10:27 am - 01/09/2014

His name is O-T Fagbenle, which is funny because he plays a homosexual.

No, I swear I didn't google "Surely there must be somebody black in HBO's Looking" (premiering January 14th or 19th maybe, I thought it was the 19th but now I think I had it wrong, I should check * ). Actually I was looking for articles about Frankie J. Alvarez, but there wasn't anything.

So anyway, I found this guy. I guess he was on Doctor Who and stuff? And he's British! BRITISH!

An Exclusive Look at 'Looking' with O-T Fagbenle


Gay characters have become fairly familiar on the small screen. Would you say Looking is breaking new turf in terms of representation, and did you feel some responsibility to "get it right?"

When representation of the LBGT community was much more scarce in the media, I think there was some kind of pressure to encapsulate an entire community in a single character - this can often be a fast track to generalization and stereotypes.

Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh are so talented at bringing subtle and defined characters to the fore that the gay characters are real and identifiable without being these stock characters out of gay folklore. It's refreshing!

The pressure to "get it right" was definitely there for me, I didn't want to mess this bad boy up so I asked if HBO would fly me to San Francisco before the shoot, so I could spend more time researching and getting a feel for that amazing city and the places were Frank might hang out. I also pretty much tried to stay in character during the entire shoot, which was interesting.

Perfect segue. Because of its significance in American gay history, San Francisco is practically the show's main character. As a Londoner, can you give us some insights into your process for unveiling the soul of the city?

I cycled and walked around San Francisco a lot, made local friends, partied in The Mission, The Castro, the Folsom Fair, spoke to the homeless a lot.  I also visited the nude beaches and the redwood forests - there is a lot to do in San Fran. I definitely think I scratched the surface but it's an evolving city so it would take time to get your whole finger in. Shout out to Oakland - that place is coo
l as #% [presumably "shit" - ed.]

There is something off-the-cuff about your reading of your character, Frank. Is he someone you were already familiar with, or was he something of a surprise to you?

Thank you ... I think!  Walt Whitman said of himself 'I am large, I contain multitudes,' and I definitely recognize Frank very within my multitudes! Playing him was mostly a matter of allowing myself to reveal some inner shades of me.

fagbenle alvarez

When we meet Frank, he is the boyfriend of the only coupled character in the show, Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez). It's clear from the start that Frank has his hands full, but he seems unfazed by Agustin. Is he simply uncomplicated, or is something else going on there?

Frank is a healer, he desperately wants that independent and troubled lover that he can soothe and tame. He knows if he plays the 'Mom' and tries to control Augustin too hard and too quick it will push his love away. He's playing the long game.

If you were having coffee with Frank, what advice would you have for him about his new boyfriend?

Haha! Umm. Maya Angelou once said 'When someone shows you who they are ... believe them.It's good advice for Frank but hell, I'd give that advice to anybody.

fagbenle fish


* I was right in the first place. It's the 19th.

ctfobro 9th-Jan-2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
I wonder why he goes by OT instead of Ola.
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
He doesn't go by OT, he goes by O-T.
magli 9th-Jan-2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh Dash Tee?
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's how it's printed in everything of his own -- Twitter/Instagram/etc.

Although now that I google, both Wikipedia and IMDB list him as O.T.

Wiki, tho....
ctfobro 9th-Jan-2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
ctfobro 9th-Jan-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
o u still dont get it...
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
No, not o u....

Edited at 2014-01-09 07:44 pm (UTC)
ctfobro 9th-Jan-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
praying u get the help u need
smilofax 9th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds more quirky and less 'ethnic'
frankthesheep 9th-Jan-2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
saintvlas22 9th-Jan-2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
You, being a messy as fuck flop as usual.
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Who's the Asian?

I did not know they had an Asian. This changes everything.
saintvlas22 9th-Jan-2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
I think he's the ~best friend~ of one of the other characters, isn't he?

ETA: Yeah, he is. The main cast is 2 white guys and a Latino guy. The Asian, black and other Latino characters are all side characters.

Edited at 2014-01-09 07:22 pm (UTC)
haruhiko 9th-Jan-2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
There was a brief shot of a Helpful Asian Friend in one of the trailers. Wiki says he's a "recurring" character, which means they're not regular characters. The main characters are white.
saintvlas22 9th-Jan-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
One of the main characters is Latino(I think)
interrobamf 9th-Jan-2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
He's a white latino.
itscomicrelief 9th-Jan-2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's unrealistic for white people, idk. I've stopped actively trying to have white friends for years.
evett 9th-Jan-2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
I've seen him in a few shows. Never knew his name tho
itscomicrelief 9th-Jan-2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, one black guy. God bless.

May this flop show fuck off forever until they get it right.
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
nutmegdealer 9th-Jan-2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
joan armatading? on my ontd?
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
on my everything
frankthesheep 9th-Jan-2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Joan!!!!!! I had to hit play.
magli 9th-Jan-2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
Off Topic Fagbenle is a great name. It sounds like a quirky, gay tumblr.
smilofax 9th-Jan-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
You probably should have mentioned he was British too OP, it might attract more attention....Glad to see he's got his big break, he's been around for years.

Random fact: His brother used to be in Hollyoaks and also directed Niggas in Paris and a 1D's video.
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
lord 9th-Jan-2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
What the fuck is up with that fish?!

I'll Google this after work.
youandeyeteewhy 9th-Jan-2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
I don't even know where to begin in this post rn.

I'll just say that I'm watching for Russ Tovey and that will be that.
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
youandeyeteewhy 9th-Jan-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
I know, sis, I was there!
felixdharma 10th-Jan-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
youandeyeteewhy 10th-Jan-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Well, alright!
felixdharma 10th-Jan-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I mean he's super cute and stuff...
redleigh86 9th-Jan-2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
I remember this guy on Happy Endings! I remember confusing him for Craig David hahaha
drownsodapop 9th-Jan-2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
OH WAIT that's him we're talking about?!? I remember him from quarter.life the web series, he had that big curly hair going for him. Interested to see him tackle this...
ohwutevernvm 9th-Jan-2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
distinguetraces 9th-Jan-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
No, it's O-T. I don't know why you guys are having so much trouble with this.
ohwutevernvm 9th-Jan-2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
iprevail 9th-Jan-2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
this post and its comments are a damn MESS
drownsodapop UMM have you guys seen these episode titles?9th-Jan-2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Looking for a Plus-One (????) - Frank
Looking for Now (19 January 2014) - Frank
Looking for Uncut (26 January 2014) - Frank
Looking at Your Browser History (1 February 2014) - Frank
Looking for $220/Hour (9 February 2014) - Frank
Looking in the Mirror (23 February 2014)
ohwutevernvm Re: UMM have you guys seen these episode titles?9th-Jan-2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
What is this I don't even @ episode titles.... ugh so deep~~~~~
lord Re: UMM have you guys seen these episode titles?9th-Jan-2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of that Jennifer Love Hewitt show Time of Your Life where each title was a spin off the time like "The Time _____ Happened, etc.
therearewords Re: UMM have you guys seen these episode titles?9th-Jan-2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
Dear gaylords.
prophecypro 9th-Jan-2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
they serious with that name?
milotic2 9th-Jan-2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
bearded dude is HOT omg
dannyupshaw 10th-Jan-2014 03:02 am (UTC)
his scenes in Consuming Passion are my answer to a bad day
punkblackboy 10th-Jan-2014 11:00 am (UTC)
Is the Latino guy black, or is the black guy latino? And/or both?

And I'm still not watching this show, it's just you guys keep mentioning it so I have to bitch about it. It's like virtual crack.
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