Actor identified with gay detective's struggles
Q: What attracted you to the British crime drama “The Long Call”?
A: I had quite coincidentally been asked to read the audiobook … and in reading it, I realized that there were kind of crossovers for me and (his character) Matthew. … And I was really drawn to it I think because of the things we share and some of the experiences that he’s struggled with. I’m gay and he is gay and I grew up in an evangelical Christian home. He obviously grew up in a hardline Brethren community … .
So there were just many crossovers, things that he struggled with, things that he dealt with, and the way in which he navigates the world as a gay man who I think a lot of his energy is spent on kind of trying to fly under the radar because I think he believes that’ll make his life easier. He’s carrying around a lot of shame with him. And me in my personal life have worked to deal with those things but it’s kind of a recent living history for me, so I could really connect with that. And also, I’ve been looking to — I’ve played lots of different men over the years but mostly men who were straight, looked at as their defining feature. But I’d been looking for a project in which I could kind of connect and explore my own sexuality and this felt like a really good fit to do that.
Q: How did you like filming in your hometown of North Devon on the southwest coast of England?
A: It’s really a stunning part of the world. North Devon is a very dramatic, very atmospheric coast, which is kind of in contrast to what I think people think of Devon. I think they think of like cottages and cows and stuff but it’s got like these amazing two coasts, very ragged and a very stunning place to film.