Euphoria’s Eric Dane Says He “Gave a Voice” to the Gay Community Playing Cal

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June 9, 2022, 2:19 PM

“The gay community has been very supportive. I think I lent them a voice in portraying this character.”

Eric Dane opened up about being a straight actor and how he feels about playing a queer character on HBO Euphoria.

Since Euphoria debuted in 2019, fans praised Eric Dane’s compelling performance as the series villain Cal. Cal is Nate’s father, Marsha’s husband and, on the face of it, a typical, toxic American hetero. However, Cal is also a closeted gay man and he illegally films himself having sex with young trans men and women, including an underage Jules.

In Season 2, Cal begins to have a controversial “redemption” arc and we see his backstory in which we learn he was in love with his best friend Derek growing up. At the end of the season, Cal is arrested when Nate hands over his illegal sex tapes to the police and it becomes public knowledge that he is a sexual predator.

Now, Eric has discussed his role in more detail and said he feels he lent a “voice” to the gay community by playing Cal.

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Euphoria's Eric Dane says he lent a

Euphoria’s Eric Dane says he lent a “voice” to the gay community by playing Cal.

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Discuss Cal’s trip to Euphoria season 2 with The Hollywood ReporterEric said: “It was helpful to see the chemistry between young Cal and Derek. It was a really heartbreaking moment for them. And it’s just as heartbreaking when Cal returns to the bar and isn’t accepted by the community. community. He’s a man without a nation. He’s no longer accepted by the straight community and he’s no longer accepted by the gay community.

He continued: “Cal lives this double life, wielding this facade of having everything outside, controlled and pristine, while everything inside is a battle of epic proportions. I’ve had struggles in my past. who invited me to lead this secret life. I accepted the invitation wholeheartedly. … Although the circumstances may not be the same, the feelings certainly are.

Cal has sex with Jules in Euphoria season 1 despite being underage

Cal has sex with Jules in Euphoria season 1 despite being underage.

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Eric ended by saying, “I’m fully aware that I’m a straight actor playing a gay character. The gay community has been very supportive. I think I lent them a voice in portraying this character, and I hope everything I do is sincere.”

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