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Greg in Hollywood’s Prelude Homage to Scotty & Kevin

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Greg’s Celebrity Encounters: Rubbing elbows with Scotty and Kevin from “Brothers & Sisters”
By Greg Hernandez on Sep 26, 2009 12:02 am

Greg Hernandez, blogger and writer for his much beloved blog, Greg in Hollywood, has come out with a prelude blog celebrating the joys that is Scotty & Kevin of Brothers & Sisters and having had a chance to talk and interview with them previously. The article has nothing new, but I’m just posting it here because it has some great stuff by Luke Macfarlane.

Source: Greg in Hollywood


ABC’s Brothers & Sisters has its fourth season premiere tomorrow night and gay couple Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and Scotty (Luke Macfarlane) and word has it that they are considering becoming parents.

Both are such good actors and seem like good guys. I first met Luke at the 2007 LA Gay and Lesbian Center Gala. He was not yet out publicly but could not have been nicer. We spoke the next year at a TV Academy event shortly after he came out publicly as a gay man in an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.

He said of coming out: “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 continue to be my motto.”

Scotty Wandell and Kevin Walker 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. “…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’ve met Matthew om several occasions and it’s always a little surprising to hear him speak in a Welsh accent since Kevin is so Californian.

It just shows what a damned good actor he is!

In one of our interviews, Matthew talked to me about why Scotty and Kevin make such a good couple: “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. … 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.”

Greg Hernandez still adores Luke Macfarlane

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Greg Hernandez of Out in Hollywood who now is running Greg in Hollywood just posted up an article of admiration for Luke Macfarlane on his Greg in Hollywood website. There are no new interviews, but it’s a great article to read. :)

Source: Greg in Hollywood


Friday Morning Man: Luke Macfarlane!
By Greg Hernandez on Mar 20, 2009

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 ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters two seasons ago, 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 when we spoke last year.

The current season is his first as a full-fledged regular. “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 studied drama at Julliard and until last year, he had been intensely private about his personal life. Then he decided to share with a Canadian newspaper 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 told me shortly after that disclosure. “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.”

Over three seasons, Kevin and Scotty have become the most high-profile on-screen couple on network television – a couple whose life together is treated similarly to the lives of the other Walker offspring and who actually kiss passionately!

Luke is moonlighting these days as F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Blank Theatre Company’s production of Allan Knee’s play “the Jazz Age” which runs through Sunday.

Out in Hollywood’s Interview with Luke MacFarlane

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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.

Direct Link :
http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/2008/04/a_chat_wluke_macfarlane.html

The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences

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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.

Direct Link :
http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/2008/04/out_in_hollywood_exclusive_mat.html

LA Gay & Lesbian Center Gala (2007)

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Hello all,

According to Greg Hernandez of Out in Hollywood, this past Saturday, November 17th, Luke MacFarlane attended the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

Here is some info about what the LAGLC does:
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center provides a broad array of services for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Through its Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic and on-site pharmacy, the Center offers free and low-cost health and mental health services, HIV/AIDS medical care, and HIV/STD testing and prevention. The Center also offers legal, social, cultural, and educational services with unique programs for seniors, families, and youth including a 24-bed transitional living program for homeless youth.

You can find more information about the event by clicking here.

UPDATED (12:05PM): Seems like Greg Hernandez updates his blog and now has a picture of himself with Luke up! It’s on a new blog located here. You can find the picture of Greg & Luke at the picture gallery by going here.

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