Perhaps he’s just playing dumb, but Dylan McDermott seems almost completely unaware of his gay following.
In an interview with the Advocate where pretty much every even-slightly-queer aspect of the actor’s career is parsed, one detail struck us as particularly shocking: the 50-year-old star, who’s currently killing it (sometimes literally) on American Horror Story, had no idea Steel Magnolias was big with the gays.
“I swear to God, I did not know this,” he said. “That was my first really big movie, and I loved making it. I’d just made Hamburger Hill in the Philippines, where there were no trailers, and somebody died while we were making the movie. It was a brutal shoot. All of a sudden I’m on the set of Steel Magnolias, where there’s more pink than I’ve ever seen in my life. I was working with movie stars who each had their own hair and makeup people, we only worked eight hours a day, and everybody was always partying and laughing. It blew my mind.”
It’s forgivable, we guess, considering that McDermott, who comes across as a bit of a shy little creature, doesn’t make a habit of watching too much of his own work.
“Well, I’ve maybe seen the movie twice,” he said. “It’s hard for me to watch my own movies, because I look back and think, oh, my God, I’m a different person. Watching myself is a little unnerving.”
If he hates watching himself, there are plenty of fans that don’t. And for those hoping to see McDermott play gay again like he did on Will & Grace, it might not be too long of a wait.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been offered another gay role. But I had this idea—I actually brought it up to Ryan Murphy—that I wanted to play Halston,” he said. “I think that would make a great movie, because his life was so interesting and complex. I was trying to develop that for a while, and Ryan was kind of mulling it over. We’ll see.”