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Brando Eaton talks about playing a gay high schooler on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”
Actor Brando Eaton arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros.  "Watchmen" held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 2, 2009  in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) ***  Local Caption *** Brando Eaton

ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will have its third season premiere on Monday.

I had the chance to chat with cast member Brando Eaton about the show on which he plays the role of gay teen Griffin.

American Teenager focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with issues including teen pregnancy. Its cast also includes Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin and India Eisley, among others.

Brando, 23, juggled last season’s episodes with a recurring role as the son of a serial killer played by John Lithgow on the Showtime series Dexter.

“I’ve done two shows at once in the past and it can be really, really difficult because they have to account for turnaround schedule for their production and not the other production so you could go from set to set. Once I was up for over 48 hours from set to set to set. The days just blend together. But not for [Dexter and American Life]. They were able to work it out. I had to go back and forth a few times but it wasn’t that difficult.”

Sometimes actors are surprised to find out that their TV characters turn out to be gay but not Brando. It’s what he signed up for: “He was gay from the start and he was very open with it. I think it’s a great character. They didn’t want it to be too big a deal, they kind of played in non-chalantly. He’s very open, he’s very okay with it.”
He said it “absolutely, 100 percent” reflects how many young people feel today about gay friends: “Nowadays it’s not as big a deal as it was in the past when, of course, it as a huge deal. By playing it on television and not making it a big deal I think it does help when all these people watch it. It makes it less scary for people who are gay to come out.”
Reaction from fans has been hugely favorable: “I’ve gotten a lot of fan mail from young gay guys who are like, ‘Thank you so much for portraying that character. It made me feel so much better. It seemed to really touch and affect a lot of people in a great way and it gives them confidence. It’s actually been very touching and very nice to be a part of that.”

I wondered if Brando will have a love interest this season.

Says Brando: “There seems to be talks about it where my character may want to have [a boyfriend] where in the past he had talked about maybe wanting to stay single. So I think they are considering the idea of that.”

Brando is not only a thoughtful and articulate young actor, he’s also very much in demand. He’s had roles in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach starring Seann William Scott and first came to fame in the role of Vince on the series Zoey 101.

FILE UNDER: Interviews, Television


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7 Remarks

  1. Wonderful looking young man.

  2. so hello sorry for my english im italian

    I saw him last week in the new episode of the 3th seanson!
    He is very beautiful i want to heave someone like him in my school!

    by xxx Nik

  3. Hi, I’m brasilian. I was just so affected by Brando’s performance in the serie. I just want to thank him to this character, to his sweetness with the people, with his fans. Your job simply touched my heart, and of other homossexual ones. In Brazil here, it´s really difficult for the people to understand, to accept them. It´s a shame the lack of punishment here. Brando, not just in his character, is so thoughtful and articulated, like this issue added. What Brazil have is to show the society series like that, to get the situation, the toleration better. I just felt so happy when I saw that scene, the last episode, in July 30th in Brazil, when he talks about the future with the guy that he was meeting.I just wish sucess to him, and that he continues to be this beautiful person that he is.

  4. hi i think he is so cute and i would do anything to meet him

  5. Adorable *love*

  6. August 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    Brendan Quartararo says:

    I looked at Google Images of Brando Eaton’s so called muscles and shirtless pictures. It’s fake because I’m 13 and I can beat him to a pulp with one soft punch since I have the biggest muscles ever.

  7. he is an adorable man and l love him

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