Pop Goes The News — Actor Noah Galvin went into full damage-control mode late Thursday after a candid interview he gave appeared online.
In the Q&A with New York magazine’s Vulture, the openly gay 22-year-old star of the new sitcom The Real O’Neals spoke frankly about actors Colton Haynes and Eric Stonestreet and director Bryan Singer.
“The entire interview I gave to Vulture has hurt the LGBTQ community and the industry I feel truly fortunate to be a part of,” Galvin wrote. “My only intention was to try and empower and promote honesty, but I fully understand that comments I made were brazen and hurtful.”
In the interview, Galvin called Haynes “the worst” and took aim at his decision to come out to Entertainment Weekly even though his sexuality was poorly-kept secret for many years.
“That’s not coming out. That’s fucking pussy bullshit,” said Galvin. “That’s like, enough people assume that I sleep with men, so I’m just going to slightly confirm the fact that I’ve sucked a dick or two.
“That’s not doing anything for the little gays but giving them more masturbation material.”
Haynes responded on Instagram. “For him to judge me without even meeting & having no idea the struggles I’ve been through or where I come from is absolutely uncalled for and quite frankly embarrassing on his part,” he wrote.
“Since when did he become the judge of what’s appropriate.”
In his statement, Galvin back-pedalled. “I have no right to dictate how or when anybody comes out of the closet; I know how difficult and scary the process of coming out can be, and the last thing I would ever want to do is make it scarier.”
On Singer, Galvin opined in the Q&A: “Bryan Singer likes to invite little boys over to his pool and diddle them in the fucking dark of night.”
Galvin has since apologized to Singer “for the horrible statement.
“My comments were false and unwarranted. It was irresponsible and stupid of me to make those allegations against Bryan, and I deeply regret doing so. I have never been to Bryan’s house, and I admit there is no basis for any of the things I said or implied about Bryan in that interview. I understand now that my statements were not at all funny and have serious implications.
“I am very sorry and I hope that Bryan and everyone else who read that interview can forgive me for my serious lapse in judgment.”
Vulture subsequently deleted Galvin’s comments about Singer from the interview and explained in an editor’s note: “In an interview format, we generally let the subject speak his mind. But this is a contentious issue, and after consideration, we decided to delete the reference.”
Galvin also apologized to Stonestreet, whom he criticized for playing “a caricature of a caricature of a stereotype of a stereotype” on Modern Family.
“As hilarious as that character is, there’s a lack of authenticity,” he said. “I think people — especially young gay kids — they can laugh at it, and they can see it as a source of comedy, but like, nothing more than that.”
Several other things Galvin said in the Vulture interview have come under fire.
He was asked about gay youth reaching out to him since the show began (“I don’t have time to be your fucking soothsayer”) and about his dating life (”I tend to date people that are slightly older, but then I get into this situation where they’re just, like, twink hunters. I’m like, ‘No, I don’t want to date you, you 45-year-old man’”).
Galvin also said he doesn’t want to date actors. “I’m already crazy enough. I don’t need another neurotic fucking actor to make my head spin. I do plenty of self-hating and self-deprecation, you know?”
He recalled how a young guest actor on The Real O’Neals asked him out.
“At one point I turned to him and was like, Are you gay? And he was like, Well … I don’t know. I’m more like, go with the flow. And I was like, Shut the fuck up. Get out of my face with your wishy-washy bullshit answer. You’re a fucking faggot. Like, I know you are. You know you are. Stop beating around the bush.
“Just go make out with me in my dressing room.”
In his statement, Galvin apologized “to everyone that I’ve hurt with my comments.” He said he understands “the damage has been done.
“I am new to this and will certainly commit to being more thoughtful and wiser as I navigate all of this moving forward.”