Deklin said when he signed on to appear in "GCB" he wasn't sure how to approach Blake and his relationship with Cricket.
"I have 100 or so gay friends and they're all out. I don't know anyone in the closet," he said. So he consulted executive producer Robert Harling. "Bobby said there's this peculiar thing in the South called a 'white marriage,' it's an open secret, almost like the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell. Husbands and wives who grew up together and are from dynastic, wealthy families, and they decide to get married and have 'our little secret' and they won't talk about it. Bobby said he was always fascinated by that dynamic. I was very naive. I thoughht it was something nobody did anymore and I've since learned it's more common than we think."
Deklin (pictured above, photo by Angelo Kritikos) said he and co-star Miriam Shor have bonded off-camera as well -- Shor has a child who is two weeks younger than Deklin's daughter -- and he appreciates the opportunity to play against type.
"I found I usually make a living in a suit with a square jaw and I can do tech jargon for you. That's my bread and butter and it paid the bills," Deklin said. "But as an actor, you're always looking for something more well-rounded and dimensional and that's why I'm loving this character."Deklin has already filmed the 10-episode first season of "GCB" but he acknowleged a fleeting moment of hesitation about playing a gay character.
"Immediately I didn't in the sense that here's this guy who has a secret, who has layers, which you're always looking for as an actor. That interested me from the beginning. And I love my gay community so that was not an issue for me," Deklin said. "But I did have a moment where I asked myself if this is the best career move for me. I think it was a fair question to ask but at the same time, I felt almost ashamed of myself for even asking the question. I thought, that's just ridiculous. I'm taking this role. That's the stupidest thing. It should be a non-issue and it's sad to me that there are gay actors in Hollywood who are afraid to be openly gay because they're afraid it will hurt their careers because it doesn't need to be like that. I've played despicable characters -- Nazis and murderers -- and you never stop to go, 'Oh no, what if people really think I'm a murderer and I never work again and it ruins my career?' It really should be a non-issue. I embrace it and was very glad to play Blake. I'm telling all my friends I should have played a gay cowboy years ago. It's turned out to be one of my favorite roles."
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