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Matthew Staton 'Matt' Bomer (born October 11, 1977) is an American film actor.

Biography[]

Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he moved to New York where he starred in the soap opera All My Children. While accepting the Steve Chase Humanitarian Award in 2012, Matt Bomer publicly acknowledged that he was gay for the first time. He is married to Simon Halls, his publicist. They married in 2011 and have three sons.

Bomer got international notoriety starring in the hit TV show White Collar from 2009 - 2014.

He has also starred in several films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL

In 2011, Bomer starred in the Broadway debut of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8, a staged re-enactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Proposition 8.

In 2014, Matt Bomer starred in the television adaptation of The Normal Heart written by Larry Kramer and based on his own screenplay. The film was directed by Ryan Murphy and included in its cast Denis O'Hare, Finn Wittrock, and BD Wong who all starred in at least one season of American Horror Story.

Work on American Horror Story[]

In 2014, Matt Bomer joined the cast of American Horror Story guest starring as Andy, a rent boy in a single episode of "Freak Show". The following year, Matt Bomer was cast in a larger role as Donovan, the paramour of Elizabeth, with whom he shares an affliction of the blood.

Alongside Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, and Wes Bentley, Bomer portrays one of the light-eyed dark-haired men who gravitates around the Hotel Cortez, most of them as Elizabeth's lovers.

Five years later, Bomer returned to the franchise by starring in the double-episode première of American Horror Stories. He portrayed Michael Winslow, a man who purchase the Murder House with his family.

The characters portrayed by Matt Bomer never survived the season they were introduced into.

Matt Bomer was cast for the fifth season shortly after he did the guest spot on Freak Show, when the installment went through a couple of different incarnations before settling on the themes of Hotel. Once they had a theme and a setting, Ryan Murphy reached out and filled Bomer in on the project. [1]

Matt Bomer on his role in Freak Show[]

"It was so fun. I had a blast. I’ve done straight horror before, with Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I’ve certainly been in my skivvies before. It was just a combo platter, I guess. I knew Finn from The Normal Heart, and I knew how fun it was going to be. Also, I adore Michael Chiklis, who I got to have a really fun, sweet scene with. So, it was all good. It was great meeting all the characters in that world Freak Show world, and we were all hanging out in the trailers and socializing with them. They were all really inspiring and fun and great. When I had heard what they were doing [for that season], I thought, “This is genius!” I’ve never had a chance to go to a freak show, but I would love to."[1]

Matt Bomer on his role in Hotel[]

Bomer revealed that he "really had to come to set in character because otherwise I’m going to be geeking out in the middle of a scene going, 'Oh, my god, I can’t believe I’m doing a scene with Kathy Bates!'"[1]

Matt Bomer also found it fun and great to work with Finn Wittrock again, and as a fan of Lady Gaga he was excited about working together with her.[1]

Describing Donovan, Matt Bomer said that "like many Angelenos, I would imagine, his dreams didn’t all quite pan out the way he thought they would. He has a misunderstanding of his power, and very complicated relationships with women, in general, and specifically his mother, played by Kathy Bates. I think that bleeds into his relationships with all women, as the defining relationship of his life."[1]

Matt Bomer on American Horror Stories[]

Interviewed by Collider, Matt Bomer revealed that he grew up watching The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Dark Side, and of being a big fan of the anthology format. Having been a part of the AHS world before, he added that he thinks: “This could be interesting, if it’s not only episodic, but flirts with alumni and also certain mythologies and locations that folks who have enjoyed the show in the past have come to know and love, or hate."[2]

About his role as Michael Winslow, and the dynamic of the nuclear family within the walls of the Murder House, Matt Bomer commented on "playing on certain parental fears."

"Your job, as an actor, is to try to get inside of that, as disturbing as it may be. When it comes to your kid, you love your kid and you want what’s best for them and you want to not shame them around certain things, but also make sure they’re not going down a path that could lead to a really dark future for them and possibly other people as well."[2]

Asked about his his view on purchasing and renovating the Murder House, Bomer replied that his "only rationale for it at all, because as an actor, you have to think about these things, is that I would imagine, like the rest of the world, the pandemic really affected them and they had to make major life changes. They probably took what money they had and tried to come up with a plan to not only make their dreams a reality, but also monetize it in a way that could maybe get them out of trouble."[2]

Notes[]

  • Matt Bomer revealed he was a huge fan of the series and watched it pretty religiously from the get-go. [1]
  • Matt Bomer and Finn Wittrock met on the cast of The Normal Heart.
  • Of note is the irony of Matt Bomer and Finn Wittrock taking turns in killing their respective characters in Freak Show and Hotel.

Appearances[]

Episode appearances for Matt Bomer
Story or Series Character Episodes
Freak Show Andy Pink Cupcakes
Hotel Donovan
American Horror Stories Michael Winslow Rubber(wo)Man

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