After dropping upwards of 40 pounds for his role in “The Normal Heart,” it’s all about love and family right now for Matt Bomer.
Bomer, 36, was “blown away and just so grateful” when his name was announced today as an Emmy Award nominee for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Felix in the HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis among the gay population in New York City.
After the “White Collar” star dropped to an astonishing 130 pounds for the role to show how the disease can ravage the human body — which meant shedding the chiseled features he usually shows off in his hit TV show or movies like “Magic Mike.”
Even though it was a long, difficult road to this apex point — Bomer said all the hard work culminated in one call this morning from his husband Simon Halls.
“I’m in New York and was getting ready to go to work on ‘White Collar.’ I got a phone call from my husband and he shared the news with me,” Bomer said. “It was so great to get to share that moment with him, because I had to separate myself from my family for a while to play this role. I’m sure when I was 130 pounds, I wasn’t always in the best mood, so it was nice to get to share a happy moment with him.”
At first, Bomer admitted he couldn’t even grasp the gravity of an Emmy nomination.
“I couldn’t even speak for the first minute,” he said. “I was overcome with gratitude, just the moment was so profound for me. I’ve been working in TV for 13 years and to have this moment, I was completely overwhelmed and had to collect myself for a bit. Simon knew firsthand how hard I worked on this role, how much we put into it, myself as an actor, and us collectively as a family. it was just really great to get to share that moment with him.”
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I added 6 “White Collar” set photos from June 30th. Thanks to my friend Mary for donating them!
UPDATE! I have added 65 more photos to the gallery.
I added photos of Matt at the 4th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards on June 19th. Congratulations to Matt for winning Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for “The Normal Heart”, which also won Best Movie! We’re so happy for both you and the film for getting this much deserved recognition.
PS: I would also like to thank Helen F. for donating $25.00 to the site!
How did you build your onscreen chemistry with Ruffalo?
We were fortunate enough to film things mostly sequentially for the first half of the film, so we stayed in character together on set. Without sounding overly Methody about the whole thing, we just related to each other as Ned and Felix. If it was a scene where we had to be really tender with each other, we would sit together in closer proximity than actors might normally do and tell each other personal stories, so that when the cameras were rolling, we didn’t suddenly have to affect something. It was coming from a place that we had already created.
This is such an emotional role for you. Was it difficult to leave Felix behind at the end of each day?
I don’t want to let go of Felix. Usually by the time I’m done [with a role], I’m like, “OK, let’s close that chapter and move on,” but I don’t want to let go of him because I think he changed me for the better. I grew from getting to play him. What I love about their relationship is it is so symbiotic, because Felix is having trouble with his authenticity but is also incredibly available to intimacy and a real relationship. And Ned is this firebrand who’s completely authentic, and comfortable with who he is, but is terrified of intimacy. Together they help heal each other.
There was a moment when Mark and I — after we finished the wedding scene, which I think was the last thing we filmed together — just held on to each other and sobbed for a good 15 minutes. Not because of anything we had done but because we were a part of this story that was so much bigger than us, and because we knew that this was how a generation of people had to say goodbye to each other. Taking in the gravity of that moment was really overwhelming. It was just one of those things you don’t ever forget.
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I added photos of Matt at the 2014 Tony Awards on June 8th.
Thanks to my friend Mary for donating most of the photos!
Update! Here is a video of Matt onstage with Zachary Quinto.
PS: Sorry for getting behind on the site! I've been keeping pretty busy offline and have not had much free time to update. I'll be adding lots more by this weekend, including photos of Matt at the amfAR Inspiration Gala New York 2014 once I'm able to get access to them. Thanks for your patience and understanding!
I added photos of Matt with “White Collar” co-star Bridget Regan at “Macbeth” Opening Night on June 5th.
Thanks to my friend Mary for donating all the photos!
Actor Matt Bomer talks to Gold Derby editor Daniel Montgomery about his role on “The Normal Heart” as AIDS-afflicted journalist Felix Turner. Watch him discuss his personal connection to the material, what it was like to meet Larry Kramer for the first time, working in Hollywood as an openly gay actor, and of course the perils of wifi in New York City.