Darryl Stephens talks to Gay Star News about new show DTLA which debuts this week

Actor is leaving Noah's Arc image behind with new Logo series

Darryl Stephens talks to Gay Star News about new show DTLA which debuts this week
23 October 2012

Darryl Stephens has had memorable roles in such films as Boy Culture and Another Gay Movie.

But everyone remembers him mostly from Noah’s Arc.

That’s been a good thing and a bad thing for the actor who played the title role of screenwriter Noah Nicholson in the TV series that ran on Logo for two seasons followed by the feature film Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom.

While the franchise made him known and helped him build a fan base, people assumed he was Noah who was a bit effeminate and eccentric. Stephens, who is openly gay, believes both fans and casting directors saw him as his onscreen alter-ego.

‘So many people walk up to me and are surprised that I’m not Noah,’ the actor tells Gay Star News. ‘It’s due time to show them another side of what Darryl Stephens can do.’

That’s why Stephens is so excited about the new series DTLA which premieres Wednesday (24 October) on Logo, the Viacom-owned cable network which is also home to RuPaul’s Drag Race and other LGBT-friendly fare.

‘It’s exciting to be back on Logo because people who are familiar with me on Logo get to see what else I can do,’ the actor says.

The show, on which Stephens is an executive producer, focuses on a group of multi-ethnic friends, gay and straight, who live in the area of Downtown Los Angeles.

His character is an attorney who begins the series in a difficult period with his boyfriend with whom he lives in an downtown apartment they are trying to sell.

Since Noah’s Arc, Stephens has done guest spots on such TV series as Private Practice, Ringer, Two and a Half Men and Desperate Housewives.

But Stephens pleased to be able to be playing a complex character who he gets to explore in a series.

‘This is a great next step in my acting career,’ he says.

After the series pilot airs, seven more half hour episodes of DTLA will air on Logo in subsequent Wednesday nights.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Why gay men and straight women are best friends, study reveals

Researchers from Texas Christian University suggests the reason why gays and gals connect is because they are not after the same guy
No thumbnail available

Are Indian gay men obsessed with sex?

Sluts or social pariahs searching for something more?
No thumbnail available

Masking anti-gay bigotry as ‘religious freedom’ is just gutless

A gay dad examines the religious people who have refused wedding services to gay couples and why their attitude actually goes against the Bible
No thumbnail available

Anderson Cooper didn't like Joan Rivers as a kid because she made fun of his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt

Says CNN anchor: 'As an adult when I got to know her I came to actually like her and appreciate her'
No thumbnail available

Armed police raid 'gay' play premiere in Uganda

Red carpet performance of a new play in Kampala forced to close by police before end of show
No thumbnail available

My gay Brooklyn: Joseph Pedro on America's hippest borough

The Passport Magazine associate editor on his Brooklyn stomping ground – specifically the edgy neighborhood of Bushwick – a cultural melting pot, home to New York's biggest drag event and its first porn film festival...
No thumbnail available

Lucky Charms reveals gay rights campaign for Pride

Fans are using the hashtag, #LuckyToBe, to express who they are and why that identity makes them lucky
No thumbnail available

British gay couple win right to raise twins after surrogate disappears

The British gay couple won the right to father twin boys after the anonymous surrogate Indian woman disappeared without giving her formal consent
No thumbnail available

Mugabe may be visiting New Zealand

Reports that anti-gay Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe may be visiting New Zealand for a private speaking engagement, protest planned
No thumbnail available

Malta now has one of the best trans and intersex laws in the world

'To say this is groundbreaking is an understatement'