Chris Colfer is not only an amazing talent, but the 20-year-old Glee star is also a very charming talk show guest.
He stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week and he and the host talked about several topics including his sudden fame and teenage bullying.
But what is getting the most attention is Chris’s sleeping disorder which includes a bizarre habit of online shopping in his sleep.
The 2010 Emmy nominee says his nocturnal habits began with sleepwalking but now he unknowingly logs into his computer and makes unusual purchases in the middle of the night.
“‘These really random packages kept showing up on my doorstep,” he said. “I’d open them up and there’d be sort of random, like the complete series of the Carol Burnett show and this huge life-size poster of Lady Gaga – I don’t know why my subconscious wanted that.
‘But I think the weirdest was when a huge framed portrait of Marie Antoinette showed up.’
It seems like the rest of the world has been very careful to refer to Chaz Bono as “he” since the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono announced his transition from female to male last year.
But his superstar mother, in various interview promoting her new movie Burlesque, keeps referring to Chaz as “she” and only catching herself sometimes.
In Sunday’s issue of Parade, Cher spoke movingly of her child who used to appear with her and ex-husband Bono on their 70s variety show: “When Chaz first told me about wanting a sex change, I had a really hard time with it. We talked about the transgendered thing intermittently for years. She was unhappy. Plus, she was doing drugs. [Chaz was addicted to Oxycontin]. I believed that once she stopped doing drugs, she would have a much better life and put the transgender idea on the back burner.”
But after getting sober in 2004, Chaz became more determined than ever.
“She said to me, ‘If I’m ever going to do it, I’ve got to do it now. I’m 40,’” Cher recalls. “I went, ‘If you’ve got to do it dear, you’ve got to do it.’”
In May, Chaz’s gender and name were legally changed.
“When I realized she was going to do it, it was rocky for me. I thought, ‘What will the press do to her?’ What will they do to the two of us together? It’s going to be the biggest nightmare that will not stop. But the press has been kinder than I thought they would be.”
“It’s hard ’cause she’s still my girl. But she has an inner strength and she’s a courageous person – she believes what she believes. She and her girlfriend came over here for dinner last night.”
Good to see that Cher and Chaz are close and supportive of each other. Now if only Cher could start to refer to her child as “he” – especially in interviews!
When you have a name like Steven R. McQueen, it’s as if you were born to be a star.
And that’s what is happening to this 22-year-old star of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. The grandson of screen legend Steve McQueen plays Jeremy Gilbert, a troubled teen on a dangerous and self-destructive path since the death of his parents.
McQueen has already built an impressive resume of television appearances. He had a recurring role as a musical prodigy on the drama Everwood and a leading role in the Disney Channel movie Minutemen. His guest-starring roles have included series such as CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Numbers and Threshold.
On the big screen, Steven appeared in the independent film Club Soda for which he won the Beverly Hills Film Festival Audience Award for Best Actor. He also has a leading role in the upcoming sci-fi action film Piranha 3-D with Elizabeth Shue and Jerry O’Connell.
This photo is of ageless superstars Cher and Tina Turner at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
But the musical video I’m sharing with you today is from more than 30 years earlier when these two great superstars of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond teamed up with a third great singer: Kate Smith!
Kate, who died in 1986, was best kn0wn for her rendition of Irving Berlin’sGod Bless America. Her five-decade recording career reached its pinnacle in the 1940s but she is familiar to audiences of 1970s variety shows like Sonny and Cher and Tony Orlando and Dawn because she was an occasional guest and would really belt out a number or two.
Here Kate, Tina and Cher do a Beatles medley that takes you back to a time when random and wonderful things like this happened on television.
BONUS VIDEO: Cher on her solo variety show gossips with Lily Tomlin who is in character as Ernestine!
For the last two seasons on 24, acclaimed stage actress Cherry Jones played US President Allison Taylor and was so good in her first regular television role that she won the Emmy!
It was another kudo in what had already been a career so stellar that Miss Jones, who turns 54 today, had already won two Tony Awards for best lead actress in a play for The Heiress in 1995 and for Doubt in 2005.
I’ll never forget when she won for Doubt and planted a huge kiss on the lips of her then-girlfriend, actress Sarah Paulson.
Her other Broadway credits include the 2000 revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, a Tony nominated performance in Our Country’s Good, Angels in America, Imaginary Friends, The Night of the Iguana and Faith Healer.
Miss Jones is currently back on Broadway appearing in the play Mrs. Warren’s Profession.
I hope one of showbiz’s real class acts is having a wonderful birthday today!
Yesterday, I presented a Cher-apalooza filled with all things Cher who is on the promotional trail for Burlesque and her fans are enjoying every bit of it. The cover of Vanity Fair, major New York Times profile, a visit to Letterman and to Regis and Kelly (still looking for video) and also getting her footprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
I wanted to post one more pic from Thursday’s ceremony at Grauman’s because it is of Cher and her gorgeous 84-year-old mother Georgia Holt. I’m sure Cher has had a little cosmetic help here and there but the fact is that she is in terrific shape at 64 and obviously she’s got great genes!
Last April, I was at opening night of the terrific new Turner Classics Movies Film Festival in Hollywood and after all of the stars had walked down the red carpet for a screening of Judy Garland’sA Star is Born and entered Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in walked Cher.
She looked good but was dressed down in jeans and a jacket and made no attempt to draw attention to herself. TV crews and photographers were already packing up and hustled to try and get a shot as Cher walked purposely to the front door of the theater.
I was surprised to see her there and that she attended the after-party at the Roosevelt Hotel across the street. After reading the recent NY Times article, it all makes sense:
Her Vegas show winds down in February. A tour will most likely follow, but Cher seemed more enthusiastic about a humbler project on the horizon. Sometime early next year she said, she will begin playing host to a pajama party of sorts on the Turner Classic Movies channel, introducing and reflecting on old favorites of her choosing, which will be shown after midnight. And thus will Cher don yet another new persona — as a cocoalike balm for cinephile insomniacs.
My pal and one-time Greg In Hollywood columnist Lesley Goldberg got to talk to Cher about the movie and all things gay in an interview for AfterElton.com.
Here are some of the highlights:
AfterElton: Cher, We haven’t seen you on screen in a long time. What was it about this movie that drew you back?
Cher: I wanted to sing in a film. It was my heart’s desire always, from the time I was about four. I didn’t want the film immediately; this was a process. They did have to beg me. I thought that [Tess] could be a good role. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted in the beginning, but she did turn out to be who I thought she should be. And [Tucci] and I, we set the pace for it. She changed from the first reading to the finished film.
AE: This is an incredibly gay movie, without question.
Cher: [Laughs.] One guy said, “This is gay Fantasia!”
AE: How does this rank among the gayest things you’ve done in your career?
Cher: Not even anywhere! It doesn’t even rank anywhere! I don’t think of it as a gay film, but of course gay guys love musicals and it’s fun. It’s just really fun, so I think that’s what appeals. Gay guys like to have fun, so I think that’s what it is.
AE: Cher, gay men have always been such a big part of your career from the beginning. Can you reflect on that?
Cher: Gay men either love you or they don’t even notice that you’re alive on the planet. If they do love you, they stick with you through thick and thin, even when you’re not popular. I think they recognize kindred spirits that don’t really fit in to society, either. And of course, there’s sequins.
AE: The transition from pop songstress to actress — many have tried and failed. You’re one who has done it spectacularly. Do you have any advice for Christina [Aguilera]?
Cher: She had been working for a long time before she and I started working together. I think a couple things had to happen for her to feel comfortable with me because she didn’t know me, we met a week before [filming began]. I think she had to realize that I was going to be there to support her and not do any kind of weird actress crap.
I really saw as we went on, our scenes together just got better and better. I think she really has the talent to keep going. I would have never done this. The first thing that was on film [in my acting career] was an ensemble piece, but my first film, I had no idea what I was doing and Meryl [Streep] was holding my hand through it. When I started, my part was infinitesimal. I was the comic relief. I had no idea. It was easy for me.
And finally, it seems that Cher has gotten to be pals with Kathy Griffin which really makes me happy. So I decided to dig up this part of Kathy’s routine about the first time she went over to visit Cher at her house in Malibu. It’s hilarious!
Must Rafael Nadal take EVERYTHING from my favorite tennis player Roger Federer?
First Nadal took away Roger’s number one ranking this year and now comes word that he has won the ATP tour’s Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the first time, ending Federer’s streak of six in a row.
Nadal earned the award, which is voted on by tour players, after winning three Grand Slam tournaments in 2010. He has locked up the year-end No. 1 ranking ahead of the season-ending ATP World Tour finals, which start Sunday in London.
But Federer is still the most popular player on tour, winning the Fan Favorite award for a record eighth straight year. The tour said Saturday that Federer earned 47 percent of votes, compared to 42 percent for Nadal.
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were the most popular doubles pair for the sixth year in a row, winning 44 percent of fan votes.
Speaking of Federer, despite winning the Australian Open and three other tournaments, 2010 has been somewhat of a disappointment to him. But he told reporters at ATP World Tour finals, which start Sunday in London, that he is determined to end the year on a high.
“I feel like I’ve got one more tournament left in me,” Federer said. “My body is not screaming for a vacation quite yet. … This is a huge tournament for me. It’s a goal for the entire season, trying to make it here. And once you make it here, trying to beat the fellow top-10 players, which is always fun to play against and face off at the end of the season. And you hope you can save the best for last.”
At 29, with a record 16 Grand Slam singles titles in hand and his toddler twins in tow, it would be understandable if Federer lapsed into short-term tennis thinking. But even at No. 2 in the world rankings, behind Rafael Nadal, and even after failing to close out several critical matches this year, he is projecting plenty of eagerness.
Paul Annacone, who has spoken little publicly since joining Federer’s team as coach this summer, said:“When we first started talking, and I was starting to get to know him a little more in-depth, his level of excitement and desire to keep playing and to do it in a way that’s positive, optimistic, energetic and open-minded, really kind of floored me,”
“I felt like I was with a 23-year-old or 22-year-old again,” he added. “He loves the life. He loves the tennis matches. He loves the travel. He has all the ingredients, including and most importantly good health in mind and body, to keep going for a number of years. I think in retrospect Pete at this age was a lot more tired — a lot more tired mostly emotionally, not physically.”
Matt Davis was such a jerk to Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde that I just could not bring myself to feature him as a Morning Man until now.
Okay, it was only a movie and I’m sure Matt is way more cool than his rich boy character of Warner Huntington III was in Blonde.
Plus, I gotta learn not to hold a grudge!
These days, Matt plays Alaric Saltzman, the vampire hunter who has become an unlikely ally for the Salvatore brothers, in The CW’s new hit drama The Vampire Diaries.
Matt, 32, has been working steadily in television for the past five years as a cast member on ABC’s What About Brian? for two seasons and on Damages last season.
Prior to that, he mostly appeared in films and was billed as Matthew Davis. In addition to Legally Blonde, Matt appeared in Michael Bay’s blockbuster, Pearl Harbor, the surfing flick Blue Crush, the romantic comedy Seeing Other People, the comedy Finding Bliss, and the WWII drama Below. His first big break was in Joel Schumacher’s Vietnam drama Tigerland which also introduced movie audiences to Colin Farrell.
Additional film credits include Heights with Glenn Close and James Marsden, Waiting for Forever with Rachel Bilson and Nikki Blonsky, and S. Darko with Elizabeth Berkley and Ed Westwick.
Have been meaning to post this for several days now. It’s the touching “It Gets Better” posted by actor Max Adler who plays the closeted bully Dave Karofsky on Glee.
In it he says: “Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and talk to a lot of you out there, and it’s been a privilege; it’s been awesome. But I keep hearing the same scary thing over and over again, and it’s that you feel you deserve to be bullied, and that you have it coming to you, and that there’s nothing you can do to stop it or change it, and nobody has your back. That’s absolutely the wrong way of thinking. That’s not true at all.”
If Jesse Tyler Fergeson’s dream of hosting the 2011 Tony Awards comes true, he would follow in the footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes and make it three years in a row that the ceremony is hosted by an openly gay man.
The Modern Family star tells the NY Post: “Thanks to “Modern Family” I’m in a place where I might actually bring viewers to the Tony Awards that might not necessarily tune in otherwise – which is awesome. I could use my power for good. But at my core I’m a song and dance man. It’s what I feel most comfortable doing. That’s where my roots are, that’s my first love, it’s my home. I’ve also never been nominated for a Tony, so I think it would also fill that void of being on that stage by myself with that community of people [laughs]. Basically, everything Neil Patrick Harris does I want to do.”
Ricky Martin didn’t make the party for the OUT 100 at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Chelsea this week but the hotness quotient was more than filled by Gerald McCullouch, the out CSI actor who starred in this year’s indie hit Bear City (out on DVD next week!)
Also present was Nate Berkus (pictured below with a date) and Olympic skater Johnny Weir who I don’t remember ever publicly coming out. Maybe he’s waiting for the release of his book early next year?
Curtis M. Wong has a report on the party and more photos over at Huffington Post.
Call me old-fashioned but I just love when the spotlight veers from “celebrities” like Kim Kardashian and Bristol Palin and shines on a certified all-time star like Cher.
The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winning legend pressed her hands and feet into the wet cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood last night and was accompanied by her eldest child Chaz Bono.
Cher belongs in the courtyard at Grauman’s along with all of those other Hollywood legends like Bette Davis and John Wayne because she too is one of a kind.
Her latest film, Burlesque, hits theaters on Wednesday and Cher is pulling out all the stops to promote it. Below are some of her recent TV appearances and interviews. Enjoy!
Cher was the focus of a feature last night on ABC’s Nightline (see clip above) and this morning, she appeared on Live WithRegis and Kelly. I’ll post the Regis clip tomorrow. Kelly Ripa just fawned over Cher in a way that I have not seen since Oprah Winfrey welcomed Diana Ross to her show back in 1993!
Cher, seen above in a scene from Burlesque, is also featured in today’s New York Times in a major profile by Frank Bruniwith the headline: An Agless Diva of a Certain Age.
It is wonderfully written with paragraphs like this: Across nearly half a century of hit records, acclaimed movies, gaudy concert spectacles and a magnitude of celebrity for which the word fame is pathetically insufficient, Cher has come to seem the Sherman tank of divas, sometimes under fire but seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward, armored and unstoppable.
And these: There’s something gloriously matter-of-fact about her, and during a conversation of more than 90 minutes there wasn’t a single topic that made her flinch.
The transformation of her daughter, Chastity Bono, into a son, Chaz? It has been difficult to watch, she said, but not entirely unexpected. “We talked about it a lot over the years,” she said. But she had always attributed her daughter’s occasionally stated discomfort with her gender to a general sadness brought on by drug abuse.
Getting old, she said, stinks. She alternately stares it in the face and rejects it, teases that she’s 100 and puts the real number, 64, so far out of mind that, she said, “I should probably tattoo it on my hand to remember.”
Even without ink, her flesh — and joints and muscles — remind her. “It’s harder to do things,” she said. “I’ve beat my body up so badly, it’s amazing it’s still talking to me and listening to what I say. But I’ve got aches and pains everywhere.”
Coming from anyone else her age, this plaint would be unremarkable. From Cher it’s unthinkable — and deeply unsettling. Sure, we’ve lived with more Chers than there are Barbies, or even Madonnas: Sonny’s Cher; “Silkwood” Cher; “Moonstruck” Cher; disco Cher. But geriatric Cher?
It’s an odd existence, Cher’s. When she recounted a late-night gabfest with two girlfriends in the bedroom of her Malibu manse not long ago, the gabbers in question were Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin. When she flashed back to a favorite exercise class in Beverly Hills decades ago, the fellow crunchers and squatters were Raquel Welch, Ali MacGraw and, to a more limited and grudging extent, Barbra Streisand, who “would go over, do two little things, and then walk around and talk,” Cher said.
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I’m really envious of my friend Henry Chu today.
Henry got to attend today’s press conference in London for the ATP World Tour Finals which begin on Sunday and see the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick in their Sunday best.
It’s fun to see these guys, usually sweaty and in tennis clothes, all turned out. It’s interesting that the only ones who seem just as comfortable in their suits as they do in their tennis clothes are Federer and Nadal. The world’s top two players could both be fashion models!
So this is the last tournament of the year and the fact that it is happening in late-November is proof of how ridiculously long the tennis calendar is. There is only a five-week off-season and the Australian Open, one of the sport’s four majors, begins in mid-January!
They are supposedly going to trim 2-3 weeks off of the schedule but frankly I think they should wrap it all up by early October, a few weeks after the US Open.
Anyway, I’m rooting for Federer to take the ATP title to end a mediocre year (by his lofty standards) on a high note.
It’s always great to see the talented actor-writer-director Peter Paige out and about.
The Queer as Folk alum was part of last weekend’s LA Gay and Lesbian Center 39th Anniversary Gala and we had a chance to chat on the red carpet.
Peter, who has done guest spots on Grey’s Anatomy, CSI Miami and Raising the Bar in recent years, will guest star on TNT’s The Closer when the popular show returns for its mini-season on Dec. 6.
So is he playing a good guy or a bad guy?
“You’ll have to see,” Peter teased. “I wear a lot of orange, that should give you some clue.”
(Photo below is Peter on set of The Closer)
Besides the work on episodic TV work, Peter is always working on various film and television projects. He has directed the indie features Say Uncle and Leaving Barstow and he has a pilot called Hard Cover for USA Network that he hopes goes to series.
“I’m doing the hustle,” he said.
Since he has been an out actor since the beginning of his Queer as Folk days, I wanted to get Peter’s thoughts on anti-gay bullying and suicides among gay teens.
“Kids have been killing themselves for hundreds of years because they were gay but it’s just now that it’s coming out,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking but we have to take it as energizing, we have to remember that there’s still work to do.”
That’s one of the reasons why Peter is happy to be a board member of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center where there are so many services for LGBT youth.
“It’s the largest gay and lesbian organization in the world,” he explained. “We have a $50 million operating budget, we provide unbelievable amounts of service and I so respect the way the organization works and how much of that money actually gets to the people who really need it. I can’t say enough good things.”
He added his own personal experience: “When I moved to LA and was a starving actor and out of my head and didn’t know what to do, I got to come t0 the center and get a therapist for $10 a week. I’ll never forget it. There’s no way for me to repay what that was for me. So I’m happy, happy, happy to be a part of the organization.”
While the center does its hands-on work, Peter is grateful for a show like Glee featuring a gay character like Kurt Hummel and tackling his specific issues including dealing with being bullied by a closeted football player.
“I think it does a lot of good,” he said. “I think any time we’re getting into people’s living rooms showing them complicated, interesting, relevant portrayals of gay people, we’re doing something right. It matters. I know from Queer as Folk that it matters. We gave people a vocabulary they didn’t have and that was important. I had friends who called me up after the pilot first aired who said, ‘I didn’t know gay people could have sex face to face.; I was like, ‘You think we’ve been doing it doggie style all this time? We have all kinds of options.’ Seeing Kurt stand up for himself, it really is a beautiful thing.”
Got a note the other day from director Casper Andreas who wants you all to know that his most recent film, Violet Tendencies, opens at Sunset 5 in West Hollywood tonight!
I loved this movie when it screened at Outfest last summer and can highly recommend it – mostly because it stars Mindy Cohn who is simply a revelation in it.
Casper tells me that Mindy and other cast members will be at the 7:20 p.m. screening so if you want to meet her, go to that screening.
Here is part of my original review and I stand by it:
The movie is directed by Casper Andreas from a screenplay by Jesse Archer in what is their third film together. Both have roles in the film but the star, thankfully, is the marvelous Mindy Cohn who shines in just about any scene she’s in.
Mindy is Violet, the self-described “fag hag” who is loved by her circle of gay friends in New York City but lonely for a man of her own.
“I turn 40 this year. 40! I’m the oldest living fag hag,” she says at one point. “All my life I’ve been a fruit fly, fag hag, queen mother.”
Declaring that “this fruit fly is finished!” Violet becomes scarce to her friends to date. Her attempts are bumpy as she tries to meet dudes via something called “Frisky Friends,” describing herself to one potential suitor this way: “I’m a simple girl from Idaho … my face is rural too. I have an ample bosom and, well, my body is kind of ample.”
Cohn still has that same screen charm she had on The Facts of Life as Natalie but she is a far better actress now. She makes you root for Violet to find happiness but not to change too much because you like her so much the way she is even if she does, for some reason, dress as a cat one night.
I thought it was rather sweet when her friends stage an intervention at Central Park but I have to confess, I didn’t really care about them that much. Riley (Samuel Whitten) is the most fleshed-out as Violet’s co-worker, a model-turned clothing designer whose writer husband (Casper Andreas) wants babies.
The film is also blessed by a very funny performance by Kim Allen as Violet’s co-worker who thinks she knows all their is to know about landing a man and takes Violet under her wing. Although she may look like a million bucks, she’s even more screwed up than Violet!
WEEKEND SCREENINGS AND PARTIES: The 7.20 pm screening at Sunset 5 screening tonight will feature a Q&A with Mindy Cohn and cast afterward followed by Opening Night party at East West Lounge, 8851 Santa Monica Blvd in WeHo.
The cast will also be in attendance at the 7.20PM screening on Sat Nov 20th. Party to follow at Here Lounge, 696 North Robertson Blvd in WeHo.
Matt Barr may be one of the stars of the new CW show Hellcats, but he’s not new to television and movies.
The 26-year-old blond and buff actor plays aspiring filmmaker Dan Patch on the show, a guy who is best friends with the character of Marti (Aly Michalka).
Matt had previously been on CW’s One Tree Hill as Ian Banks, Peyton Sawyer’s (Hilarie Burton) stalker. He also played Christopher Sullivan on the CBS summer series Harper’s Island and Mike Fleming on ABC’s Commander in Chief. He also had guest and recurring roles on such popular television series as Friday Night Lights, Trauma, The Big Bang Theory, ER, Bones and The O.C.
His film credits include Pedro about the late Real World cast member Pedro Zamora. Matt played the part of annoying housemate Puck and just nailed the part. He was also in House Bunny with Anna Faris, Protecting the King, Ten Inch Hero, American Pie Presents Band Camp and Levelland.
Darren Criss, who plays the new gay BFF of Kurt (Chris Colfer) on the show, has already quickly been made a series regular.
Now Deadline Hollywood reports that Glee‘s rendition of Katy Perry’sTeenage Dream debuted at #1 in digital track sales with 214,000 tracks sold, the first time a Glee track has done so. (Glee‘s signature song, cast’s version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ reached #2 in May 2009.)
Criss sang the solo literally seconds after his character was introduced on the show.
It seems like just about every single great looking guy in Hollywood was at last night’s 15th Annual GQ Men Of The Year party held at the Chateau Marmont.
I went surfing through the gallery on Socialite Life where the guys include Taylor Lautner, James Franco, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Kwanten, James Marsden, Jason Ritter, Cory Monteith, Dave Annable, and Ben McKenzie among many others.
I wanted to feature few of my very favorites from this large gang of guys starting with White Collar star Matthew Bomer who, quite simply, had to have been the most handsome guy in a room filled with handsome guys.
His face is like a work of art!
Next of my faves is Chris Hemsworth who played Chris Pine’s dad in the Star Trek movie and is on the verge of a huge career. Then there is the talented cutie pie from Glee Chris Colfer and his new co-star Chord Overstreet who fits in with the rest of the cast just perfectly.
And finally, there is Channing Tatum who really is one of the sexiest men alive.
Many of you fell in love with Ryan Kwanten watching him on HBO’s True Blood on which he plays endearingly dim himbo Jason Stackhouse.
But he caught my eye on an episode of Law & Order: SVU as a military guy wrongly accused of rape. The 33-year-old Aussie actor was so good in that episode and his chemistry with series star Mariska Hargitay was off-the-charts.
Anyway, Ryan chatted with my favorite interviewer, Brandon Voss, for The Advocate and they covered all kinds of gay ground.
Here are some highlights:
Before True Blood, you starred as a lifeguard in the Australian soap Home and Away. Were you aware of gay fans that early in your career?
Yes, they’ve always been very staunch supporters of me. The great thing is that it’s a loyal fan base — they’ll stick with you through thick and thin, and I like that. You can’t buy that kind of loyalty.
I read a story in Star that claimed you purposely keep your love life private in part because you’re so conscious of your gay following. Any truth to that?
Well, it’s in Star, so it’s got to be true. [Laughs] But yeah, and, to be honest, it’s more than my love life. It was Einstein who once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” We almost know too much about far too many actors in this day and age — to the point where it becomes harder and harder to see them as a character. So I’ve always tried to maintain somewhat of an air of mystery.
Were you always comfortable with the idea of male admirers?
Oh, yeah. Australians are a very open-minded society, and I come from a very liberal, open family, so it’s something that I’ve embraced from the get-go. My youngest brother, Lloyd, is gay.
Tell me about him.
He’s a doctor, so he got every ounce of intelligence in the family. He was probably about 18 when he came out, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that from the day that he did, he was a changed man for the better. The sheer beauty of who he is really came through.
Let’s talk True Blood. With the exception of Jason, all the major male characters were involved in homoerotic action last season. Did you feel left out?
Well, there are more seasons to come, so there’s still many an opportunity. I’m sure Alan Ball’s concocting some road to take Jason down that he’s never been down before.
Your True Blood costar Stephen Moyer recently auctioned off his “modesty sock” for charity. Would you auction off your penis pouch for a gay charity like The Trevor Project?
Well, I’ve gone through more than one, so there might be a couple out there. I’ll have to speak to Audrey, our wardrobe designer, and see if she can track one down. There’s quite a collection, actually—one for every mood.
You wrote an upcoming satirical self-help book, The G-Strategy. Any chance the G stands for gay?
It’s stands for whatever you want it to, Brandon. That’s the beauty of it.