Nothing But the Truth



ANTHONY RUIVIVAR 1 X390 | ADVOCATE.COMSo you’ll find out a few weeks before we find out.
Exactly. I know they’re together and partners; I’m not sure if they’re actually married.

Will we get to see a lot of Alejo’s personal life outside the courtroom?

They’re going to live their personal lives through work. I think Tom [Donaghy, creator and executive producer] does a great job of getting personal stories, getting who these people are, getting character and chemistry, all while going through the case. Most people kind of live their lives while working, so we’re not ever really going to go home with Jimmy or Kathryn [Maura Tierney] and see what happens, although home lives and personal lives definitely influence each show. In the second episode we’re dealing with parenthood. Jimmy’s father is in rehab; Alejo mentions that when he came out, his father kicked him out of the house. So they’re all dealing with these issues through the case. That’s where we’ll get personal.

We often hear that gay actors have a tough time getting work in film and TV. We also hear that is often the case with mixed-race actors. What has your experience been?

Well, I’ve definitely found that to be the case. I mean, look, there are gay actors playing straight roles on TV, playing gay roles. I think that, if you look at the amount of gay roles that were available last pilot season and the roles that were available to ethnic minorities, they’re 2% of the roles out there. It definitely is a competitive market and it needs to improve, but I think we’re moving in the right direction. Like I said, I’m really proud to be able to nail two birds with one stone.

On Third Watch they made it a point to note your character’s diverse ethnic background. Is that the case on The Whole Truth?
We haven’t really explored that yet, but I kind of like that. I like that my first scene isn’t explaining what my ethnic background is. It’s almost like, “Why is this gay, brown person here?” It’s really cool that they don’t — that’s one of the things I find interesting. This is the world we live in. It’s a mixed world. Sexuality, my ethnicity, all of theose things don’t come before who he is as a human being.

When you shot the pilot, Joely Richardson was one of the stars, but she’s left the series and been replaced with Maura Tierney. Did you then reshoot the pilot?
We reshot all of the stuff that Joely was in. So we definitely did extensive reshoots. Not changing the pilot, just putting Maura in.

Maura’s had a pretty tough year, and I think people are excited to see her back on television. What has it been like working with her?
She’s the best. We share a lot of history but had never really worked together. We’re both from the John Wells camp. She was doing ER, I was doing Third Watch [Wells executive-produced both shows]. We both know the same people — actors, directors, producers. Just as a human being, she’s this amazing, feisty, fun, bighearted actress. I totally get why the television public loves her. She’s just one of those people.

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