Jack Falahee, breakout star of How to Get Away With Murder, spoke with Vulture about tonight’s two-hour finale—and once again danced around the subject of his sexuality.
Initially, he was happy to discuss the risqué scenes his character, Connor, has enjoyed.
“To me, it’s just another sex scene,” the 25-year-old actor said. “It’s interesting to see how people have been responding to them. Which has been mostly positive, even though this is not something we’re used to seeing so explicitly on network television yet. But it’s part of everyday life, everywhere in the world.”
But when asked about his own sexuality offscreen, Falahee skirted the issue.
I’m very confident in my sexuality, and I really don’t like talking about my romantic life in the press. It’s pretty reductive to ask just the actor playing the gay character what his sexuality is if you’re not going to ask that question of people playing straight characters on the show.
I really don’t see what my sexuality has to do with the characters, and I think that’s private.
But I find it interesting, the fascination with picking apart or outing actors who play homosexual characters on TV or in films. We don’t have that same fascination with actors who are portraying heterosexual characters.
We respectfully disagree—actors are routinely asked about their dating lives. And, even in 2015, the assumption is you’re straight unless you say otherwise.
Only a few weeks ago, Falahee said basically the same thing to Out, even using some of the same terminology.
“I don’t think answering who I’m sleeping with accomplishes anything other than quenching the thirst of curiosity—And moreover, it seems reductive.
While Falahee’s points about the media obsession’s with who actors sleep with is valid, it’s also clear he—or the publicist who had him memorize this response—doesn’t own a thesaurus.
In another interview with SiriusXM Progress, Falahee told Michelangelo Signorile that asking an actor who plays a gay character about his sexuality, “is like asking an actor who plays an alcoholic what their relationship is with alcohol. It’s not necessarily [and] I think we’re projecting onto actors in a way.”
But, as Signorile points out, “an actor who plays an alcoholic might be asked what he brings to the role and if he’s had that experience in his life.”
What do you think: Is asking an actor who plays gay about his sexuality fair game?