Sunday Night Video: See Paris Barclay’s wonderful speech while accepting the HRC Visibility Award
So glad HRC has put this up on YouTube so you can see it for yourself.
The prolific director Paris Barclay was honored at last night’s Los Angeles gala with the HRC Visibility Award. He was introduced by Glee star Darren Criss which was fitting since Paris directed the 100th episode of Glee that aired last week.
In all, he has directed more than 130 episodes of television including Sons of Anarchy, The Good Wife, In Treatment, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI, NYPD Blue, ER and The West Wing among others.
Paris, the president of the Director’s Guild of America, told the HRC crowd about how he went to an all boys high school and one of his classmates was John Roberts, the current Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
‘John was a very nice gentleman there, I have nothing against John Roberts,’ he said of the George W. Bush appointee.
Then he shared this gem: ‘We were in a play together, it was You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. I played Snoopy and future Chief Justice John Roberts played Peppermint Patty. … Since this was an all boys school, this was a performance that was done in drag. Now did you see one of those pictures when he was up for his nomination? You did not see one, single picture of John Roberts in that wig. But I have them.’
He added jokingly: ‘And I will release them!’
As for his own performance Paris said: ‘Snoopy is a very gay role. He’s crazy, he’s funny, he’s independent, he’s fashion forward with the scarves. He has the best songs, he’s exuberant. But at that time I was very much in the closet and so I hid behind the extremely extroverted role – a very visible role but I was invisible in it.’
Be sure to watch the entire speech below when you have time!
Before the dinner began, I chatted with Paris on the arrivals carpet after he posed for photos with his husband Christopher Mason and their sons Cyrus and Williams.
‘This is a family affair for us tonight,’ he said. ‘The Human Rights Campaign is one of the reasons why we could eventually get married and actually have this family so it’s a way of giving back to the organization that helped us get to where we’re at.’
I had to ask Paris about directing last week’s landmark 100th episode of Glee which brought back most of the regulars from previous seasons as well as two of the show’s most popular past guest star Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth.
‘It was really emotionally draining – it looked like a lot more fun than it was,’ he said candidly of the eighth episode of the show he has directed over five seasons. ‘It was one of the longest Glee’s that I’ve ever had to shoot in terms of getting all the (musical) numbers together (see some of them HERE).’
He added: ‘I thought Gwyneth Paltrow was amazing – I’ve never worked with her before. That was really great.’