‘Looking’ Raul Castillo Got Nervous the Day He Cames Out as a Straight Man to Co-Star Jonathan Groff
Heartthrob Raúl Castillo recently talked to the New York Times to promote ‘Looking’s movie-length finale, and shared his experience about being one of the few straight actors in the series.
Castillo played the part of Richie, a Mexican-American barber and the love interest of the lead character played by Jonathan Groff.
“We were talking about a love affair, or at least the beginning of a love affair between these two guys,” the actor recalled. “And I brought up meeting my girlfriend for the first time. But I did so trepidatiously, because I didn’t want to spoil any kind of chemistry that was beginning to happen.”
Groff, to his relief, “didn’t bat a lash.” They went on to film steamy sex scenes where the two kiss numerous times.
When he started filming, however, Castillo was fraught with fear. “I always felt like I was going to lose my job,” adding that he “learned a lot about gay male intimacy on the show.” Castillo was happy playing the gay role as it actually helped his career. He’s now a sex symbol probably because his huge gay followin.
“Early on, people would ask me if I thought playing a gay character would pigeonhole me,” Castillo said. “If anything, because the character had the profile that he did, it’s opened up more doors than anything.”
Castillo became arguably the breakout star of the show but unfortunately, was canceled after two seasons because of low ratings but it will tie up loose ends in a movie-length finale, which debuts on HBO on July 23.
Castillo has since starred in Netflix’s Special Correspondents, Fox’s Gotham and the upcoming film adaptation of Justin Torres novel, We the Animals.
Read the full interview here.