Matt Bomer on his marriage: ‘I think it was good for our family’

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer covers the June issue of Out magazine. The feature shows Bomer in a nautical-themed shoot. We received a brief preview of the feature a few weeks ago when Details shot Matt to look like Josh Duhamel. In this shoot, Matt looks more like himself. At least he regains his piercing, baby-blue eyes. He’s covering Out to promote his new “dream role” in HBO’s The Normal Heart, which is based upon the autographical play by Larry Kramer that details the 1980s rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis. The film costars Mark Ruffalo. Bomer lost 40 pounds for his part in the movie, and he talks to Out about his pursuit of this role and how he prepared. Also important? Bomer talks about his wonderful husband, Simon Halls, and their three children:

His teen years: “I was relatively sheltered. It wasn’t until I read Larry’s work that I had any kind of understanding as to what was really going on in the world around me. It just lit this fire in my belly. I felt the need to let people know that this was going on. I probably stuck out like a sore thumb. I knew on some level, even if it was way on the periphery, that it was part of my story, too.”

This is his dream role: “You’re really lucky as an artist if you get a role that changes you as a person. It taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist. And it blew my mind in terms of the level of unconditional love between Ned and Felix — my goodness, if these people could incorporate this into their lives, under their circumstances, why can’t I? That’s a pretty intense entry into anyone’s understanding of their sexuality.”

His training at Carnegie-Mellon: “I think it was the safest haven you could hope for, in terms of an environment, at a drama conservatory. But what was so profound to me was that a lot of my friends from Spring who had very specific religious beliefs were — and still are — some of my staunchest supporters.”

His marriage to Simon Halls & their 3 kids: “It wasn’t anything I really endeavored to hide. But a lot of stuff I would do would be these fashion spreads where there’s one paragraph about you at the end. I don’t care about that at all. I’m completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life.”

Bomer’s marriage ceremony: “It was very chill. Very small — only our nearest and dearest. There’s a security, a validity of knowing that it’s legal. It’s hard to put into words. It’s just a feeling, I guess — something about saying vows in front the people around you who love and support you. I think it was good for our family.”

His career direction: “I’m so thankful to have been born in the times that we live in. I felt a responsibility to Simon and to our kids to be able to live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology of This is who my dad is at home, and this is who he is to the public. That trumped any type of professional repercussions that it could have had. And — not by my own volition or choice — I’ve been playing exclusively straight characters for the first 10 years of my career. Whatever happens from this point on says a lot more about the business and society than it does about me.”

Things have (happily) changed: Being a father, he says, “just changed everything. There’s a level of love that really dissolves a lot of egotism and self-absorption. I mean — don’t get me wrong, I have my moments. But at a certain point in my life, my whole day would have been about this interview. Now it’s a small part of a day that also includes a drop-off at school in the morning and baseball practice and a lot of other things that take precedence.””

[From Out]

Matt alludes to his role on White Collar, which has won him a loyal, basic-cable audience. Bomer’s good in everything he does, but he finally found a role that he’s passionate about with The Normal Heart. I still think Bomer would have made an ideal Superman, but he was reportedly passed over because he’s gay.

When Bomer talks about his marriage being good for his family, it’s hard to grasp how anyone could see it differently.

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer

Photos courtesy of Out

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  1. blue marie says:

    Not only is he pretty, but he seems like a decent, down to Earth guy. He would have been an awesome Superman.

  2. Maritza says:

    That is a gorgeous man.

  3. Kiddo says:

    Is he tiny, or have the photos created a shorter look? He looks handsome but very small, especially in the pants rolled up photo.

    • Black orchid says:

      nah he is apparently 6 feet ,but i guess he is puny not overly muscular ,even in white collar especially in his shirtless scenes he comes across as tiny

    • Mia4S says:

      He’s tall but slightly built. His costar on White Collar that he’s usually in scenes with, Tim DeKay, is about 6ft4 and much more broadly built. It’s like an optical illusion, LOL!

      Good interview, I hope the play is done justice. It’s very good but with Ryan Murphy directing? Ugh.

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    He sounds like such an intelligent guy, who has his priorities straight, Is true to himself, and loves his family and has compassion for other people…and beautiful to boot! Love him!

  5. Black orchid says:

    He looks gorgeous , when is Hollywood ever going to learn to give talented ,beautiful ppl like him or Lupita proper mainstream work

    • LadySlippers says:

      The sad part is that prejudice holds a lot of talented people back and that is a shame. A shame on us, the viewing public, as well as the powers that be.

  6. glowworm says:

    I love him, but that first shirt is terrible.

  7. Tig says:

    Gee- way to cast shade-“basic cable” loyalty? What does that even mean? Is HBO loyalty better somehow? To his credit, at least in public, he’s always appeared grateful to the “basic cablers” who are fans of his show-and who have kept it on the air.

  8. MarilynGray says:

    Are they going for a merman look in that first photo? Cos that’s all I can think of. So gorgeous!
    P.s. is it wrong to objectify such an intelligent and down to earth guy? It seems wrong. It’s like I should be fetishising his character and moral integrity not his eyes. .. Good luck with that.

  9. linlin says:

    If he wasn’t gay, he would probably be a massive film star, right? And gotten sexiest man alive at least once. It’s really a shame that Hollywood producers are still afraid to give an openly gay man the big leading roles. He’s gorgeous and has so much charm and charisma.

    • Walkerfan says:

      A very important point. As Bomer says, ‘Whatever happens from this point on says a lot more about the business and society than it does about me.’ He is the game changer for a whole generation, as an out leading man. The test will be how his career turns after The Normal Heart. He’s at that point now, where the offers should be piling, after such a stellar performance. I hope we’re at the point in our society where Matt will be the one to break that barrier.

    • Dani2 says:

      It is a damned shame, he’s a hot, talented guy, instead we have people like Channing Tatum being called a trailblazer? What trail did he blaze exactly?

  10. Ag says:

    intelligent, grounded, and great looking – his husband is one lucky dude.

    • swack says:

      Totally agree. But he is still one of my guilty pleasures!!! I watch White Collar religiously (and not only because of him but he sure is some good eye candy!!)

  11. aims says:

    When you hear individual stories about how marriage equity is not so much a political issue, but a issue regarding family security it boggles my mind how anyone could be against it. Why is one family more valid then another? Matt is a great guy and his family is lovely. I wish him nothing but the best.

  12. Amanda_M87 says:

    Matt is such a beautiful man. I love his eyes.

  13. God, he’s so beautiful. I love his eyes. I want to climb him like a tree…..

  14. Lucy says:

    He wins at life! Can’t wait to see the movie.

  15. Cupcake says:

    Just lovely. Nothing is harder or more enjoyable than putting family first. Good for him! He has so much to be proud of.

  16. faun says:

    That first shirt looks like a woman’s sweater.