Exclusive: Scott Evans’ First Interview

It’s not hard to think of famous actors who happen to be siblings. There are the Baldwin brothers, of course, as well as the Wayans brothers. There is Matt Dillon and Kevin Dillon, and Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson.

Then there is Chris Evans and Scott Evans.

Wait — Scott who?

Perhaps you’re not familiar with that last actor just yet, but with any luck, you will be soon. Scott Evans currently plays Officer Oliver Fish on One Life to Live, a character about to embark on a relationship with another man. If you’re especially sharp-eyed, you might have spotted Evans on a recent episode of Fringe where his character died in a rather horrible fashion.

Oh, Evans also happens to be the younger brother of Chris Evans of Fantastic Four fame.

With his new storyline on OLTL set to unfold over the next couple of weeks, now seemed a good time to chat with Scott about his career, his famous sibling and more. It turns our timing couldn’t be better as Scott just decided he was ready to start talking to the press and AfterElton.com got him first! 

AfterElton.com: Getting ready for our interview, I went looking for other interviews you’ve done and couldn’t find any. Have you done others? Or did I just miss them?
Scott Evans:
I have not. This started out as a small role that’s just sort of been growing, and I haven’t done too much yet. It’s all been small things, and I’ve been flying under the radar up till now.

AE: So we get the exclusive scoop. Let’s start with some basic information about you. How old are you? Where are you from? Where did you go to school?
SE:
I’m 25-years-old. I grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, which is a little suburb about half an hour outside of Boston. I’m a big Boston fan. Go Boston! I went to school at New York University, left for a couple years, then just went back and finished up.

AE: When did you get into acting?
SE:
When I was much, much younger, there were things my mother and I wanted to do, then I put it on the backburner. I stayed doing theater through high school, then in college I wasn’t even sure that was what I wanted to do. Then I started auditioning, and when I came back to school, I ended up getting this like a month before I graduated. It was very lucky for me.

AE: And you had a guest spot on Fringe. That was certainly a nasty way to die!

SE:
It was disgusting. Absolutely. The eyes bleeding out. For such a little scene, it was a very long, messy day.

AE: How long did that scene take?
SE:
Oh gosh. There was two tall days of work for that three minute intro. Fourteen hour days, a lot of makeup, and a lot of blueberry pie getting shot all over the place.

AE: It was an intense little scene.
SE:
My mother wasn’t too happy watching her baby boy die, but it turned out nice.

Scott as Ben on Fringe

AE: I’ve followed you for a while and know who you are, but when we posted the story about your upcoming storyline on One Life to Live, our readers went a little crazy with excitement. I was really amazed by how excited people were for your storyline.
SE
: It definitely came as a shock to me when it all happened. I didn’t know it was going to be as big as it was. It’s exciting!

AE: There’s another daytime actor who reportedly reacted poorly when he learned his character was going to be involved in a same-sex relationship. When the writers approached you with this plot twist, what was your reaction?

SE:
This is a job, it’s an acting job. No matter what happens, I’m telling the story of a person. It doesn’t matter if he’s gay, straight, man or woman. It doesn’t matter. You’re telling the person of a real human, a story they want to tell. No matter what you’re portraying, you should take it as work and you wanting to get the story out there for people to see.

AE: That answer makes a lot of sense in a perfect world, but unfortunately, as we all know, it’s not a perfect world. Presumably, the other actor was straight and had some concerns with playing a gay role. Flipping that on its head, as an out man, did you have any concerns about playing a gay role? I know some gay actors I talk to are worried about getting stereotyped with "the gay guy has to play the gay character." Do you worry about that?

SE:
I don’t worry about it. I’ve been playing a straight man on the show for so long and didn’t have a problem with that, and now that I’m playing a gay man, I don’t have a problem with that. As long as I keep telling Oliver’s story and his adventures, that’s my job and that’s all I need to do.

AE: I’m sure you’re aware that there are still gay actors in Hollywood who are so concerned about being gay hurting their careers, they remain closeted to some extent. What informed your decision to be an out actor? I’ve interviewed Chad Allen about this, and some other actors, everyone has a slightly different take, so I’m curious about your thought process.

SE:
You know, I have to tell you, I don’t think I ever really had a thought process about being an out actor. I came out when I was 19-years-old, and then I became an actor. I didn’t want to be one of those people who goes back into the closet and tries to hide because I knew it would come out. With the success of my brother, I didn’t feel it was necessary to hide it once I’d come out. I’m an out person, as opposed to an out actor, I suppose.

AE: You didn’t to talk to an agent or anything? You just said this is who I am and I’m not even going there or worrying about it?

SE:
Yes. He [my agent] didn’t worry about it too much. A while ago, something had come out about me being an out actor, a few months back, and I talked to my agent about it and we decided not to do interviews, because who wants to read about someone they don’t know anything about? We decided to wait a little bit to do interviews. It wasn’t like we were hiding it.

It’s nice, because it definitely is easier now. We still have a long way to go, but it is easier now.

Cheyenne Jackson, Chad Allen

AE: I mentioned Chad Allen before, and another actor I’ve talked to about this was Cheyenne Jackson, and they were both up front that, "Yeah, I had no choice but to be out because this is who I am. But possibly it has cost me some roles and been limiting to a certain extent." Are you concerned about that at all, or again, are you just going to be who you’re going to be?

SE:
I think there’s always a concern because there’s always going to be closed-minded people. There’s always going to be those people who say, "I don’t want to watch a gay actor play a straight man. It’s unbelievable." Little do they know there are a lot of them out there that they don’t know about. It is a little bit of a concern, but if it prevents me from getting jobs, bummer. As of now, I’m happy.

AE: You mentioned your brother Chris, and he discussed your coming out when he did an interview with The Advocate. Did he pretty much get what your coming out was like, or did you have a different point-of-view on it? He talked about how you seemed sort of nervous and did it sort of slowly.

SE:
It was slow. I graduated high school early because I knew I needed to get to New York City. I moved here and lived with my older sister. She knew first, and then my mother, and then my little sister. It was one by one. It took a lot of courage, and then it was so funny, because there was such a build-up before I would tell each family member, and then their reaction was kind of a letdown. "Okay. Cool."

I don’t have any big sad coming out stories. I’m so, so fortunate. I know a lot of people that have bad stories with parents or family members or friends. I can’t even think of one.

Scott Evans, Chris Evans

AE: I’ll be happy to report that! That’ll be nice to put on the site. Chris also told The Advocate that you and your gay friends are, "f**king hilarious." I need you to prove that right now by saying something absolutely hilarious. On your mark, get set, go.

SE:
[laughing] Oh my god! Are you kidding me? I have to say something hilarious? I don’t even have a joke. My brother, whenever he comes to New York, we always end up getting dinner with my roommate and all my friends. He thinks he’s funny, but man, I have to tell you, my friends are some of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. I wish I had something witty to say right now, but I don’t.

AE: I wasn’t really expecting you to. I just wanted to work that in there. What’s the age difference between you and Chris?

SE:
It’s two years and three months, actually. His birthday is tomorrow and he’ll be 28.

AE: Are you guys close?

SE:
We are extremely close. It’s unbelievable. Every family goes through their troubles. When he moved out, I was still in high school and we didn’t talk much. The last few years have been phenomenal. I lived out in L.A. for a little bit, and he’s like one of my best friends. He always points out, how weird it is when siblings are friends, but when you think about it, my brother was my first friend. I didn’t meet anybody else before I met him. It’s weird to think about that with how close we are now. It’s amazing.

AE: Is that why you were a little afraid of coming out to him?
SE:
I was absolutely terrified. I don’t know why. I thought it would be a letdown to him. Now, looking back on it, it’s a joke. I can’t even believe how much I worried.

AE: Now, I imagine since Chris is so well-known, a lot of people wonder if you go to him for advice about acting and career decisions, but since he’s going to be playing Jack Kerouac in Kill Your Darlings, which is kind of a gay-ish role, I wonder if he’s come to you for any advice on playing the part?

SE:
It hasn’t started yet, so I don’t know if when it happens he will. I’m sure we’ll talk about it. We talk about just about everything under the sun. If he needs advice, I can give him advice. I always ask him for advice, so we have a great relationship like that.

AE: Getting back to the show, how do you feel about the fact that you’re one of the few openly gay daytime actors, along with Tom Bierdz on The Young and the Restless. Is that something you knew and you’d thought about or did it not even even register?

SE:
I guess I’d have to answer that as it didn’t even really register. This was my first job out of college, so I didn’t even think about it. Now it’s coming up, so it’s what I’m thinking about, but it’s not changing how I work or how I do my job. It’s nice.

AE: I know you’ve done 31 episodes that have aired so far of One Life to Live. When did you join the show?
SE:
My first episode aired in January of 2008. It was only supposed to be those first five episodes. Then later that year, they called me because I was the computer guy tech nerd and they needed some computer stuff. I came back, and every since the beginning of this year it’s just been building up. It’s exciting.

Scott Evans (Oliver), Brett Claywell (Kyle), Tika Sumpter (Layla) and David Fumero (Cristian)
(ABC/DONNA SVENNEVIK)

AE: Some of our readers aren’t familiar with your character yet, although I know they will be. What can you tell us about Fish?

SE:
Fish works at the Llanview police department. He came on when Talia and Antonio were still there. I was helping John out behind the scenes, outside of the police force, helping him solve a murder, and finding Marty when she was kidnapped. So I’ve sort of been playing behind the scenes, so it’s very exciting to get more involved with other people.

AE: How does Fish fit into Llanview? Is he a native of the town? Is his family there?
SE:
I went to the police academy and then I got a job in Llanview. Talia had gotten transferred out, and I was her replacement to be Antonio’s partner. I’m kind of a geek, nerdy computer guy, so they poked fun of me a little bit and got me transferred to the town over when Talia came back. Since then, I’ve gotten my job back in Llanview, so I’m officially a resident of the town.

AE: With the upcoming reveal about Fish and Kyle’s sexual past in college, and the word that there’s a romantic storyline in store for them, what’s your take on Fish’s sexual orientation? I know he’s had relationships with women in the past, as well. Is this a coming out story? Is he gay? Bisexual?

SE:
I think right now it’s going to be a story of his journey and how he’s dealing with all this stuff. He comes from very conservative parents, and there’s going to be a lot of people who can relate to that, and trying to hide it. It’s a coming out story. You experiment, if you do, when you’re younger. Then he decides he’s not gay, and he’s straight and likes women, so he tries to throw himself at different girls and see where it takes him. I think it’ll just be the story of his journey.

AE: I want to be clear that I’m following what you’re saying: he’s going to throw himself at girls in episodes coming up or that’s how he’s been in the past?

SE:
In the past, back in February, I had a crush on Layla, and then the new girl in town, Stacy, I ended up having a one night stand with her, and then there’s been a little romantic thing with Fish and Layla. I think he’s doing everything in his power to kind of put this [being gay] on the backburner and not let it be a part of his life, but with Kyle in the picture, it’s just coming to the forefront.

AE: Do you think he’ll eventually be figuring out he’s gay or is that still to be determined?

SE:
I think you’ll have to wait and see.

AE: A very politic actor’s answer. Fair enough.

SE:
[laughs]


Brett Claywell, Scott Evans

AE: One of the things that’s very interesting about the dynamic between you and Kyle is that you’re a fine, upstanding cop while Kyle is certainly less than ethical. So it’s not just an attraction to another man, but you’ve got this sort of conflict between their personalities. What’s your take on that aspect of the story

SE:
I think there’s definitely a conflict of interest there. Fish is very by the book, and does everything as he’s told, and follows the rules. I think him knowing that someone he’s involved with was in trouble with the law or doesn’t do everything by the book, I think that causes a whole new added tension in addition to the history we already have. It changes it a little bit.

AE: Is part of the appeal for Fish with Kyle that he is kind of a bad guy?

SE:
There could be a little bit of that, the danger.

AE: When you when you were playing those earlier scenes with him, did you know where the story was going? There were people on AfterElton.com saying "I thought I detected something romantic going on between them." Is that how you and Brett Claywell played it or did you not know that at that point?

SE:
We were never too sure. All we knew was that something had happened, but we weren’t necessarily sure what it was. We had our different ideas. It’s funny to see people say, "I knew it! I knew it!" It’s just like, "You might have known, but not everyone knew it."

AE: What’s it like working with Brett?

SE:
Brett’s great. He joined the cast this year. He’s a big jokester. We did the charity softball game this past Saturday. It’s a blast. He’s an awesome, awesome guy.

AE: Assuming it does become a romantic relationship, have you guys discussed how you’re going to approach it? The reason I ask is because the fellows on a German soap opera we follow called Forbidden Love, they put all this time and effort into discussing their roles and how they’re going to play each scene as a couple. How much have you and Brett talked about how you’re going to approach the storyline?

SE:
It’s all very new, this storyline. We’re still learning about it. We’ve only been on set together a few times recently so we’ve only had a chance to talk about it in passing. I know next week, we are working together so we will be able to talk a lot more about it. I know he’s open to talking about it and figuring it out. It’s better to know what’s going on than to go in there and be uncomfortable.

AE: When we talked to Thom Bierdz recently about his role on The Young and the Restless, it was pretty clear that it was important to him as a gay man to tell a gay story. Is that important to you in any aspect at all?
Where would you like to see your storyline go?
SE
: I agree. I think the story is what’s important. So far it’s fantastic. It just needs to be told with integrity. Instead of a gay storyline, it’s a storyline. A love storyline. It’s the story of these two characters and where they’re going. Hopefully people who aren’t as open-minded can see past that and just look at it as two characters taking this journey.

Tom Bierdz

AE: Do the writers talk to you at all about the characters, or is it "here’s where it’s going" and you just have to figure out how to play it?

SE:
It’s pretty much, "Here’s the script. If you want to talk, let’s talk, and if you’re good, you’re good."

AE: It seems like there has been an explosion the past month or so on daytime television with gay male characters popping up all of a sudden on One Life to Live and The Young and Restless. And As the World Turns added another gay character. Are you aware of Luke and Noah over on ATWT and what a huge phenomenon that became?

SE:
I heard stuff about it and I know it’s there and gets a lot of coverage. Which is exciting, but to say explosion…we’re getting there. It’s good. I’m glad people are accepting of it, and it’s become such a big thing.

Yani Gellman and Michael Muhney will soon have an affair on The Young and the Restless

AE: Every year, we do something called the AfterElton Hot 100, where our readers vote on who they think are the hottest men in the world. I know thanks to your mom, Chris is aware that he’s made the Top 10 twice. I suspect that with this role for you, you could very well make the list next year. So I want to know is there any sibling rivalry between you two? Is it incredibly important to you that you eventually rank higher than Chris on the list?

SE:
[laughing] No, no rivalry at all. That would be fantastic to be there together. There’s no rivalry. The only rivalry we ever have is when we play sports or wrestle.

AE: You mentioned you’re a Boston fan. Are you a big sports guy?

SE:
Yeah. And even though Chris moved out to L.A., he hasn’t become jaded. He still roots for the Celtics, for the Red Sox and the Patriots. So we’re good there. If he became any other fan, I’d have to kill him.

AE: What sport do you like in particular?

SE:
My favorite season to watch is football, then I also love baseball season. The Red Sox destroyed the Yankees this week, which was phenomenal, but it’s hard living in New York with that. I play football and dodgeball in New York. I like to keep active like that.

AE: My readers will kill me if I don’t ask if you’re single or taken. If you’re single, at least they can imagine they have a chance of running into you and sweeping you off your feet.
SE:
[laughs] I am very single.

AE: That about covers everything I had.
SE:
Fantastic. My mother will be so excited that I talked to you.

One Life to Live airs Monday-Friday (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.