Where is you
favorite place to disappear to? Where do you go to recharge your
Costa Rica. Iím an ocean
guy. I always feel like the ocean is what restores my soul quicker than
anything else. I fantasize when things get stressful here that when Iím
done, I will cash in, [clears his throat], and go live in a hut on the
beach in Nicaragua or Costa Rica. Then I can raise my toe-headed little
beach bum kids on the sand and teach them to surf.
What is under
your bed right now?
I know about feng
shui, though Iím not very good about it. I do know youíre
not supposed to keep stuff under your bed. But I think there is still an
old roll of Christmas wrapping that never got put away and is still under
Out of the many
people you have worked with thus far, is there one in particular who
stands out who impressed you orinspired you the most?
A literature teacher in
high school named James Cross. At a time when I really needed to hear it,
he taught me more than anybody in my whole life. He told me that my own
job was to go inside myself and find out what God had put there and bring
it out at whatever cost. And I learned that in a Catholic High School,
which isnít a place youíd expect me to get it.
Any tattoos? Any
Four tattoos. [He shows
them, which includes one directly above his butt]. Iíve had my tongue
pierced, my ears pierced all over the place, my eyebrow, my navel, and I
have none of them now. They were fun for a little while and then theyíre
not. The tattoos are important to me, as they are symbolic of specific
periods of my life.
Name one of your
Smoking, though I donít
smoke all the time. Also, I donít cut my fingernails enough. They grow too
fast, so Iím always gnawing and picking at them.
What are you most
My twin sister. Iím not
sure why that popped into my head, but Iím proud of her. Iím proud of my
whole family. Weíre all close now.
Tell me something
your fans may not know about you
For better or worse, Iím
a pretty open book. When Iím going on TV and they announce, ďChad Allen ,
actor and activist,Ē I sortía get annoyed with that because I donít
understand what that means. Why am I an activist? Except to say that I
answer truthfully when Iím asked a question. Other than that I donít feel
like Iíve done much more than anybody would do. I just donít live well not
telling the truth, so I tell the truth. [He laughs.]
sentence. The best thing about being famous is...
I guess access. Access to
an audience, in a way, to people who want to listen what you have to say.
A dear friend of mine and I were talking about what Iíve been walking
through recently with the Christian Right. He felt a bit jealous because
he doesnít have an access; no one really cares about what he has to say
because he works in a tanning salon. I take being famous as a
responsibility. So I listen to what he has to say, and I realize that I
become a mouthpiece for him and for so many people that wanna have access
to a larger group who truly have something to say from their heart. I have
A TAD OF CHAD
Chad tags his favorite things.
Name: Jeremy [his
Clothing to wear:
TV sitcom: Square
Movie of all time:
The Dead Poetís Society
Food: Momís spaghetti
City: Seattle in the
Classic actor: James
Contemporary actor: Ian
Classic actress: Myrna
Moment: When I realized
that I could stay sober
Physical asset above the waist :
My goofy grin
Physical asset below the waist:
iPod artist: Lightnin'
In a few words, Chad describes
his experience with these people who have touched his life
Carroll OíConnor: Thank
Jane Seymour: Mom
Helen Hunt: Sex [my
first on-screen love scene. I was sixteen]
Jennifer Aniston: My
screwed-up summer vacation [referring to the film he made in 1990,
Camp Cucamonga]. This is the kind of goofy child I was. I wanted to
go to Catalina Island Marine Institute, where I could study oceanography
for the summer and there was only a year that I was eligible to do it. I
was all set to go and so excited then I got the damn movie. It was fun,
but it wasnít my summer camp!
Wilfred Brimley: Two
words come to mind for Wilfred: Grandpa and snow ski. Because we used to
go to his ranch in Utah all the time in winter and snow ski.
Gratitude. When I was outed, she called me at home and said, ĎThis is
Rosie OíDonnell.í And I thought someone was playing a trick on me. She
continued, ĎI saw The Globe, it happened to me, and I understand. Donít
you worry, youíre gonna be just fine. Why donít you come on my show and we
wonít talk about that? Weíll just talk about stuff.í And I thought that
was so loving, and I was so grateful for that. It showed me the kind of
role model I want to be.
Greg Louganis: My
friend, a good friend. Heís my TeddyBear. Greg is a man with a beautiful
heart. But those silly dogsÖ.[he laughs]
Bruce Vilanch: [He
giggles] I get a big smile when I think of him. Not just because heís so
damn funny, but because heís such a good friend. I love him so much. The
first interview I did to out myself was for The Advocate and I
asked that Bruce be the writer, and he did it. I felt safe with him.
David Duchovny: The way
Judith Light: My soul
mate. Weíre family.
Robert Gant: Ah, my
He names one word to describe
himself: [In two beats he responds] Blessed
You can help Chad spin faster in the
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interviewed actress Lisa Edelstein for the May issue.