• Chatter Box

    Source: Soap Opera Weekly
    Date: 2002

    GL’s Matthew Bomer (Ben) answers your questions.

    What’s it like working with Aubrey Dollar (Marina)? T.K.P., via email

    I love working with Aubrey. She’s been very inspirational to me as an actor because she makes it look so easy, and she’s always having fun. We try to touch base every morning to make our scenes the best they can be. We have high standards for ourselves, which is a good thing. We’ve known each other so long that we can be really honest with each other. I can’t imagine working with anyone else right now. I’ve been very spoiled.

    Who is your dream co-star? Sarah H., via email

    Julianne Moore (ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes, As the World Turns) or Lauren Ambrose (Claire, Six Feet Under). They’re both pretty incredible.

    Are you single? Liz G., via email


    How often do you get back to Texas to visit your family and friends? Tara Kent, San Antonio

    Not often enough. I really miss my family sometimes. It’s part of the sacrifice of being an actor, I guess. But I do have to say that it makes it all the more sweet when I do get to see them. I get the royal treatment.

    I read that you were almost in the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. What happened? What is your dream role on Broadway? B.L., via email

    Millie got postponed a couple of times, so I started auditioning again. Then I got GL and there was no way I could do both. Millie is such a wonderful show, though. I recommend it to any fan of good theater.

    My dream role on Broadway would probably be in an Arthur Miller play like All My Sons or in a Tennessee Williams show. I’d love to play Val in Orpheus Descending.

    What kind of music/groups do you like? Blake Bentley, Lynchburg, VA.

    My musical taste covers the whole spectrum. It depends on how I’m feeling. I like Beck a lot: he’s a genius. There’s an alternative/country band called Wilco that I enjoy. Lyrically, though, nobody can compare to Lucinda Williams.

    Will we ever see Ben reunited with his father, Fletcher? I would love to see you and Jay Hammer in scenes together, along with Ben’s little sister, Meg. Rosa M. Salvo, Chicago

    Obviously, I’d love for that to happen, but I can’t say for sure it will. Having a family sheds a whole new light on the character – how Ben would relate to the people he loves the most. There would also be a lot of interesting circumstances to be played between Ben and Fletcher. Jay’s a great guy. So I’d love to see that too.

    Does your father, former Dallas Cowboy John Bomer, watch your show? What does your mother think about your first storyline, where Ben bet money to sleep with a girl? What does she think now that you play a gigolo? Alison McCann, via email

    My dad’s office watches the show every day. They’re very supportive that way. As far as my mom is concerned, she always rolls with the punches. Let’s face it, Ben’s never been a choirboy. I know that sometimes she leaves the room when certain scenes come on and, frankly, I don’t blame her. They’re just glad I have a cool storyline.