Allen's Anatomy


By Nelson Branco

How long did you sign on for?
Three episodes. We haven't discussed anything further.

Were you chastised for joining a soap?
I'm blown away myself at how much I love working on Night Shift, and I sort of slap myself on the wrist for judging the medium so much. I had heard all the stories about how fast soaps move, [that] they don't care about the characters or performance. But it's been the opposite. They really care about creating great moments, and nurturing the artistic process. That surprised me ' much to my shame.

Would you consider jumping over to General Hospital when Night Shift ends its second season in October?
I'd be open to anything. I was hesitant to commit to daytime because I wasn't sure I would like it. Having filmed for a week, I think it's a blast. I love Eric and Kyle's relationship so much that I would hate to see it end.

Do you trust ABC and SoapNet to treat your gay storyline equally as their straight counterparts?
In the very first conversation I had with them, they said they have every intention to treat this storyline as every other story on the show. I was immediately impressed with the fact that this story isn't about struggling about being gay. It's a really honest storyline. I do think it's a little too soon to say they are falling in love because at this point they are only flirting. But they relate, speak, and act like mature adults. The world has changed. My life isn't about figuring out who I am or being ashamed of being gay. I'm in a three-year relationship with my partner -- our problems consist of how we get through daily life, and communicate and relate to each other in our relationship. You know, life stuff.

Will Eric and Kyle get physical soon?
I really don't know. I hope so.

Do you find that you're typecast as the gay go-to actor?
You know what? After I came out, I couldn't find a gay role to audition for at all. But now we're no longer the quirky, funny sidekicks. I'm enjoying playing gay leading men -- well, when I'm not playing my other specialty, drug addicts and murderers!