| The Path To Stardom:
Out Magazine Interview
(NOTE from cpps90: Filming for It's A Boy Girl Thing took place Oct - Nov 2005 in Toronto and London. Kevin was 21 when this interview was done, ~ Oct 2005. This article contains both the print magazine article and the out.com online article which is different.)
Photographed for Out by David Jensen
Styling by Gregory Wein
Grooming by Beau Nelson @ Plutino Group
Interview by Duncan Tucker
Scans and Transcript by cpps90
Rising Star - From Transamerica Hustler to Mainstream Heartthrob, Kevin Zegers Is Ready to Explode
That cute kid from the Air Bud movies is all grown up and now plays a gay hustler trekking across the country with his transgender father (now a woman) in Transamerica. The hot young actor talks with the movie's openly gay writer-director, Duncan Tucker. With Transamerica, Kevin Zegers goes from child actor to leading man - he plays a queer hustler crossing the country with his transsexual father, who's now his mother.
If Kevin Zegers looks familiar to you, it may be from all those Air Bud movies he starred in opposite canny canines. But with the new Transamerica, Zegers takes on his first adult role (2004's Dawn of the Dead notwithstanding) playing Toby, a queer hustler who enjoys a little heroin and lives on the streets of New York City. Toby's life is turned upside down when an uptight woman named Bree (Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives) enters the picture and volunteers to cart Toby back to California with her. Bree is a male-to-female transsexual who is actually Toby's biological father - a secret she is keeping from him. All of which makes for an often hilarious, always uncompromising road-trip movie. Transamerica's gay writer-director, Duncan Tucker, offered to chat with Zegers for us. So while Zegers (who happens to be both Canadian and straight) was on a break from filming It's a Boy Girl Thing in Toronto, Tucker gave him a ring.
Tucker: How did the script of Transamerica first come to you?
But before you put yourself on tape we actually
met. You'd been working since you were, what,
8 years old?
So we had a meeting rather than an audition
at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. I took
one look at you in your jeans and tight T-shirt
and messed-up hiar, and I thought, No way in
hell. This guy is ridiculously good-looking.
Did you dress like a street hustler when you
In the meeting you seemed really intelligent,
and you had this really vulnerable quality.
I saw some great qualities for Toby.
I remember that converstion.
You said something like, "Toby is so
unsure of himself that he tries on different
personalities like he tries on different
shirts to see how they fit."
Now that you're an old man of 21 you know
exactly who you are.
How did you research Toby?
Did some of the johns think you were a hustler?
Did you hang out on the street at all?
Have you ever done such a low-budget, no-frills
Air-conditioning in Arizona.
I don't think you were what any of us expected.
Remember in New Jersey when the cops pulled
us over, and you were in the lead car? You
were miked for the camera, and you and Felicity
prretended they were arresting you and bringing
you into jail?
I was calling production.
Because you grew up doing movies, did you
always have gay people in your life?
What are you working on now?
You switch boy-girl bodies?
Kevin Zegers gets to show off his feminine
Out.com Exclusive: In the new movie Transamerica, Kevin
Zegers plays a queer street hustler who longs
to hit Hollywood.
December 5, 2005
Transamerica star Kevin Zegers graces the cover of Out's January issue, interviewed by the writer/director of the film, Duncan Tucker. In the flick, the 21-year-old actor plays Toby, a queer hustler who enjoys a little heroin and lives on the streets in New York City. Toby's life is turned upside-down when an uptight woman named Bree (Desperate Housewives's Felicity Huffman) enters the picture and volunteers to cart Toby back to California with her. Bree is an M-to-F transsexual who is actually Toby's biological father - a secret she is keeping from him. All of which makes for an often-hilarious, always-uncompromising road trip movie. Transamerica's openly gay writer-director, Duncan Tucker, offered to chat with Zegers for us. So, while Zegers (who happens be both Canadian and straight) was on a break from filming It's a Boy Girl Thing in Toronto, Tucker gave him a ring. Here are some exclusive outtakes from the cover story.
Toby's a kid who's had a hard life
but he's a survivor. He thinks his body is
his only commodity. He doesn't really define
himself as gay or straight.
He has a deep longing for attention.
One of the things we talked about
when you were making the movie is that even
though the main characters are a transsexual
woman and a kid who's living as a gay hustler,
this movie is not about transsexuality and
it's not about being a gay hustler. It's
about family and coming of age and connection.
It was great that we got to shoot
sequentially so as you and Felicity became
closer with one another, Bree and Toby became
closer and let their guard done a little
bit, and that shows. What did you think when
you first saw Felicity in full Bree makeup,
wig, and costume?
Quick correction: We didn't know if "her
television show" was picked up yet. I
actually cast her out of familiarity with her
New York theater work. When I found out there
was a pilot she had to do by July 5, I was
pissed off that, because of a pesky TV series
that probably wouldn't get picked up, I would
have to go into overdrive to finish this movie.