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Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman on Being a Feminist

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

The openly-gay actor forced his character to come out on UnREAL. Now, he's about to get 'dirty' with Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro.

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."

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