Jack Falahee may play a gay college student on TV, but it’s the actor who is doing all the learning when it comes to the LGBT community.
The How To Get Away With Murder star recently came out as straight, and he’s talking to Fault Magazine this month about how playing Connor Walsh on the hit ABC show has opened his eyes in unexpected ways.
“I’m still not over how the much of an impact the show has made and a lot of that is Connor’s character and his importance to fans,” the actor said. “It’s emblematic of my straight privilege, but I never thought his character would be so important to the LGBTQ community.”
Falahee says his role on the show is “100% opening my eyes to the LGBTQ struggle,” adding that he’s trying to become a student of gay history in order to do the character justice.
His favorite part, however, is how much the relationship between Connor and his HIV-positive boyfriend, Oliver, has meant to viewers.
“The outpouring of love from the fans was so gratifying and humbling for me,” Falahee said. “Receiving messages from fans saying ’Connor and Oliver helped me come out to my parents’ is deeply rewarding, and to be any small part of the courage needed to come out will forever be a blessing to me.”