Scott Wolf addresses gay gossip
The 'Party of Five' star may play a closeted actor in 'Go,' but his private life is a different matter
So much for that cuddly Bailey Salinger shtick. Wholesome ”Party of Five” heartthrob Scott Wolf is set to raise eyebrows and disillusion countless teenage girls with his latest role. In ”Go!” (new in theaters), Wolf plays a closeted gay actor trying to clear himself of drug possession charges while playing cuddle bunnies with ”Saturday Night Live” alum Jay Mohr. Given that the role will add fuel to an already overheated blaze of rumors that Wolf himself is gay, he is bracing to take some heat. ”My own sexuality has been misinterpreted in the press, and playing this character will probably make it worse,” the 30-year-old actor tells EW Online. ”And since Jay and I did the cover of a magazine that I suppose is targeted towards gay men, I’m sure it will.”
Though the media speculation makes him squirm, Wolf isn’t sweating it. ”I am heterosexual, and I don’t think twice about the rumors,” he shrugs. ”I don’t find them offensive. But whenever you hear something publicly that isn’t an accurate reflection of you, it’s an odd thing. It’s something I have to get used to.”
Wolf admits that nothing he says or does is likely to end the gossip — thanks to the creative minds of the public. ”My cousin went to get his hair cut in Hollywood, and this guy at the salon had a poster of me,” he recalls. ”My cousin asked if the guy was a fan, and he responded, ‘Oh yeah, and I have a friend who was ”with” him — he’s definitely gay.”’
Why this intense fan fascination with celebrity gossip? Says Wolff, ”It’s an easy way to avoid paying attention to harder issues.” Yeah, but do we really want to know about Slobodan Milosevic’s sex life?