‘Real O’Neal’s Star’ Sounds Off on Life in Gay Hollywood

THE REAL O'NEALS - Pilot Gallery (ABC/Kevin Foley) MARTHA PLIMPTON, JAY R. FERGUSON, NOAH GALVIN, MATT SHIVELY, BEBE WOOD

THE REAL O’NEALS – Pilot Gallery (ABC/Kevin Foley)
MARTHA PLIMPTON, JAY R. FERGUSON, NOAH GALVIN, MATT SHIVELY, BEBE WOOD

The openly gay star of ABC’s the Real O’Neals may be just 22, but he offers New York magazine a refreshing look at what it’s like to be out in Hollywood. The no-hold-barred interview with Noah Galvin shows the New York native figuring out life on the West Coast and in Hollywood playing a gay character while also figuring out his own self.

On being a role model:

Has it been hard, when kids reach out to you?

I don’t know. There are varying levels of severity of these stories. So sometimes it does get really intense. I do have to be very careful about what I respond to and what I don’t. I’m learning how to deal with it all.

You’re 22.

Right. I’m still figuring out my own bullshit. I’ve got struggles of my own. I don’t have time to be your fucking soothsayer.

On “coming outs” in Hollywood:

It’s interesting because you know Colton Haynes …

Do I …

Do you?

The worst.

But you know he talked about coming out. He didn’t actually say he was gay.

That’s not coming out. That’s fucking pussy bullshit. That’s like, enough people assume that I sleep with men, so I’m just going to slightly confirm the fact that I’ve sucked a dick or two. That’s not doing anything for the little gays but giving them more masturbation material.

On straight actors playing gay:

Yeah, it depends on who you’re with. If I’m with a bunch of gays, I’m going to be like, Yas queen! Yas, yas, yas! But when I’m with my brothers and we’re wrestling, I’m going to bro out. And I want Kenny [his Real O’Neals character] to be that. I don’t want Kenny to just be the Eric Stonestreet. I want him to be a person. I want him to have levels to him. A lot of portrayals of gays on television don’t allow for that.

Can you be more specific?

Are you trying to get me to throw somebody under the bus right now? Because I’ve thrown Eric Stonestreet under the bus a solid seven times this week. No, I think as wonderful of an actor as Eric Stonestreet is — I’ve never met him, I assume he’s a wonderful guy — he’s playing a caricature of a caricature of a stereotype of stereotype on Modern Family. And he’s a straight man in real life. And as hilarious as that character is, there’s a lack of authenticity. I think people — especially young gay kids — they can laugh at it, and they can see it as a source of comedy, but like, nothing more than that. And I want Kenny to be more than the funny gay kid.

On the Hollywood gay scene:

I want nothing to do with that. I think there are enough boys in L.A. that are questionably homosexual who are willing to do things with the right person who can get them in the door. In New York there is a healthy gay community, and that doesn’t exist in L.A.

We can just hear his publicist’s facepalm all the way from here.

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