It seems like Greg Berlanti has made a real effort to welcome out gay actors on both The Flash and Arrow–Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, John Barrowman, yourself.Is there a different camaraderie or a more open environment? This team recognizes that audiences are smart enough to not really care. I’m definitely interested in doing anything that makes the shows closer to the source material., had you worked a lot with action sequences and special effects?Andy Mientus: I’d done a bit of combat on stage in things like Carrie: The Musical, where there was lots of blood and falling around.In the scene where I first meet the Flash, he sort of pushes me to the ground–a very simple, maybe three-foot fall–and they padded me way up for it.
But tonight you’ll see that he’s got more control of the situation than he’s letting on. If you could have any super power what would it be?
Generally audiences can see a gay actor playing a straight role and not have any problem buying it. It’s not really a conversation on set, unless someone’s asking ‘how’s your boyfriend? AM: I can’t really speak to what they’re planning, but when you see the way this arc ends you’ll probably be wondering how there couldn’t possibly be more. In the comics, the Piper gives up crime and starts dating Captain David Singh. In the comic, Piper is a huge character who appears again and again and changes sides for a while becoming friends with The Flash.
Being a complex and interesting character is what’s made him a fan favorite.
AM: I ’d want to be able to turn invisible like Cipher in the X-Men because I’m shy in my real life, actually.
So I’d like to be able to disappear at times if I was feeling insecure.
Have you been surprised by many gay comic-book fans there are out there? Though I haven’t gone to any of the cons or anything yet, I feel like I have good training for this.