Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses his first gay kiss on TV
By Greg Hernandez
The star of last year’s terrific romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page in the new flick Inception. I interviewed Joseph at the premiere of Stop-Loss in which he co-starred with Ryan Philippe and Channing Tatum but my fondest memory is meeting him at Outfest about five years ago.
It was around the time he had starred in Mysterious Skin and I had no idea who he was (I did not watch 3rd Rock from the Sun) but the guy I was seeing at the time had a small role in Skin with Joseph and asked me to take a photo of him with the actor.
Anyway, here is a portion of Brandon’s chat with this talented young actor:
When you appeared as Eric’s gay buddy on a 1998 episode of That ’70s Show, you and Topher Grace shared the first gay kiss on North American prime-time TV. Did that feel like a big deal, or was it just another gig?
Oh, I was totally proud of that, and I still am. It was a great bit, and it got a great reaction. More than anything else, though, I remember that it was written very well, because the emphasis wasn’t on it being gay but on making sure the scene worked and was funny. It was great that it showed people it was just a normal thing.
More importantly, was Topher a good kisser?
[Laughs] Probably one the worst kissers I’ve ever kissed. You know, he’s a dude, and girls are awesome to kiss, I gotta say.
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