see the character, previously played by Luke Grimes, suddenly replaced by Nathan Parsons of Bunheads fame.

According to HBO Grimes’s departure was due to a disagreement over “the creative direction of the character.” Put frankly, Grimes was not comfortable with the not-so-subtle homoerotic storyline developing between James and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis.)

Tumblr_n7m2aikro71qd6a26o1_250Grimes’s publicist insisted to Buzzfeed that the departure was due entirely to conflicts in the actor’s schedule with upcoming roles in 50 Shades of Grey, The Shangri-La Suite, and, American Sniper. Grimes’s team claims that he was not privy to the character’s story-arc in advance, though True Blood has a well established history of portraying its vampire characters in particular as sexually fluid and diverse.


Harry Hamlin Says His Film Career Ended After Playing Gay in 1981's 'Making Love' - VIDEO

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Mad Men actor Harry Hamlin tells Andy Cohen that after the early '80s film Making Love, in which he played a gay man in an affair with a married man (Michael Ontkean), he never worked in film again.

Says Hamlin:

"It was way before its time...It was something that I would repeat. I would do it again today, even though there was a ruffle in my career after that, for sure....What it did is it created a transition for me between feature film to television...(I didn't work in feature films) ever again. That was the last feature I did..."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here are Hamlin and Ontkean and Kate Jackson from Making Love:

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Jared Leto Handles Heckler Accusing Him of 'Trans Misogny' for Playing Rayon: VIDEO

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Jared Leto was heckled at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Tuesday night by an audience member, who yelled, "You don't deserve an award. Trans misogyny does not deserve an award."

The audience member was referring to Leto's critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated portrayal of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, for which he has already won a Golden Globe.

Leto responded:

"What problem do you have with ? Because I'm a man I don't deserve to play that part so you would hold a role against someone who happened to be gay or lesbian - they can't play a straight part?"

The audience member then complained that straight men win awards for playing trans characters.

Leto replied: "Then you make sure that people that are gay, people that aren't straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts that aren't central to who they are..."

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Daniel Radcliffe on the Physical Pain of Gay Sex and the Heartbreaking Task of Finding Yourself: VIDEO

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Daniel Radcliffe gives a great interview to Flaunt about Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Says Radcliffe about playing gay:

“I don’t think there’s any difference between how one falls in love. People express love differently, person to person, but it’s not gender or sexuality related. The only difference it made was obviously the actual sex scene, of course…”

...I was talked through it by the director. He would be telling me what I would be feeling in each take. Basically, gay sex, especially for the first time, is really f**king painful. And [Krokidas] said that he had never seen that portrayed accurately on film before. He wanted it to look like an authentic loss of virginity. The transformative thing about the role wasn’t playing such a famous character or playing a character that had such a huge influence on society. It was more of trying to find your voice, and finding out who you are. It’s usually an awful and very painful journey, and it has to be—it involves getting heartbroken or failing at something that you want to succeed at. Those are important things to go through, and that was the thing that attracted me to the part.”

Watch a bonus short film featuring Radcliffe called "Wait", shot in 8 minutes by Joe Connor, AFTER THE JUMP...

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