Dishing With Paris Barclay On ‘SOA,’ Theo Rossi’s Nudity, Matt Bomer’s Face And Raising His Kids

At this summer's TCA panel, Kurt Sutter, Paris Barclay and Charlie Hunnam. (Getty)

It was another day of interviews and panels at the summer Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour and I’m sitting down with one of the busiest directors in the business, an Exec Producer/Director helping shape the final season of FX’s edgy Sons Of Anarchy” and the first African American and openly gay President of the Directors Guild Of America.

So with all that and two Emmys (for “NYPD Blue“; he was also recently nominated for directing the 100th episode of “Glee“), it only makes sense that we end up gushing about the good looks of Matt Bomer, right?

That’s what happens whenever you talk to Paris Barclay. The man can seriously discuss storylines and intentions and character development but just as easily dish on who’s hot, what else he wants to do in his successful career and whether or not his kids, who he’s raising with husband Christopher Mason, are old enough to watch his work.

Here are some high points of our chat and if you’re looking for more “SOA” dish, check out the more show-centric part of this interview over at

What Theo Rossi’s nude push-ups in the “SOA” season premiere means and why we’ll see Juice without clothes more this season:

Paris Barclay: It’s perfect. He has very little body fat…I think the purpose of it is he just is one of those people who is intense and bare, and right now I think the idea is to show his obsession of trying to channel into this exercise and physical activity. Also, you'll see him naked more often this season and I think it's just the clothes don't fit anymore, the cut doesn't work anymore and I think it becomes a metaphor for, "I don't know what costume I'm wearing. I don't know where I belong." So he's like a little "Jungle Book" guy.

The 'SOA' S6 premiere: (l-r) Theo Rossi, Barclay, Maggie Siff, Hunnam. (FX)

Is Juice gay? (Barclay says Rossi loves being asked that!):

PB: A lot of times [critics/viewers] say, “Is Juice gay?” and “When is it going to come out that Juice is gay?” or “I watched the show and is seemed like everyone was talking about Juice being gay!” I think they feel that because Theo Rossi is so metro. He’s very metro and he’s a gentleman.

On being able to tell LGBT stories and for actors to be out in 2014:

PB: I think it’s a pretty fantastic time. I think the ascendancy of Ryan Murphy as a creator and the vision that he’s supported in both “Glee” and now in “The Normal Heart,” I think has made it even more in the popular consciousness that actors can be gay and be terrific. If you look at “Glee,” gay actors play straight roles. Straight actors play gay roles and he tried to make that a non-issue and to some great extent I think he’s succeeded, at least in that environment. So, I think the next generation, the next five to ten years, we’re going to see more of that and eventually this whole thing will recede.

I don't think it's going to be as big a deal as it has been now for actors to come out and I don't think it's going to become a deal at all for people in the creative side to come out. There are still a few closet-y creators and closet-y directors, but I think, five to ten years out, it'll be really corny and beside the point and people will just be who they are and with the whole young generation and their whole feeling about marriage equality, and the way that that looks, I think people are going to say, "What the fuck am I doing not being myself?" And they're going to look at that as old fashioned and much easier. It's going to be a much better world for my kids than it was for me. Much better.

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On Matt Bomer as an out leading man in film/TV:

PB: Matt Bomer could be the leading man in anything I do for the rest of my life…the only downside to Matt Bomer is he’s impossible to look at without thinking, “That is probably the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen,” and that’s a little distracting. I mean, he makes Charlie Hunnam look a little bit okay and it’s a little fictitious. It’s almost like he’s drawn. That’s the thing, because everything is so perfect. And he’s a very nice guy and that’s hard to beat but he may be setting the new standard but there are going to be young Bomers coming up. There’s going to be other people that have those kind of acting chops too, because that’s the other thing. He backs it up by being a really serious, terrific actor as well as looking that way.

On his kids (ages 10 and 11) and sexuality, the White House and if they can watch Dad’s shows:

PB: Actually, we’ve decided to take the strategy of answer the questions when they ask them. So, when they ask the things, when they want to know things, but they’re super proud of their gay dads. We went to the White House and that was a big gay event and my son put something on that says, “These are my gay dads,” and he was like, “it’s sort of a red badge of courage there,” and they’ve been in environments in their school and everywhere so it’s not that unusual.

At the Emmys last month with husband Christopher Mason and kids William and Cyrus. (Getty)

It'll come to the point where they have to decide whether they want to have a girlfriend or a boyfriend but they haven't gotten to that point yet. Right now, they're both still thinking girls are icky in a 10 or 11-year-old kind of way and hanging out with the boys is more fun, but I don't know what that'll develop.

My major thing is how I can get them off of "Sons of Anarchy" right now, because they want to see "Sons of Anarchy." They want to come to the set. They want to see the show and they cannot watch the show. They can't watch "Glee," actually. I think "Glee" is too much for them because there would be too much I'll have to explain. They won't really get it.

The Barclay Career Bucket List:

PB: That’s a good question. Well, I’m looking forward to the next Kurt Sutter show but I’m also thinking I need to develop my own things. I’ve been developing Ryan [Murphy’s] shows, and I haven’t created a show since “City of Angels,” which I created with Steven Bochco and Nicholas Wootton, and that could’ve been great. I mean, we had Viola Davis. We had Maya Rudolph. We had Blair Underwood. We had such a great cast. So, I’m looking forward to actually being the writer, the director, producer of my own show but that’ll come in time. There’s some things I’m developing.

“Sons Of Anarchy” airs Tuesdays at 10pm on FX. 

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