October 20, 2011
The Advocate: I’m not much of a Twihard, but I’ve been a fan of yours since HBO’s The Comeback in 2005.
Kellan Lutz: I love that! Brandon, you’re the shit. Thank you.
What did you take away from that experience?
I loved working on The Comeback, but I faked that whole experience. I was just a happy-go-lucky kid who fell into acting. I was going to college at Orange County’s Chapman University for chemical engineering. I met this checkout lady at Ralph’s named Maria and, long story short, she said that I should be an actor and opened up my eyes to the world of acting. I started taking acting classes, auditioning, doing extra work, and I fell in love with acting. I didn’t even notice Lisa Kudrow in the room when I did my last callback for The Comeback, because I didn’t watch TV, but I was bouncing off the walls with energy. I just thank them all for giving me a chance. It opened so many doors for me.
Michael Patrick King, the co-creator of the series, has taken credit for discovering you. What did you learn from him?
I quickly learned that there’s a lot of insecurity and a lot of sharks in Hollywood, but I saw that Michael Patrick King, who’s a genius, still has the same passion and zeal he’s had from day one. That’s what I look forward to in my own career. I love acting, but I always want to view it as a hobby and not a job.
You star as Poseidon in Immortals. Has playing a god gone to your head?
Nah. I’ve been playing a pale vampire for years, so I’m just glad to finally have a tan in a movie. I love that our director, Tarsem, saw the gods as youthful. If you were a god, wouldn’t you rather be in your 20s or 30s as opposed to old and gray with a beard down to your ankles?
Your gay fans will appreciate the sexier vision.
Oh, they’re the best. I love them. When I meet gay fans out and about, they’re so great to talk to — and I’m big on hugging, because I’m from the Midwest. They’re just so energetic and loving. I’m proud to have those fans, and their support means a lot to me. I don’t want just girls coming to my movies; I want guys to come too.
In your Calvin Klein X underwear commercial, when you look at the camera and cockily say things like, “You can look, but no touching,” it does feel like you’re speaking directly and specifically to gay men.
I’m so glad you said that. When they pitched that concept, I was all for it. That whole commercial was about speaking to everyone and grabbing every audience member that we could, so I’m glad we captured that.
You once told a story on Ellen about a male fan that approached you at a spa while you were naked in a hot tub. You didn’t specify, but I assume he was gay.
Probably, yeah. That’s why I was so flattered. We talked for about 15 minutes, and it clicked that he was probably hitting on me. By no means did I want to lead him on, so it was just kind of funny to me to realize that he was hitting on me — and doing a pretty good job.
Were you aware of gay admirers when you landed the cover of A&F Quarterly at 18?
No, but I was really ignorant. Growing up, I could never tell who was gay. Even in high school, I had friends that I didn’t know were gay until years later. I’d find out on Facebook or something and be like, “Oh, that explains some things,” or “Wow, no wonder they were so cool.” I remember going to a buddy’s house right when I came to L.A. He was showing me his place, and I asked, “Where do you sleep?” He’s like, “Here, in this bed.” He had a roommate, so I was like, “Where does your roommate sleep?” He said, “He sleeps here too.” I was like, “Oh, OK.” I’ve slept in the same bed as my brothers, and I’ve crashed on a friend’s bed, so it did not even cross my mind that they were gay. He called me up after I left his house and said, “Kellan, you handled that so well. I haven’t told many people, so thanks for being such a good person.” Suddenly, all this stuff started clicking, and everything made sense: Some guys I thought were just friends aren’t just friends! That’s the day my gaydar finally kicked in. We’re still the best of friends to this day. Now I have some really close friends who are gay.
Do they alert you when photos of you working out shirtless get posted on the gay blogs?
No, but they will be like, “Ooh, your arms are looking good, Kellan,” “Ooh, your big chest,” or “Gosh, those eyes.” They hit on me in a friendly way. Anyway, I love a topless run by the beach, and it does suck when paparazzi is there. It’s like, “Fuck, do I keep my shirt on because I don’t want to be shirtless in another magazine?” I don’t want to be known as the guy who always takes his shirt off.
Do you worry about your looks upstaging your talent and not being taken seriously?
Well, sure. I think all actors have to be mindful of that. But in the end, it’s a business. It’s great to have the platform to go do independent movies or a fun comedy where I can keep my shirt on, but sometimes sex sells. If me taking my shirt off can get the audience in there, then sure, I don’t mind doing that. But it’s tough, because I don’t just want to be beefcake.
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