Well, your good looks don’t hurt either. Were you aware of gay fans back in your General Hospital and Full House days?
I guess so, but people weren’t as out back then. You know, I’m not sure this pertains to the question, but I went to a party for Liberace when I had just started General Hospital, and there’s this great picture of me, Liberace, and David Hasselhoff out there somewhere. I need to find it.
Before your head gets too big, don’t forget that your costar, Gina Gershon, has a bigger gay fan base than you do.
Yes, she does have a bigger gay fan base. She was so brilliant in Bound, which is my favorite movie of hers, but I’m also a big Showgirls fan. That’s all I talk to her about. That’s one of the main reasons I did the show. I need to have a Showgirls party, because a lot of the kids in the cast haven’t seen it. She’s never seen Full House, so I told her, “OK, we’ll watch a few episodes of Full House, but then we have to watch Showgirls together. It’s a must.” I even do that dance move — you know, the quick hand movements in front of the face? I think I’m going to try to sneak that into the show.
You already show off some pretty groovy moves in Birdie. Would you ever do Dancing With the Stars?
Uh, no. Not to be disrespectful, but isn’t that the place you go when you don’t have a career? Why would I dance on that show when I get to dance on Broadway?
Nolan Gerard Funk, who plays Conrad Birdie, recently tweeted that you introduced him to Madonna. What’s the story?
Nolan’s a sweet kid. I’ve sort of taken him under my wing because he’s very ambitious; he wants to meet the right people, do the right thing, and go to the right places. So I took him to the opening of the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel, and the first person I happen to sit next to is Madonna. She said, “Hey, John,” and I said, “Hey, meet my friend Nolan.”
Perez Hilton posted a picture of you with another gay icon, Bette Midler, earlier this year.
Yeah, I love Bette, and I was out with Liza recently too. When it comes to icons, Liza’s my favorite. She wrote on my script — I have it up in my dressing room — “To John, Take no prisoners and fuck the wounded. Liza May Minnelli.” You know, Perez is one of my buddies. It wasn’t in the article, but Perez was actually there helping to direct my photo session when I was shooting the cover of The Advocate. He was down the street, so I said, “Come down here and help me figure out how to pose.”
Speaking of gossip bloggers, have you heard the gay rumor about yourself?
Oh, yeah, all the time, but it never bothered me.
Do you think that pink tank top you wore in the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” video had anything to do with it?
[Laughs] Yeah, that might’ve been a sign. And if you watch that video, there’s this one mis-cut where Mike Love sort of points and winks. He was supposed to be doing it to one of the girls on the beach, but the video immediately cuts to me in my pink tank top.
You scored major cool-points with a shout-out in Mean Girls, but I loved that scene in Step Brothers where Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly decide that, if they were chicks, they’d both want to sleep with you.
That was flattering. Yeah, they’ll drop my name and talk about me in movies a lot. They just don’t put me in the movies.
May I turn that same hypothetical question on you?
Who would I be into if I were gay? You know, I’ve never been asked that before. And I can’t say “me,” right? [Laughs] Well, I’m attracted to funny people. Let me think ... Neil Patrick Harris, maybe. He’s funny. I love Neil. It always breaks my heart when I see someone who has the courage to come out and then it hurts their career, but I think it’s fantastic that Neil’s coming-out didn’t seem to hurt him one bit; in fact, it’s propelled him. He’s become such a force in our business.
Back to pop culture name-drops: After she married Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres blogged, “Sorry, John Stamos, this one’s taken!”
I didn’t really get that one. Did you?
If straight guys can have dude-crushes, I suppose lesbians can too. Maybe it was a joke that you’re the only man who might’ve had a chance with Portia in some alternate universe.
Well, that’s very sweet.