Russell Tovey chats about HBO’s new gay drama ‘Looking’

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Featuring the Him & Her actor alongside Jonathan Groff (Glee) and Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), Looking launches in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday 27 January, just days after its broadcast in the US.

Discussing what makes Looking timely, Tovey explained to The New York Times: “A drama that might have been on 10 years ago would be like: ‘As gay men, you can just go and have sex with who you want. Who cares if I’m sleeping around?’ And now this show is at such a time when suddenly gay people can conform to heterosexual blueprints of how to live. You can get married, you can have kids, you can have joint mortgages, you’re recognized as next of kin, which is all fresh.”

The official synopsis reads: “The show offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living – and loving – in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is the 29- year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group’s oldest member, longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39, is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.  The trio’s stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices – and rights – for gay men.”

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