Catching Up With Paul Iacono, Who Came Out On This Blog
Last year, Paul Iacono, best known for MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger, came out on this blog to kudos and roses.
And that's not the end of his gay news. A film Paul costars in, GBF (which just played the Tribeca Film Festival) brings a refreshing gay spin to the glib, colorful teen comedy genre. It involves two closet case high school students (Iacono being one of them) who get used by three "mean girls" as out gay accessories, to comic results.
I reached out to Paul for some insight into what's been going down as he goes up. Here's what he said:
"I decided to do G.B.F. after reading it's brilliant, one-of-a-kind script, and of course the chance to work with director Darren Stein (Jawbreaker). Darren and I became friends a few years ago, but after you wrote my coming out interview last April, he reached out to me saying I'd already been on his mind for the role, but then it was kismet.
"I play Brent Van Camp, a flamboyant but deeply closeted high school senior, who plots on coming out as the first openly gay student, and becoming the the must-have social accessory of the season, for all high school girls, the G.B.F.
"But Brent chickens out at the last minute and throws his best-friend and fellow closeted gay, Tanner, under the bus, igniting an all out social warfare with the school's 3 reining mean girls vying for the ultimate prize, the G.B.F. It was the most fun I've ever had filming. It's an all star cast of AMAZING young actors like Xosha Roquemore (Precious, The Mindy Project) Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) Molly Tarlov (Awkward) Evyana Lynch (Harry Potter) and veteran comedic geniuses like Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne. The movie is a fun, fast, roller coaster adventure into the teen comedy genre, and I think will take it's rightful place among some of the best of these like Mean Girls and Clueless.
As for coming out right here at La Daily Musto...
"Coming out on your blog was one of the best things I've ever done. It's allowed me to be truer to who I am as a person and an artist. It's opened up doors like G.B.F. and a new film hopefully shooting this summer, "The Living Gallery of Revolutionary Costumes" with Dianna Agron from Glee.
It's a beautiful world we live in where massive barriers are broken daily. Actors coming out is quickly becoming old hat, and now we have a gay basketball player and a really cute gay soccer player (get at me Robbie Rogers). I think accessible queer content is more important (and relevant) than ever. That's why my writing partner and I are teaming up with MTV on our upcoming pilot, Kenzie's Scale. That's the real American Dream as far as I'm concerned.
Hollywood says it endorses honesty and originality, and then acts like it's a crime if you're caught doing it. So thank you for giving me to the opportunity to be honest and myself. There's still a long road ahead, but it's nice to know things are getting a little better every day."
You're welcome, Paul. Thank YOU!!!!
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.