In a new interview with Vulture magazine, Noah Galvin from The Real O’Neals, surprises everyone with an eye-opening interview that throws shade on gay characters and actors in Hollywood.
Galvin plays an Irish Catholic teenager named Kenny who comes out to his family in the first episode of the show. In real life, 22-year-old Noah, is also gay, but unlike his character who is just coming to terms with his sexuality, Galvin is already well-acquainted with the LGBT community and has strong beliefs about the responsibilities involved in being gay and playing gay.
While he may characterize himself as an “anxiety-ridden, neurotic, nebbishy Jew actor,” he does not come across that way in his interview, as he rails against much of the current gay status quo.
“Too often, gay characters on TV are being played by straight people. Some play stereotypes of gay people, some don’t. But more often than not, the people playing gay on TV are either not gay, or they are gay and they’re not out of the closet.”
He continues: “It’s important to me that with this slightly revolutionary thing we’re doing on network television that I should go full force and follow through as completely as possible. And it’s paid off in ways. In terms of, like, the kids who watch my show and say thank you for being open about who you are, and playing this character, and bringing a level of authenticity that maybe somebody else wouldn’t have.”
He goes on to throw shade at some of the recent gay actors and characters that have been hyped in the media, particularly calling Colton Haynes “the worst.”
He doesn’t believe that Colton even came out, furiously stating: “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.”
He went on to speak about his own flamboyance, and how he feels about Eric Stonestreet’s gay character portrayal.
“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 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.”
When he is pressed to further expand on his Eric Stonestreet comment, Galvin admits: “Because I’ve thrown Eric Stonestreet under the bus a solid seven times this week.”
He adds: “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.”
Noah also spills the beans about what the gay culture is like in Los Angeles, and how it differs from New York.
“There was a kid who guested on our show. He was flirting with me so blatantly, to the point where he asked me out a few times. At one point I turned to him and was like, Are you gay? And he was like, ‘Well … I don’t know. I’m more like, go with the flow. And I was like, Shut the fuck up. Get out of my face with your wishy-washy bullshit answer. You’re a fucking faggot. Like, I know you are. You know you are. Stop beating around the bush. Just go make out with me in my dressing room.’ And I ran into that more often than not. But also you meet a lot of straight men out in L.A. that are … I question a lot of people’s sexual orientation in L.A.”
He continues: “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.”
As far as his dating life goes, Noah admits that it’s “already pretty shitty.”
“Being on TV just adds another level of difficulty to the dating thing. First of all, I’m gay, and that’s just hard because gays are naturally a promiscuous collective of people. So there’s the lack of monogamy and then there’s me looking like a 12-year-old. And then there’s being in L.A., where half of the men are closeted and the other half are just dumb.”
So, what do you think of Noah Galvin’s claims? Is he right and we just aren’t used to such blatant honesty?