Luke Macfarlane on his Gay Military Role on ‘The Night Shift’
Openly gay actor Luke Macfarlane will play Rick, the boyfriend of gay doctor Drew (Brendan Fehr) on episode 6 of NBC’s new hospital drama ‘The Night Shift’.
A military man, Rick is brought into the hospital for more of a medical than personal reason and closeted Drew quickly becomes uncomfortable having his personal life crash up against his professional life.
Macfarlane, who came out of the closet while playing a gay character on ABC’s ‘Brothers & Sisters’, talked to ‘The Backlot’ about the role, how gay couples in the military handle their relationship, and working with Fehr.
“Brendan, he’s great. He’s a fellow Canadian. I really enjoyed him,” he gushed about his co-star. “He’s very serious about his work and really enjoys talking about the scenes. I was tremendously impressed with him. He really did his work. Everybody really did their work. I think sometimes you show up on sets and you can just tell that everybody’s a little bit tired. Everyone was just really, really working hard, and Brendan especially. He’s great and very handsome.”
Fehr, who is straight in real life, made some controversial comments last week when he said he was not comfortable filming a gay kiss, which is surprising since he already kissed another guy in the 2004 film ‘Sugar’.
“’It’s really uncomfortable,” Fehr told ‘TooFad’ last week on kissing another man. ”But you gotta get past that, his story is bigger than that. The emotion behind that is so much bigger that that. I was scared, petrified in a lot of ways, but I wanted to push myself and see if I could do it.”
Macfarlane also sheds some light on the relationship of Rick and Drew.
“I think they’re pretty solid,” Macfarlane said. “I think they’re actually representative of a lot of the military guys that I’m actually friends with in that they have these really clear boundaries about what can and can’t be discussed, but I think that they really value each other and they bond over this sort of separate life that they have together.”
He added: “They definitely vacation, they spend time together. I don’t think necessarily anybody’s bringing them home to meet Mom and Dad, but it’s really a good representation at least of a few of the gay, military couples that I know that both happen to be enlisted. But I think they’re pretty healthy, other than the distance between them, which technology has made easy.”
He’s 34. Brendan’s 36.