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New York Magazine. The Post-Gay Gay Icon by Simon Dumenco (Apr. 2002)

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The Post-Gay Gay Icon by Simon Dumenco [From the April 29, 2002 issue of New York Magazine.]


He's hot, he's talented, and he's out. No surprise that Queer As Folk star Randy Harrison has legions of fans. But who'd have guessed how many of them would be women?

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Actor says teens should be portrayed with respect, reality (Oct. 2002)

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Actor says teens should be portrayed with respect, reality from [October 11, 2002]

By Terry Morrow, News-Sentinel television writer
October 11, 2002

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On "Queer As Folk," he plays a lonely gay teenager having an affair with an adult. The graphic sexual content of the show isn't something he always supports.

He calls his character's affair "codependent" and "abusive."

But "I have to do it," he says.

"I signed on to do it. I was aware of it. I still would argue for the merits of it and that people see it.

"I have to remind myself of that when it gets most redundant. ... The sex lives of these characters are the center part of this show, so I have to remember that."

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"Randy Harrison Talks About Waiting for Godot" (July 2008)

Randy Harrison Talks About Waiting for Godot
Extended Rehearsals Underway at Berkshire Theatre Festival

Posted by Larry Murray on; July 21, 2008.

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The Interview

LM: Glad to see you back in the Berkshires. How are the rehearsals going?

RH: I've been here for four summers now, and I love it. I feel so lucky to be able to spend time here.

We've had rehearsals underway for two and a half weeks now. I never worked on Beckett before. I love Beckett, so I was really excited to have the opportunity to work on a Beckett play.

LM: Did you bring any Beckett baggage with you?

RH: Nothing much beyond a love of it.

LM: The play can be a daunting challenge.

RH: I didn't feel scared really, I just felt really, really excited about it. There's so much academic stuff, so much to study and think about it, and I just tried to scrape it all away and start fresh.

LM: They say that Bert Lahr (who was in the original Waiting for Godot) didn't understand a line of what he was saying.

RH: I don't think you necessary need to. I just tried to be with the director (Anders Cato) and the sсript as I see it. It grows for me, and I think for all of us, every time we say it out loud. I worked with Anders last year on Mrs. Warren's Profession and it is great to have him at the helm again.

LM: So how did it come to be that you got Lucky?

RH: One day Kate Maguire just asked me on the phone. And I knew she had been thinking about doing it. She just loves Beckett and she managed to get a grant for some extra rehearsal time.

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@темы: theatre, Waiting for Godot, 2008


"Issues Over the Rainbow". Party 93.1 radio (March 26, 2004)

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Randy Harrison's interview with MarkyG at "Issues Over the Rainbow". Party 93.1 radio [March 26, 2004]


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Next Magazine (nov 2000)

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'Equus' is tethered to tame production (July 2005)

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'Equus' is tethered to tame production By Michael Eck [July 20, 2005]

Special to the Times Union
First published: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. -- Seventeen-year-old Alan Strang has blinded six horses, digging at their eyes with a hoof pick.
It's Dr. Martin Dysart's task to determine why; and beyond that to help exorcise the demons that have driven the boy to such desperate action.
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The physicality of the play belongs to television actor Randy Harrison who plays Strang.

Harrison is simply not ready for the role.

Throughout much of the first act, he is cardboard. He speaks words without portraying them -- and it's folly to attribute that to the fact that his character has shut down.

In the second act -- in which Strang begins to reveal the reasons behind his actions -- Harrison actually seems afraid of the character. He delivers lines as though he is standing beside himself, and his expressions of desire for the young stable girl, Jill Mason, are wooden and unconvincing.

The fact that so much of "Equus" hinges on Strang's tangle with nature, religion and sexuality -- he is the victim of a messy mix of the Bible, western movies, children's books, English socialism and raging hormones -- is mooted by Harrison's lack of a performance.

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From Times Union (Jul 2005)

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`Equus' star prefers the stage to TV work, Talking about life on stage, on television by Steve Barnes from Times Union [July 17, 2005]

`Equus' star prefers the stage to TV work

STEVE BARNES Senior writer
Section: Arts-Events, Page: I1

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005
Randy Harrison doesn't want to talk about "Queer as Folk."

Although he has co-starred since its inception in the groundbreaking Showtime series about a group of gay men and lesbians in Pittsburgh, Harrison has nothing in particular to say about "QAF." "It's over," he says, the first of many such variants Harrison will utter during a two-hour conversation over sushi in a Great Barrington, Mass., restaurant. He says, with a sense of completion, "I had a wonderful time, but I'm done with it." (He wrapped up shooting "QAF" 's fifth and last season in March; the series finale airs July 31.)

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"But now I'm back to auditioning. That's what's important to me," he says. "I don't want to be any more famous than I am. I don't want to be recognized on the street. I don't want to be a leading man in big-budget Hollywood movies. I want to be an actor, primarily on stage, doing challenging, interesting and diverse roles. `Equus' is a good start."

Talking about life on stage, on television

Section: Arts-Events, Page: I4

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005
Actor Randy Harrison, 27, has played Justin Taylor, a gay artist and part of a group of friends in Pittsburgh, in the Showtime series "Queer as Folk" since 2000. Its fifth and final season, currently airing, concludes July 31. Locally he is co-starring in "Equus," running through next weekend at Berk shire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Mass.

On the frank sexuality of "Queer as Folk": "It's fake. People think (filming simulated sex) means more than it does to the actors. What you see in the finished show - that's not anything like what the experience was shooting it. It's funny that (viewers) think that they've seen anything, really. I mean, half the time it's not even me; it's other people's body parts."

On why performing theater in the Berkshires is more artistically rewarding than being on a high-paying TV series broadcast internationally:

"It's a safe environment in which to take risks, and that's something you don't have in television. You just don't. Everything on TV's a time crunch, people are manipulating you to get certain things done, everything is about money and time and saying the line this way because that's what the producer wants."
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Randy Harrison: Beyond QAF from Edge Boston (July 2005)

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Randy Harrison: Beyond QAF from Edge Boston [Jul 14, 2005]

by Robert Nesti
EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor
Thursday Jul 14, 2005

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A hit in London and New York (where it ran for more than 1200 performances,) “Equus” is based on a real event, which sparked the imagination of Shaffer who conceived of it as psychological thriller in which the doctor must breakthrough into the boy’s psyche to understand what drove him to commit such a hideous crime.

“In the play the magistrate talks to the doctor telling him that Alan needs to see him because otherwise he’d be demonized by the community and no one would want to help him. He had committed the kind of hideous crime that no one wants to think about with any complexity -- they simply want to label him and put him away.

But as the play develops the doctor is in a dilemma in that if he cures me he feels he’s taking away my individuality by putting me in a different set of shackles. So the question at the center of the play is he helping me to achieve my greatest potential, or simply making me what society thinks as normal? It’s a struggle for him, but in the end he decides to help me because he sees that Alan wants to be helped. But he never really acknowledges if this is the better choice.”

How does Harrison respond to a character who commits such a reprehensible act?

“He’s a difficult guy to relate to, but I personally have to like him. When I prepare for the role, I learn to empathize with him -- putting my self where he is. So I do like him. But I wonder if I encountered him on the street in a certain situation without the knowledge of him I have now that I would. He’s a fascinating character to play, and exhausting. I’m so exhausted after a full day of rehearsal that I can’t do anything else. I’m just not functioning on such a high level at the end of the day because it is so draining. But I don’t bring home any of the baggage from the show because it is just so draining to carry around.”

As he was in virtually every episode of “Queer as Folk,” Harrison will be nude in the play. The difference, though, is that he won’t be doing on film (where, he admits, the highly-charged sex scenes were more technical than erotic, with lots of stopping and starting,) but this time on stage in a love scene with a young woman in the stables.

“I’m very comfortable with it (the on-stage nudity.) I’ve done it before, before “Queer as Folk, and it doesn’t bother me in the least.”

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"QAF" -That's a wrap. (April 2005)

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"QAF" -- That's a wrap, from [April 5, 2005]

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"QAF" -That's a wrap.

by Charles Kaiser

April 5, 2005

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The boys were equally impressive. Randy Harrison, the blond "Justin" whom Michelle calls "wise beyond his years," was just 22 and right out of college when I first met him -- and he used my first piece about the show in New York magazine to come out publicly. Peter Paige -- "Emmett" -- was the only other openly gay cast member among the original cast members, although Gale Harold -- "Brian" -- is the most gay-friendly straight man I have ever met.
Randy was grateful for the experience: "Under no other circumstance besides this bizarre job would I have had a chance to learn from such extraordinarily artistic and intelligent people," he said.
But after he demanded (and got) a final hug from Sharon Gless, he was ready to move on: "If you sign a five-year contract, no matter how idyllic the situation, after a few years it's going to feel like a prison ... and it's difficult to feel like a puppet whose literal body is used to make other people a lot more money than you, while the negative repercussions of 'your body as product' continue to invade your privacy, your home and mildly corrode your life."
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Q&A from (July 2004)

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RANDY HARRISON Q&A from [July 12, 2004]


1. The first record I ever bought was... The Muppet's Sing Metal Machine Music
2. My favorite place to be is... semi-consciousness
3. When I have some free time I like to... shoot squirrels
4. When I'm feeling sporty I... shower
5. When I turned 18 I... burnt an effigy of my former self
6. Record I've currently been listening to... Electralane: The Power Out
7. A movie that has moved me recently was... Winter Light
8. My biggest vice is... revealing too much of myself in online questionnaires
9. A song I know all the words to is... the entire album ( ) by Sigur Rós
10. The worst question I've ever been asked in an interview was... could you answer these questions as Justin?
11. The last concert I saw was... Gogol Bordello at Irving Plaza
12. My favorite quote is... "We knew the world generally sucked and we didn't want to be a part of it. We wanted to do something else, which amounts to not wanting to get up in the morning and have a real job." - Wayne Kramer

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DNA, Playing Justin (Nov 2004)

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DNA, Playing Justin (# 58, November 2004)


Playing Justin
The star of Queer As Folk talks about those sex scenes and why he's not at all like his character, Justin.

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DNA: Do you hang out with any of the cast outside of work?

RH: Not really. I mean, we all get along and are all friends, but we don't hang out.

DNA: The sex scenes are always pretty hot. How do you and Gale Harold prepare for them?

RH: We don't prepare for them really. Actually, a lot of it is the trick of the camera, the lighting and music that they put on it. Generally we do it as quickly as possible and it depends on how elaborate it needs to be. They sketch out what needs to be done physically like you would choreograph something ahead of time.

DNA: At DNA we get mail from people confusing Justin the fictional character with Randy the actor who plays him. Do you find this too?

RH: Yeah, I do. Fan mail is odd, though. I think it may be normal for TV actors. People have spent four years seeing me playing this one character and they may never see me do anything else. People often confuse me with the character and, yes, I get fan mail addressed to Justin.

DNA: How different is Randy Harrison to Justin Taylor?

RH: I'm very different. We have very little in common, actually.

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That’s so ‘Queer’, Express (Apr 2004)

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That’s so ‘Queer’ from Express, by Mary Damiano, [April 09, 2004]

That’s so ‘Queer’
Randy Harrison on being a role model; Thea Gill on being naked; and Scott Lowell on being melancholy

Friday, April 09, 2004

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Harrison scoffs when people tell him that they’ve seen him naked.

“When people say that, I just think, ‘No you haven’t,’” he says. “You don’t know what it’s like to be naked in a room with me.”

Harrison says that the most difficult part of shooting the intimate scenes with Harold is that they have a hard time keeping a straight face.

“Now we start laughing in the middle of it because it feels so stupid to be pounding against each other for no reason,” he says.

His greater concern is exploitation, and how much nudity and sex is integral to the plot, the character and the show.

“It’s clearly what brings the show attention, so naturally they’re going to play it up,” Harrison says. “It gets frustrating because you’re always worried that you’re going to be taken advantage of. And you know that there’s a quota about how much sex they need. It’s stupid but you will accidentally overhear, ‘We need more of Justin’s ass in this episode.’”

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'Randy Harrison discusses the ins and outs of his ‘QAF’ role' (April 2004)

Justin time: Randy Harrison discusses the ins and outs of his ‘QAF’ role
Posted by Loann Halden on; April 2004.

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"I think the hardest thing for me is – I’ve never had any problem being out and I love talking about gay issues and stuff – but because I came out at the same time that I became known as this character, people have such a hard time differentiating me from Justin and my story from Justin’s, which can become frustrating because sometimes people are asking me about things like: ‘How did it feel when Brian showed up at your prom?’ " Harrison says.

"You’re like, ‘You’re talking about Justin. How did I feel playing that part or how do I think Justin felt?’ You feel like you’re picking over someone’s semantics when you correct them, but it’s a really significant thing.

"It’s also strange to represent something that isn’t necessarily yourself, and people are always going to associate my opinion about a gay issue with whatever it seems the opinion of ‘Queer of Folk’ is on that issue," he adds. "But I’m actually really glad that I’m a part of something that does talk about issues. I feel like we were the first show that really showed gay sexuality on television. As trashy as it can potentially get, it is a significant thing to occur and to now exist. I’m really glad about that. I would have rather been doing this than practically any other TV series – except for a few."

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Lumino (June 2004)

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Lumino [volume1, issue 5, June 2004]

P1. Randy Harrison: "Don't call him Justin"

P2. Randy Harrison: one of the folks at home

Photo courtesy of Norman Jean Roy/Showtime

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As for his love affair with Brian, Harrison remains skeptical. It was always pretty evident that Brian, throughout the relationship, needed Justin more than Justin needed him. Even though Brian financially supported the young student for a short while, emotionally, the ball was always in Justin’s court.

"I think they’re not meant to be together. There is the age difference for starters," Harrison says. "Everything that Justin and Brian have created looks a bit juvenile now, and Justin realizes that."

That's a pretty tough hit to the fans, many of who look at Justin and Brian as the gay Ross and Rachel.

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TV Guide (dec 2000)

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TV Guide [Dec 2-8, 2000]

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Transcript from Showtime Livechat with Randy Harrison (Jan 2002)

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Transcript from Showtime Livechat with Randy Harrison [January 20, 2002]
Moderator1 Welcome everyone! Thanks for signing on for our chat with Randy Harrison who plays "Justin" on Queer As Folk. Randy, a veteran of the stage, has been acting since the age of seven. He received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Randy has also appeared professionally in various theaters throughout the U.S. Some of his favorite performances have been in productions of "Violet," "1776" and "West Side Story." Randy made his television debut in Showtime's Queer As Folk. He will also be seen in the upcoming Showtime Original Picture "Bang Bang You're Dead." Welcome back to our QAF chats for a third time, Randy. Let's get started and talk about the third episode of season two!
Randy_Harrison :Thank you everyone for coming out to talk to me tonight. I hope you enjoy the episode.

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hotboy: "do you believe brian will be the only love in your life? or do you think they will bring in another character.
Randy_Harrison: Brian will absolutely not be the only love of Justin's life, though perhaps always the most significant.

chad: Randy, who do you think is more uncomfortable during your sex scenes, you or Gale?
Randy_Harrison: Neither of us is.
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The boys are back in town, TV Guide (March 2003)

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The boys are back in town, TV Guide [March 8-14, 2003]

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'Queer As Folk' star Randy Harrison hits the stage (May 2002)

'Queer As Folk' star Randy Harrison hits the stage
By Mark Kennedy for The Associated Press, May 2002.

Перевод в комментариях, за него огромное спасибо tunka-s!

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Harrison makes his New York stage debut in "A Letter From Ethel Kennedy", a touching off-Broadway play about a dying playwright reconciling with his parents.

The play gives Harrison, who was raised and trained in the theater, a chance to return to the stage after the success and controversy of his TV show, a sort of gay "Sex in the City".

"It's not like riding a bike," Harrison says of the theater. "It's amazing how quickly it all goes away. It's a totally different kind of energy; it's a totally different process."

Set in a restaurant in the Theater District, the play stars Anita Gillette, Jay Goede and Bernie McInerney. Though Harrison hovers through all three acts -usually botching food orders - he is hardly the star.

"I must tell you this is not 'The Randy Harrison Show'. This is the smallest part,"says Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason, who directs the play.

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QSAT: Randy Harrison, PlanetOut (May 2002)

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QSAT: Randy Harrison, PlanetOut [May 10, 2002]

Get to know your favorite queer and queer-friendly celebs by reading their responses to our queer aptitude test: the QSAT.
As the resident hot young thing on "Queer as Folk," openly gay Randy Harrison has more than his share of TV-watching admirers. Feeling his way through the confusing world of drugs and sex, struggling with less-than-understanding parents and desperately in love with the older Brian, Justin is a character young gay men everywhere can identify with.

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Would you appear nude in a movie?
Never. I think that's really trashy.

Fill in the blank: In high school, I was ____.

What's your favorite getaway?

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Randy Harrison. Interviews.