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‘Real O Neals’ Noah Galvin on Colton Haynes: ‘That’s not coming out’

Martha Plimpton stars with Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Mathew Shively, Bebe Wood and Mary Hollis Inboden.

Martha Plimpton stars with Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Mathew Shively, Bebe Wood and Mary Hollis Inboden. ABC

Colton Haynes’ coming out was widely celebrated by fans and media, although one actor who was decidedly unimpressed is The Real O Neals‘ openly gay actor Noah Galvin, who has some harsh words regarding the Teen Wolf star.

Talking to Vulture, he said:

That’s not coming out. That’s f*cking pussy bullsh*t. 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.”

On deciding to be open about his sexuality:

I have a very large crew of people that all weighed in. But because of the show and the character and this opportunity I’m being given, I couldn’t not come out publicly, solely for the people that watch our show. 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.

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.”

On Hollywood’s inherent homophobia:

One producer who watches our show was like, But he’s too gay. It was horrible. It made me feel so shitty. I was like, Well, how did I get so far in the process if I was “too gay”? Obviously that’s one person’s opinion. Somebody who watches our show is maybe blinded by the fact that I play gay on this television show — I’m sure there are a thousand contributing factors. And maybe I was, like, “too gay” in that audition. I don’t know. I don’t get to watch the audition tape, you know? So it’s an interesting thing I’m learning to navigate and having to deal with for the first time.”

On Eric Stonestreet’s portrayal of a gay character on Modern Family:

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.”

On Hollywood’s “glass closet”:

At one point I turned to [a male co-star who was flirting with me] 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 f*ck up. Get out of my face with your wishy-washy bullshit answer. You’re a f*cking 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. The actual gay-gay community is in WeHo, and it’s a club scene. I have no interest in that whatsoever.

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