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Brendan Fehr Clarifies Statements Regarding 'Discomfort' Playing Gay Role

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The Night Shift star Brendan Fehr, who plays a gay doctor on the NBC series opposite Luke MacFarlane, has clarified statements he previously made in an interview with toofab regarding overcoming his "discomfort" with playing a gay role on series television and the risks involved.  

In an interview with The Backlot, Fehr provides a more nuanced explanation. Here's an excerpt (you can read Fehr's interview in full, here): 

Everything I said in that interview I could have made it clearer and more eloquent. I’m not the most eloquent person in the world. I’m kind of a meat and potatoes type of guy. I hope people have enough common sense to figure out what kind of person I am and to give me the benefit of the doubt when it could go either way.

I do stand by everything [and] I was just being realistic about all the possible things. I was having conversations with people and I took the role and I love the role. I’m proud of what I’ve done with it. I just want to focus on the positive stuff too because it’s fun to kind of go tit for tat with people. I’m that kind of person where I like confrontation. This isn’t the place for it and I think this is one where I want people to like him, you know what I mean?

I had some critics and they said something about playing gay. I said I don’t play him gay, I play him human. Do I get to do some gay stuff? Yes, of course. But it’s like he’s a human being. I play the emotions. I play what he feels. I think that’s the most important part and that’s why I love him because he’s a really specific character. He stands out for me on this show. There are still risks because he is such a great character. Because I am representing something, which is a little bit foreign to me, which makes it exciting. But I don’t want to cater to just the LGBT community. I want people who don’t like homosexuals to begrudgingly go ‘you know, I guess the gay kid’s all right.’ You know what I mean? I want them to be sitting there in Nebraska on their couch going ‘I like the gay one.’

Do you have a better understanding of Fehr's perspective, Instincters?


I have never seen the show I may just look for it. I liked him in Roswell and the few things I have seen him in.

I am sorry that there were so few episodes of Night Shift, but I am glad that it is coming back next season.  I am anxious to see where they take Brendon and Luke from here.

I love him the way he portray his character. I love night shift too!

I agree with everyone here, didn't need to question his statements.  I like the way he plays his character; had me in tears when his other half was taken into surgery to amputate his leg.  Very real in my opinion.

Sorry he was made to clarify the obvious. He said nothing offensive.  Love this guy!

No clarification was necessary

It certainly isn't his first time playing a gay character. He was in Sugar in 2004 - great indie film and he did a fab job in it. People have to remember that interviewers often take license with what they print after conducting an interview with a celebrity.

He's a straight actor trying to make a gay character have depth. So what if he's uncomfortable. We would be too if we had to play convincing straight parts. If he does a good job and is believable, good for him! It's hard to play any character that you can't relate to. Good for him. No explanation needed.

Didn't question it the first time...

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