Wednesday Morning Man: Max Greenfield!
Max Greenfield isn’t gay but he’s sure been gay on television – repeatedly.
And we love him for it.
The handsome New Girl actor, who celebrates his 39th birthday today, is having a big year career-wise.
He delivered a transformative performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The actor played Ronnie, a junkie who befriends Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) and is unaware that his new acquaintance is a wanted serial killer.
The actor previously worked with executive producer Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story: Hotel, which also found the actor exploring a much darker side than New Girl fans were used to seeing.
Max played a gay role in Versace but he had developed a gay following long before that when he had gay roles on the ABC Family series Greek and the ABC sitcom Happy Endings.
‘Paul James and I on Greek had the first gay kiss on ABC Family, and we went to the GLAAD Awards and everything,’ Greenfield tells the Advocate in a 2016 interview.
‘It means a lot, because you guys have the best taste. Listen, if the gay community thinks you’re doing a good job, you’re in. I don’t think anything gets done in this business without the gay community – at least not anything good.’
Before Greek, Happy Endings and New Girl, Max made his television debut in the MTV series Undressed which required many of its cast members to show plenty of skin and often be sexually fluid.
He feels this set the tone for a very queer, half-naked career.
‘But you know what? I feel like my best naked work and my best gay work is ahead of me.’