Chad Allen: Interview

I don't know if it's good to know people want that, or creepy to know, but…

I suppose if they don't want it, that would be the bigger problem. But, you know, in this day and age, doing theater, you just have to resign yourself to ignoring most of what goes up on the Internet because you can so easily get wrapped up in what people are saying that you'd probably drive yourself crazy. I just tend to do my work and I love the play so much, and I think it's a great play. The nudity really serves the piece. It's a really wonderful trajectory, what happens with these two guys.

Yeah, I interviewed Douglas and I did get to see it on Broadway right before it closed.

I love Douglas. He's a fantastic writer and he's become a decent friend.

It was funny when I interviewed him, because we both grew up in the same hometown, so we actually drilled down to see if we were born in the same hospital, in a two hospital town, but we weren't. And a few months later when I went to see Xanadu, he was taking his son to see it that afternoon for the first time.

Oh, really? We went to see it in March. It was great. We had a blast.

This is a bit strange, since I'm old, so I've known you since back in the Our House days…

I know. I've been around. (laughs)

So, are you past the point now where we wonder if the child actor is going to make it to the other side?

Yeah, I'm kind of an old fogie now. I definitely had my fun, trouble years and I think I made it through relatively unscathed in terms of long-term bad effects. And I'm rapidly becoming an old, married guy who likes to stay home and play with the dogs. But you never know, I'm open to more crazy excitement. (laughs) We'll see what happens, but I think I made it through those years.

Do you think you hit all that at the right time, because it seems now you couldn't be in the closet and go to a club without running into the world of cell phone cameras and Perez Hilton and everything…

I'm totally, obviously out now and don't concern myself with most of that. But when I was closeted as an actor, there was a little more respect amongst the media in terms of outing and stuff.

I know in the 50s and stuff there was an era where gossip magazines really took off -- I just finished reading Tab Hunter's biography -- and scandal rags were huge, but then we sort of went to a more demure period.

When I was closeted, even the tabloids didn't really do exposes outing people, and then they did obviously. And now it's even more so, it's become sport and accepted as a good idea that we should pick on anybody who's not ready to come out.

I remember when Frasier was a top-rated TV show, and I'd heard that David Hyde Pierce was openly gay, so I called NBC and said 'I heard David Hyde Pierce was openly gay and could I interview him for my magazine,' and the publicist for the show said, 'I know he's gay, let me check and see if that's something he talks about in the press.'

Wow.

I can't imagine that was their standard response, but what if someone just ran with that?

Right. That's crazy.

I know Hollywood has open secrets, but I didn't think it was that open. I still haven't interviewed him yet, so I can tell him that story.

"If I was some dirty reporter trying to get a scoop, I'd've just scored."