Queer as Folk U.S.
The Scott Lowell Interview, Part II

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"We See the Potential, Too, and We All Want It to Be The Best It Can Be"
C: It's like if Disney built a city, just with lots of bars. Well, no, not really. SL: Right. So, you're in Washington, D.C.? C: I'm sorry. Tangent! SL: No, no, it's okay. C: So, I'm in Washington, D.C., and there's a different mentality there, but I came out to L.A. and I stayed with a friend of mine, who's sort of a party girl. So, you know, she wanted to go to these bars, these clubs, and everyone's wearing tight, tight pants, and short short tops and high heels and I'm there in this GAP ensemble, going, "Hey, there, how's it going?" [Laughs] So, I think it's the environment Ted puts himself in. Like, he could just go to some other type of bar where the people are closer to his age, or closer to his, I don't know what you'd call it, demographic? SL: Absolutely. C: But he doesn't, he puts himself in these positions where he's dealing with these like, little blond boys who are only interested in other little blond boys. SL: Exactly. He just sets himself up. C: He totally sets himself up. SL: And that's his tragic flaw, in my mind. Yeah, he kind of goes for that which he, somewhere, must know he's never going to get. And, again, it's something that I can relate to. I've certainly been guilty of getting my crushes on women who are in no way going to give me the time of day. But I can't help it. C: Right. SL: So, then I mope around. And, uh, yeah, it's human nature. I think it happens. I think he's a very human character. I think also, what I love so much about the character -- and, you know, the show, when it's working at its best -- is how gray the characters can be, how much they can turn. And I'm going to go back to that episode with Roger, and I remember checking on some message boards on Showtime's site, and up to that point in time, Ted was coming out of his coma, and people were like, "Oh, I love Ted! Don't kill him off, I'm so happy he's alive, don't kill him off!" And then episode six came along, with Ted's rant about getting on a treadmill, and "do something about your breath," and afterwards, there were all these postings like, you know, "I wish Ted would go back in his coma! Who does he think he is? He's not so hot, who's he to talk?" And everyone just turned on him and I loved that! C: Just feeding off of that negative energy! SL: Exactly. [In toady British accent] Send me to the black pool of negativity! But it was great. That's when our show works best, is when these guys can be the sweetest people, the best friends, and the next second, they're just the biggest shits in the world to each other.

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