randy harrison

“The one thing that’s been frustrating for me is that coming out has forced me to have to talk about my private life”

SOUNDBITES — “I don’t regret it. The one thing that’s been frustrating for me is that coming out has forced me to have to talk about my private life, which is something that I have no interest talking about in general. I don’t feel like actors should ever be obligated to open up about that. I want to be out because it’s important to me socially and politically, but at the same time I don’t think it’s anybody’s business who I sleep with.” —Queer As Folk vet Randy Harrison, who plays Andy Warhol in POP!, on the downsides of being an out actor

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17 Comments

  • spyke

    Umm, you mean Randy HARRISON, don’t you? ;o)

  • Like Whoa

    I know he’s been off TV a long time, but yes, Queerty, it’s Harrison. Know your out actors. So the tag and the mainpage heading are also incorrect.

  • Ataleof2titties

    I think Queerty is confusing Randy Harrison of Queer As Folk with the lesser known Randy Harrington of Cheers As Folk. Common mistake. :D

  • Cam

    Oh give me a break, EVERY actor gets asked about their private life. You don’t think that Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony hate it when the tabs say they are getting a divorce every month? You don’t think that George Clooney wouldn’t rather that they don’t talk about every date he has with a cocktail waitress or Robert Di Niro wouldn’t have rather not had his palimony case dragged through the tabloids. Suck it up and deal with it or get into another line of work.

  • James Davis

    After reading the article I have to say he comes across as a bit of a snob.

  • sean

    who is this guy?

  • Wheaton

    Cam, you are exactly right. If Randy H. didn’t know that an interest in his personal life would accompany any sort of fame, then he’s an idiot. I mean, I do understand his—and Matt Damon’s and Robert DeNiro’s and Jennifer Anistson’s and everyone else’s—point, and I suppose annoyance, but the fact is, that is part and parcel of life in the public eye. You don’t want it, it’s very simple, don’t make TV shows or movies. You can still be an actor and do community or dinner theater, see how you like that.

  • Rainfish

    Dear Randy, take a clue from a fellow pole-smoker.

    “There is only one thing worst than being talked about behind your back, and that is not being talked about at all.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  • naghanenu

    What a snobbish man….ew

  • Dick

    I see that you re-edited your posting, changing his name from Harrington to Harrinson. It’s HARRISON.

  • xyz

    “Oh give me a break, EVERY actor gets asked about their private life.”

    Of course they do! It goes with the territory, part and parcel of being a public figure. However, that doesn’t mean they have to like it. There are actors who are not so ego driven to want or need their private lives an open book. I don’t think that’s unreasonable, nor do I consider it to be a contradiction regarding their profession.

  • Marcus

    So why do the interview, Randy–you said you were gay, great. Now shut up.

    Don’t do the interviews then continue to complain. If he has a problem with talking about his private life–blame the handlers of the industry he CHOSE to work in.

    Hollywood has sold the private lives of their talent since the very beginning.

  • mk

    @ Cam

    Yes, every actor gets asked about their personal life but straight actors can and pretty frequently do say they aren’t willing to discuss who they are dating or what is happening in the relationship without it being considered any sort of moral failing or bad behavior. Straight stars routinely lie about whether they are dating someone and conceal upcoming marriages and child births and all kinds of personal things from the press.

    Gay stars are under pressure for political reasons to open up and volunteer honest personal information to the press even if they don’t want to instead doing like many straight stars and trying to keep things quiet and leaving it to the tabloids to try to unearth information on their own.

    Life isn’t fair and there are people with worse problems than gay celebrities but that doesn’t mean gay celebrities can’t resent or regret the constraints they have that their straight peers don’t have while handling press.

  • damon459

    I just love these comments from bitchy queers who think all celebs should be ok with the press wanting to know every detail on their lives and if the are paid actors they must be media whores too. lol

  • John from England(used to be just John but there are other John's)

    @ MK

    Nicely put.

  • Cam

    No. 14 · mk said…
    @ Cam

    Yes, every actor gets asked about their personal life but straight actors can and pretty frequently do say they aren’t willing to discuss who they are dating or what is happening in the relationship without it being considered any sort of moral failing or bad behavior. Straight stars routinely lie about whether they are dating someone and conceal upcoming marriages and child births and all kinds of personal things from the press.
    _______________________________________

    Straight actors don’t have the choice, they are photographed by photogs peeking over their bushes, following them to restaurants, getting medical information (Remember all of Britany Spears information from UCLA being leaked?) This guy here can absolutly say he doesn’t want to discuss who he is dating. What HE is complaining about is that the press has a hands off policy with closeted actors, they WON’T print stories about them or follow them around, so now that this actor is out, his problem is that he’s being treated like every other straight actor out there and being asked about his personal life.

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