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Watch the Queer As Folk Cast Talk About The Making Of The Iconic Series

Earlier this month, we shared with you photos, and a video of the photos being taken, of the Queer As Folk reunion.

The cast of the North American series got together with Entertainment Weekly Magazine to create some memorable pictures and talk about their memories of the show.

While that original post had included some words from that interview, EW later released several videos of the interview as well.

These videos cover many topics from Hal Sparks talking about the moment he discovered the series and the character of Michael, to Peter Paige talking about originally auditioning for a different role, and the writers talking about filming a show with a lot of gay sex in it.

If you want to see the videos for yourself, you can watch them down below.

EW Magazine Reunites The Cast Of 'Queer As Folk' For Pride Issue

It’s hard to fathom but it’s been 13 years since the ground-breaking Showtime drama Queer As Folk left the air.

The cast reunited for the first time since filming the series finale for Entertainment Weeklys Pride Issue. During a photo shoot and group chat, the actors and creators shared their memories of the series - and all those sex scenes.

Taking a trip on the ‘way-back machine,’ EW begins it’s profile the same way the series did.

“The thing you need to know is, it’s all about sex.”

That’s the first thing audiences heard from Hal Sparks’ character “Michael Novotny” in the first seconds of the premiere of the series back in December 2000 as dozens of sweaty, shirtless young men dance at the club Babylon 

And, that was very much a part of the truth.

“I can tell you what everyone here’s genitals look like,” says a still boyish Randy Harrison. “I won’t, but I could.”

“I think the sexuality — and the honesty of that sexuality — propelled us throughout the whole series,” adds Thea Gill.

Michelle Clunie, who played girlfriend "Melanie" to Thea Gill's "Lindsay," shared the preparation for their first sex scene together.

“I remember Thea and I got together the night before our first sex scene, and we actually practiced kissing because we felt it was very important that it was a real, intimate connection between these two women who had been together for so long,” says Clunie, 48.

Not everyone participated in the overt sex scenes. Sharon Gless, who played Michael’s over-the-top supportive mom, "Debbie" says, “They paid me to keep my clothes on!”

While the actors and creative team were ready for backlash from the conservative right, executive producer Ron Cowen says it never really materialized.

But the LGBT community had plenty to say.

“The show received criticism from gay people and gay organizations, but they never said we weren’t telling the truth,” says Cowen. “As we often said, ‘If you don’t like the reflection you see in the mirror, don’t blame the mirror.’”

“We saw it as an opportunity to address a lot of issues that had never been shown on American TV before,” Cowen told EW about creating an American version of QAF. “That was very important to us because we, gay people, didn’t really see a true reflection of ourselves on TV very often. Back then, you couldn’t get married. There was ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the Army. In 14 states, there were still sodomy laws on the books. It was a very hostile atmosphere.”

And yet, the series was a major hit for Showtime becoming the most-watched series for the cable network by the end of the first season.

The series lasted for five seasons following Michael and friends often addressing serious issues for the LGBT community as the world entered the new millenium.

That said, the cast was informed at the end of the fourth season that the fifth would be the last.

“The last year, every scene was important,” says Sharon Gless, who played Sparks’ mother. “‘This is the last scene I’ll do with Randy.’ ‘This is the last scene I’ll do with Thea.’ Even though it was sad, it was complete.”

With the current spate of TV reboots, EW asked the cast if there could be a new season of Queer As Folk?

“God knows the clothes and the hairstyles have changed, but the emotional stories are eternal,” Paige shares. “I often say people came for the queer, but they stayed for the folk.”

Watch the cast of Queer As Folk chat with EW below:

 

Okay Guys, Time To Get Real. Let Us Know Which Gay Movie Or TV Show Changed Your Life

 

I loved hearing your Facebook responses to my post last week - Do You Remember The Exact Second You Realized You Were Gay? - but not unlike Jack McPhee when it comes to the boys, I want more, and today I want to know which gay movie or TV show changed your life! Sometimes, as gay youths, our only connection to the LGBT world is through media, which is why gay representation in movies and television is so important. I'll never forget when the angel of a man Vice President Joe Biden said:

I think Will & Grace did more to educate the American public more than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand.

From this to Mike Pence. How fun for us. Biden is right. But those who "fear" gays aren't the only ones who benefit from gay characters being beamed into their living rooms. Gays themselves, especially those who grew up pre-Internet like moi, need the education and connection as well.  

 

 

I grew up in whatever one step up from a meth lab is in the hills of Appalachia, and I certainly wasn't going to glean any insight into gay culture from a high school where rebel flags were not just tattoos, t-shirts, or license plate frame options, but also a way of life. My first sense of belonging, of being understood, came from the the gay characters I saw in movies and television.

Now more gay characters are featured on the big and small screens than ever before, and I want to know, from Looking to Brokeback Mountain to Call Me By Your Name to Will and Grace to Charlie Hunnam and Aidan Gillen on Queer as Folk (that one's mine BTW and FYI), which gay movie or TV show changed your life. Do some soul searching and let us know in the comments!