Ian Somerhalder’s had a short career as an actor, but he’s already cornered the market on superhot, sexually and romantically confused characters. Whether it’s the guy who falls in love with a guy who’s really a girl on the short-lived series Young Americans, a bisexual hustler who’s into Hayden Christensen in My Life as a House or Paul, part of the screwed-up quartet of crazy coeds whose unrequited affection for James Van Der Beek runs The Rules of Attraction, Ian’s the man when it comes to navigating modern love and lust. A&F sent director Gregg Araki to get the scoop.
What was it like making out with James Van Der Beek? Oh, God. Oh, God. That is one really horrible question.
Why is it a horrible question? Well, first of all it wasn’t a makeout. It appears to be a makeout. I am not going to say anything bad. It was a very interesting experience. One I don’t plan on having again, actually.
Did you guys talk about it beforehand? Yeah, we talked a lot about it. What we came up with was, Hey, we are going to make this as cool and as fun as possible, because it kind of hasn’t been done and James has a lot of specific fans and I have very specific fans. So we just set out to have fun. What could be more fun than to have a good time and mess with people?
That was your intention? Yeah, to make it as believable as possible. Do your best to enjoy it. I know I am not gay. James knows he is not gay, so where is the problem? There was a lot of trepidation at first. But it goes away and you do it and you get it done. Now it’s going to be on-screen.
Forever and ever. I read somewhere that you had a ground rule of no tongue... That was both of our ground rules. Here is the thing: Two guys kissing is not as sexy as two girls kissing. When Selma Blair made out with Sarah-what’s-her-name, that was hot. Me and James Van Der Beek making out is not hot, it’s rather disgusting. We both looked at each other and said, “Dude, don’t stick your tongue in my mouth.”
It’s hot for some people... That’s cool. That’s totally cool. But it is what it is, and that’s what it is.
Didn’t Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair use tongue? Yeah, they did, but they are chicks and they can.
That’s allowed? That’s allowed. That’s very allowed.
Okay. We’ll get off the kiss. Thanks.
AND NOW FOR HIS BACK PEDDLING ON WHAT HE SAID ABOVE-ed
LOST star IAN SOMERHALDER is furious he was slammed as homophobic when he decided his famous gay kiss in THE RULES OF ATTRACTION would be his last.
He says, "It's not me who can't handle it, it's the audience."SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT didn't get all of the backlash that I received when he did just the same in AMERICAN PIE (2).
"It was completely unjustified - fans and outraged men saying that I was making anti-gay remarks."I wasn't and those very close to me who are gay were visibly upset.
"I'd never make a disrespectful remark about anyone, especially in public, about one's sexual preference."