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

Eric Mabius

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

Eric Mabius

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With his lanky, buffed-out bod, he wowed Heather Matarazzo in Welcome to the Dollhouse; then we found him in the bedroom doing the dirty with Josh Jackson in Cruel Intentions. Now, after having his looks fail him with the women of The L Word, Eric Mabius is back to his bed-hopping ways as Ugly Betty,'s resident insatiable himbo.

In Cruel Intentions you played gay when a lot of people weren't doing that. Were you that secure in your sexuality?

Listen, I went to Sarah Lawrence [College]. I went to high school in Amherst [Mass.], and [nearby] Northampton has the largest lesbian population on the Eastern seaboard. So I've been user-gay-friendly for a while [laughs].

Do you ever get any gay fan mail?

I was quite touched during spring break this past year--some of the soldiers in Iraq got their spring vacation, and I was out for dinner in Hollywood. Quite a few soldiers come up to me. obviously some gay and lesbian, telling me how the DVDs of The L Word got them through their tours.

I love on Ugly Betty what must be one of the first preteen latently gay characters, Betty's nephew,

I've seen some response to that character specifically. …

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