Catching Up with United States of Tara's Keir Gilchrist


By Gregory Miller

On the show's set, does it get confusing with how to respond to each of Tara's personalities?
You know, it's not difficult. Toni's great. She walks in the room and it's not like there's ever really a big shift. We don't ever need to help Toni get to where she needs to be. She's just so much the character that you kind of just respond to whoever she's playing, like Buck or Alice or whoever. So there's not really much for us to do.

Which of Tara's personalities is the most fun for you to be on set with?
I would definitely say Buck is the most fun to be on set with. I think everybody would say the same thing because it's a great time riffing, and he's funny.

There was a little bit of drama last season with his homophobia. Are we going to see that this season?
I'm pretty sure whatever issue Buck and Marshall had -- whatever scrap they had -- they've pretty much resolved it. And in this new season, there's much less tension and there are far fewer homophobic remarks.

There's also a new gay neighbor couple on the street this season. How does that affect Marshall?
Ted and Hanny move in next door and they're an adult gay couple. They come at the perfect time for Marshall in his life because he's just deciding right now does he want to go hang out with the kids at the gay table and be super flamboyant or does he want to date a girl and try that? And they just provide another aspect because they're mature and cultured and live together like any straight couple would and share a house. It's another perspective that's brought in for Marshall to look at in deciding what he wants to be.

Were you prepared for audiences and critics to consider your role groundbreaking, making you a role model for gay teens?
No, I wasn't expecting much of anything. I didn't think about it until the show had already come out, and people started telling me how pleased they were to see an out gay teen on TV. It kind of came out of nowhere after the first season came out.

How do you feel about being called a gay role model?
It feels great. I mean, who wouldn't want to be a role model for somebody, right? If that's gay teens, then awesome.

The second season of United States of Tara airs Mondays at 10:30 P.M. E.S.T. on Showtime.

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