Gay Times February 12 - Issue 402
There’s something about the Irish accent. You know it, I know it. But Emmett Scanlan’s got a little something more.
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I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s because whenever I’ve heard the Dublin-born actor talking on the phone I’ve always imagined him to have a cheeky grin. A twinkle in his eye. The fact that he swears like a trooper is probably helping to fuel that mental image.
He doesn’t disappoint as he swaggers into the hotel ready to disrobe as part of our annual charity shoot.
That mischievous glint I’d hoped would be there is present and correct. And oh that facial hair. His lucky, lucky girlfriend. Within minutes he’s won over our entire crew – gay boys, straight men and women alike.
Of course, you’ll most likely know this particular 32-year-old as Hollyoaks bad boy Brendan Brady. A six-month original contract on the show was extended, his domestic abuse storyline with lover Ste (former GT cover star, Kieron Richardson) was met with critical acclaim around the world and he’s been nominated for several awards, winning Villain of the Year at the Soap Awards (he also won Best Newcomer, but that doesn’t sound quite as dramatic).
And then there’s us, trying to get his kit off.
“My first reaction was I laughed, I went ‘really? Why?’” Emmett says on being asked to pose naked. “But then when you look at what it’s for and the cause that it’s for, it’s flattering that somebody would ask. And for you to help in some way to represent a cause like that, the Elton John AIDS foundation, well I guess it’s humbling in a way.
“But just embrace it. I like to do things that take me out of my comfort zone, that’s a real turn on for me, my pants get tighter just thinking about it,” he grins playfully.
“Essentially I play a homophobic gay man, and now Brendan has embraced his sexuality and become a different kind of beast. If anything I’m a little disappointed I’m only now in Gay Times mag which is the crème de la crème of the mags isn’t it?” He gives me that intense look again with a smile and rolls the words around. “Crème de la crème, I couldn’t have picked a better word that...” he says, and I meet his raised eyebrow with one of my own.
“Taking my clothes off, it really doesn’t matter what fucking type it is. Gay mag, straight mag, it’s all fucking love at the end of the day. To be honest to do it is an honour, and I felt uncomfortable, which is why I wanted to do it. And then you guys made me feel like I could go home naked. I’ll probably be able to do that now, just once.”
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