The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences
Out in Hollywood has an article on what transpired at the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences and focused more between what Matthew Rhys & Luke MacFarlane had to say at the event. Here’s the article (with permission):
Exclusive: Matthew Rhys and Luke MacFarlane on their TV nuptuals…
Don’t you just love all the drama of that “exclusive” headline? Well, I guess I’m feeling a little over-the-top after chatting-up both Kevin AND Scotty within moments of each other at a Television Academy event in North Hollywood last night. Oh wait! Kevin and Scotty are just TV characters – gay TV characters – played by actors Matthew Rhys and Luke MacFarlane.
I wanted to get their thoughts on this wonderful plot development that has Scotty and Kevin – an on-and-off-again couple since the beginning of the show – tying the knot in a commitment ceremony in the second season finale in a few weeks.
On the commitment ceremony:
Matthew: “It was great, perfectly put together. We didn’t get there easily, there wasn’t an easy road there up to the last few seconds, just like the turbulent path that we’ve had. There’s a lot of drama before getting there but then you know, it’s all resolved. And about time I think.”
Luke: “It means that the audience is ready because, you know, in television we make sure people are ready before we foist anything upon them by sort of testing it and stuff. It means that the world is ready and it also means that the characters in their lives are ready too. It’s a beautiful thing that’s happening but also a very appropriate thing.”
On working together:
Luke: Matthew’s a wonderful actor, he just oozes charm. From day one it’s always been super simple with him.
Matthew: “We do have (chemistry). It’s a real joy to work with him, a pleasure. As much as (Kevin and Scotty’s) drama came from their turbulence and the conflict in their relationship, being now in this (committed) relationship opens up a world of drama for them to play out. So, it’s all exciting times. What’s great is they really have picked two very diverse characters, the two of us compliment us very well as characters. Kevin can be a little bit uptight at times whereas Scotty, is a little bit too much of a free-spirit. So when the two meet, it makes for humorous times.”
On Kevin’s growth as a character:
Matthew: “It’s been great for over two seasons to have this arc, this sort of turbulent arc, and somewhere that he’s reached which is what you want. You don’t want to be ping-ponging back between old stories. So I’m glad the character’s evolving.”
On a lighter note, one of the pre-strike episodes had Kevin and Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) joining Scotty and his friends at a karaoke bar. Kevin, tired of being known as uptight, gets real drunk and begins singing to Scotty from the stage. Did Matthew have fun filming such a silly scene?
“It was fun. For me, as a Welshman, to desecrate a Tom Jones song like that, it was I found painful. And then to do the same to a Willie Nelson song, it was painful to be that bad! It came very naturally, of course. What I did was pretty unforgiveable.”
Thanks to Greg Hernandez of Out in Hollywood blog for his permission in using his article.