Jack Falahee, who plays gay law student
Connor Walsh on the ABC hit drama How To Get Away With Murder,
won't discuss his personal life.
Falahee's steamy sex scenes have
received plenty of attention – negative and positive – but in an
Out cover story, the 25-year-old says it's all in a day's
“I'm glad that it is a big deal –
it's a huge deal – but you don't think about that when you go to
Falahee was less forthcoming when asked
about his personal life.
“I don't think answering who I'm
sleeping with accomplishes anything other than quenching the thirst
of curiosity. And moreover, it seems reductive,” he said.
“It's been really interesting to be
in the middle of the industry's fascination with the individual,
because I never thought about that growing up or when I was at acting
school. No matter how I answer, someone will say, 'No, that’s not
“We still live in this
hetero-normative, patriarchal society that is intent on placing
everything within these binaries. I really hope that – if not in
my lifetime, my children's lifetime – this won't be a question,
that we won't need this.”
In voicing his support for LGBT rights,
Falahee mentioned Leelah Alcorn, the Ohio transgender teen who
committed suicide after her parents sent her to therapy to alter her
teen Leelah Alcorn's suicide triggers drive to ban conversion
“I've lost friends to suicide, a few
of whom were closeted and didn't have anywhere to turn,” he said.
“It pains my heart. Look at this young woman Leelah Alcorn. She
didn't think she could be who she wanted to be – who she was –
and it's fucking awful. Now that I'm in a position where people are
curious about what I have to say about things, I would like to help.”