Friday, July 23, 2010

John Barrowman on "Glee" rumors, Torchwood, having kids and more!

"Traditionally the most successful television stars have been those that could do it all ... actor/singer/dancer/writer, John Barrowman is one of the few celebrities that could still lay claim to the job description of Entertainer... " caught up with openly gay actor John Barrowman and grilled him on the new show, going to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s big gay party, those Glee rumors and of course Torchwood: When you first started out in television, I read you were advised to keep your sexuality quiet and now as an openly gay man you are the presenter of a family show on BBC prime time – how much have attitudes changed in the industry?

John Barrowman: To be honest with you I don’t care about the industry’s attitude because by being truthful about who I am and encouraging others to be truthful; this contributes to change. When I had already been on television for quite a while, there was someone that told me I should keep my sexuality a secret, but I just looked at them and said, 'You can’t tell me to do that.' Why should I hide who I am when that should be an asset? Given that, what do you think of the recent Newsweek Sean Hayes controversy? It seems pretty clear that the UK is more accepting of gay actors – would you agree or disagree?

John Barrowman: I certainly think there is more tolerance on this side of the Atlantic than in the US. With regards to Sean Hayes I didn’t see it play out so I can’t tell you all about it, but there are a lot of gay men in Hollywood right now that are playing straight men – not just in front of the camera but also in their everyday lives. I might be stepping over the line here, but maybe Ramin Setoodeh didn’t like Sean Hayes and felt like being a bit of a bitch that day. The fact that he himself is gay and wrote what he did is really detrimental and quite frankly an asshole thing to do.

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