Out in Hollywood’s Interview with Luke MacFarlane
Out in Hollywood has an interview article with Luke MacFarlane, now a series regular on Brothers & Sisters. Greg Hernandez did a small interview with Luke before the event at the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences began. Here’s the article (with permission):
A chat w/Luke MacFarlane…
He had them at mango salsa.
When Luke MacFarlane’s endearing character of Scotty sat down to dinner for the first time with the Walker clan on “Brothers & Sisters,” it was a big outdoor party scene where Sally Field’s Nora had just humiliated her late husband’s mistress Holly (Patricia Wettig). The tension was incredibly high until Scotty piped up and asked, “Is this salsa mango?”
Scotty Wandell and Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys) had instant chemistry from the minute the financially struggling waiter-turned-chef walked into his law office on a legal matter. He cut through Kevin’s veneer with quirky humor and charm and you knew he had Kevin’s heart when he bit into a red velvet cupcake and smiled at the end of one of their early episodes..
“My whole experience on the show started off as just a few episodes and it’s just become more and more and more and I’m so grateful for that,” Luke told me Monday night when we chatted before the start of the “A Conversation With Brothers & Sisters” event at the Television Academy in North Hollywood.
Luke, 28, was among the 12 cast members who participated as he was recently promoted from recurring character to full-fledged series regular: “They are making me a regular for season three. It’s very, very nice. We all know in television it’s hard to get a gig that lasts for a long time so when the agent calls up and says, ‘You’re guaranteed these number of episodes you feel very, very lucky.”
Luke, who studied drama at Julliard, was previously best-known for his role as Pvt. Frank “Dim” Dumphy in the series “Over There.” The Canadian actor had never given any interviews about his personal life until discussing his sexuality for the first time in an interview with the Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, a few weeks ago in 2008. He decided to share that not only is he playing a gay man on TV, but he is a gay man in life.
“It’s been relatively simple for me,” he said of the increased spotlight. “I’ll say that I decided to do that interview, I decided to answer those questions in an effort to make my life simpler and that’s going to contunue to be my motto. So, I’ll have to say, it hasn’t been that hot a light on me at all.”
Even though through much of show’s first season the writers had Kevin struggling with commitment issues and go on to have relationships with a closeted soap actor (Jason Lewis) and a minister (Eric Winter), Scotty had been a fan favorite from his first scene and audiences wanted to see he and Kevin together.
Said Luke: “Well, I do know that the fans had a lot to do with Scotty staying around as long as he has so I’m grateful for them.”
I mention to him that now that Scotty is getting more airtime, the fans now want to get to know Luke himself a little better. He laughed a bit nervously and said, “In time.”
We look forward to it.
Thanks to Greg Hernandez of Out in Hollywood blog for his permission in using his article.