Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fat Boy

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fat Boy

Article excerpt

After some success in community theater in his native Texas, gay actor Ash Christian moved to Los Angeles and landed roles on TV shows, including Boston Public and Cold Case. Now, at 21, Christian has written, directed, produced, and starred in Fat Girls, a film about a gay high school senior and his 300-pound best pal (Ashley Fink). The film had people lined up around the block when it premiered in Mays Tribeca Film Festival.

Where'd you get the idea for Fat Girls?

I grew up a theater boy in Texas, so the film shows some of the torture that I went through growing up. I did have a 300-pound best friend, and I've always sort of felt like a fat girl on the inside, someone who didn't really fit in.

What inspired you to write a script?

I was working in television, and I was getting the quirky, fat best friend roles, and it's not really fair, you know? I would say 1% of our population looks like Paris Hilton and 99% of people want to see real people on the screen. I wanted to do a movie that would give me the opportunities that I wasn't getting.

Did you plan to direct and star in it? …

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