Alan Cumming: Interview

Since you are in so many different kids of movies, is it just about finding interesting things to do? I mean, to go from X-men to this to Spy Kids...

Well, you know, it's for various things. To be blunt, sometimes I do things for money, and sometimes I do things because I feel passionate about them. Also, I think it's important that, for me to be able to get things like this made, I have to have a certain level of success and public awareness so that people will see films and want to give me money to make films. That's why I also try and keep one foot in the mainstream and do those bigger films, or TV things, because you've got to maintain a certain level. Otherwise, you wouldn't be allowed to do little small things like this. So, it's constantly juggling that. And since I turned 40, I just thought 'I only want to do things I really, really like.' And sometimes those are big, commercial things... the thing I'm doing right now is a mini-series. It's great. I'm making a ton of cash. I love it. It's easy. I had a really hard year last year. I'm running around being chased by soldiers, it's just great. But I really like it. And then I'm going to do this crazy play in Britain right afterwards that a little more of a labor of love. So, it's just a question of balancing all those things.

And what about your novel, Tommy's Tale? How did that fit into your overall plan?

It was just something I wanted to do. It was a story I wanted to tell and it came out as a novel. I think I wanted to try and write a novel. I thought that would be quite a good challenge.

Yeah, I've been doing mine for years now. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

It takes a while, doesn't it? Especially if you can't commit your entire time to it. And I think people are quite resistant to actors who things other than act, and the literary world is a bit snobby, so it was quite nice to be treated seriously in that world. It's something I'd like to do more of. I think I have lots of things I dabble in, and I can pick them up again, or they're kind of ongoing. I mean, I do write. I just haven't had the time to sit down and really get stuck into another book.

And what was your whole journey like. I'm not sure how long you've been openly bi, but as long as I've known about you that's been the case. Was there a coming out, or was it just sort of there?

It was all sort of there, but when you become more famous then you realize you've got to say something because ... there was sort of a coming out in America, in the American press. In a way, just to clarify it and talk about it, and make sure it was talked about in terms that I approved of... because people try and claim you, I think. You know? The gay community tries to claim you. The straight community tries to claim you. I just find it interesting that you're being bandied around as this poster boy, and I think it's not black and white, it's sort of gray. So, I did the cover of Out Magazine naked (laughs), as a sort of a ... I thought it was hilarious.

That's one way to come out.

Yeah. But I felt that was more for press stuff, because I just felt I was being misrepresented a lot of the time, mostly with people saying I was straight. It is confusing for people because I'd been married before. Now I'm married again, to a man, but I'd been married to a woman, and gone out with women. And then, I hadn't really had regular relationships with men, long-term ones, I mean. But amongst my friends, amongst people I'd known, I was always bisexual. That wasn't a thing.

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Orah's picture

Thank you for doing this

Thank you for doing this interview, I love Alan Cumming! What a great role model.

now what's picture

Alan Cumming is definitely a

Alan Cumming is definitely a good role model.
And he's so cute too!