Photography by Emily Shur. Styling by Alison Brooks. Tuxedo by Dolce & Gabbana. Shirt and bow tie by Topman. Pocket square by Tommy Hilfiger.
YOU KNOW HIM FROM:UnREAL, Lifetime's scripted series about the dishy drama of making a reality dating show, in which he plays manipulative TV producer Jay; his role as the horny spring breaker Bradley in Dirty Grandpa, Hollywood's latest slice of men behaving badly, also starring Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron, and Robert De Niro
WHAT'S NEXT: The second season of UnREAL, which will home in on lingering issues of race in America (like the typecasting of sassy and rambunctious black people on reality television) and put a new spin on Jay
DREAMER, DOER: "They told me they'd be rewriting my character," Bowyer-Chapman says, explaining how Jay will be openly gay when the show returns. "They wanted him to reflect more of who I am. That was a dream come true. I've strived for that since childhood--to create thoughtful, realistic depictions of gay people in TV and film."
ON HIS WORK WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: "At first I felt very much out of my wheelhouse, because I knew that most of the other speakers would be politicians, lawyers, social justice warriors -- I had a moment of doubt. Then I realized that I am an activist. I am a feminist. I am a humanitarian. And I had the opportunity to tell my own story."
FAVORING THE FEMME: "To be totally honest, on Dirty Grandpa I was most excited to be working with Aubrey, not Zac or Bob. She's so extraordinary, and she's one of the funniest comedians in the game -- raw, real, and so much fun. Her humor is very dry, and we have a great dynamic. All of my scenes are with Aubrey. That was the best experience."