Andrew Rannells, 'Girls' Actor, Talks About Being A 'Purebred' Gay

Andrew Rannells' character on the HBO series "Girls" might be interested in messing around with women, but Rannells himself is a "purebred" gay.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Rannells reveals that in Season 2 of "Girls," his character Elijah -- Hannah's (Lena Dunham) gay ex-boyfriend -- questions how gay he really is and puts himself to the test with with a woman. The 34-year-old actor said he has never found himself in that situation. Rannells is a "purebred gay."

"I personally have never had sex with a woman. I'm more of what you call gold-star gay," he told Vulture. "I'm purebred. So I knew it wasn't my thing, so I was like, Why do that? So I didn't."

Continuing, "I have a lot of friends who, actually, after they've realized they're gay, they feel empowered in a way that they do some things that they didn't think they would do, like explore some things because they're a little more comfortable with who they are. That's why in my head it wasn't such a far leap as to why Elijah would [do what he does], because he's feeling ... confident. He's feeling secure."

The Golden Globe nominee will be leaving "Girls" midway through Season 2 to focus on his lead role in NBC's "The New Normal" opposite Justin Bartha. But he won't be leaving the HBO Brooklyn-centric show before showing some skin. Rannells will appear in a sex scene in the new season.

"That was my first sex scene and nude scene," he told the New York Times. "I took that nudity waiver as a badge of honor. I took a picture of it, I sent it to my friends. I didn’t even really read it. That’s the embarrassing part. I was so excited to sign it: 'I’ll show anything!'"

"Girls" Season 2 premieres Sunday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. on HBO.



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