As he wrestles shirtless in a provocative
new play play, Chad Allen says being out has been a joy.
Chad Allen grew up as the blond pretty boy on family TV shows
like Our House, My Two Dads, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.
Then in 1996 we learned that hew really was "family" friendly when the
Globe tabloid published a photo of him kissing a guy at a pool party.
"Do I care?" the single 28-year-old actor shrugs over
his latte. "No. I'm doing the projects I want to do. I'm having a blast
right now, and that's not showing signs of slowing down. Other actors call me
all the time because they want to know if they should [come out] or not! The
bottom line is, I cannot identify an area where it has hurt me."
While he has yet to play gay. Allen likes sexually ambiguous
roles. In Downtown: A Street Tale--expected to premiere at the Berlin
International Film Festival in February--"I play a junkie street hooker who
sucks a guy off for heroin money, if that counts as gay," he says.
Allen's also a key player in off-Broadway's progressive new
Revelation Theater, which boasts a gay artistic director, Leslie L. Smith, and
several prominent gay advisory board members, including himself. Once and
Again scribe Richard Kramer, and Rent star Anthony Rapp.
For Revelation's inaugural production, Allen is reprising the
role he created in Temporary Help, David Wiltse's sexy suspense thriller
about "a Nebraska couple who hires ranch hands and kills them. I come on as
their next would-be victim--but I may be a serial killer myself. Both the
husband and the wife are trying to seduce me, so it becomes this crazy triangle
of who's going to fuck who first, then who's going to kill who."
While he never beds the man, they do "wrestle with shirts
off." Says Allen with a laugh: "I play a farmhand! Isn't that
-- Daniel Coleridge