Belgian youth blog interviews J.T. Tepnapa
The Belgian LGBT Youth Blog, Enig Verschil, interviewed J.T. Tepnapa about Blue Seraph Productions, being gay in America and Star Trek.
On Star Trek:
I love the role of Sulu in Star Trek: Phase II! I love that a homosexual playing a heterosexual originated the part. Actors that allow themselves to be vulnerable can breathe authenticity into any role. I actually met George Takei when I was 5 years old. My parents took me to the Lotus Festival in Los Angeles California. I remember going up to George Takei and shaking his hand. It’s funny to think years later, I would be playing a part he originated.
On Being Gay in America:
I did not come out in high school. It wasn’t that I was afraid to come out. I was just too busy with acting and singing to understand homosexuality, but that didn’t stop me from having secret sexual partners in high school. When I finally went to college, my identity became much more complex. I felt it was important to be completely honest with the people around me.