You made a video for the Love is Louder campaign, which was created in response to teen suicides connected with antigay bullying. After revealing that you grew up feeling alone, you say, “Jesus was always there. Jesus is love, and love is louder.” How did your religious beliefs affect your views on gay people?
I was raised in a Christian family, and I’m a Christian, but the only commandment that I really live by is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It doesn’t matter who a person is or what they’re into, you just show them love. If they’re happy, be happy for them. Be a believer, have faith in something, but no one’s right or wrong. Just be a good person. If we were all just one loving world, stuff would be so much easier.
You appeared as the man-candy in Hilary Duff’s “With Love” video. Why did you turn down the chance to star opposite Britney Spears in her “I Wanna Go” video?
That was really tough. I love Britney, and I would’ve loved the opportunity, but there were a couple of weird things about the part that didn’t make sense — like that milk-pouring scene? Hopefully I’ll get to work with Britney on something else. Back to the Hilary Duff video, that was one of those things where I was like, “This isn’t me. I’m not this good-looking guy who’s going to book this.” It’s funny, because when I don’t think I’m right for something, I end up booking it. It baffled me that I even got a callback for that.
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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