So imagine how my love grew when I came across Scott Evans’ first real interviewEarlier this week, Evans chatted at length with After Elton about being gay, being hot, having a hot brother, whether he’s single, and his love of sports. And his soon-to-be recognized reciprocation of my love.
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AE: You mentioned your brother Chris, and he discussed your coming out when he did an interview with The Advocate. Did he pretty much get what your coming out was like, or did you have a different point-of-view on it? He talked about how you seemed sort of nervous and did it sort of slowly.
SE: It was slow. I graduated high school early because I knew I needed to get to New York City. I moved here and lived with my older sister. She knew first, and then my mother, and then my little sister. It was one by one. It took a lot of courage, and then it was so funny, because there was such a build-up before I would tell each family member, and then their reaction was kind of a letdown. “Okay. Cool.”
I don’t have any big sad coming out stories. I’m so, so fortunate. I know a lot of people that have bad stories with parents or family members or friends. I can’t even think of one.
AE: I’m sure you’re aware that there are still gay actors in Hollywood who are so concerned about being gay hurting their careers, they remain closeted to some extent. What informed your decision to be an out actor? I’ve interviewed Chad Allen about this, and some other actors, everyone has a slightly different take, so I’m curious about your thought process.
SE: You know, I have to tell you, I don’t think I ever really had a thought process about being an out actor. I came out when I was 19-years-old, and then I became an actor. I didn’t want to be one of those people who goes back into the closet and tries to hide because I knew it would come out. With the success of my brother, I didn’t feel it was necessary to hide it once I’d come out. I’m an out person, as opposed to an out actor, I suppose.
AE: I mentioned Chad Allen before, and another actor I’ve talked to about this was Cheyenne Jackson, and they were both up front that, “Yeah, I had no choice but to be out because this is who I am. But possibly it has cost me some roles and been limiting to a certain extent.” Are you concerned about that at all, or again, are you just going to be who you’re going to be?
SE: I think there’s always a concern because there’s always going to be closed-minded people. There’s always going to be those people who say, “I don’t want to watch a gay actor play a straight man. It’s unbelievable.” Little do they know there are a lot of them out there that they don’t know about. It is a little bit of a concern, but if it prevents me from getting jobs, bummer. As of now, I’m happy.
AE: I’ll be happy to report that! That’ll be nice to put on the site. Chris also told The Advocate that you and your gay friends are, “f**king hilarious.” I need you to prove that right now by saying something absolutely hilarious. On your mark, get set, go.
SE: [laughing] Oh my god! Are you kidding me? I have to say something hilarious? I don’t even have a joke. My brother, whenever he comes to New York, we always end up getting dinner with my roommate and all my friends. He thinks he’s funny, but man, I have to tell you, my friends are some of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. I wish I had something witty to say right now, but I don’t.
AE: I wasn’t really expecting you to. I just wanted to work that in there. What’s the age difference between you and Chris?
SE: It’s two years and three months, actually. His birthday is tomorrow and he’ll be 28.
AE: Are you guys close?
SE: We are extremely close. It’s unbelievable. Every family goes through their troubles. When he moved out, I was still in high school and we didn’t talk much. The last few years have been phenomenal. I lived out in L.A. for a little bit, and he’s like one of my best friends. He always points out, how weird it is when siblings are friends, but when you think about it, my brother was my first friend. I didn’t meet anybody else before I met him. It’s weird to think about that with how close we are now. It’s amazing.
AE: Is that why you were a little afraid of coming out to him?
SE: I was absolutely terrified. I don’t know why. I thought it would be a letdown to him. Now, looking back on it, it’s a joke. I can’t even believe how much I worried.
AE: Now, I imagine since Chris is so well-known, a lot of people wonder if you go to him for advice about acting and career decisions, but since he’s going to be playing Jack Kerouac in Kill Your Darlings, which is kind of a gay-ish role, I wonder if he’s come to you for any advice on playing the part?
SE: It hasn’t started yet, so I don’t know if when it happens he will. I’m sure we’ll talk about it. We talk about just about everything under the sun. If he needs advice, I can give him advice. I always ask him for advice, so we have a great relationship like that.
AE: You mentioned you’re a Boston fan. Are you a big sports guy?
SE: Yeah. And even though Chris moved out to L.A., he hasn’t become jaded. He still roots for the Celtics, for the Red Sox and the Patriots. So we’re good there. If he became any other fan, I’d have to kill him.
AE: What sport do you like in particular?
SE: My favorite season to watch is football, then I also love baseball season. The Red Sox destroyed the Yankees this week, which was phenomenal, but it’s hard living in New York with that. I play football and dodgeball in New York. I like to keep active like that.
AE: My readers will kill me if I don’t ask if you’re single or taken. If you’re single, at least they can imagine they have a chance of running into you and sweeping you off your feet.
SE: [laughs] I am very single.
Read the entire interview on After Elton.