Out TV writer/producer Peter Nowalk is using the gay character in the show he created, How To Get Away With Murder, to push his gay agenda. And that is a wonderful thing since equality is his agenda. Last night's premiere featured a brief scene in which Connor (played by Jack Falahee) hooks up with an IT guy to obtain a piece of evidence. The sex scene featured making out and Connor telling the dude to, "Turn over," so that he could kiss his way down to the IT guy's ass. Pretty racy for network.
On "Murder's" TCA panel, you talked a little about the show's gay character, Connor (Jack Falahee), and said you "feel really lucky that I get to write someone who is a young man who is very sexually active and very confident, has no issues about his sexuality, and just feels like a very modern, free, inspirational character." Can you expand on why Connor is so important to you as a writer?
The students are all so different and they're not friends. I'm a gay man, so I wanted to write a gay man character who is sort of a wish fulfillment for me. I am in my 30s but he's in his mid-twenties and I think that generation of gay men and women… they just have a different history and I wanted to show someone who is just refreshingly confident and doesn't have an issue with it and probably came from a background where people didn't have an issue with it and it just feels more modern. I just want to show someone who's awesomely gay. And I think he's more complex than you've seen — all of the characters are. You might think, "oh he's an oversexed operator," and that's how he comes across in the pilot, but I think that's part of who he is and I think there's other parts that I want to show too.
I knew I wanted to push the envelope, especially with the gay sex. And to me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV. Because I didn't see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it's a lack of vision that you don't see it on TV, but ABC has never had a note about any of the weird stuff in the show, so I'm gonna keep it going."
Do it, man. Keep it going. Desensitize the shit out of viewers. Suddenly, I'm way more interested in a Shonda Rhimes-produced series than I've ever been in my entire life.