On the second episode of the third
season of Warehouse 13, Aaron Ashmore's Steve Jinks came out
gay to Claudia Donovan (played by Allison Scagliotti).
Warehouse 13 – part The
X-Files and part Raiders of the Lost Ark – became
an instant hit in 2009 when cabler SyFy aired its initial 6-episode
The 31-year-old Ashmore, who is best
known for playing Jimmy Olsen on the CW's Smallville, joined
the cast this season.
In the episode, Steve and Claudia
collide over Claudia's frequent references to being the senior agent
on their investigation as they share the front seat of a car during a
stakeout. Steve tells her to “relax” because it's just the two
of them on the mission, which Claudia takes as a come on.
“I felt it too, that crackling
chemistry between us,” Claudia says. “It's just that I really
need to focus on my career right now. I don't have a ton of
bandwidth for other stuff. As attractive as that other stuff may
“Oh my god, I'm not hitting on you,
I'm gay,” Steve interrupts.
“You're how now?” Claudia asks.
“Gay. You know when two people of
the same sex find each other …”
The scene ends with the revelation
taking the pair from adversaries to friends.
to gay glossy Out, the decision to make Steve gay was the
Showrunner Jack Kenny told the magazine
that the network pitched the idea to make Steve gay.
“We were pitching this character and
a couple of the execs are gay and said, 'What if Steve was gay?' We
immediately jumped on the idea – but it's just a part of who he is,
it doesn't define the character.”
Ashmore agreed, saying romance on
Warehouse 13 is perpetually on the back burner: “[T]he
show's not really about romantic relationships. These people's lives
are crazy trying to save the world, so there's not a lot of time for
love. I think when he interacts with some people, in the back of my
mind as an actor, I'll decide that he thinks a guy is cute. But it
doesn't play into how he does his job.”