There is no doubt that Dylan McDermott has some serious sex appeal. I mean look at him! And, if you’ve been watching FX’s new hit show American Horror Story, then your love for him has probably grown even bigger each episode.
For the newest issue of The Advocate, Dylan sits down with Brandon Voss to talk about his gay following and the massive homo-appeal for Steel Magnolias. What’s great about Dylan is that even at 50-years-old (he looks great hey?) he’s not afraid to show a little skin. The Advocate asked if Dylan was aware of his gay following. Here is what he had to say:
Gay or straight, the idea of fans isn’t something I normally think about, because I’m ultimately kind of shy. If I start thinking about who does or doesn’t like me, I just get uncomfortable. But I grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village in the ’70s with my dad, so I was exposed to gay people from a very young age. It was definitely eye-opening for me.
So how does Dylan feel his film Steel Magnolias being a big gay hit? To our surprise, he had no idea. Even when Brandon goes on to explain that the film sometimes is seen on loop at gay bars, Dylan is amazed! Come on, with lines like, “all gay men have track lightin’. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve.” or “we went skinny dipping and we did things that frightened the fish,” there is bound to be homos quoting that all over the globe.
Dylan recalls his experience working on Steel Magnolias and from the sounds of it, it was refreshing after a movie he shot in the Philippines.
That was my first really big movie, and I loved making it. I’d just made Hamburger Hill in the Philippines, where there were no trailers, and somebody died while we were making the movie. It was a brutal shoot. All of a sudden I’m on the set of Steel Magnolias, where there’s more pink than I’ve ever seen in my life. I was working with movie stars who each had their own hair and makeup people, we only worked eight hours a day, and everybody was always partying and laughing. It blew my mind.
If there is one thing, it’s that Dylan does not like to watch himself on screen. He admits that he only watched Steel Magnolias maybe two or three times. So how did he handle the big Hollywood premiere of American Horror Story? “When my ass was 70 feet up in the air at the Cinerama Dome, I got a little shy, but people seemed to appreciate it afterward,” he said. And that’s just it. Dylan has been de-robing a lot in the season. I mean, we’re not complaining. But what’s his take on it?
I knew going into it that there was nudity and that a lot of people would be watching, so I knew I had to be in really good shape. I’m no fool, so I hit the gym and watched what I ate. Actually, when I first got the role, production called me and asked, “Who’s your body double?” I said, “Oh, hell no. It’s going to be all me, baby.”
At 50-years-old and with a body like that, Dylan has nothing to be shy about. The Advocate asks if he’s modest about being nude on set or if he’s comfortable with letting it all hang out. “I’m probably somewhere in the middle,” he explains. “When I’m in the role, in the moment, I’m comfortable. After they yell ‘cut,’ I don’t need to put my balls in someone’s face.” LOL. What a statement. Dylan also isn’t afraid of the sexual content of the show either.
I’ve never been uncomfortable with sexuality. That goes back to my growing up in New York in the ’70s, which was a very sexual time. I was sort of a club kid, and I’d go to places like the Mudd Club and Max’s Kansas City. Being a part of that whole world, sexuality always seemed very normal to me.
He admits that he would get hit on by the gays all the time, but he was okay with it. “I’m cool with everyone, and people pick up on that,” he says “I’d say, ‘I’m not gay, but it’s all good.’ It’s kind of like going to Paris when you don’t know the language; some Americans get into trouble over there, but I’m just like, ‘Sorry, I don’t speak French.'” You have to admire that kind of confidence in a man.
For Dylan’s full chat, head over to TheAdvocate.com.