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Matt Bomer on blushing over Channing Tatum’s flattery, celebs being gay activists and raising kids

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock and don’t know, Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on Wednesday. Cast members – especially Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer – have been doing loads of press.

One of the better interviews with Bomer was done by Chris Azzopardi for PrideSource.

Here are some excerpts:

Bomer’s reaction to Channing Tatum recently saying he “absofuckinglutely” gets lost in Bomer’s stunning eyes, and that “I don’t know what they are made of outside of dreams and rainbows and amazingness.”
‘I mean, obviously, I blushed. Knowing Channing, and what a kind soul he is, I guess when you’re the most handsome man on the planet – and probably the most desired man on the planet – you have the security to give those kinds of compliments. And so, it was great. It made my day, of course! I and the rest of the world feel the same way about him.’

Have his eyes always stopped traffic? ‘I don’t think they do! I think that’s sheer fallacy and kindness on the part of others. (Laughs) No – I’m still just trying to wake up in the morning with the kids, so I don’t really have time to think about that. More like, “Do I look like I got five hours of sleep last night?!”‘

The role of Hollywood figures in advancing the gay rights movement: ‘It’s not my business to get up on a soapbox and tell people what they should and shouldn’t do. I think one thing that people don’t always take into consideration is a holistic aspect of what may or may not be going on in that individual’s life – you know, what kind of relationship they have with their family, how the people around them feel about it. But for me, having kids and being married, it was important to maintain the integrity of those relationships and not teach my kids that this is a shameful secret and that my husband (Simon Halls) has to be waiting in the wings all the time. So that’s why it was important to me personally. By the same token, I don’t hold anyone else accountable. It’s their choice.’

On balancing career with family life (he and husband Simon Halls have three sons): ‘The interesting thing about kids is, they don’t care what you do so much or what other people think about you; they’re more interested in what your relationship with them is like and how you prioritize them in your life. I try to make a strong effort to make them know they’re always number one for me.’



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3 Remarks

  1. One major asset in having LGBT people as a whole — and gay marriage in particular — gain widespread acceptance is that in recent years the “public face” of the Community has morphed into married couples like Matt Bomer & Simon Halls and Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka and their children along with such single parents as Tuc Watkins and Perez Hilton. What better examples are there that the quest for Gay Civil Rights is not some radical movement but one that embraces what is best, most cherished and traditional in American life.

  2. June 29th, 2015 at 3:53 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    I don’t know about that, Matt. There’s nothing wrong with traditional American life, but not everyone’s interested in getting married and/or reproducing nor is it thought of by all as what’s best and most cherished. There’s a whole wide range of LGBT people out there and not all of them are living the “house-with-a-white-picket fence” sort of life.

  3. K. Martinez — Original post wasn’t to suggest that marriage and kids is for everyone in the LGBT Community any more than it is for straights, but that the the likes of Bomer-Halls, NPH-Burtka etc. being so out front — especially in the media — has contributed greatly to the acceptance of the Rights Movement by the American public at large. In truth, perspective is often truer than reality and for too long opponents had been able to create these frightening specters of who gays are as people and what the Rights Movement was all about and putting the emphasis on real people living real lives who only wanted the right to marry the person they love and raise a family managed in many ways to put the lie to the false images — but at a rate that seemingly has caught everyone on every side somewhat by surprise.

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