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Gay Times March 11 - Issue 390

Eric Mabius

It’s our gratuitous Ugly Betty interview of the month! Only kidding (sort of)… Eric Mabius, a man acknowledged across the globe as a hottie, is in brand new BBC drama Outcasts – and it’s fair to say that even on another planet he’s still hot property.

Eric calls our cold north London offices from Santa Monica, where he “just popped into Los Angeles for a few days”. It’s sunny and he’s catching up on dentist visits and coffee with old friends. “I think some of my friends are a little resentful of us being gone and flying around the world the whole time,” he says, “but it’s nice to just check back in. It’s 30 or 32 today and it’s cloudless...”
We just about refrain from hanging up on him to ask about the new show. He plays the character of Julius Berger, who by all accounts is a man of much mystery. How would Mr Mabius describe him? “With as much mystery as we can muster I should think. He’s probably one of the most malicious characters I’ve ever played in that he’s kind of all things to all people and to some people he can be a source of great anger, frustration and resentment, but to others he can be a beacon in the middle of a very dark world. He’s kind of a moral compass to people who are feeling stranded, literally and figuratively, in a universe without a paddle on their boat.”
We can’t keep up the pretence any longer. The reason we wanted to speak to Eric was for his role as Daniel Meade in Ugly Betty, making him a core member of the super tight UB crowd. He played the editor of Mode magazine for most of their four seasons, cut tragically short in their prime. But that’s not the only gay-ish show he’s worked on. In fact he seems to have some kind of homo-affinity, as several of his roles have had him play gay (or near them). Exhibit A: The L Word. Which we not so secretly love, along with its psychotic lesbionic fan base. And he’s met them. “On a daily basis I do, it’s like I get to be an honorary lesbian because I was kind of in that world, and the show was the first of its kind in that it was trying to break such new ground. It was a very special project to be a part of. I think breaking new ground [and creating] such a positive change.
“I attended a few of the conventions that they have in England for The L Word – I was humbled to be honest. It was a wonderful experience, you know, women from the four corners of the earth who cannot necessarily find a community where their home environment is travel just to be part of this experience. And not to be too wafty about it but it was a pretty remarkable experience. It’s the same thing in a lot of ways with Ugly Betty because it broke ground. You know there hasn’t been a show like that before in terms of the audience and the type of audience that it’s aiming for and the message that we were trying to put out in the world. It was a great thing, it really was.”

The full interview is in the March 2011 issue, out now

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