Kevin Spirtas talks to ‘We Love Soaps’ about being an out actor: “It’s a slice of who I am”
Meant to post this terrific interview We Love Soaps did with actor Kevin Spirtas last week but better late than never!
Kevin played the deliciously manipulative Craig Wesley on Days of Our Lives for six years before taking on the role of evil Jonas Chamberlain on One Life to Live.
He is currently appearing Off-Broadway in the show Loaded. Here is the portion of the interview that focuses on him being a gay man:
We Love Soaps: Do you feel you’ve ever lost out on roles for being out?
Kevin Spirtas: Out as a gay man?
We Love Soaps: Yes.
Kevin Spirtas: I’ve never considered it. I don’t lead from being gay. I’ve never led from it. I’m Kevin. I’m someone’s son. I’m someone’s uncle. I’m someone’s partner. I’m someone’s non-partner. I’m someone’s friend. It’s a slice of who I am. I am an actor. I am a performer. I think the interesting thing now is that you no longer have the time or energy to put up with the bullshit or constantly prove yourself. But I don’t lead with that. “Loaded” just happens to be a gay role, a gay man I’m portraying. Dr. Craig Wesley happened to be a straight man.
We Love Soaps: Did you worry about that before?
Kevin Spirtas: I think I did early on. I guess I grew up under the belief that a leading man has to fit a certain image in the realm of the arts in acting and theater. People either know, or they don’t know. They can find out. I think we’re all the same when it comes down to it. We all have a heart. We all want to be loved. We all want to give love. We all want to fit in. Where you put your body doesn’t have anything to do with where you put your focus on talent or creativity.