Matt attended last night, in Los Angeles, the Motion Picture Television Fund’s 95th anniversary celebration called Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars. You can find in our gallery over 50 HQ pictures from the red carpet, inside and show. Enjoy!
American Horror Story kicked off its sixth season with its most ambitious theme yet. Framed as a true crime documentary called My Roanoke Nightmare — complete with dramatic reenactments starring Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. — this season already feels fresh and unexpected.
My Roanoke Nightmare: An American Horror Story tells the story of a couple who move to Roanoke Island, North Carolina for a fresh start following the loss of their unborn child. However, things start to get all kinds of freaky when they move into an old farmhouse — like, “teeth falling from the sky”-freaky. The real-life couple of Shelby and Matt are played by Asylum star Lily Rabe and Andre Holland, while Paulson and Gooding Jr. star as their reenactors.
At the end of the premiere hour, Shelby stumbles through the Roanoke woods, where she comes face to face with what appear to be the lost settlers of Roanoke. (Of course one of them is played by Kathy Bates. No one serves historical gravitas better than Bates.) FX dropped the teaser for next week’s episode, “Chapter Two,” and it gives us an even closer look into this season’s batshit crazy shenanigans.
— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 15, 2016
We know Matt is doing a participation on this season, but due all the secrecy we have no idea who he’ll play, and for how long. But with this premiere, the season gets my attention now.
Back in May we published about a new project Matt was just finished filming, titled “Anything”. We had only a few informations about it back then, specially about which part Matt would be playing.
This week media outlets started publishing about it, and Bomer will be playing a transgender sex worker.
“Anything” is based on McNeil’s play of the same name. Lynch plays a man who is suicidal over the death of his wife and moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles, where he can be under the watchful eye of his protective sister, played by Tierney. He then begins an intense friendship with Bomer’s character, a transgendered sex worker. The unlikely new couple must reconcile their vastly different backgrounds as they fill the void in each other’s lives.
The movie also stars Maura Tierney, Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham, and Melora Hardin. Mark Ruffalo and Great Point Media’s Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve are executive producing.
Sadly, reactions on social media to the news that Matt Bomer is set to portray a trans sex worker have been been anything but positive. Hollywood has a history of casting cisgender actors as trans—see: Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, and Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent—and while those actors, including Bomer, are incredible, the trans community outlined the problems in casting a cis actor.
On Wednesday afternoon Mark Ruffalo addressed the backlash around Bomer’s casting on Twitter. “To the Trans community,” the actor wrote. “I hear you. It’s wrenching to you see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It’s time.”
In all honesty I suggested Matt for the role after the profound experience I had with him while making "The Normal Heart".
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 31, 2016
Matt didn’t comment on the matter. No words yet on when Anything will be released.
Matt and husband Simon Halls attended the Benefit for onePULSE Foundation on Friday night (August 19) at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles. The benefit was to support and raise funds for the victims of the Orlando tragedy. You can donate now by texting PULSE to 91999.
Check some pictures now added to our gallery.
Matt visited yesterday Lunch with Bruce, at SiriusMX radio. The program aired today, and he said he was celibate on college.
“It’s so sad. I wish I had that time back. Don’t be celibate in college, man,” he told Bruce Bozzi, laughing. “Well see, my freshman year I was still dating girls, so I had some sexual relationships going on there, but then I cut it off at a certain point. I was like, eh, now I’m going to focus on the craft, figure this out, not hurt anybody and get my s*** together, basically.”
Matt also discussed a more serious topic: realizing his truth as a gay man.
“I was working at the Utah Shakespeare Festival after my sophomore year of college, and we had a hair and makeup artist who was a transgender girl and did the entire company’s hair and makeup. Her name is Kennedy,” he said. “She did shows when she was very dolled up, but in her day-to-day life she lived very simply, and she was raised in a Mormon family, which was very conservative.”
Our friend Alejandra recorded the show, and you can listen it below: