Out actor Matt Bomer sat down with reporter Marc Malkin for this week’s episode of The Big Ticket, Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, to talk about his new movie Papi Chulo. Bomer tells Malkin why he’s been playing more gay roles and why he’s “thoroughly impressed” with Pete Buttigieg.
Bomer came out publicly in 2012 when he thanked his husband, Hollywood publicist Simon Halls, and their three sons while accepting an award from the Steve Chase Humanitarian organization, “where he received the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
Since then, Bomer has played a bunch of gay characters. He’s currently starring on the DC Universe series Doom Patrol, as gay superhero Larry Trainor (Negative Man), as well as Will’s fiancé on Will & Grace. Bomer is also about to start shooting The Boys in the Band for Netflix, the adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway play revival of the first play to depict gay life in the 1960s.
Growing up in Spring, Texas, Bomer had dreams of being an actor. However, dreams of having a husband and kids “was never in the realm of possibilities,” he said. “I don’t think I really even knew that having kids as a gay man was a viable option until I got to New York at 22. None of that ever seemed like a possibility to me.”
[Bomer] believes if he came out in high school, “I wouldn’t be here now. My life would have taken some pretty harsh turns.”
On June 19, Bomer and Halls will co-host a fundraiser in Los Angeles for Buttigieg, a presidential hopeful for the Democratic party. While the couple isn’t making an official endorsement just yet, Bomer says, “I’m so thoroughly impressed with him on every level and he is obviously so much more than capable of the mantle of the office of President. It is kind of a getting-to-know-you and throwing in our hat to support him as best we can. I think it’s amazing that we have him as a candidate and it is legendary and historic and it’s just kind of the icing on the cake that he is also I think at this point the most qualified candidate to lead us.”