Queer As Folk’s Devin Way Names Its Personal Queer Heroes – Exclusive

Queer heroes are important – not only because they unite the LGBTQ+ community, but also because they are very personal and often looked up to by younger generations. There are queer icons like Lady Gaga, whom crowds love, and then there are queer heroes who idolize individuals for special memories, their style, or some other specific personal reason. What makes them even more special is that they often have their own queer heroes, creating a cycle of love and admiration for those who accomplish amazing things and own themselves brilliantly.

That’s now the case for Peacock’s “Queer as Folk,” the third series of the same name, released during Pride Month – because there’s no better time to showcase the beauty of queerness than during a month-long celebration. Set in New Orleans, this version of the show sees Jesse James Keitel, Fin Argus, Armand Fields, Devin Way, and more (via IMDb) show the world the lived experiences of the LGBTQ+ community, so in addition to the documentaries you’ll be watching during Pride Month, make sure to save time for Queer as Folk, which is more inclusive than ever.

The stars of this show are likely to become queer heroes for viewers around the world, but as revealed in an exclusive interview with The List, “Queer as Folk” star Devin Way also has personal queer heroes he looks up to — and you can watch to the same!

The most impactful thing for Devin Way was not a person at all

Devin Way plays Brodie in “Queer as Folk,” a character in which many around the world are likely to find comfort, beauty and reprieve. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star thinks the same about his own personal gay heroes. However, the first thing that made him feel good about himself was not a person, but rather a movie.

“It’s not a queer person I know, but when I was a kid I was obsessed with ‘The Wizard of Oz’. It was my favorite movie of all time, and the scene I would play repeatedly was when Dorothy’s house was in Oz landed and her world went from black and white to color,” Way explains to The List. “I couldn’t wait for the day my life would take on color, so I always thought about Judy Garland and Dorothy, and that moment when I didn’t have the words or the vocabulary for it growing up.”

However, as Way grew up, he fell in love with some powerful icons. “Then I learned to listen to people like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and all those power divas who really connected me with my body, but I didn’t have the words or the language for it then,” Way continued. “What I now know was my idiosyncrasy and my inner rainbow that wanted to shine… that was very important to me.” Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re listening to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and throwing a living room dance party for one.

“Queer as Folk” is now streaming on Peacock.

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