Well, as you can see in the title above, this is an EXCLUSIVE interview with the star of the new hit movie The Skinny by Patrik-Ian Polk, Jussie Smollett. When I first tweeted Jussie and he responded with a follow and a DM almost two weeks ago, I had been dying to tell you guys since then. I finally got my wish for an interview, which also happens to be the FIRST interview for the AT Fierce brand and me, and it happens to be with an actual known celebrity. I cannot deal right now.
In the interview, I talk with Jussie who has been touring the country promoting the film about his role as his character Magnus. He discusses the correlation of his personality to his character, how the auditioning process took place, and what it was like filming during a New York City summer. He mentions that the cast was amazing, and over the two-week period of filming, there was a bond that was created between them making them actual friends.
It was almost too difficult to listen during the interview because the man is so handsome and fine, but I managed.
We then go into deeper topics like his thoughts on starring in a gay film as a straight actor. Yes, he’s straight, and I am a little upset about that fact, but I’ll deal. Jussie also spoke about many of the controversial topics that the film depicts, how revolutionary this movie and Patrik’s work is as a whole, and even gives his view on Obama’s recent support of gay marriage.
Are you anything like your character Magnus?
He’s very very emotional. And I don’t mean just in sadness. He… kind of wears his heart on his sleeve. And I can somewhat relate to wearing your heart on your sleeve. Definitely. And also being that guy that your friends don’t just come to but you really want them to come to you.
Did you ever think you’d star in a film as a gay actor?
… I don’t care. It’s a good film, and it means something. And it meant something to me to do. And I just felt like… it doesn’t matter even what the sexuality is for the role that you’re playing. I look at it, honestly, it wouldn’t matter if I’m gay, bi, straight, trans. Whatever I am. It’s as simple as an American actor playing a British actor. It really doesn’t matter.
Jussie told me that the cast prepared by going to gay clubs. When he told me this, I was completely surprised. Next time he’s in New York, I definitely want to party with him. Jussie loves us gays. “I love every single person in the world. I love the human community.”
How revoluntionary do you think Patrik’s work is?
I think it’s art. He’s ballsy in the sense that he puts his messages in the film, but he’s also not afraid to just let it be a fun film. There is definitely something to learn in The Skinny. But it’s also a film about young people, and growing, and being in your early 20s figuring out what you’re going to do. And at the same time, it’s a film about gay pride weekend.
Some of the issues in the skinny are very controversial. Do you believe they have a significant purpose, and what is the most essential issue that the movie contains?
… I think that those things really happen, though…. The only reason that it’s still controversial is because it’s taboo…. I just feel like all that does is create a world that lies. And I don’t really want to partake in a world that does that.
Check out the full interview below and find out what advice Jussie would give to someone who is struggling with issues presented in The Skinny and those who look for love in the wrong places, and how he feels Obama’s change in views will affect our country.
This was a great interview with a great person. His personality is very genuine and loving. I really enjoyed myself the entire time, and wish him and the movie the best of luck.
Be sure to catch the Los Angeles premiere of The Skinny today at 7:30 at the Laemmle Music Hall on Wilshire Blvd. Jussie should be in attendance, and there will be a special after party for particular patrons. The Skinny will be in LA from May 11th to May 17th, so be sure to get your tickets! And to find out when The Skinny is coming to a theater near you, log onto www.SkinnyTheMovie.com
Make sure you read my review of the film, Uncovering The Skinny, while you’re at it.