Russell Tovey’s Proud Of His Show Looking

Photo courtesy of Rex Features

Photo courtesy of Rex Features

Abbie Sedgeman
Staff Writer

As the HBO series, Looking, is about to air in the UK, Russell Tovey seems proud and excited of this upcoming show. Tovey spoke to Digital Spy, saying “I love it, I absolutely love it. I love everybody in it, I love the tone of it, I love the music… I think it’s going to be big.”

Despite auditioning for the lead role, Patrick, which was given to Glee actor Jonathan Groff, Tovey scored a recurring role as Kevin: the confident ‘tech geek’ boss to Patrick. Tovey isn’t shy of his admiration for the show and his co-stars, admitting, “I must’ve seen it about five times now – an actor should never admit that they watch their own work that much, but it’s because I like the show!”

Even though Groff got the lead, Tovey holds no grudges. In fact, he is a fan of Groff’s work and is prone to bursting into song between takes.

“Jonathan is obviously a musical king – so between takes, we’d be singing songs from musicals. They’d call cut and we’d break into a tune from Chorus Line. I think he’s absolutely brilliant. A lot of people love Jonathan Groff and I’m happy to join the queue!”

The drama begins to unfold, Tovey reveals, when Patrick, a video-game developer, and Kevin, the boss, show chemistry, but  are involved with other people. “Kevin is very secure and sure of himself and I think Patrick falls for that charm.

“You can be cocky and confident, but when you start developing feelings for someone, suddenly your self-esteem drops a bit. It’s a weird place for him to be in.”

Since the show’s US Premier (January 9th), Looking has attracted a lot of attention, and in Tovey’s opinion this is due to the fresh outlook explored within the gay community. “I think a lot of shows have the stereotypical gay man that’s very accessible, very family friendly – the token comedy role or the best friend.

“This is showing a section of the community where there isn’t any crisis in the fact that they’re gay and it isn’t the all-defining personality trait of each of the characters. It just happens to be that they are gay and this is their lives and this what they are doing – they are living. They’ve got over all their sh– and they’re just being.”

Looking premiered January 27th on Sky Atlantic in the UK, with the series currently airing Sundays on HBO in the US.

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