Matt Bomer has gone from “Magic Mike” heartthrob to Emmy Award nominee. On Thursday, the 36-year-old actor heard his name announced as a nominee for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Felix in the Ryan Murphy HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s highly acclaimed 1985 play about the beginning stages of a mysterious illness that became known as HIV-AIDS. The movie centers on how the crisis affected gay population in New York City and those who fought to bring awareness to the deadly illness.
Bomer, who lost nearly 40 pounds for the role, said he was “blown away and just so grateful” for the nomination in what is becoming known as his break out role as an actor. Although the “White Collar” star has been acting for years, he has been mostly known for his handsome looks. But playing the role of Felix has exposed Bomer’s acting and it is also a role that has led Bomer to reveal more about his personal life, including his secret marriage to husband Simon Halls, who he was grateful to share the news of his Emmy nomination with.
Bomer explained that the weight loss and hard work put into “The Normal Heart” was hard for Halls and their children. They watched him go through a transformation physically to play a role in a film that he attributed to changing his life at an early year. It was Halls who first shared the good news with Bomer and it was a moment he was thrilled and almost speechless to share with the man he loves.
“I couldn’t even speak for the first minute,” he told USA Today. “I was overcome with gratitude, just the moment was so profound for me. I’ve been working in TV for 13 years and to have this moment, I was completely overwhelmed and had to collect myself for a bit. Simon knew firsthand how hard I worked on this role, how much we put into it, myself as an actor, and us collectively as a family. It was just really great to get to share that moment with them.”
Bomer said reading “The Normal Heart” at the age of 14 “educated and informed” him and at the same time sparked an emotion of anger within him that deepened within him as he played the role of Felix. He only hope the movie triggers the same emotions and also hopes his nomination is “a sign for more opportunities to come for actors regardless of their race or sexuality to be cast in whatever roles people feel they would be right in.”