Gavin Creel: Interview

And are there times when things do go off the rails? Or would most of that be invisible to the audience?

Hopefully, we handle it in a way that, because of the free nature, they might think we planned it, but there have been a million things that happened, like I forgot my lyrics to the entire second verse of the last song of the show before (Let The) Sun Shine (In), and I just walked forward and put my arms out, and it was so embarassing, but I was like, 'Oh my God, I don't know what I'm saying!?!'

That was probably the worst thing, when I completely blanked. But people forget lines, or forget stuff, or bump into things, or Caissie Levy got socked in the nose and had to leave the rest of the show, so her second understudy sang the last song that she was supposed to sing.

I barfed in the wings once, and some guy who knew the song just stepped forward and sang 'Hair' and I came back on, finished the act, and went home, and someone else went on for the second act. It's live theater, so anything can happen.

And the wig has always stayed on?

No, it came off once. It was our final rehearsal before we had a paying audience. So thank God it was that, but my father slaps me across the head with the newspaper and, when he hit me, it just flew right off. And I have like five wig clips underneath that, so we could not understand why it came off. But it was just 'boop!', easy as pie. And I just picked it up and was like, 'I'll be right back,' and I left the stage. If that ever happens, I'll just leave and we'll take a break.

And what was behind your decision to come out during the time that you've been in the show?

I didn't plan it. It was kind of one of those things that just... I was doing an interview in January of last year with Out Magazine, and before that I was always like, 'Oh, I don't talk about my personal life,' because I just worried, and was like, 'I don't want people to know me as dot-dot-dot, whatever,' and I just got tired.

I thought, to do what I do and love what I do and be who I am in the process of that is the most important thing. Now, I don't think everybody needs to make that decision. It's a personal choice, and I would never force anyone to come out of the closet or anything, but he just asked me a question and I thought, 'Oh, screw it! I'm just going to say it...' and it ended up being one of the greatest things I've ever done, because it opened me up to be free to talk about and fight for this equality movement that I'm trying to help do my part with, and I'm going to continue to do it.

And, also, now, all my skeletons are out. If anything else comes out, it'll be like 'Yeah? So? I told you..' At the same time, I don't talk about my private life at all. I'll tell you I'm gay and that's where it'll stop.

Just like, I don't really give a shit what's going on with Sandra Bullock and her husband, you know? I feel really badly for both of them, and I don't care about Tiger Woods and his sext messages. Why do we give a shit? It's just this sensationalized BS. So, to have your romantic life splattered all over the place... I'm not going to be a part of that.

But you'd always been out personally before that?

I came out for myself in the sophomore year of college. It was like, 'Oh shit, I think I'm gay.' And then I told my parents when I was 25, and then I went on the R Family Cruises with Rosie (O'Donnell) and (her partner) Kelly, you know, the gay family cruise. I was on the first year, and I've been on four of them, and they changed my life.

It made me realize 'Just wait a minute, there is nothing wrong with me, and anybody who says any different, there is no religion, no argument, that can tell me I don't deserve the exact same rights as every human being on this planet, or that I'm not just as good as anyone else because of my sexuality.' There is no argument. There is no person who can come to me with any justification and, if they think they have one, let's go out to dinner.

Let's have a civilized conversation and talk about it, because I'm not going to try and change their mind. If you're a bigot, you're a bigot. You'll have to go to bed dealing with that on your own, but I will witness to you that there's nothing wrong with me... but that's just me getting huffy. (laughs)