If you're like me, you swoon over Aaron Ashmore and his twin brother, Shawn, who are successful young Hollywood actors originally from Toronto. Aaron, who you might recognize from Smallville
, played notorious gay prom queen Marc Hall in a CTV TV movie and is playing a gay character again on Syfy's hit show Warehouse 13
. He talked to OUT magazine
about his new role:
And the reason we’re talking about him is because... Steve is also gay. Why is the show going gay now?
Jack: Actually, Syfy suggested it. 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.
Aaron, how does that affect how you think about your character and how you play him?
Aaron: It’s in the back of my mind, but the 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.
Well, since you brought it up, what do you think his type is?
Aaron: I don’t think Steve’s into muscles. He’s more laid-back. I picture him with someone similar to himself.
Do you think the ability to tell when people are lying would ruin romantic relationships?
Aaron: I think so, and that’s a big thing that influences who Steve is. We all know that people lie, but when you know that it’s happening every time, it makes it hard to be in a relationship with someone.
I think there’s an important distinction, though, between characters on television that we see in gay relationships and friendships, and those that we don’t.
Jack: It’s the same thing with the straight characters. There’s really no time for that. Last season, we tried to get into relationship stuff and we found that we really don’t have the space. They’re always out in the field!
In the past few seasons, television has seen a flood of new gay characters. Why do you think the word came down from Syfy that now was the time to get on board with that movement?
Jack: We’re always looking to bring diverse characters into our show, so it was just a question of who else do we want to include? In the first incarnation of Steve, we were looking for an Asian actor for the part but didn’t find anyone that had the right chemistry with our cast. And even when Steve was going to be Asian, he was going to be gay. We wanted that dynamic.