Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Luke MacFarlane Comes Out; World Asks "Who is Luke MacFarlane?"

"If you see a painted sign at the end of the road saying 15 miles to the love shack..."

Luke MacFarlane, a cute young actor who appears on ABC's mawkish Brothers & Sisters, came out in an interview with Canada's The Globe and Mail today in what can only be described as a crushing blow to every straight female fan of Prison Break who has ever posted the words "Wentworth Miller isn't gay, he just hasn't found the right girl yet" on an Internet message board. You see, MacFarlane, who was previously linked to Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight, is known to spend time with Miller, and a certain well-known blogger raised eyebrows last summer by declaring them a romantic item.

Now, if you take the Wentworth-obsessed IMDb crazies at their word, the two of them are probably just partaking in aggressively heterosexual activities together, like watching Showgirls (for the naked girly bits, not the delicious campiness) and lifting weights (for their health and the natural high they get from exercise, not for all the sweaty, buff partial male nudity -- yes, when I imagine those two lifting weights together, the shirts eventually come off). But me, I'm a romantic, so I prefer to think they're making sweet, sweet love together and cuddling as they watch The Golden Girls reruns before drifting off to sleep.

You can read the interview in its entirety at the Globe and Mail website, but here's the swoon-worthy part:

Though no secret to his family and close friends, Macfarlane has, until now, been guarded about his personal life as a gay man. Over lunch in Los Angeles, where he lives, he initially insists that he has no concerns about his public revelation - but a few seconds later he is shifting nervously in his chair, and concedes that he is "terrified."

"I don't know what will happen professionally ... that is the fear, but I guess I can't really be concerned about what will happen, because it's my truth."

Congratulations to Luke on coming out, and may a bit of his integrity rub off on all of those other actors and actresses who are currently "guarded" about their personal lives. You don't have to tell us who you're fucking, ladies and gentlemen, just get the hell out of the closet.

And in other news...

Cynthia Nixon was on Good Morning America earlier to talk about beating breast cancer, and you can see why the Point Foundation saw fit to honor her last week when she talks about her family. During her sit-down interview with Cynthia McFadden, Nixon recalls her partner Christine Marinoni's reaction to her diagnosis ("She was in a panic. She was just trying to calm herself down any way she could") and talks about her children's relationship with Marinoni, saying:
"They love her. They call her Mom. They call me Mommy. My son is very funny. Sometimes he says Mom, and it's obvious he means both of us or either of us. He just says Mom and whoever answers is fine."
You might note that McFadden mentions the last time she talked with Nixon about her personal life, things got a little "dicey." Nixon opted not to reply, "If by 'dicey' you mean your line of questioning got a little patronizing," but that's just because she's a class act. If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about (and people rarely do), here's a refresher course: Two years ago, in her quest to overdramatize Nixon's remarkably matter-of-fact coming out, McFadden conjured images of The Children's Hour by actually uttering the words, "You know an old friend of mine says if you can live through the thing you think you can't and survive..." McFadden, who has enjoyed high-profile friendships with the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Liz Smith, should have known better for obvious reasons.

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