Megan Mullally: Her Lips Are Unsealed
BY Brandon Voss
April 16 2010 5:50 PM ET
Have you had a chance to read The Advocate’s recent cover story on Sean Hayes?
No, I didn’t see it yet, but I did just see him on Broadway in Promises, Promises. Oh, my God, you’re going to die. The whole show’s amazing, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen him do. I’m telling you right now that he’s going to win a Tony — slam dunk. It’s like a star is born, even though he’s already been a star for 10 years. You’re going to freak out when you see how good he is. I’m so happy for him. I’ve seen him twice in the past week, and he’s such a doll.
Four years after Will & Grace ended, Sean’s Advocate interview marked the first time he’d spoken openly about his sexuality in the press. Did you and Sean ever have any conversations about whether or not he should come out? I imagine you probably had a very “so what, who cares?” attitude about it.
Yeah, I did have that attitude. There are totally two schools of thought about this, and there are a lot of people I really respect who are from both camps — the “So what, who cares?” camp and the camp that asks, “Yeah, but will this in any way impair my ability to get cast in certain roles? Would I still get cast as a leading man in a romantic comedy if everyone knows I’m gay in real life?” I don’t know the extent to which that really comes into play anymore — I think it still does, unfortunately, to a degree — but I think that conflict had something to do with his hesitation. Of course, in real life there’s nobody more out than Sean. It was just in the press that he didn’t want to say one way or another. I think he just felt it was nobody’s business, but I feel like he came to it in his own time. You also have to understand that Sean was 27 when we started Will & Grace, and Sean’s character was a sensation from the pilot. He’d never been on a television show before, so that was a lot to take in. It’s hard enough to keep your head on your shoulders, which he did, without having to deal with “Do I come out or not come out?”
In your own now-infamous 1999 Advocate cover story — which we’ve already established that I didn’t write — you said, “I consider myself bisexual, and my philosophy is, everyone innately is, although I’ve never had a full-on relationship with a woman, just a couple of what I’d term half-assed dalliances.” But I’ve read more recent interviews in which you’ve somewhat backpedaled and distanced yourself from that statement.
I think if you read the exact quote, it’s completely true, and it’s exactly what I meant. I do think everyone’s innately bisexual, but, as you know, people acknowledge that or realize that in themselves to lesser or greater degrees. Some people are completely unaware of it, and some people are very in touch with it. I was also saying that I’m just an open-minded person, and I feel like who you fall in love with is who you fall in love with. I was single at that time, and if I had fallen in love with a giant Samoan man or a beautiful woman from Ecuador, that would’ve been that. It could’ve been anything. It’s just more evolved to think in those terms — that it’s about the person and not their gender, skin color, height, or weight.