December 8, 2023
Out 'Fellow Travelers' Star Jonathan Bailey on 'Gay Storytelling' and Working with Matt Bomer
Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.
"Fellow Travelers" star Jonathan Bailey opened up about working with fellow openly gay actor Matt Bomer on the sexy Showtime miniseries based on the Thomas Mallon novel.
"I had looked for these gay stories, a sweeping gay love story, and I hadn't really seen them," the 35-year-old "Bridgerton" star told People Magazine in the interview. "Fellow Travelers," he said, "ticked every single box, and it's something I know I'll be proud of for the rest of my career."
That career high point was enhanced by working with Bomer, who Bailey said was "a total joy," People Mag relayed.
"We both had quite a lot of experience in our careers of intimacy and portraying intimacy, but there's also just so much we've experienced as gay men, as well," Bailey reflected. "So naturally, we had a lot to explore."
Added the British native, "To honor the canon of gay storytelling is totally what I set out to do."
The eight-episode miniseries "span[s] the 1950s Joseph McCarthy communist trials to the 1980s AIDS crisis," People MAg noted. Adapted for the small screen by "Philadelphia" screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, its steamy sex scenes won plaudits for the two leading men.
"The biggest, most exciting draw for Bailey was his character Tim Laughlin's 'expansive arc,' evolving from a closeted political staffer in the 1950s to an out-and-proud activist in the 1980s," the magazine relayed.
Bailey offered the insight that Tim is "constantly searching within himself" in the series.
"He's constantly torn between his identity, the truth about his identity and the stories that he's been told, whether it be by religion, by the government, by his parents or society."
For the actor, it was "thrilling to be able to constantly be torn between two places."
Bailey is set to star next in the two-part movie adaptation of the stage musical "Wicked," in which he plays Fiyero.
Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.