He may forever be a part of the Superman legacy, but Brandon Routh, who has popped up in a variety of roles since donning that red cape (Chuck, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), is about to conquer the world of sitcoms. This fall, Brandon can be found on your TV sets in the new CBS comedy, Partners, in which he plays a gay nurse in a relationship with an architect (Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie). We got to ask the tall, dark, and handsome, Mr. Routh, a few questions about relationships, his diverse list of credits, and his history with Will & Grace — right before he posed for a few pics in our summer fashion spread…
This interview has been published in issue #37 of BELLO mag that you get HERE for your iPad and iPhone.
PARTNERS on CBS (monday nights)
So, you play a nurse who’s dating an architect (played by Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie) in the upcoming CBS sitcom, Partners (from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan). What was your reaction when you first read the script?
I thought it was extremely funny. Which, is to be expected from the creators of Will & Grace, but what I really appreciated was the character’s relationships. They were so well developed after just one episode.
Max and David must’ve really liked your guest stint on Will & Grace back in 2004. Had you guys stayed in touch throughout the years?
Well, to be honest, I don’t think they remembered me! The episode they remembered I’m sure, but probably not me, I only had one line. Because I only had one line, I really didn’t have much/if any, contact with them. But that job certainly was a big deal for me. It was a hit show and a great experience. Years later at the Golden Globes (2006), I was actually seated with the cast which was a fun reunion (and I’m sure they didn’t really
remember me either )
Have any of your gay male friends given you insight into your Wyatt, you character on Partners?
We’ve only done one episode so far, so not yet. I’m really focused on the sweet, naive, caring nature of Wyatt so the aspects of his sexuality come in subtly. Though I’m sure at some point I will have to do some consulting as the character and the show moves forward.
What would you do if your best friend couldn’t get along with your significant other? Is there a resolution?
Thankfully, this has never been an issue. That’s one of the awesome things about Courtney [Ford], she can get along with almost anyone. Plus, we have a great line of communication so if we ever have any problems with each other’s friends, we discuss and remedy the situation.
There seems to be a growing number of friendships between gay and straight men (much like in Partners) — in certain parts of the country at least. What do you think is helping bridge the “sexuality gap”?
Media certainly is helping with this. Whether it’s scripted television, reality, or news. The more we talk about “gay” issues, the more normal (and less taboo) it is to discuss. Through this exposure someday everyone will see this as “normal” and not an issue.
From Superman Returns to Chuck to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, you’ve built quite a diverse resume. How important is it for you to play a variety of roles?
It’s incredibly important not only career-wise but also just for my sanity! Being able to change things up and play both comedy and drama has been a real joy. I am able to learn something new from each different character. Learning more about myself, and more about how to bring the characters to life in richer, truer colors.
It’s been six years since you donned that iconic red cape. In hindsight, what has it been like, being a part of that legacy? Do people still come up to you with Superman questions?
It’s been a great honor to be in the Superman family. I’m a part of a legacy that brings smiles to people of all ages, which is pretty cool. And yes, people do ask Superman questions and probably will for years to come. That’s part of the job and I’m happy to continue representing the “Man of Steel” in some small way, even if it isn’t on screen.
How are you prepping for that other new role of yours (as a real-life daddy)?
Reading and watching lots of videos! Going to all the doctor appointments and taking care of my baby mama! Have to make sure her and the baby are well fed and cared for. Thankfully you get 9 months to prepare your mind and your house.
Earlier this summer you were seen playing a coach for a Native American lacrosse team in Crooked Arrows. What was it like tapping into your heritage?
It was really great to be able to connect even in a small way with that part of my heritage. I really didn’t have any, so this was my first exposure to the culture and some of the traditions. Learning what the sport of lacrosse (created by the Native Americans over 1,000 years ago) means to the Native people was awe-inspiring and has changed the way I view sports.
What’s one great lesson you’ve learned that has stuck with you throughout your experiences in Hollywood?
Be kind to everyone and treat them the way you would want to be treated…because they may be your boss in a few years! Also, just be kind because it’s easier to do that than to be a grump. Not to say I’ve never been a grump on set…haha, but hopefully not for too long.
interview by Hiko Mitsuzuka
photography Aleksandar Tomovic
fashion editor Warren Alfie Baker
grooming Leslie Alejandro