Canadian sci-fi series Orphan Black is entering its fifth and final season, and star Jordan Gavaris has opened up about his sexuality.
The actor plays Felix Dawkins, the flamboyant brother of Sarah Manning, who discovers she’s been cloned multiple times by a sinister organisation. The show has been praised for its rich portrayal of queer characters since it started in 2013, but Gavaris said he’d never been asked about it.
“Nobody ever asks me. I’ve never been asked. Like, the whole course of the series,” Gavaris said in an interview with Vulture, adding that gay actors fear losing work.
“This is a tricky thing to say and I’ve never actually said it out loud before, but I do believe that jobs will be lost and jobs will be gained. Maybe not even for the right reasons.
“Whatever somebody sees as gayness, whether it’s femininity or hypersexuality or whatever they’ve decided constitutes being gay — if those parts are not right for their character, chances are I don’t want to work with those people and I probably don’t want to play that character.
“I’m much more interested in playing characters, even hetero characters, where I can bring all of myself… Everything I’ve learned about my own femininity and my own gender fluidity, I’d be interested in playing characters that explore that. And I think we’re going to start seeing more of them.”
Gavaris told Vulture he’s been out to his family since he was 19, and with the show wrapping up he thought the time was right to open up.
“Maybe I wouldn’t have the same impact as someone like Colton Haynes or Gus Kenworthy or something,” he said.
“But even one person who feels more comfortable, who sees themselves represented in some way — that just started to be more important than protecting myself.
“I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicise your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicise their race – that we can just act and we can exist in this zeitgeist, telling stories about one another.
“Also that no one’s really hyper-obsessed with knowing whether or not someone’s gay. That would be an amazing world to live in, where people don’t feel the need to protect themselves and other people don’t feel the need to launch an inquisition.”
The final season of Orphan Black is screening in Australia on SBS Viceland.