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The L.A. Complex has become must-see Monday night television ever since the Canadian series made its stateside debut. One obvious reason: The ample servings of beefcake and the scorching same-sex love scenes featuring actor Andra Fuller.
The Toronto-based series has also attracted a cult following among Black gay and bisexual men because of its delicious narrative and characters. Black Enterprise chats up Andra Fuller who portrays the "volatile gangsta rapper Kaldrick King... who also happens to be gay [and] closeted. ... Fuller had no trepidations about taking the part, but those around him were leery about his decision."
"When I accepted this role and what it entailed, my family and friends were like, 'Why do you want to play a gay dude?' They also wanted to know why every time a Black man is shown on TV as gay; he has to be on the down low. But they didn’t look at the ramification: I’m playing a very successful down low rapper on a network television show. That’s never happened before."
Fuller's impeccable performance is buoyed by sharp writing [and] navigates it all — from suicide attempts to intense love scenes — with incredible ease. "As an actor, you don’t run away from a role because it doesn’t coexist with your personal lifestyle," he explains. "If I take a role as a mass murderer, I don’t think I would ever have the gall to kill someone in my real life. But I’m not going to run away from it because I don’t believe in murder."
Very refreshing to hear a Black actor embrace a multi-dimensional gay character with such intensity ... and will not shy away from the sexual component. .
Television depictions of the LGBT community remain overwhelmingly white, according to a recent report by GLAAD. CW remains the top broadcast network for LGBT impressions and has the most diversity—thanks to programming such as The L.A. Complex and America's Next Top Model.
"The gay and lesbian community has been super-supportive and appreciative of what I’ve been putting into Kaldrick," Fuller told Black Enterprise. "It’s definitely an honor to be chosen to play this character in this storyline. I try my damndest every day I step on set to do it justice."
The L.A. Complex will air tonight and Mondays at 8P through October 1. Very much looking forward to tonight's episode after last week's scorcher with the legal fierceness. Kaldrick has met his match. Yasss.
Watch a video clip from last week's hotness AFTER THE JUMP ...