Matt will be appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, May 30, 2014.
And in case you missed it, Matt tweeted from his verified account for the very first time. So exciting!
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) May 23, 2014
Let’s start with the premiere. Larry Kramer was there. So many New York men who remember that time were there. I heard the sobbing was audible. What was it like to watch The Normal Heart on screen in a room full of those people?
Most importantly, getting to watch the standing ovation for Larry Kramer and to see him taking in a moment that was 30 years in the making was something I’ll never forget. For me, that was just one of those really rarified experiences that you’re very lucky if you get maybe once in a career as an artist.
But also, this is such a distinct part of New York history, this play, and I’m so thankful to HBO that they gave it such a grand opening there in New York. And paid homage and respect to this generation of people. Afterwards at the after-party, so many people who approached me wanted to tell me stories of people they lost and their experiences during that dark time in our history. They just wanted to cry and share their feelings with me. It was unforgettable. I became an actor because I read playwrights like Larry and Tony Kushner, and wanted to be a part of telling stories that hopefully have significance or can educate people or challenge their points of view or change their worldview the way these playwrights did for me. So to actually be a part of something like that as a grown-up, it’s like, man, you just check your ego at the door and try to serve the story.
There’s a headline that keeps circulating from a quote that you gave, where you said, “Larry Kramer probably saved my life.”
Yeah. I’m sure he did. At the time I first read it, my first sexual relationships were with women. But even then he put the fear of God in me! (Laughs) He educated me in a lot of ways. It was a very useful fear. But it was also the education to be smart and be safe, and that carried over into my later relationships and also when I started to have relationships with men.
But I think he saved me on a more profound than practical level. Even at 14 when I still didn’t know who I was when I read this piece—I was still figuring out who my most authentic self was—to have this voice that was such a firebrand and so honest and so authentic, to know that that reality was out there, even though it was nowhere near my immediate experience in suburban Texas, to know that somewhere it was out there gave me a sense of hope. And I think I knew on some level that a part of me that hadn’t been acknowledged yet was going to be OK.
You can read the entire interview here.
Matt Bomer joins the “Frank” Show to talk about his latest project – HBO’s “The Normal Heart” – his hit USA series “White Collar and so much more.
I added photos of Matt at “The Normal Heart” Premiere tonight.
Update: I have added over 100 more photos and also re-ordered them. You may need to hit your refresh button in your browser when viewing the gallery in order to see all the changes.
Here is an interview Matt did on the red carpet as well. I’ll post more videos here as I find them.
Matt is featured on the cover of Out Magazine, and I have added high quality scans to the gallery. If the magazine is available to you locally, be sure to pick up a copy! Otherwise, you can also purchase a digital copy on Zinio.
PS: I would also like to thank Reesha B. for donating $10.00 to the site!
Here is a video of Matt appearing on Live! With Kelly and Michael today.
“The Normal Heart” tells the story of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early ’80s. Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Ryan Murphy discuss adapting the Tony Award-winning play for an HBO film.
Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – announced today its galas, including Opening and Closing Night, for the 32nd Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. The nation’s leading LGBT festival and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles, will be held July 10th to 20th, 2014.
Outfest Los Angeles 2014 will open with “Life Partners” – Susanna Fogel’s astute and cleverly written feature debut, starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Kate McKinnon and Gabourey Sidibe. “Life Partners” will screen at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on July 10 at 8:00pm.
“The 2014 [Outfest Los Angeles] Galas represent some of the most acclaimed and thematically diverse films of the year,” says Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. “These films are intimately familiar and yet surprisingly unique, showing us how much undiscovered territory there is in the world of LGBT cinema.”
Other gala screenings include: Writer/director/actress Desiree Akhavan’s “Appropriate Behavior” (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece); Sundance award winner “Lilting” by Hong Khaou (International Centerpiece); Teddy Award and FIPRESCI prize winning “The Way He Looks” by Daniel Ribeiro (International Centerpiece); and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle winner “My Prairie Home” (Documentary Centerpiece).
Outfest Los Angeles 2014 will close on July 20 at the Ford Amphitheatre with the irreverent comedy “Space Station 76,” co-written and directed by Jack Plotnick and starring Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Jerry O’Connell.
The complete lineup for Outfest Los Angeles 2014 will be announced at the beginning of June.