By Bob Merrick
After playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett in The Aviator, Adam Scott takes on his third gay role in this month's eagerly awaited Monster-in-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez as a young woman antagonized by her fianc's (Michael Vartan's) mother, played by Jane Fonda in her long-awaited return to the screen.
So what's up with playing so many gay characters?
So many? It's such a non-issue I didn't realize I have done so many [Monster-in-Law, Seven and a Match, and as one of David's lovers on Six Feet Under]. They are all interesting characters. I don't look at them being gay as anything different from any other character. They were interesting characters and their being gay was beside the point for me.
Hilary Swank took boxing lessons; Jamie Foxx hung out with Ray Charles. How did you prepare for your role as a gay man?
Gay Camp. I mean, haven't we all spent a little time in Gay Camp? Remember that movie Space Camp? It's like that, only it's not in space.
Do you think that growing up in Santa Cruz has helped with your ability to be so open-minded with these roles?
Yeah, absolutely. I grew up in a very liberal town and a liberal environment. I grew up without a lot of prejudice. Not that I was exposed to much. It's a fairly white middle-class town, but I think the values that I grew up with were conducive to being open-minded about stuff like that.
Do you have a fear, as many straight actors do, of being typecast?
No. I mean I am still at the stage where I have a fear of not being cast at all. So being typecast is not something I really worry about.
Why do you think it is OK for a straight actor to play gay, but audiences won't allow an out actor to play straight?
It also seems like you see straight actors playing gay more than gay actors playing gay. It's almost like people are afraid to cast someone who the audience can imagine kissing a member of the same sex in their spare time. Like it's safer to cast a straight guy that you know won't be kissing a man after the camera is off. But I feel like it is getting better.
What does your mother think when she sees you kissing another man on TV?
You know, she's never said anything about it. She probably thinks it's fine. She's a Santa Cruz former recovering hippie.
Do you ever really recover?
[Laughing] Never. But really, it's a non-issue in my life and in my family. No one really cares.