The cast of “Queer as Folk” reunited for the first time in 13 years for a photo shoot and interview for Entertainment Weekly.
Michael (Hal Sparks), Brian (Gale Harold), Emmett (Peter Paige), Ted (Scott Lowell), Justin (Randy Harrison), Ben (Robert Gant), Debbie (Sharon Gless), Lindsay (Thea Gill) and Melanie (Michelle Clunie) remembered their time filming the Showtime series which was an American remake of the British series.
“We saw it as an opportunity to address a lot of issues that had never been shown on American TV before,” executive producer Ron Cowen explained to Entertainment Weekly. “That was very important to us because we gay people didn’t really see a true reflection of ourselves on TV very often. Back then, you couldn’t get married. There was ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in the Army. In 14 states, there were still sodomy laws on the books. It was a very hostile atmosphere.”
Now, the series has received a new generation of fans tuning into the series.
“We stopped making this like 90 years ago and people are still discovering it for the first time and thinking it’s real,” Lowell says.
A “Queer as Folk” reboot isn’t in the works but Paige thinks a remake would still ring true today.
“God knows the clothes and the hairstyles have changed, but the emotional stories are eternal,” he says. “I often say people came for the queer, but they stayed for the folk.”