The purpose of this interview is to encourage young people in Japan who are trying to find their own sexuality and true self, by sharing Mr Bomer's experiences from the pain and difficulties of adolescence to the present happiness.
Could you tell the readers briefly about your family background, and the atmosphere of Texas at the time of your boyhood? How did you feel when you realized your sexuality? Did it change your relationship with your friends and family?
2. Encounter with "The Normal Heart"
According to your previous interviews, your first encounter with gay literature was "The Normal Heart" recommended by your high school teacher. We are afraid there could be no such teachers who suggest students to read any gay things in Japan. We are very much interested in this teacher. Could you tell us more about him? What was he like and what kind of influence did he give you? And how did you feel and think after reading it? Did you talk about it with him? Are there any characters who you can associate yourself with? Tell us about the impact of AIDS epidemic to American society in 80's.
3. The Influence
You said reading "The Normal Heart" had saved you. Could you expand on this account? There have been so many writings about the AIDS epidemic. What makes this book so special to you?
4. Coming-out and Marriage
There is still a lot of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, even in Hollywood. What made you decide to be open about your sexuality and your marriage? Have you experienced any disadvantage from it? What does Marriage mean to you and why was it necessary?
5. Playing the role of Felix
Your portrayal of Felix Turner was very natural, charmingly in love and so sensitive and vulnerable at the same time. What was most difficult to get inside the character? Is there anything in common between you and him? We heard you were eager for the part of Felix. Why him? Revisiting the work after twenty years as an adult and a professional actor, did it change your impression?
6. Message to the Japanese Fans
There is lots of open and hidden discrimination in the society and the same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Japan. There would be many LGBTQ+ Japanese fans who feel compassion especially with Felix, who is patient, quiet, introspective and deep in love and sorrow, because they can easily associate themselves with his situation. What kind of messages do you think Felix would send the Japanese LGBTQ+ people in this age, beyond time and space?
7. Questions form Japanese Fans
The followings are the questions and curiosity from your Japanese fans received through our Twitter account. They all get inspiration from your lifestyle, trying to balance work and family, marriage and raising children.
-Do you squabble with your husband? Which usually initiates the making-up?
-What made you decide to get married with him?
-Which made the propose and what was the answer?
-You cook and bake for your family. What is the family's favorite? What is your specialty? Do your family eat everything you make? What are their dislikes?
-What did your husband say about your acting in "The Normal Heart"?
-I read that you cried when your children understood the meaning of the same-sex marriage. How did you explain to them?
-Does your husband ever get jealous from your love scenes in dramas/films?
-What made you decide to have children? Have you always wanted a child, even as a single or it came from being married?
-Which one is more strict to the children, you or your husband?
-When your children watch "The Normal Heart" some day, what kind of message you want them to receive?
-How important is family to you?
-What was your happiest moment in life?