John Stamos talks to The Advocate about his gay marriage movie and Broadway’s “Bye Bye Birdie”
The new interview with television and stage star John Stamos just posted on Advocate.com is a really good one. The star of the current Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie – his fourth Broadway show for anyone who just knows John from television.
Stamos, best known for his long television career that includes General Hospital, Full House, Jake in Progress and ER, talks with Brandon Voss about a wide variety of things including who his man crush is (hint: he’s got three names, is gay, and is a terrific awards show host).
I’ve interviewed John twice myself. The first time was for a cover story for Orange Coast Magazine (we are both natives of The OC) and the second time was at the premiere of the film Wedding Wars in which he played a gay man who becomes a marriage advocate much to the chagrin of his politician brother (played by Eric Dane!)
Here are some excerpts from the Advocate Q&A:
Advocate.com: When The Advocate last spoke with you, Wedding Wars hadn’t aired yet. Were you happy with the response to the film?
John Stamos: You guys were so nice to put me on the cover, by the way. But to be honest, I was a little disappointed because it didn’t get the ratings I thought it should, and I promoted the hell out of that thing. I’m not sure the network was completely behind it, and I really wish they’d at least play it again during this important time. With everything that was going on with Prop. 8 in the last year, I begged A&E to replay the movie, but they wouldn’t do it. That really upset me and [executive producer] Craig Zadan.
Did you get any negative reaction to your support of marriage equality, like angry letters from Christian groups or conservative fans turning on you?
No, not at all, but I wouldn’t have cared anyway. My dad always told me to stay out of politics and religion, which I have for most of my career, but when that movie came up and I felt so strongly about it, I had to do it. You know, for better or worse and whatever happened with my own marriage [to Rebecca Romijn], I remember how excited I was to propose to someone and have that day in front of all my friends and family to say, “This is who I love and want to spend the rest of my life with.” I guess it’s just a simple, surfacey thing, but how can you not allow someone to have those same beautiful feelings? That’s why I did that movie.
Doing Broadway makes you very accessible to fans. Do you like stage door situations?
I’ve never been one of those people who doesn’t like meeting fans. Look, I grew up wanting to be a star for all the wrong reasons: I wanted to be famous, have money, and meet chicks. It wasn’t until after it happened that I realized there was a craft to be learned. So I enjoy it, and I’m not bullshitting you. It’s the same reason I have Twitter, which is the new way to get close to the people who support you. Kevin Spacey talked me into it, and then I talked Bob Saget into it, and now Saget’s got four times the amount of followers I do.
Do you notice many gay fans at the Birdie stage door?
I am seeing a lot more guys than normal coming to the stage door, and I take a picture with them. It’s very sweet. I hope that I’m accepted as being gay-friendly. I think gay people are proud of Wedding Wars.
You scored major cool-points with a shout-out in Mean Girls, but I loved that scene in Step Brothers where Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly decide that, if they were chicks, they’d both want to sleep with you.
That was flattering. Yeah, they’ll drop my name and talk about me in movies a lot. They just don’t put me in the movies.
There is much, much more to this interview. Go to Advocate.com to read it in its entirety.