Hunky actor Colin Ferguson guest stars on the Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced this week (16 January) and a man dating the now gay ex-husband of Drescher’s character.
Ferguson, best known for his run as the lead in the series Eureka, has never shied away from gay roles including one of his earlier parts in the cult classic independent flick The Opposite of Sex. He was also one of the stars of the gay-themed miniseries More Tales of the City.
Ferguson tells Out.com that he had ‘no fears’ about being typecast but admits: ‘[You tell yourself,] ‘Oh, I hope I get to do something different soon.’ I believe the industry will put you where you belong. So I didn’t have a fear about doing damage to my career.’
His good looks and talent helped him to develop a loyal gay following.
‘I found the gay community to be really, really supportive and welcoming, and so friendly,’ he says. ‘You bump into people in the airport and they say, “I saw you in More Tales, and that series means so much to me. Thank you so much.” It’s so humbling to be thanked for something that you wanted to do.’
‘There’s definitely an interest,’ he adds. ‘I don’t know if I’d call it a following. [Laughs]’
There is a possibility that he may do a second guest spot on Happily Divorced as the boyfriend of John Michael Higgins who plays Drescher’s ex.
‘I would never hunt out a role specifically for its orientation, it’s more about who I get to work with or what the role is than anything else,’ Ferguson says. ‘Working with John and Fran is just…and Rita Moreno (who plays Drescher’s mother) is on the show, it’s like, ‘ARE YOU KIDDING?’ Yeah, I want to spend a week with those guys.’