Since coming out publicly in 2013, pro soccer player Robbie Rogers‘ life has been a whirlwind of photo ops, speaking engagements, designing a fashion line, red carpet appearances and high-profile relationships and break-ups. The L.A. Galaxy winger also found time to write a revealing new memoir, Coming Out to Play. It’s little surprise that his colorful young life has also inspired ABC to create Men in Shorts, a slightly fictionalized sitcom that is expected to go into production in the new year.
Rogers recently chatted with Attitude about the upcoming series and how the idea came about.
“I was approached with this idea about doing a show about a gay athlete who comes out and we were talking about my experiences, funny stuff like jokes I had to make in the showers to break the ice, talking about dating for the first time, all these different ‘first times’ and how awkward they were, and we just laughed, so it progressed into this comedy about this guy who comes out as gay – a total fish out of water – and he’s expected to have all these answers for little Tommy in Thailand who’s thinking of coming out, and he has no idea what it’s like in a gay bar because he’s never been to one. It’s inspired by parts of my life but the family is different, a lot of things are very different and it’s exaggerated for comedy. We want to teach people through laughter and play with stereotypes.”
The 27-year-old was also asked who he thinks should play the tele-version of him.
“It’s gotta be someone funny, someone who doesn’t care and someone very masculine; someone you wanna grab a beer with. In a perfect world – he obviously wouldn’t do this and I don’t think I’m anything like him – but someone like Chris Pratt. You know, someone hilarious, good looking but not super fit, you know what I mean? So it looks like he doesn’t go to the gym kind of thing…”