Evan Ross continues to impress us with his sensitivity.
In a refreshingly candid interview, the current Hollywood "it" boy talks to the editors of The Advocate on his recent breakout role in HBO's Life Support. (Our review HERE.) Evan played "Amare", a self-destructive gay, HIV positive teenager. The character was not stereotypical or overtly sexual—and Ross appreciated the subtlety.
It was an interesting experience. I was excited about the role. I didn’t want to play it in a way where it would come off like, Wow, you can really tell [he’s gay] from the first time you see him. I just really wanted people to love Amare for who he was—and to have an understanding of what he was going through.
On Amare's relationship with Michael, the boyfriend who was on the "down-low":
Michael didn’t want to act like he was gay in any type of way. He didn’t want any part of that; he just wanted to be with Amare on a sexual level, so after his sister left him, Amare had no one. But Michael did care about him in the end.
Ross was asked the invariable question, vis a vis "what was it like playing a gay character?" Evan's answer is very intriguing because he framed it Evan within the context of young black gay men in the hip-hop gay culture: "It was a whole different side of things I hadn’t seen before. It was interesting and new, and I’m glad I got a chance to experience it. Even with the scene when I’m in the club and I have my hoodie on and I look over at a guy and I give him a look… It was interesting for me as an actor to see his reaction."
Moving along, confirmation of Evan Ross' "it" boy status can be found in the pages of next month's Interview, the holy grail for every young up-and-coming actor or model. In the feature, Evan models Dolce & Gabbana—seen at top—and discusses his role in Pride. Much of interview is about the impact of his father's death. "It kind of set off my acting career. I felt I needed a change." He also reveals his favorite song by his mother, the iconic Miss Diana Ross: "If We Hold On Together."
Life Support will be re-broadcast on Friday March 30 at 6:30P est. It is available 24/7 via HBO on Demand.
Pride can be seen at movie theaters from coast to coast. On their front page, IMDB is linking to Rod 2.0's review of the movie and our coverage of the "bulging" Speedo controversy. Your guess is as good as ours ...
Mr. Ross [Advocate.com]
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