As an actor, there are a handful of other jobs that go along with onscreen work. One of these is press opportunities, including interviews and junkets promoting whatever project is currently being worked on. Unfortunately, not all actors are stellar in these settings, and can end up putting their foot in their mouth or revealing major spoilers. All of this happened and more when The Real O'Neals star Noah Galvin did a candid interview back in June. This controversial interview broke down what it means to be gay in Hollywood, and Galvin had no qualms taking shots and naming names regarding LBGT people who may or may not have come out in the public eye. Galvin also complained about the speed ABC took to finally renew the series for a second season. Following this interview, it seemed that ABC might be cutting the comedy's episode count in the future, at least until now.
Yesterday during the ABC Comedy panel at the Television Critics Association (via Deadline), The Real O'Neals' showrunner Casey Johnson opened up regarding the show's future, as well as the network's response to Noah Galvin's controversial Vulture interview.
There wasn't any threat to cut our orders. ABC has been incredibly supportive... The article came out and Noah regretted what he said and apologized really quickly. We've all said things that we wished we hadn't. There wasn't that much buzzing behind the scenes... it's all good.
Looks like there's no hard feelings after all. Classy move, ABC.
Noah Galvin's interview truly polarized the internet after its release. In the piece, he was extremely honest about what its like to be a gay person in Hollywood. While this could have been an educational moment for those who don't understand the specific types of discrimination that LBGT people face in the industry, things soon took a darker tone.
Noah Galvin would go on to take serious jabs against a fair amount of successful and powerful people in the business. He made some mean-spirited comments about Arrow actor Colton Hayes recently coming out of the closet, calling it "pussy bullshit". Additionally, he attacked the Eric Stonestreet's portrayal of a gay man on Modern Family, finding it to be a bit stereotypical and cartoonish, especially as Stonestreet is not gay himself. And finally, he made some pretty bold accusations toward X-Men director Bryan Singer, claiming:
Bryan Singer likes to invite little boys over to his pool and diddle them in the fucking dark of night.
Needless to say, this interview got Noah Galvin in some serious hot water with a handful of people. The Bryan Singer comment was retracted from the story and Colton Hayes personally took to social media to respond to Galvin's harsh words. And as the interview opened with Galvin lamenting how long it took ABC to renew his series, many believed that the show could be on shaky ground due to the actor's comments.
Luckily for all of the Real O'Neal fans out there, as well as Noah Galvin himself, it seems that ABC has accepted the actor's apology and the series is moving forward as planned for Season 2. I'm sure many other young actors will learn from Noah Galvin's folly, as well as his ability to take responsibility for his actions.