Troye Sivan’s Brave New World

Troye Sivan’s Brave New World | Out Magazine
Cover Story, May 2016

For Out’s annual Power Issue, I talked to @troyesivan about his dreamy debut album, his deeply uncool YouTube years, the never-ending fan feedback loop, and boys, boys, boys.

I also published a very long set of outtakes: Talking Boys with Troye Sivan for 10 Solid Minutes.

Sometimes an interview subject says they don’t want to talk about something and they really don’t want to talk about it. But sometimes they literally mean they don’t want to name names, but anything else is fair game. Troye was not interested in calling out any one suitor in particular, but he was more than happy to talk about relationships at length.

Heart & Soul Man

Heart & Soul Man | Out Magazine
Cover Story, March 2016

Empire’s breakout star Jussie Smollett carries far more than a hit show on his shoulders—he’s also got the weight of the world to worry about.

“I have so much love inside that it pains me sometimes,” he says. “You end up finding yourself all-consumed by the issues of the world, and that’s something I don’t want to change about myself. So until the love of my life shows up, until I find my boo, I’m just going to be out, up in this piece, a lone ranger.”

We also went behind the scenes of his big moment on Ellen (and after), his response to being told it wasn’t the right time to talk Black Lives Matter, and what he learned from Mariah Carey (everything, of course). Oh, and if you still had any questions about his sexuality, he’s happy to spell it out for you.

The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point | Out Magazine
Cover Story, March 2015

A year in the crazy fast lane with How to Get Away With Murder’s It boy, Jack Falahee.

I wrote a little more here about the challenge of interviewing an actor who is determined not to speak specifically about their own sexuality.

And the Columbia Journalism Review also interviewed me for a think-piece on when and how it’s okay to ask if someone is gay—inspired, at least in part, by this story.

Josh Hutcherson, Straight Talker

Josh Hutcherson, Straight Talker | Out Magazine
Cover Story, November 2013

On fame, his gay uncles’ legacy, and how the best thing for his ‘Hunger Games’ character might be a threesome

Josh’s quotes—including his matter-of-fact description of himself as “mostly straight”—were reported on by thousands of outlets, including People, a CBS This Morning segment and this viral Tumblr post, which garnered half a million likes or reblogs.

I also published additional outtakes from the interview, fielded questions from readers on my Tumblr and asked the questions during this behind-the-scenes video shoot.

Chris Pine: The Thinker

Chris Pine: The Thinker | Out Magazine
Cover Story, June/July 2013

Is Chris Pine too smart for his own good? Or just ours?

Many, many outtakes & extended thoughts were also posted:

Chris on having many flaws, the Avedonian photos taken of him for this shoot, and where he’d like to be at 40; on the (excellent) indie film People Like Us; on Kirk, Spock and Star Trek: Into Darkness; on Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan; on not talking about Tom Clancy’s terrible politics.

Full Q&A with Zachary Quinto about Chris.

Kenneth Branagh gushing about how Chris is, like Paul Newman, a character actor in a leading man’s body.

Zachary and Kenneth both contributing new adjectives to describe those blue, blue eyes.

And more thinky rambling from me about how Chris totally ruined the curvehow to interview smart people, how I almost killed this interview before it began, and some details either Chris or I got wrong and readers who corrected us.

Portia de Rossi: That Girl

Portia de Rossi: That Girl | Out Magazine
Cover Story, May 2013

Portia de Rossi has always been a lot more than one-half of television’s most powerful gay couple – and with a new season of the cult hit ‘Arrested Development,’ she’s back to prove it.

Her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, tweeted about the cover:

Portia’s comments about why they weren’t interested in having babies was widely covered by People, Entertainment Tonight and

This was actually my second cover story interview with Portia—I spoke to her in 2010 for The Advocate—and she was as smart, thoughtful and funny as I’d remembered.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found | Out Magazine
Cover Story, September 2012

Long before “It Gets Better,” there was “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a young adult novel that became a touchstone for a generation. Can the movie follow suit?

This story included actor Ezra Miller’s first interview in which he talked about being queer. (I wrote more about “coming out” interviews here.)

You can read my extended interviews and outtakes with Ezra MillerLogan Lerman and writer/director Stephen Chbosky. I also moderated a Q&A with Miller and Chbosky at a screening of the film co-hosted by OUT, Outfest & Lionsgate.

Read reactions and commentary from The Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, The GuardianIndiewire and hundreds of other blogs.

Adam Levine Will Be Loved

Adam Levine Will Be Loved | Out Magazine
Cover Story, September 2011

The breakout star of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ wasn’t a contestant – it was its judge and Maroon 5’s front man. Here, the singer opens up about his natural exhibitionism, why his show trumps ‘Idol’, and how parents should react when a kid is queer.

Read reactions from Ryan Seacrest and “Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgowe to Levine’s comments.