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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Uber-hunk, Victor Webster chats about playing a gay character on the CW's Melrose Place

Canadian actor, Victor Webster, is best known to soap fans for playing Nicholas Alamain on Days of Our Lives and to sci-fi fans as Brennan Mulwray in Mutant X. Advocate.com has a new interview with the uber-hunk about his new role playing a gay character on the CW's Melrose Place. "For the revamped Melrose, producers decided they wanted a gay character with a little bite. Enter Caleb Brewer, a scotch-swilling, cigar-chomping man’s man who just happens to dig other dudes," writes Advocate's Dan Avery. My hope is that the writers see Webster's talent and get past his obvious beauty to write a great character that he can really sink his teeth into. Here's an excerpt of the interview:

A far cry from the neutered gay guy of this first Melrose Place, the remake's Victor Webster plays a sports-loving, cigar-smoking, horny man's man who happens to like other dudes. Matt Fielding, the token gay on the original Melrose Place, was something of a pyrrhic victory for LGBT viewers. Finally, TV had a series regular who was out and proud and managed to go seven seasons without killing anyone or turning straight. But he was about as exciting as warm milk -- and half as sexy.

Advocate: How does Caleb compare to Matt, the gay character from the original Melrose?

Victor Webster: They’re complete opposites. Matt was neutered. Caleb is a go-getter and he flirts shamelessly. He’s definitely not a cheeseball. A lot of gay characters on TV are goofy or effeminate, and the producers really wanted the character to be well-rounded. Caleb grew up playing sports -- he’s very masculine and he’s not tortured about who he is at all.




Advocate: You used to be on Days of Our Lives. Daytime soaps have been incorporating a ton of gay story lines lately. Do you think that represents a real sea change on television?

Victor Webster: It’s what’s going on in the culture and the soaps are reflecting it. Television is generally on the conservative side, so if you’re seeing it represented on TV, that probably means it’s really out there in the real world.

Advocate: I know you’re straight -- tragically -- but are you aware of your sizable gay following?

Victor Webster: Definitely. My gay friends keep me posted. I consider it very flattering, but a fan is a fan. I don’t want to separate people into camps.




Advocate: Your roles either have you fighting or taking off your clothes for a sex scene. How do you stay in shape?

Victor Webster: I do a lot of mixed martial arts -- it’s like unlimited fighting. I do Brazilian jujutsu, beach volleyball. I don’t like my routine to get stale, so I also lift kettle bells and push cars.

Read full interview here.



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