As you can tell, I have yet another EXCLUSIVE interview for you guys with another star from the hit movie The Skinny by Patrik-Ian Polk, Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman. I tweeted him a few weeks ago and he sent me some information to get in contact with him. And after finally working out our schedules, Jeffrey was able to sit down with me and talk about certain topics that arose in The Skinny.
During the interview, Jeffrey explains more about his character, Joey, who becomes friends with the other four characters in the film during their enrollment at Brown University. He also tells me the difference between his modeling and acting career. Jeffrey also mentions that Joey wasn’t written the way he is portrayed in the film.
The character description for Joey was homely, chubby, and very insecure and very cynical.
I’m so glad that he and Patrik changed Joey, because I don’t think I, or my friends, would have adored him as much.
For those who don’t know I LOVE Joey in the film. I declare my admiration for Joey to Jeffrey and he was very appreciative. I would kill to have a friend like him in real life. Joey is the perfect mix of flamboyance and awkward that makes him an approachable, believable, and humble character with depth.
Was it difficult portraying someone who I would described as semi-flamboyant, or do you and Joey have a lot in common.
I think Joey is more off the cusp flamboyant than I am in my day to day life…. It was fun and enjoyable…. He is just so unapologetically, authentically himself.
I swear I love how Jeffrey speaks. The way he pronounces his words sends shivers to my brain and makes me smile. And his vocabulary and use of diction… don’t even get me started. The interview proceeds with the discussion of the stereotypical, flamboyant gay character. Joey was definitely no joke in this film.
With this interview, I stuck with the topic of sex, since Joey had a great impression on my sexual understanding. In the movie, there is an in depth description of anal douching. Yes, anal douching. I was shocked, but intrigued at the same time. As a virgin, I learn new things everyday. This isn’t new to me, but it still managed to put a surprised look on my face. Gays go through so much; it makes me want to quit.
Is the preparation and act really as difficult as it seems? Was that moment awkward to film?
It was not difficult at all. It was fun, if anything. A lot of the information was new to me, too. It was all very technical information. It was a very technical procedure…. I just wanted it to come across as informative, but not dry. I didn’t want it to be a PSA. I’m glad that people learned something from that scene and were also entertained.
How do you feel about the HIV awareness in the film?
I think that Patrik did a really wonderful job. I think there’s a very fine line between preaching and coming off as a PSA, as opposed to being straightforward to the point, entertaining, and informative.
I really love doing interviews. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of blogging and something I want to do as a career. I thank Jeffrey for being a great guest and answering all my questions. He’s such a genuine individual, and you can tell even through he tweets.
Check out the full interview below and find out what kind of advice Jeffrey would give to someone looking for love on social networks and in the club scenes. and don’t forget to send some love to Jeffrey by following him on Twitter at @JeffreyBChapman
Make sure you read my review of the film, Uncovering The Skinny, while you’re at it.