The actor Matthew Morrison, who plays song-and-dance teacher Will Schuester on Fox’s Glee, is a straight man. Not in the “straight guy but maybe gay if I pray hard enough” sort of way. Completely straight, likes the ladies, and won’t be teabagging any guys anytime soon. But because he stars in a gay television show, and this is Hollywood, rumors get started and such. So in December, he found himself insisting to Elle that he was breeder through and through. And he hated it.
“That was, like, the worst interview I’ve ever done,” he says now, “and it kind of turned me off from doing interviews completely, because that guy [the interviewer] was such a dick. It just turned into like a verbal sparring match and I was trying to be polite to him, but just right off the bat he came out with all these crazy accusations and stuff. So I was like, ‘Ok, buddy… .’ I was completely caught off-guard.”
From reading an interview that’s translated to print —
ELLE: So, Matt, you’re a musical theater star who’s been interviewed by The Advocate and much discussed on Manhunt.com, and you star in Glee, a program that’s referred to as “the gayest show on TV.” You must feel particularly proud being the first gay man to grace this page.
MATTHEW MORRISON: I’m not gay.
ELLE: I had indeed read in various places that you’re straight, but in light of the circumstantial evidence, I wasn’t sure.
MM: I grew up singing and dancing, so people have been calling me gay since fifth grade. I’ve heard everything you could possibly hear about it. But I do love gay people, so I’m not going to act like I was insulted or angry about it.
ELLE: But do you ever do anything to suppress your gayest traits? Like, on a club dance floor, will you keep a lid on your best moves in order not to look too much like Tommy Tune out there?
MM: Oh, yeah. I’ll do what I refer to as “the shoulder dance,” just, you know, move my shoulders and do a little head bobbing.
ELLE: What was the first moment you realized you were a heterosexual being?
MM: I was really sexual from an early age. My first kiss was actually with two girls at the same time. One girl would be behind the bush with me for a minute and the other girl would be timing us. Then they’d switch.
— it’s always difficult to tell whether the interviewer (here it’s Elle‘s Andrew Goldman) was being sarcastic and cute, or obnoxious and offensive. And while we feel for Morrison a touch, because he probably fields the “Sure you’re not gay?” question all the time, that’s sort of the territory you enter when the character you play on television advises students on how to act Sasha Fierce.
And when there are photos of you like this: