• 04.07.2024 Filming Italy 2024
  • written by Jasper July 22, 2024

    Matt Bomer & Jonathan Bailey for Emmy Magazine

    Matt and Jonathan were featured in one of Emmy Magazine’s issues last month, still as part of their Emmy campaign for Fellow Travelers. Visit our gallery for outtakes and scans of Matt from the issue!

    The love affair in Fellow Travelers doesn’t end happily — that’s clear from the opening scene — but the Showtime limited series resonates as a romance for the ages because of its captivating 30-year journey.

    “Being able to step into a gay love story as sweeping as Fellow Travelers, and to tell this brilliant story that explores four decades of liberation for gender, for women, for race, for civil rights — and the way all those intersect — is fascinating,” says costar Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton).

    Inspired by Thomas Mallon’s 2007 novel, the eight-episode limited series from Ron Nyswaner (Homeland) explores a forbidden relationship in 20th-century America. In 1952, Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller (Matt Bomer) is a war hero and State Department official who hides his sexual encounters with men. Then he sparks with the younger Tim Laughlin (Bailey), a Catholic idealist who begins working for Senator Joseph McCarthy. Their passionate romance is forced into the shadows by an executive order that authorizes a witch hunt for government workers engaged in “sexual perversions.”

    The liaison servers as a framework for the evolving LGBTQ experience. The Lavender Scare of the 1950s gives way to the 1960s, when an unsatisfied, married Hawk raises two kids while Tim protests the Vietnam War. They live through the gay rights movement and White Night riots of the 1970s, and in the 1980s, they face the AIDS epidemic.

    “I’ve never been part of a project that has invited so much conversation, vulnerability and engagement from complete strangers,” Bomer says. “Men and women, straight and LGBTQIA, saw themselves or someone they loved in the material.”

    Both actors still feel the weight of playing their characters. “Hawk is the most complicated, multifaceted and compartmentalized character I’d ever read,” adds Bomer, an Emmy nominee for the 2014 TV film The Normal Heart. “He’s a survivor, an iconoclast and a renegade.” Seconds Bailey, “Tim’s journey in his search for something more is so [powerful]; he’s who I am today as a person. He’s a character that I have yet to fully grieve.”

    written by Jasper July 04, 2024

    Filming Italy 2024

    Sorry for the delay on these, Matt attended the Filming Italy 2024 last June 22 & 23! He was one of the recipients of the Filming Italy International Award, which recognizes “extraordinary performers with truly unique talents.” And Matt perfectly fits that, congratulations Matt! I have updated the gallery with high-quality photos of Matt at the two events!

    written by Jasper June 26, 2024

    Matt Bomer at Milan Fashion Week

    It’s been a busy month for Matt! He attended four shows at the Milan Fashion Week that was held last week, which are of Prada, Santoni, Tod’s, and Giorgio Armani, looking stylish as always. I have added high-quality photos in the gallery!

    written by Jasper June 10, 2024

    84th Annual Peabody Awards

    Fellow Travelers is one of the 34 winners of this year’s Peabody Awards! Matt attended the ceremony with co-star Jellani Alladin, creator Ron Nyswaner, and producers Daniel Minahan and Robbie Rogers. Congratulations for another well-deserved recognition! Also, how sweet that Matt’s husband Simon came out to support Matt too! Visit our gallery for photos of Matt at the event.

    Matt went out again last night for the Critics Choice Association’s inaugural Celebration of LGBTQ+ Cinema & Television. Matt, Ron Nyswaner, Daniel Minahan, and Robbie Rogers were presented the Producer Award for their work in Fellow Travelers. Another well-deserved recognition for these amazing people! Visit our gallery for photos of Matt at the event! Absolutely love the white suit, thank you Warren.

    written by Jasper June 07, 2024

    THR’s Drama Actors Roundtable

    Matt is part of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2024 Drama Actor Emmy roundtable, alongside Jon Hamm, David Oyelowo, Clive Owen, Callum Turner, and Nicholas Galitzine. Check out two outtakes and scans in our gallery, and their conversation below! There should be a video available soon, I will update this post when it’s released.

    What was the funniest or strangest feedback you’ve gotten or read about yourself?

    DAVID OYELOWO I once auditioned for a director, who, in the middle of the audition, said, “This isn’t working.” That was pretty bad.

    JON HAMM But also, turns out it was working. And it remains working.

    OYELOWO Yes.

    HAMM In a similar vein, I had a head of this television network tell my representatives, actually, that Jon Hamm will never be a television star.

    NICHOLAS GALITZINE How wrong they were.

    MATT BOMER Name names.

    GALITZINE Yeah, spill the tea.

    HAMM He’s no longer at the head of that network.

    BOMER I know exactly who it is.

    OYELOWO Why, did they say the same thing to you?

    BOMER Not far from it. (Laughter.)

    Does a comment like that sink you or motivate you?

    HAMM I think I heard about it much later in the history of things, because it was one of those things where I had auditioned for this person and this network over and over and over again, as one does, and for whatever reason didn’t get the part, and didn’t get the part, and didn’t get the part. It would always come down to the last two, me and the guy who’s going to get it. But it was one of those things. Steve Martin talks about it in his book, but auditioning is the worst. It just stinks, but that’s the only way we’ve got. And there’s so many variables that are completely out of your control, so the ability to let it go is an amazing point in one’s career. And then, of course, that’s when you don’t ever have to audition again.

    CALLUM TURNER I like auditioning.

    BOMER I do too.

    GALITZINE You do not. Really?

    CLIVE OWEN Do you?

    HAMM God bless you.

    OK, why do you like it?

    TURNER Because you get into the room, and you get a feel for the director and the people you are going to work with.

    HAMM But do you still do that? Everything’s on tape now, isn’t it?

    TURNER Yeah, I just auditioned the other day for something; it was nice to go in and to play. There was a crossover for me. I hated auditioning, and then one day I realized that they want you to get the part. They’re on your side — they’re not going to waste their time with you for no reason.

    OYELOWO I think it’s the stuff around it. It’s walking into a waiting room and seeing 10 versions of yourself.

    And it’s often the same people that you’re auditioning against.

    GALITZINE Yeah, over and over, “Good to see you again.”

    OYELOWO And sometimes you have that terrible setup where you can hear everyone.

    GALITZINE You go, “I should’ve done it like that!”

    OYELOWO Or I think, “I’m going to go in there and everyone’s going to be listening to me.” And then it’s going home, and the self-loathing, and the anticipation, and the, “Did I get it? Did I not?” The waiting, and all of that. So, it’s the stuff around auditioning that can be really challenging.

    Nicholas, your Idea of You co-star Anne Hathaway did say recently that you could have chemistry with a lamp, which could qualify as strange or funny feedback.

    GALITZINE It’s true. I’ve been getting a lot of vibes.

    TURNER I saw him earlier. The lamp was flickering.

    GALITZINE Watch out, it’s very potent. (Laughs.) Honestly, that was an amazing audition experience where I had a very conducive room, and it makes all the difference. You come out of it with like this performance high.

    TURNER Mm-hmm.

    GALITZINE It’s less feedback, as much as it was the look of horror on the casting director’s face. But when I went into audition for young Tarzan, there were no lines, and I was told that I had to pretend that I had an orange that someone was trying to steal from me and I had to guard it. And you know when you don’t go for something entirely, and it just seems very feeble and pathetic and wrong? That is a moment that keeps me awake at night. I think about it a lot.

    So, it was motivating for you?

    GALITZINE You could say that.

    HAMM You’ll never eat an orange again. (Laughter.)

    OYELOWO But that chemistry thing is a real thing. If you get to do chemistry reads, which is something I do love doing because there’s an excitement as to, “Is this going to be the person I’m going to get to do this with?” But when it doesn’t work, when the chemistry isn’t there, oh my Lord. Because there’s an alchemy to it, and you can’t quite put your finger on why something works or it doesn’t, and you know within seconds.

    And then you see these actresses again. Is that awkward?

    OYELOWO Yeah. (Laughter.) I’m thinking of one experience in particular, and I’m not going to mention who it is, but it was so not the right fit. And you can feel it in the room, palpably, to a comedic degree, actually, to the point where it’s a coming-up-in-hives thing. I definitely had that with that experience.

    OWEN It’s better to find out then than —

    HAMM Week two.

    OYELOWO Yeah, which is why you do it.

    Looking back at your careers, what?felt, at the time, like the biggest risk?

    OYELOWO I remember being at a time in my career where I just felt like I wasn’t being challenged enough. I went into my agency, I said this, then the next thing that hit my doormat was a film called Nightingale. It was just me, in a house, having killed my mother. Eighty pages with no one else. And that was as terrified as I’ve ever been, so be careful what you wish for. And, yeah, it was a risk, but it was definitely one that paid off.

    TURNER And there’s no way that you can’t be scared, either. It’s such a vulnerable thing.

    HAMM For sure.

    TURNER Sometimes I’ve laid by myself and stared at my ceiling and thought, “What am I doing?” just before something’s about to come out.

    BOMER Oh, yeah.

    TURNER It’s real fear. It’s crippling. But then it’s also the thing that pushes you on, it’s the thing that makes you get back out there, because it’s thrilling at the same time. I just don’t want to be laughed at. That’s my fear, really.

    It’s interesting to be able to identify what exactly the fear is. Can the rest of you do that?

    BOMER Oh, I feel like I don’t want to let folks down.

    GALITZINE Yeah, that’s a big one.

    OWEN And it doesn’t matter how much you’ve done. Every time you go into a new thing, the potential to fail is hovering around — the potential to not actually do it as well as you hope you can, is always there. It never goes away.

    Clive, early in your career, you were on a very popular television show, and at its height, you decided to pivot and take a role in a movie that, I believe, surprised people.

    OWEN I got into acting because I wanted to play different parts. And very young, I landed this big TV show called Chancer, which got a lot of heat, and then I started to get offered a lot of stuff like that. Mainstream TV. And even at that very young age, I was very aware that I wanted a long career, but a career that was as varied as possible. And then this writer-director came to me with Close My Eyes, which was about an incestuous relationship with a brother and sister, very delicate, very beautifully written, and I remember at that time thinking, “It’s hugely important I do this because I just don’t want to follow this one thing.” That impetus has been with me ever since. And sometimes it can be a hugely scary, challenging thing, but the worst thing that can happen is you’ll be bad. I’ve been bad before. I’ll be bad again.

    Does the team around you try to talk you out of these choices?

    OWEN I have never listened to anybody else. Ultimately, you are the one who has to go to work every day. I do what I want to do because that’s what’s going to sustain me through it.

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    written by Jasper June 07, 2024

    IndieWire Honors

    Matt attended another event last night, the IndieWire Honors with Fellow Travelers creator Ron Nyswaner to receive the Wavelength Award for their work on the show. Visit our gallery for some photos of Matt at the event!

    Ron Nyswaner and Matt Bomer can’t quite agree about their first meeting. “Look at how we collaborate,” Bomer said with a laugh over a Zoom call with Nyswaner and IndieWire.

    In fact, the retelling of their initial meeting (“You take this one, Ronnie,” Bomer said before quickly backtracking when he realized Nyswaner was skipping over their first Zoom call. “Never mind, scratch that”) is their “Fellow Travelers” partnership in microcosm. Both Nyswaner (who created the show) and Bomer (its star and executive producer) are able to quickly step in when the course needs correcting, and both are comfortable enough with one another not to let ego interfere.

    That easy relationship translated into one of the greatest LGBTQ series ever made, one that is as sexy as it is political. (Quick, think of any other series with two gay male lead characters that goes as hard in both directions as “Fellow Travelers.”) After their Zoom call and an in-person meeting at San Vincente Bungalows — Nyswaner’s initial reply about where they first met — Bomer and Nyswaner understood a few things. One, they really loved Thomas Mallon’s novel that the series would adapt. And two, they intuitively understood how much work would be required to bring it to life.

    Starting with getting a greenlight.

    “Things take a while to develop. And the way things are done, often, is that there’s no guaranteed green light until many, many, many things have been accomplished, like several scripts and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,” Nyswaner said. “And Matt just kept holding on and juggling his schedule. And that was really significant because I couldn’t really imagine someone else playing Hawkins Fuller.”

    “I mean, I was taking jobs hoping to just incentivize Showtime to move faster and greenlight our show,” Bomer chimed in.

    “Yeah. There were frantic calls from me to certain people saying, ‘We’re gonna lose Matt, please, please make this happen as fast as possible,’” Nyswaner said.

    “Anything to move the needle,” Bomer added.

    Is it any wonder that both men were passionate about the chance to bring to the screen Mallon’s tortured lovers Hawkins Fuller and Tim Laughlin — ultimately played by Bomer and Jonathan Bailey — when their epic romance is the kind of invigorating, enthralling love story queer audiences rarely get? Except that wasn’t quite enough. Mallon’s novel came out in 2007, and 2023 audiences wouldn’t accept a story that dug deep into the Lavender Scare of the ’50s without also exploring the even less-told stories of queer people of color. And Nyswaner had some other ideas up his sleeve.

    “The story is so moving, and I knew Ron, just from his work over the years, was the perfect person to interpret that material,” Bomer said, pointing to the eight years Nyswaner had spent with the story prior to their meeting. “And he also had his own vision for the source material. And I thought that his vision in terms of that, bringing Marcus and Frankie to the story and expanding it through these huge historic events in our country’s history and our community’s history, I thought would make it really cinematically interesting and carry over into eight hours’ worth of material.”

    Nyswaner stuck with the project partly because Hawk and Tim “really haunted me. I sort of just wanted to be in bed with them. Or watching, I think. But to spend time with them, knowing that I was going to be spending probably a few years of my life with them, just really was something I wanted to do.” Likewise, he knew instinctively that Tim would die of AIDS, making that bleak decade in which the American government ignored its queer community a bookend to the Lavender Scare.

    “They had both been caused, one by our government’s active persecution of gay people and one by our government’s indifference to us,” Nyswaner said. “So that just seemed natural. And then you had to fill it in. Like, I can’t wait 30-plus years for them to see each other. I gotta figure out some other ways. So it was very practical, actually.” Filling in those decades brought with it stories about racism within and without the queer community, gender identity, the Vietnam War, the White Night riots in the aftermath of Harvey Milk’s assassination, and more.

    Bomer points to the care and forethought that Nyswaner lavished on “Fellow Travelers” even before production, calling his deeply considered ideas about everything from production design to score “pretty much bulletproof.”

    “As a producer, what I could bring to the table was more relationships. I made myself amenable to any chemistry reads that we had,” Bomer said. “But even those, we had such a fantastic casting director that it was just a matter of [the perfect people] coming in and reading. My thing as a producer is I don’t ever make an executive decision on another actor because I don’t want that karma on my shoulders!” And of course, Bomer relied on his 20 years in episodic TV to weigh in on anything that might benefit from his experience.

    All true, according to Nyswaner, but also not quite the full picture. “On the set, Matt’s commitment to the show extended beyond showing up and giving a great performance,” he said before addressing Bomer. “On the set, how welcoming you are to day players or people with small parts. I know that it adds a burden to the person who has to, in the next few minutes, give a performance, but I watched you do that and just being a leader. And as nice a guy as Matt might be it does mean that little extra bit of energy you have to give because these people have to be inspired. And I always felt that Matt was Number 1 on the call sheet in every way.”

    “If I was able to behave in that way, it’s only because I’ve been shown great examples from people I’ve worked with in the past,” Bomer replied. “And you understand when you’ve been a part of something for a while, and you have the responsibility of being a producer as well, you want to give love to all the ingredients that go into the pot. But on set, if it did take an effort when you’re exhausted and it’s hour 70 or whatever it is, I find that’s always worth it because even if it’s just making an effort to ingratiate yourself with someone who’s there for the day or the scene, it, it bleeds into the scene work. It adds an accessibility and a comfortability and a collaboration once the work is up and running.”

    As for telling another story together in the future? Bomer is keen. “I’ve tried!” he said. “I’ve courted him so many times, he’s such a recalcitrant collaborator. He’s gonna wait till it’s the right one, and I respect that, and I get that. But, listen, I’m here with open arms, Ron.”

    “Yeah, hey, Matt, same here,” Nyswaner replied. “Send a book, whatever!”

    written by Jasper June 07, 2024

    Variety TV FYC Fest

    Matt attended the Variety TV FYC Fest yesterday for the 15-Year Reunion of White Collar event! He was joined by co-stars Tim DeKay and Tiffani Thiessen and series creator Jeff Eastin. A panel was held at the event and Jeff confirmed that there will be a White Collar reboot, and Matt, Tim, and Tiffani are returning! This is such great and exciting news. Check out some photos of Matt at the event in our gallery!

    “We’re gonna reboot. I’m writing the script,” he said on a panel alongside stars Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay and Tiffany Thiessen. Bomer confirmed his involvement, saying, “I’m in!” as DeKay and Thiessen also raised their hands.

    “It’s a fantastic script and it answers all the questions that one would have if you watch the show,” DeKay said, “and it would introduce the show to those who haven’t seen it as well. Both edges of the sword are honed.”

    Willie Garson, who played Mozzie in “White Collar” and died in 2021, will be nodded to in the reboot.

    “It honors Willie, too, in a profound way,” DeKay said. “With such sensitivity and such heart,” Thiessen added. “I told Jeff after I finished it, I literally was so excited, but at the same time had tears in my eyes — for good reason. You captured the suspense, the thrill, the characters and the love in that reboot.”

    It seems likely that the reboot will land on Hulu, though currently unconfirmed. “White Collar” originally aired on the NBCUniversal-owned cabler USA, but Fox Television Studios handled production, meaning Disney now owns the IP. DeKay noted during the panel that “the hope is that it will be a particular streamer.”

    Eastin didn’t give any plot details, but said he intentionally left things open-ended when writing the series’ conclusion in 2014. After procedurals began booming on Netflix over the past year, revisiting “White Collar” became a more tangible option.

    “If you get to the finale, with Neal [Bomer] walking in Paris, that was always the setup,” he said. “I always left it open, and as the years passed, it seemed more like a distant hope. But say thank you to ‘Suits’ for starting this streaming trend. They were doing great, and got people watching ‘White Collar’ now on Netflix. That’s doing really, really good. Off of that, it’s like, ‘Hey, let’s do another one.’”

    written by Jasper June 03, 2024

    ‘Fellow Travelers’ FYC Event

    Matt reunited with his Fellow Travelers co-stars last weekend for the show’s FYC Event! Among those present were Allison Williams, Jelani Alladin, Noah J. Ricketts, creator Ron Nyswaner, and producers Daniel Minahan and Robbie Rogers. Unfortunately, Jonathan Bailey wasn’t able to attend. This is part of their campaign for the Emmy Awards nominations, which will be announced in July. A panel was also held at the event, but I can’t find any full video of it. I’ll update this post when I do or when they release it! Meanwhile, check out our gallery for high-quality photos of Matt at the event! More will be added soon too, so make sure you follow us on our socials, @mattbomerfan on X Twitter and @mattbomerfansite on Instagram.

    P.S. For those interested, I’ve only found this info so far, Matt was wearing David Yurman jewelry.