The Winners Circle. Thank you everyone for your loving kindness and support! @mattbomer


The Winners Circle. Thank you everyone for your loving kindness and support! @mattbomer


Wishing my boy @mattbomer lots of luck at the #emmys tonight.


Wishing my boy @mattbomer lots of luck at the #emmys tonight.

Gold derby TV Awards 2014 [x]

Gold derby TV Awards 2014 [x]


From my first viewing of HBO’s film, “The Normal Heart” I’ve been saying that Matt Bomer, who plays Felix Turner in the adaptation of the Larry Kramer play, will win an Emmy for his performance. We’ll find out this Monday if the Emmy voters did the right thing and voted his way in the Best Supporting Actor in a Television Movie category.

Not to say his fellow nominees aren’t deserving but when an established actor shows us something we hadn’t seen before, as Bomer did in his career defining performance, he made it clear that he’s the man to beat this year. His competition in the category is “The Normal Heart” co-stars Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Joe Mantello as well as Colin Hanks (“Fargo“) and Martin Freeman (“Sherlock“).

Bomer, best known before this film as con-man Neal Caffrey on the hit USA series “White Collar,” showed a level of commitment, courage and raw talent in the role of Felix, a newspaper man much less comfortable being gay than Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo, nominated for Lead Actor in a TV Movie) but they meet and the sparks fly.

Here are five reasons why the Emmy should land in Bomer’s talented hands when the 66th Annual Emmy Awards are handed out Monday on NBC.

1. Revelations. No, I’m not talking the Bible here but the multiple revelations that come when watching Bomer in “The Normal Heart.” The Carnegie Mellon grad plays a myriad of emotions from a reserved Felix in the newsroom, an earnest Felix when he longs to connection emotionally with Ned, the sexy Felix when the two are making love, the angry Felix when he and Ned have a fight late in the film and then, of course, the valiant Felix who dies bravely. Bravo! [Video]

2. A Fine Romance. You can’t shine in a role without a great co-star. Whether on stage or film, if the audience doesn’t buy the love between Ned and Felix, everything else falls apart and Bomer hit the jackpot with Mark Ruffalo as his on-screen love interest. Like any successful coupling, Bomer and Ruffalo naturally click in their roles and make the audience not only like them together and but want them to end up together, which makes Felix’s death all the more tragic.

3. That death scene. Nothing helps you win awards than a kick ass scene where your beloved character dies and Bomer plays Felix’s final moments beautifully. Prior to this scene, when we see Felix on the subway essentially glimpsing his not so distant future, our hearts break a little. Then, when he actually dies in the hospital with Ned by his side, our heart breaks in a thousand pieces. [Video]

4. The Company. For a stellar production like ‘The Normal Heart,” Bomer not only holds his own against fellow Emmy nominees Ruffalo, Parsons, Mantello,  Molina and Julia Roberts but he stands above them without taking away any of their individual work. [Video]

5.  He’s already won! Well, he’s not won the Emmy (yet) but he did win the Critics’ Choice Award in June for his role in the film. I have a feeling he’ll need a little more room on his mantle after next week.[]


I know that I was surprised the day the nominations came out. The first thing I did after talking to Simon (Halls, Bomer’s husband) was I reached out to the entire cast, mostly via email, because everyone’s kind of working all over the world. I think everyone was really grateful and excited, but I think all of us, for the most part, were really happy that it might mean more people will watch the movie, and create some type of buzz that would maybe get someone who might not typically watch a film like this sit down and watch it.

I think we were all very excited that (everyone from the film) will get to see each other again and get to share that (Emmy) night together, you know? I love these people dearly. I want us to all be together forever. I don’t want the experience to end.

- Matt Bomer on his Emmy nomination  [X] (via thenormalheart-movie)


AwardsLine: You’ve previously talked about filming your last scene with Mark Ruffalo, when your characters get married in the hospital room shortly before your character dies. Could you take us back to before you filmed that scene and what your expectations were going into it?

Matt Bomer: Well, at that point, we were nearing the end of filming, so Mark and I had been on quite a journey together in terms of Ned and Felix’s relationship. And I came to set, and it was one of those times where I got in the hospital bed and, you just trust that the physical and emotional preparation that you put into the material will be there. And you try to really get out of your own way and let this beautiful scene that Larry Kramer had written take over. I think I’d worked with all of the actors in the room already, and so we had a great deal of trust for each other, and we started on my close up, I believe.

It was one of those moments where they call “Action” and the scene just takes over. After we were done, Mark and I sat together and cried for a good deal of time, not in any self-congratulatory way. It was about experiencing through that scene what the reality was for so many people of that generation. Some of them obviously weren’t even lucky enough to say goodbye that way. I think the situation really hit home for us and took over. Mark and I were also realizing that we were coming to the end of an experience that we both committed to for a long time, and worked with every fiber of our being, to tell as truthfully as possible.

AwardsLine: The argument scene between your characters on Fire Island also was gut-wrenching, but honest. You had lost so much weight by the time you filmed it. How hard is it to approximate that level of realness?

Bomer: That scene has been iconic for me for over 20 years. I had signed on to this film before it was an HBO project, back in 2011, so I had the material for a good deal of time. At that point in the (filming) process, I was more or less living as Felix. I was separated from my family. I did not have a lot of energy. I wasn’t feeling great. I had complete trust in Mark as my scene partner, because he’s one of those actors who makes everyone around them better, and I knew that he was going to be present for that moment.

So much of this was in my prayer every day before I came to work. This project is so much bigger than me or any of the actors involved, and it deals with a very specific part of our history, and I felt a tremendous responsibility to those individuals. And so my part every day was to get out of my own way, and just channel whatever came through me—after putting all the work into it, obviously by being available for whatever happened that was beyond me when they called “Action.”

One of the things that I love about Ned and Felix, and that was so profound, and that I learned so much from as a person, is that (the disease) did follow them down a darker path of what this illness did to people’s relationships, and the strain that it put on them… And so I wanted to embrace them more—the sort of uglier moments in the relationship—because I knew that it would hopefully at some point have payoff. After that scene, Felix realizes that he has to do the most he can with the amount of time he has left.

AwardsLine: Is approaching a movie like this, and some of these scenes, scary or just something that you have to be fearless about?

Bomer: I remember Mark and I looking at each other on the first day of filming; it was that first scene in the New York Times office. And he said, “Are you scared?” I said, “Yeah. You?” And he said, “Yeah.” I think we both knew the challenge that lay before us. And for me, a lot of people like to talk about the weight loss or the scenes that took place at the end. Some of the more difficult scenes were in the beginning, when we were establishing that relationship and creating that foundation because we had to set that up properly for the end to have any type of resonance. We were both terrified on day one.

For more go to

You’re an Emmy voter, but you can’t vote for yourself or your show. Who’s at the top of your ballot?
Ryan Murphy for directing “The Normal Heart.” Robin Wright for “House of Cards.” Matt Bomer for “The Normal Heart” and Margo Martindale for “The Americans.” And anyone in the cast of “Orange Is the New Black.” Anyone. And the show itself. Every single category for “Orange Is the New Black.” [thewrap]

“I remember Mark (Ruffalo) and I looking at each other on the first day of filming [The Normal Heart]. It was that first scene in the New York Times office. And he said “Are you scared?” I said, “Yeah, you?” And he said, “Yeah.” I think we both knew the challenge that lay before us. We were both terrified on day one." -  Matt Bomer for Awardline Emmy issue 2014 [X | X]

I remember Mark (Ruffalo) and I looking at each other on the first day of filming [The Normal Heart]. It was that first scene in the New York Times office. And he said “Are you scared?” I said, “Yeah, you?” And he said, “Yeah.” I think we both knew the challenge that lay before us. We were both terrified on day one." Matt Bomer for Awardline Emmy issue 2014 [X | X]

The play that changed Matt Bomer’s life

Access Hollywood -The Normal Heart Emmy nominations (July 11, 2014) [MF]

ET | The Normal Heart Emmy nominations (July 10, 2014)  [MF]

At first, Bomer admitted he couldn’t even grasp the gravity of an Emmy nomination.

"I couldn’t even speak for the first minute," he said. "I was overcome with gratitude, just the moment was so profound for me. I’ve been working in TV for 13 years and to have this moment, I was completely overwhelmed and had to collect myself for a bit. Simon knew firsthand how hard I worked on this role, how much we put into it, myself as an actor, and us collectively as a family. it was just really great to get to share that moment with him.

The three children Bomer shares with Halls aren’t old enough to understand what their father is doing and the walls he’s breaking down, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share in a joyous moment like this.

"I do want to share with them a moment like this because all they see is me getting skinny and having to go away [to film]," he said. “I want to make sure they know there are great moments to be shared as well. That is something I think they can understand.”

As for his husband, Bomer added, "I’m sure we’ll find a proper time to celebrate," even though he’s in Los Angeles right now. [full article at abcnews]

Matt Bomer Reacts To ‘Normal Heart’ Emmy Nomination [X]

The Normal Heart's Matt Bomer Talks 'Surreal' Emmy Nomination, Previews White Collar's 'Hitchcockian' Ending →


Matt Bomer‘s physical and emotional transformation for The Normal Heart has paid off with an Emmy nomination.

The Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie contender has some fierce competition — from his own costars! — but for Bomer, who read Larry Kramer’s play of the same name as a teenager, nothing will outshine the “magical” experience of playing gay New York Times reporter Felix Turner.

Below, the actor revels in the “unbelievable” nomination, teases White Collar‘s “Hitchcockian” series finale and reveals where the future will take him after he wraps the USA Network drama.

TVLINE | Congrats on the nomination!
It’s so beyond exciting. I’m just so grateful and overcome with excitement. It’s a surreal moment, but I’m incredibly happy that the film was acknowledged in the way it was and that so many of the people that worked so hard on it were acknowledged as well.

TVLINE | You’re up against three of your co-stars in the supporting actor category. How does that feel?
It’s great. We’re a family. We were all committed to being a part of this story. If you ever told me I’d ever even be in a category with those actors, I would have laughed at you. So the fact that I’m even in their company is unbelievable for me. I love them dearly. It’s going to be a fun night to get to celebrate together.

TVLINE | What was the most memorable text or phone call you received today?
I found out from my husband, Simon. I’m in New York filming White Collar, and he’s in LA. He’d gotten up to watch. It was just great to get to share that moment with him. I had to separate myself from my family for a long time to get to play this role. There was a lot of moments when I was weighing 130 pounds and probably not the most joyful person to be around. So it was nice to get to celebrate a really happy moment with him as well.

TVLINE | Given how long it took to get this movie made, how much relief did you feel when it was so well received, and now that it’s swimming in Emmy nominations?
Actually, when I first signed on to the film, it was a [theatrical] movie. When I found out HBO was interested, I was thrilled because they get behind their stories in such a profound way. They market them, and they really believe in the stories they tell. So that was all very exciting news. I read the play for the first time when I was 14, and it angered me and it frustrated me and it educated me. My hope was that this film would be given the biggest voice that it could so that other people, especially the younger generation, would have that experience and be able to understand this part of our history, to know why they have a lot of the rights that they have today.

TVLINE | Do you view this role and this nomination as a turning point in your career?
I feel like there’s so much synchronicity involved in this. The fact that I loved this piece for so long and that it ended up happening the way that it did, there’s just something about it that has a magical feel to it. But in terms of whether it will be pivotal, I’m not really in control of those things. All I can do is try to tell stories that I really believe in and play characters as truthfully as I can. The rest of those decisions will take care of themselves. I just hope that I’m afforded the opportunity to be able to continue to do it.

TVLINE | Does something like The Normal Heart make you want to do more films now that White Collar is wrapping up? Or do you see yourself returning to TV again?
I believe in story, and I don’t think there’s any stigma attached to any one medium anymore. I feel like a lot of the best writing is actually happening on television. So it depends on where the good stories and the good roles are. If they’re on TV and that’s where the opportunity is for me, then that’s where I’ll go. If they’re on film, then that’s where I’ll go. If they’re on stage, then that’s where I’ll go.

TVLINE | How is filming going on White Collar? Does it feel different being the last season?
Yeah. There’s this undercurrent of I don’t want to say sadness, but… What’s the French word…? We’re all having a blast working together. It’s just like old times like it’s always been, but underneath it all, we all know that we’re going to have to say goodbye. We’re all dreading that moment because we have been such a close-knit unit for six years. So it’ll be sad to say goodbye. All good things must come to an end!

TVLINE | Yes! I’m a strong believer in that when it comes to television.
It depends on where you are and where the writers are in terms of what stories they want to tell. I feel like we probably could have told some more, but those are decisions that are way above my paygrade. In the meantime, I’m just going to come to work and try to make as many great memories as I can and enjoy what’s left of our time together. I know a lot of the relationships that I’ve formed here are ones that I’ll have in my life forever.

TVLINE | Last we talked, you mentioned that you had some input into the ending. Is it full of closure? Or does it leave the door open for maybe a TV movie at some point?
I can’t say too much on that. The ending that they came up with was collaborative — I don’t want to take sole credit or anything — but it was nice that they were willing to listen to the input. … I’m not a big fan of series endings that wrap everything up into a nice bow. I love that Hitchcockian element of believing that people’s imaginations are more potent than anything you can spell out for them. The writers have done a really good job of creating an ending that leaves a lot open to interpretation. []