By Nelson Branco
You have a boyfriend, who you�ve been seeing for one year -- do you want to go on the record with that or keep that part of your life private?
It�s always been The Adamo Ruggiero Show until I entered this fantastic relationship. We�ve been seeing each other for one year -- and that�s all I want to say.
Fair enough. Who are your gay icons? I find that many gay whippersnappers aren�t aware of our gay history.
I guess I have some homework to do! I�m a perfect example of your frustrations regarding gay youth! I don�t know my gay history that well, I admit. I hope Marco will one day be looked upon as a gay icon or a trailblazer. There are people whom I admire -- I met Rosie O�Donnell with the cast of Spring Awakening this past year; she�s fantastic. I admire Rosie because being gay is only one of her many facets; it hasn�t defined her. And Ellen DeGeneres, of course -- who doesn�t love Ellen?
Any plans to exit Degrassi?
I�m sure that�s in the near future, for sure. But having said that, I�m not sure exactly when. Listen, Marco�s naturally aging out of the series -- that�s no secret, so it�s only a matter of time. Although I love the show and everyone involved because they are truly my family, I�m also eager to tackle the film world. I won�t be moving to Hollywood; I will still live in Toronto. Hopefully, I�d like to explore producing, directing and writing independent film. I�ll still act, but I�d like to be more behind the scenes.
I hear from a reliable source you love Mariah Carey -- especially when you DJ at the Drake Hotel in Toronto.
Yes! Me loves her! [Laughs] I know, your idol is Madonna, whom my boyfriend also idolizes, but what can I say -- I�m all about Mims! Though, I think I�m in the closet about one thing and one thing only these days -- I�m probably a closet Madonna fan, I admit.
Finally, the most important question: Boxers or briefs? People need to know, damn it!
[Laughs] I used to wear boxers until I got into skinny jeans -- then I was forced. So it�s briefs for me. It�s tough being a slave to fashion!