Actor Russell Tovey, known for his role of werewolf George Sands on the hit BBC drama "Being Human", has landed his first major U.S. role on the upcoming HBO dramedy "Looking" according to an exclusive report by the Hollywood Reporter on August 29. This will be the first gay role for the gay actor who has prided himself on playing straight roles.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Tovey explained that his sexuality was still a factor when it came to casting. The 31-year-old actor said television audiences typically didn't care about an actor' private life. They just enjoy the characters they identify with. The roles he has already made popular with audiences are prime examples.
As far as playing a gay character, Tovey explained that it had to be the right role and he didn't want to play the stereotypical gay character.
"I really want to do it properly, with something that is clever and moving everything forward rather than covering old ground. Not someone who's gay and miserable, dying of AIDS, secluded, a bit weird. I want to play someone who's normal and just happens to be gay."
Apparently the right role has come up for the actor. Tovey will be playing the character of Kevin in the half hour dramedy about the lives of a group of gay men living in San Francisco. Kevin is accomplished, financially independent and the kind of role Tovey feels move things "forward" when it comes to gay characters portrayal on television and film.
"Looking" also stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett and Scott Bakula. The series, created by Michael Lannan, will follow the lives of friends searching for love and fun in a San Francisco gay community. HBO has ordered eight episodes of the show which will begin filming in the next few weeks.