Olly Alexander has revealed that Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy has contacted him to tell him he’s a huge fan of Channel 4 It’s A Sin.
The actor, 30, starred as Ritchie Tozer in the drama about a group of gay men and their friends experiencing the HIV / AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
Speaking to Capital Evening Show’s Jimmy Hill, Olly said many American viewers are only new to the show now and among them was Dan, whom he described as a “ hero. ”
Overjoyed: Olly Alexander revealed that Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy contacted him to tell him he was a huge fan of Channel 4 It’s A Sin
Jimmy said: ‘The last time we chatted I don’t think it came out in America yet, I think it was about to drop in America so now that it’s out there. , have you been bombarded with messages again, does it feel like you’ve been successful on this show twice now?
Olly replied: ‘I think it was different in the US because here it was a really big time because it was on TV and on Channel 4, and I live here I guess but it all happened at the same time, whereas in the I’ve noticed people come to it at different times, maybe because it’s on a streaming service.
“It was different. I keep getting messages from people who just watch them. So it’s totally different, but I had a lot of fun getting in touch with people saying they like the show, like Dan Levy from Shitt’s Creek!
‘Certainly not!’ Jimmy said, with Olly adding: ‘I know he’s such a hero, I love him, it made me so happy. ”
Fan: Speaking to Capital Evening Show’s Jimmy Hill, Olly said many American viewers are only new to the show now and among them was Dan, whom he described as a ‘hero’
Jimmy asked: ‘This is so cool. I’m going to ask a really good question now Olly, were you Starstruck when Dan Levy came in contact with you?
‘Yes of course!’ Said Olly.
Dan created Schitt’s Creek and starred in the comedy series alongside his father Eugene Levy with actresses Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy.
It comes after Olly revealed he had “ hysterical depression ” after doing sex scenes in It’s A Sin.
Series: Olly starred as Ritchie Tozer in the drama about a group of gay men and their friends going through the HIV / AIDS crisis of the 1980s
The Years & Years singer spoke candidly about his experience filming the hit show with GQ Hype Magazine and said it was a ‘eye opener’ to star in the drama alongside so many other queer actors. .
But thinking back to the pressure of doing the intimate scenes, he said: “ I had a bit of hysterical depression. I was really worried that I couldn’t do it. I just didn’t feel safe.
He explained that Ita O’Brien, the show’s intimacy coordinator, had helped him overcome his fears by telling him to bring whatever made him feel comfortable on stage with his band on the tray.
“So I would sing before the takes, I would be a little Olly on stage,” he said. “It was my way of tricking my brain into thinking he was a character. What, of course, it was.
Wrestling: Thinking back to the pressure of doing intimate scenes, he said: ‘I had a bit of hysterical depression. I was really worried that I couldn’t do it. I just didn’t feel safe ‘
Russell T. Davies, the writer and producer behind Queer As Folk, the 2005 rebirth of Doctor Who and Cucumber, loosely based It’s A Sin on his own experiences in the eighties.
Gushing about her cast mates, Olly continued, “ It was a revelation. I’ve never been on a set with so many queer people.
“I never even worked with a gay director, so it was a whole new experience. We understood these characters [with a] sort of shorthand that homosexuals understand.
Describing the HIV / AIDS crisis so bluntly on the show, he added, “ It’s a problem that’s deeply surrounded by stigma and there’s a lot of trauma and a lot of fear. I know, personally, this was an area I was afraid to really get involved in.
Tip: He explained that Ita O’Brien, the show’s intimacy coordinator, had helped him overcome his fears by telling him to bring whatever made him feel comfortable with his band on stage. on the tray.
Olly also opened up about his own life, detailing how he suffers from insecurity and “ irrational anxiety ” about being rejected by gay men.
He emotionally explained to the post, “ I have this anxiety – I think irrational – about gay men breaking me down.
“ And I tried to question that in myself and I think it’s complicated, because it has a lot to do with internalized phobias and shame, the way I see myself versus the way that the others see me.
“What I do know is that I want them not to hate me. And I want to make the community proud.
“It’s been at the heart of almost every decision I’ve ever made. And I don’t know if I’m still right.
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Delighted: Gushing about her cast mates, Olly continued, “ It was a revelation. I’ve never been on a set with so many queer people. I’ve never even worked with a gay director ‘