'HTGAWM' Star Jack Falahee Says Questions About His Sexuality Are 'Reductive'
On TV, he plays one of the most explosive and sexually-charged gay characters, Connor Walsh, on ABC’s hit new series, How to Get Away With Murder.
But what everyone wants to know is if Jack Falahee is gay in real life.
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In a new profile for Out magazine, ETonline’s Executive Editor Shana Naomi Krochmal ‘goes there’ with the actor -- who, at this point, media outlets have assumed he’s straight though he’s never been blatantly asked -- but he says questions about sexuality are “reductive.”
“I don’t think answering who I’m sleeping with accomplishes anything other than quenching the thirst of curiosity,” he says, adding that “it’s been really interesting to be in the middle of the industry’s fascination with the individual, because I never thought about that growing up or when I was at acting school. No matter how I answer, someone will say, ‘No, that’s not true.’”
Though a supporter of the LGBT community and as someone who speaks out in support of acceptance, Falahee feels that how he defines his own sexuality is “trivial.”
Ultimately, the 25-year-old actor blames our “hetero-normative, patriarchal society,” which continually poses queries like these, and hopes that someday it’s a question that won’t need to be asked.
And as the show continues to grow in popularity -- ABC's TGIT lineup experienced a bump in viewers when the shows returned with new episodes in January -- Falahee wants to remind fans that he’s not the character they see on TV each week.
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“I am not Connor, and Connor is not me,” he says. “I understand that people want to feel some sort of connection with me, but I would encourage them to feel that through the work.”
So it may be safe to assume that Falahee doesn’t indulge in all that ass licking he's seen doing on TV.
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