The Young And The Sexless
By Nelson Branco
Y&R has never featured a major gay male character before. Gay couples like World Turns� Nuke and Guiding Light�s Otalia have earned a very passionate, cult-like fan base. Y&R fans have already created a You Tube Channel for Rafe before he has even been paired romantically with anyone.
I did know that, actually. Wow. I�m overjoyed at the prospect of playing a meatier role on the show. And hopefully in a great storyline. Hopefully, the fans and press support this character and the show.
Y&R nonchalantly announced that Rafe was gay matter-of-factly. Were you happy that Y&R didn�t make a bigger deal over his sexuality?
I�m very happy. When they told me Rafe was gay, I was curious as to how they�d deal with it. When I got the script, it showcased beautifully where we are as society today. There�s a lot of acceptance in today�s world.
Have you created your own back-story for Rafe?
I usually do create a back-story to help me motivate my performances, but I really haven�t had to do that on Y&R, because they�ve provided me with an idea of who this character is. He�s a hotshot lawyer, Billy Abbott�s friend, and Estella's nephew.
Since Billy and Rafe went to school together, does the Abbott playboy know that his Latin friend is queer?
I don�t know if Billy knows. Rafe and Billy haven�t discussed his sexuality onscreen as of yet.
Maybe Rafe and Billy got it on one drunken night in college!
[Laughs] I don�t know what the writers have planned for us.
You�re a sexy guy, but Rafe is always drowning in these ugly suits. Do you hope that Rafe let�s his hair down and let�s loose?
I hope so. They�re taking their time developing my character, but little by little, you�ll see more of him.
Preferably without clothes. Is Rafe getting a love interest? I know Rafe has a crush on the very straight Adam Newman.
I�m not allowed to really talk about anything that hasn�t aired. I think Rafe would be very disappointed if he didn�t find love down the road.
World Turns instituted a one-year kissing and sex ban on their gay couple, Nuke. Do you think Y&R will treat Rafe�s sex life as equally as they do with his straight counterparts?
I don�t know. I haven�t been on the show long enough to know how the top brass deals with these things. Having said that, I�m pretty much down for anything.
Be careful who you tell that to!
The Young and the Restless airs daily on CBS. Check your local listings for channels and times.
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