Harrison in 2007
|Born||Randolph Clarke Harrison
November 2, 1977
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Cincinnati|
I was always the shame of the family – the one Yankee who was actually born in the North.
I think the sense of community that exists with all the characters – that's the answer. The fact that they have found a family in their friends. It does give some depth and meaning to their lives.
It makes me proud, and it makes me scared. More than anything, I want to be an actor and I want to keep working, and I think there's a danger in being perceived as a poster boy for something.
I just don't think that I could be the kind of actor I want to be and not be honest with myself. Honesty is very important to me as an actor and as a person. I didn't even think about it.
I'm confident in my ability to maintain a career. I don't know if it will be doing either independent films or plays in New England.
When you watch it, you're like, Wow. I look like that. But it doesn't feel like that at all. It was about communicating with Gale Harold and getting across what I wanted to say about the character.
I never felt a need to manipulate my career from the outside – try to be someone I wasn't to get ahead.
It's a really subtle kind of thing. It makes me feel like Randy Harrison is not a human being to them.
I don't want to be the center of attention. My posture has changed. I walk with my head down and shoulders slumped. Suddenly I carry myself as if I'm ashamed of something.
I don't know for Justin; he's always looking for meaning out of his relationships with people. I don't think he's as trapped into the drug thing as a lot of the others are.
I wasn't being bullied at school at this point. I had a group of friends, and I was isolated because I wasn't communicating with my parents. I wasn't telling them what I was going through.
I've done sexual stuff before – onstage, which is even more emotionally difficult. With a TV crew around, you are stopping and starting; it becomes really technical. It's not erotic at all.
I wonder what kind of lives they will have built for themselves when they turn 45 and can't really have any connection with people because they are so used to fleeting sexual.
I don't want to be Tom Cruise. I'm not after some movie blockbuster career. That's not the kind of work I'm interested in. And frankly, it's not the kind of work I'm ever going to get.
Dad said that he was prouder of me than he'd ever been when I came out.
I can't walk down the street with my head up. I'm not a hat wearer, but now I'm a hat wearer.
It's upsetting that it is such a big deal. I wish it weren't an issue all the time. It's funny that people say it's a departure, because I've been acting since I was a child. I've played three gay roles out of hundreds.
I actually have more respect for people who are in the closet. You end up exposing so much of yourself because you have to talk about your sexual life. You shouldn't have to talk about it.
It always weirds me out and makes me unhappy that some people think I'm Justin. I'm not. People can be talking to me and I know they think they are talking to Justin. It's hard to explain.
A lot of my friends are club people. It's not me. It's funny to represent that, because it's not me. I don't fit into a gay club setting. It's just ironic that I represent that somehow.
By the time I came out, that kind of stopped it. The bullying stopped when I claimed myself and proved that I wasn't afraid. A lot of it was when I was hiding when I was younger.
I hope that they are finding satisfaction. I'm in no way making a judgment. I know it doesn't make me happy.
The whole character of Justin and the club life he lives – I have no experience with it. It's really foreign to me, which is annoying, but that's just how it is.
I can't speak on behalf of the show. I'm not a creator; I'm just a pawn.
I guess I had a suspicion of it my entire life without knowing exactly what it was – knowing that there was something different about me, which I attributed to being an artist. At 11 or 12 I started sort of clarifying for myself. It took a while.
I had been doing summer stock every summer while I was in college. We did a showcase, like most good conservatories do – monologues and things that agents and casting directors come to see. From that I got an agent.
It's a clique that I've never been a part of. It's not like I identify them in a negative way.
I love my parents. Coming out to them was sort of coming out to myself. I educated them, and I wanted our relationship to keep growing. I wanted them to be a part of my life still. I wanted to be able to share with them what I was going through.