Michael Urie gives it to Pink News straight (pun!) on why he’s so adamant that gay actors be cast as gay characters in Netflix’s new queer Christmas movie Single All The Way.
In the Urie plays Peter, a perpetually single gay man. Peter lives in LA with his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) – and romance quickly blossoms when the pair return to Peter’s family home for the Christmas season.
There are three major gay characters, Peter, Nick and James, who is played by Luke Macfarlane and all three are played by openly gay actors.
“I don’t have any real power, but I was very clear that we need to make sure the other guys are really gay.
I was like, it’s gonna be a lot easier in a year when I’m on Zoom doing junkets if we can speak authentically about our gay experience. It’s going to be a lot easier than tiptoeing around the fact that my co-star, who I spend the entire movie falling in love with, doesn’t know what it’s like to be in love with a man.
Those are conversations we had early when looking for the roles – and everybody was on the same page, by the way…
I wanted to make sure everyone knew how much harder my job would be if I was doing interviews with a straight person talking about gay love.
If I’m talking about that with some straight guy, and then the narrative is all like,
‘You were so convincing!’
– like, come on, give me a break. We’ve done that, we’re tired of that, we don’t need that anymore.
And maybe the pendulum will swing back. Maybe I’ll be doing a junket where everyone’s talking about how believable I was playing the heterosexual love interest in a holiday rom-com, wouldn’t that be interesting? And maybe that will happen, but for now, we all needed to be pioneering what we do.
So it was important to me that in this movie, we represent ourselves.”
Urie’s co-star Philemon agrees,
“My character Nick, he’s just himself – and it made me just be myself.
Who I am is who I am. It would not have been the movie it is now if we had straight actors playing gay characters. They would have never known our experience – not at all.”
The movie also stars two bonafide gay icons, Jennifer Coolidge & Kathy Najimy! Read the full interview with Michael Urie and Philemon Chambers here.
Single All The Way streams on Netflix starting December 2.
(via Pink News)