Gay Icon Danny Roberts Returns To TV, Still Sexy As Hell
Danny just wasn’t interested.
He was distracted by love and ready to move on. He had met his new boyfriend, Army Captain Paul Dill, just before Real World filming started, and America watched their breathless courtship—even though Paul’s face was blurred onscreen to prevent him being recognized and thusly kicked out of the Army due to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
He was also suffering from what many Real World survivors refer to as “reality TV withdrawal”–he was in a state of shock on return to real life and put off by the stress and superficiality of the whole plastic-fantastic TV business.
So instead, Danny and Paul bought a cozy little house on a hill overlooking Puget Sound, and settled in…
Danny tried to hold a few “regular” jobs in Seattle, but he was always forced to quit due to gawkers and stalkers…who’d sometimes follow him home, hide in his bushes, and even steal his shoes from the front porch.
In time, Danny and Paul eventually broke up amidst crushing drama, but the fame that was still chasing Danny was a lot harder to get rid of.
That fame has caught up with him again, if he ever really got away from it at all. For the past year Danny has been flying between his home in Seattle and LA to star in a new television series on LOGO called “DTLA”, with a cast that includes, most notably, Sandra Bernhard and Melanie Griffith.
Danny describes the show as, “A gritty, urban Melrose Place.”
“The show is about how a group of people’s lives are intertwined,” Danny explains. “It’s especially focused on the friendship between two characters, one who is straight and one who is gay.”
However, Danny says that the show’s plot is mostly “post-gay”.
“It’s not about anyone’s struggle to come out or anything of that sort. It’s about life once we’re past all that and where being gay is just as natural as anything else.”
“My character is a bit of a mystery. He’s a free-spirit, and a bit of an earthy type. He has a lot of money. In time it will be revealed how he really got it…”
But so how does Danny reconcile his life in Seattle with his filming schedule in LA? Is he ready to return to the spotlight?
“This entire experience has been about exploring creativity beyond my 9 to 5 life–which I’ve realized I desperately need to keep me balanced. I fly to LA on the weekends to film, and the production crew has been very gracious in working with my schedule.”
But there is still one obvious, burning elephant in the room: Does Danny regret the opportunities he was offered, but rejected, 10 years ago?
“Ha! I’ve thought a second about this one but the answer is NO! I’m sure they would have had me doing something I regretted. I don’t like giving control over to others very much, and at the end of the day, they would have controlled much of my life.”
“I kept my freedom, and things have worked out well.”
DTLA’s North American Premier is Wednesday, October 24th at 11PM, Eastern.
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