The moment Chris Lowell was introduced in the pilot for Private Practice – where he was shirtless and dripping wet – he gained an awful lot of gay fans, in addition to those he’d already gathered from his work in Veronica Marx. Since then he’s been seen in the likes of The Help and the short-lived TV series Enlisted, as well as gaining a bit of attention as a photographer (with some of the more prurient amongst us enjoying that doesn’t always wear a huge amount of clothes in his self portraits).
He’s also a big supporter of the LGBT community, and his recent directorial debut, Beside Still Waters, included a gay couple. The movie has been described as being a bit of a millennial Big Chill, featuring a group of old friends reuniting and sharing memories and secrets, shortly after the death of one of their fathers.
Now Lowell has been talking to Rage Monthly about his issues with how gay people are normally represented on screen, saying ‘I get very frustrated at how LGBTs are portrayed in movies and on television. Often times, they’re just broad, foppish, loud caricatures. I wanted to have a character in the film that went against those tropes. On top of that, I didn’t feel it necessary to explain why he “has to be gay,” which is something, for some stupid reason, that film and television seems to think they need an explanation for.’
You can take a look at the trailer for Beside Still Waters below.