Of course you and Lea reunited on Glee. Your character, Jesse St. James, sparked a huge controversy when it became the center of the Newsweek article saying gay actors can’t play straight. How did you react to that?
I just ignored it. That’s like getting a bad review—you know, you just read what people say, let it roll off, and move on. It’s so funny with Looking we have the inverse of that where we have straight people playing gay characters. It just further hits home the point that somebody’s personal sexuality has nothing to do with their ability to play or not play a role.
Raul Castillo plays Richie [Patrick’s love interest] with such a beautiful energy specific to Raul himself. It would have been a shame if he wouldn’t been able to be cast because he was straight. I think that would be such a tragedy and vice versa. So I ignored it back then and working on Looking has solidified, for me, that article has no real validity.