What are your thoughts on the Hollywood closet? It’s a sensitive issue. If you feel more comfortable living a private lifestyle, then that’s your right. I know it can be terrifying, so I don’t fault anyone who isn’t ready to come out. But if you’re a person in the spotlight, I do think it’s of paramount importance that you realize how much good you could do for people who look up to you. Look at my dear friend Zachary Quinto, who I’ve known for more than 12 years: Zach came out when he was ready, he did it for his own very specific reasons, and I’m wildly proud of him. If I struggled with an issue like this, I hope that I would be able to set that kind of example, because I’d want someone to set that example for me.
When you’re close friends with a closeted actor, is it stressful to keep that secret guarded in the public eye? Well, I wouldn’t guard them any differently than I’d guard a straight friend and their personal life. Thankfully, I was never asked a question about Zach’s sexuality, but if a journalist ever asked me about anyone’s sexuality, gay or straight, I’d probably slap them in the face and say, “Check yourself.”
Did you ever encourage Zachary to come out publicly? He didn’t come to me for counsel about that, but Zachary needs no encouragement from anyone. He has known exactly who he is since the day I met him.
Does an openly gay actor no longer jeopardize his status as a romantic lead? Well, Zach has always been sexy to me, even though I knew he was never interested in me. It doesn’t make him any less sexy, onscreen or off.
Because you’ve been engaged for more than two years, reporters often ask about your wedding plans. Yeah, I get a ton of questions about when Dax and I are getting married. I usually blow them off because it’s nobody’s business. To be honest with you — and this is the first time I’ve ever said this to a journalist, but it feels like the perfect time and place — the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant. Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.
Liam Neeson recording a voicemail message for a fan
Ryan Gosling is the rare combination of respected actor and lady killer. We got the chance to sit down with the Remember the Titans star to talk about how he deals with that deadly combo in his personal life. [x]
The Hollywood Ham: Ryan, thank you so much for joining us here. We’ve been fans for years.
Ryan Gosling: It’s the least I could do. I know how talented I am and how great it must make you feel.
HH: Right…Well, let’s get to it. You’re consistently ranked among the sexiest men in the world. How does that affect your dating life?
Gosling: It doesn’t really. At some point I realized no woman could equal what I bring to the table. That affects everything.
HH: How do you handle it?
Gosling: For starters, to masturbate, I imagine myself as a woman, masturbating to Ryan Gosling.
HH: Does that mean you just picture yourself naked?
Gosling: Don’t be some sensationalist journalist prick. It means I’m picturing someone else picturing me naked and feeling what she feels. See the difference?
HH: Not at all. But I’m guessing you feel strongly about this.
Gosling: If I don’t have my convictions, what do I have?
HH: A narcissistic sexual fetish.
Gosling: I wrote you every day.
Gosling: It’s a line from The Notebook. Women love that movie. I often watch it when I’m getting myself in the mood to have sex with myself, which often involves picturing women having sex with themselves while they look at a photograph of me in US Weekly.
Letterman: Let’s talk about your show for a second. It begins in October, October 17th.
Colbert: Oh, we’re calling it Octolbert
Letterman: Oh, perfect.
Colbert: Thank you very much.
Letterman: And the type of thing you’ll be doing on the show?
Colbert: Umm, changing the world. You know…
Colbert: Evidently I’m being asked to. People are clammering for…
Letterman: For world change.
Colbert: …for me. I’ve been on The Daily Show for years but umm…
Letterman: How long do you think it’ll take you to change the world there?
Colbert: I think we have a eight week initial commitment.
Letterman: Two months oughta do it.
Colbert: Yeah, by christmas.
Letterman: I think so.
Taylor: If you could pick the brain of any fictional charactor, who would you choose and why?
Robert: Um… Flounder, from the little mermaid.
Chris Weitz: And why?
Robert: You know, it’s, um… it… must be difficult to be a talking fish.