The sexy star of GCB, Mark Deklin (Blake Reilly) discussed playing a closet gay role amongst a sea of Good Christian Bitches, in a brand new interview with On-Air On-Soaps, Michael Fairman for Frontiers LA.com.
Deklin addressed his original concerns taking on the role, how he is loving his notoriety within the LGBT community, and how much he adores his on-screen relationship between Blake and Cricket (Miriam Shor). Might a little bundle of joy be on the way for this couple if GCB gets picked up for a season two?
Deklin, gives a sneak peek that a major threat looms for Blake and that his sexual secret may be revealed to the community in the season finale next Sunday! Here are a few excerpts!
Deklin on this Sunday’s climatic conclusion in GCB’s season finale! “I will tell you this. The last several episodes we have brought out a lot of the comedy. The first three or four episodes of my journey as Blake were about building his humanity and showing this wonderful warm-hearted guy that people could attach themselves to emotionally. And then in the next three episodes or so, I think we earned the right to sort of let Blake get a little bit wacky. We punched up the comedy which was so much fun. But now we are going to go back to a little more of the soapy element. We are going to introduce a storyline that is going to take a dark turn. The big secret is under threat and there may be certain forms of blackmail and extortion, and beyond that I can’t tell you or else I will be “spoiling”. (Laughs) And this is something people have been asking since the beginning of the show, “Is Blake and Cricket’s secret going to be exposed?” I am not saying it’s going to be exposed, but I will say, it’s under threat. “
Deklin on how America fixates on a person’s sexuality over important issues, and when someone plays a gay role on television, it is looked at under a microscope. “No question about it. It shouldn’t be an issue. There are so many incredible role models out there now that I would hate to think that any kid growing up gay today, would feel the need to be marginalized, or hide in the closet, or anything like that. I would hope we are slowly evolving into a world where that is just not necessary, and as you say, where it’s just not an issue, but part of the fabric of things. Clearly, right now that is not the case. The thing that people want to talk about the most with this character is not, “Hey, let’s talk about that Texas accent you got.” Everyone wants to talk about the fact that I am playing a gay character. Obviously, it’s something our society gets hung up on, I think. Americans do sort of have sexual hang-ups. Look at all the time that was put into Bill Clinton’s blow job, and the rest of the world was laughing at us for caring that much. Somehow in the American media, violence seems to be okay, but sex suddenly ruffles feathers. I have played murderers, Nazi’s, rapists and spousal abusers. I mean really reprehensible people, and no one has made an issue out of it. No one has ever said, “Wow. Was is it difficult to take on a role like that?” And here on GCB, I am playing a nice guy who happens to be gay, and that’s what everybody fixates on.”
Deklin on if Blake finds his “Mr. Right” would he leave his wife: “Well, that is interesting. I don’t know the answer to that. People have asked me, “Is Blake going to come out of the closet at some point?” I have such mixed-feelings about that, because as Mark, I find myself going, “Well yes, he should. He should come out of the closet. And he should embrace who he is and wave his rainbow flag.” And I support that. But there is another part of me that has become so fond of Blake and Cricket and their marriage, that part of me hopes they stay together forever. So it’s a conflicting feeling I have. I mean, he has not met “Mr. Right” yet. Booth was “Mr. Right Now”. And back in episode two when Blake had to choose between his boyfriend and his family, Blake chose his family. I think Blake is truly and deeply committed to his family in a very unconventional and very unorthodox way.”
Deklin on if he likes the soap opera element to GCB: “I do. I think it really has its place. I know there is a desire for it in the viewing public. Clearly, both daytime and nighttime soaps have always been very popular. I think with the serialized format, there is something compelling about it, and the idea of not having every episode be a standalone, but the idea of ending with somewhat of a cliffhanger, or a “tune-in next week to see how this plays out.” I think there is some fun in that and teasing it out, and seeing how far you can stretch the chewing gum till it snaps. ”
What do you think of Mark’s comments? Would you be interested to check ou the finale on Sunday? Let us know!