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A chat w/Daniel Franzese about ‘Looking: The Movie’

Daniel Franzese told me recently that he just isn’t ready to say goodbye to his character of Eddie on HBO’s Looking.

The series about a group of gay male friends navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco was tragically canceled last year after two seasons.

But a finale was promised to disappointed fans like us and it will premiere on July 23 as Looking: The Movie.

Franzese describes the experience of going back to San Francisco to film the finale with co-stars Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey, Frankie J.Alvarez and Murray Bartlett among other as ‘bittersweet.’

‘We love each other and it was such an unusual gift to get canceled and still be given this opportunity to revisit the characters one last time and give the fans some closure,’ Franzese told me at the recent An Evening With Women event in Hollywood.

Was it closure for him?

‘No,’ he admitted. ‘I’m hoping we do another Looking movie in a few years or something.’

He likes the precedent set by HBO’s Sex and the City which left the air after six seasons but returned in the form of two feature films.

‘I would love it. Why not? Maybe I’ll raise the money myself. Who knows? I just really did love my role.’

His character of Eddie has been one of the few HIV-positive characters on television in recent years.

Franzese joined the series in season two as a man who volunteers at a homeless shelter for LGBTI youth and becomes the love interest of Agustin (Alvarez).

‘I thought we were doing something really important with the HIV storyline especially and I hope that characters like Eddie can continue to inspire more HIV storylines,’ Franzese said.

‘Because with 1.2 million people in America that are HIV positive, one or two characters on TV is just not enough and unacceptable.’

Franzese was previously best known for his role as Damien in the 2004 film Mean Girls. He came out publicly during the film’s 10th anniversary.

Most recently he was a regular on the series Recovery Road which was officially canceled last week.

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  1. June 1st, 2016 at 1:56 pm
    Cool Curt says:

    I was completely crushed when LOOKING was canceled and I voiced my opinion too many times on deaf ears because as innovative as I thought the show was others did too. It’s clear that people in the LGTB community especially gay men are used to be shut down and how they feel and what they like are normally just tossed to the side. Hulu, Netflix or some other cable network could have picked up this show to save it but unfortunately because it was showing gay men like they haven’t been showed before on TV and it was considered way ahead of it’s time. I know there are gay characters on TV that are advanced and thought-provoking characters but LOOKING was almost an entire cast of smart, attractive, multi-racial cast and intelligent to boot. On most shows gay men are normally funny, witty and in-your-face but not taken seriously. Gay men are normally ‘sidekicks’ and supporting characters but LOOKING had an entire show that focused on the lives of gay men in San Francisco, which would serve as another character. I have never been to ‘The Bay area’ because I been an East Coast Guy for some time but I can’t lie watching LOOKING made ‘The Bay’ and ‘The Castro District’ places I want to visit in the future. I’m going to watch the finale but I’m still a bit disappointed that HBO didn’t try harder for this little show that seemed to really grab your attention……..

  2. To be fair Cool Curt, HBO gave Looking two seasons and a movie. I think they deserve some recognition for that. They took a risk and unfortunately, not enough people watched the show.

    I don’t know if you’ve seen The Outs on Vemio, you might like it. I LOVE it. First season is free, second is pay on demand. Great little show about gay life in Brooklyn. I think HBO should pick up The Outs.

  3. @Mike-Thanks for the tip.

  4. I’m really going to miss ‘Looking’

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