Ryan Kwanten discusses his gay fans
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Many of you fell in love with Ryan Kwanten watching him on HBO’s “True Blood” on which he plays endearingly dim himbo Jason Stackhouse.
But he caught my eye on an episode of “Law & Order: SVU” as a military guy wrongly accused of rape. The 33-year-old Aussie actor was so good in that episode and his chemistry with series star Mariska Hargitay was off-the-charts.
Anyway, Ryan chatted with my favorite interviewer, Brandon Voss, for The Advocate and they covered all kinds of gay ground.
Here are some highlights:
Before “True Blood,” you starred as a lifeguard in the Australian soap Home and Away. Were you aware of gay fans that early in your career?
Yes, they’ve always been very staunch supporters of me. The great thing is that it’s a loyal fan base — they’ll stick with you through thick and thin, and I like that. You can’t buy that kind of loyalty.
I read a story in Star that claimed you purposely keep your love life private in part because you’re so conscious of your gay following. Any truth to that?
Well, it’s in Star, so it’s got to be true. [Laughs] But yeah, and, to be honest, it’s more than my love life. It was Einstein who once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” We almost know too much about far too many actors in this day and age — to the point where it becomes harder and harder to see them as a character. So I’ve always tried to maintain somewhat of an air of mystery.
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