Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom is in theaters exactly two weeks from today! The Logo television series has finally made its way to the big screen and is opening in five major cities: Atlanta, Los Angeles, DC, New York, and Chicago.
I have some press coming out with a few of the boys from Noah’s Arc, but for now check out my interview with Jensen Atwood who reprises the role of Wade, Noah's boyfriend and soon to be husband. We chat about those Shemar Moore rumors, the cancellation, and more.
This is my second interview with Mr. Atwood. My first interview with him was in December 2006 for BlackPlanet.com. Back then, we talked about him being a straight actor playing gay, which he willingly discussed and gave some great answers. However, now, Mr. Atwood is giving me a bit of Jodie Foster teas. Don't you usually start off not talking about sexuality then eventually grow into being more comfortable?
The argument of "privacy" is always peculiar to me -- you can be openly gay and still be extremely private. Anyway, check it out for yourself and be sure to support Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom on Friday, October 24th!
How does it feel to see Noah’s Arc go from television to the big screen? A little bit of disbelief, but more excitement than anything. I think it's an unbelievable accomplishment, as far as we've come.
Did you have any hesitation returning to the character of Wade? No, not returning to the character of Wade. Wade is an awesome character; the fan response has been unbelievable so there really was no hesitation in continuing the role we started five years ago.
The film is fun and everyone is having a good time, but it’s also a black gay wedding. We are in such a political time right now, gay marriage in California. For you, what does that say? I think it definitely makes a statement. I truly believe in equal rights for everyone. I don’t think it could’ve come at a better more poignant time in our history. To have a voice, to stand up and say, “Here we are and we exist and we're human beings and we deserve the same rights as everyone else." I think the timing couldn’t be any better.
You still identify as heterosexual—correct? I don't speak about my sexuality on public forums. I don’t think there is any need for it as an actor. I like to keep the subject on my profession.
Okay, well, this was my question then—you can decide if you want to answer it or not. How different do you think your career would be if you were an openly gay man? Wow… how different do I think my career would be? I don't think it would be different at all.
The reason why I ask that is because people in the cast, except for Darryl Stephens and Doug Spearman at this point, have said something to the effect of, "If we say we're gay it's going to hurt our careers" or "We'll be pigeon holed."So, I'm asking you—do you think it would be any different? Well, I don’t think my sexuality has anything to do with my talent.
Okay, so you don't think it would have an effect? Not at all. I guess I can only repeat myself, I don't think my sexuality has anything to do with my talent.
At one point, you said on your blog that Shemar Moore might be playing Wade. There was some back and forth that you might not be in this film project. How much truth was there to that? I don’t know if there was any truth to it. At that point in time I had little to no communication with Logo or the powers that be at Noah’s Arc. After getting canceled and just kind of in that aura of disbelief, along came no communication and so I started listening to the rumors I think a lot of the fans started listening to. On my blog, I did throw out there as far as what I had been hearing -- as far as rumors because I had no other information to go off of. I don’t know if there was any truth to it at all. But, there was definitely fear in me that I wouldn’t continue the role I started.
Are you disappointed there wasn’t a third season or are you just happy there is a film? Even to this day. I still feel the same way, I cannot make any sense of it. You know, I’m still shocked. It still truly makes no sense to me, especially Noah's Arc being the flagship of Logo, being its most popular show. I still haven't found the logic.
Do you think it’s because you’re a black show? That has been thrown out there before. I try not to make it a racial thing, but I don't have any other answers. Just like I had to start listening to rumors as far as whether I’d be a part of Noah's Arc or not. At this point in time, I have no facts so I can only listen to speculation. That speculation has come up before.
Are you single? I’m married to the entertainment business.
Wow—that's a tough relationship! You ain't lying; she's bad to me at times! [Laughs] We always seem to make up.
Do you have male groupies—boys who are throwing themselves at you? Wow... I guess the term groupie; I'm not that definitive on what it is.
Okay, let me be clear—do you have men who are throwing themselves at you? Boys who want to sleep with you? I'm lucky to have a dedicated fan base, male and female. So, I have…[Laughs] I have been made offers of all sorts by male and female fans.
Is it hard to meet somebody, go out on a date? Is it hard to go out on a date?
Yeah, is it hard to meet somebody? You know, date and get to know people. I don't know this to be honest with you. My focus in life is my career. Dating is not really on the top of my priority list. I guess I really haven't been faced with it because it's just really not my focus.
Okay! [Laughs] I'm not gonna grill you on it. I'm trying to get something out of you. Are you lonely? Do you get lonely in the hour? I think everybody gets lonely. There times I'm in a room full of people and I still feel lonely. I think it's just a common human trait.
I hear you. So, is this the end of Noah's Arc? As far as I know, it is the end. There is nothing scheduled after Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom. I can only assume it's the end. I hope that it's not. I'm sure the fans feel the same way, but I can only go off the facts. Right now the facts are telling me—this is it.
Do you feel like if this is it, it's a nice close to the project? That's a hard question for me actually. Truly, in my mind, I feel like we should be on our fifth or sixth season by now. So, as nice of a close as it could be—sure, why not end on a feature film?