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‘You’ star confirms his character is queer and ‘never will be’ straight

‘It was what it was and he was who he was.’


Alex Dalbey


Posted on Jan 21, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 5:21 pm CDT

Actor James Scully recently addressed questions about the sexuality of his character, Forty Quinn, on the Netflix show You. And now curious fans can rest assured knowing Forty isn’t straight—“and never will be.”

The second season of the popular Netflix psychological thriller series, You, launched in December, introducing a new Los Angeles setting and new characters. One of them, Forty Quinn, quickly became a fan favorite as the twin brother of the main character’s love interest. Scully, an openly gay actor, has faced some questions from media and fans about the sexuality of his character, who has a relationship with a woman, reports PinkNews.

Last month, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Scully responded to the question of whether Forty was intended to be pansexual or sexually fluid, saying he actually asked the You writers about it after shooting a particularly intimate scene.

“She asked me what I thought. Again, he doesn’t have a regular relationship with sex anyway because his first sexual experience was date rape,” Scully explained. “But because he’s still craving affection, he uses sex as a tool a lot. I think Forty would have sex with whoever he decided he wanted to have sex with.”

Scully said it was enjoyable to play a character he “retroactively” realized was sexually fluid. “It was nice being able to play the character even if I was realizing retroactively that [he] was sexually fluid where we didn’t need to stress that in any way,” said Scully. “It was what it was and he was who he was.”

Some fans either didn’t see that interview or wanted more clarity from Scully. During an Instagram Q&A over the weekend, a fan asked, “Since you’re queer, what made you guys decide that Forty would be straight?”

Scully answered the question in a way that makes his character’s queerness crystal clear: “We didn’t, and he wasn’t, and he is not and never will be.”


H/T PinkNews

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*First Published: Jan 21, 2020, 1:08 pm CST