It’s A Sin star Olly Alexander says Russell T Davies series Queer as Folk ‘shaped him’ as a gay man
Years and Years star Olly Alexander, who’s set to star in Russell T Davies’ It’s A Sin, says the showrunner’s series Queer As Folk ‘shaped him’ as a gay man.
The musician stars as an aspiring actor living in London during the 1980s, amid the HIV/Aids crisis in the upcoming Channel 4 show.
If You’re Over Me hitmaker Olly looked back on Russell’s previous series, which aired in 1999 and 2000, and followed three gay men living in Manchester’s gay village.
‘Well, I remember being 14 years old and watching Queer As Folk with my friend at her house in secret, in her upstairs bedroom away from her parents,’ the 30-year-old said.
‘And I remember being so scandalised because I’d never seen men on television touching each other before, or with their clothes off, and it was very scandalous to me at that time, and it left a mark on me ever since.’
He added during a Q&A (via PA): ‘It wasn’t until later, until I was revisiting Queer As Folk, and I felt like it had such an important part in shaping me as a gay guy and the culture and the community I’ve grown up in.’
Despite Olly being best known for his music, he’s open to more acting roles, specifying: ‘I’m definitely open to being like a sexy gay witch or something.’
We’re very here for it.
Russell’s new drama It’s A Sin follows the lives of a group of young gay men affected by the Aids crisis in the UK.
The showrunner explained that the Channel 4 series also acts as a warning to younger generations not to become complacent about the virus.
‘The world would still be better if an awful lot of people got tested,’ he said.
‘The numbers of people walking around untested with HIV is frightening. We do tend to talk as if it’s over just because there’s medication.’
He added: ‘There is apparently, a younger generation growing up thinking it’s fine because you can get medicine. No, you don’t want to be on medicine.’
It’s A Sin begins January 22 at 9pm on Channel 4.
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