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Scott Bakula says surviving AIDS epidemic is why his Looking character is so matter-of-fact about life

Scott Bakula says surviving AIDS epidemic is why his Looking character is so matter-of-fact about life

If Scott Bakula looks a bit tired in his scenes on HBO’s Looking this season, he’s got a good reason.

The 60-year-old actor juggled the shooting of his scenes with the filming of his new CBS hit series NCIS: New Orleans.

He tells tells xfinity.com: ‘It was fun in terms of energetically [but] it was a nightmare because I was shooting here in New Orleans late on a Friday night until two in the morning or whatever and then getting up at six, taking two flights to get to San Francisco and then shooting until two in the morning on Saturday morning, and then getting two flights back on Sunday and be back to work on Monday. So that was a challenge.’

But he feels it has been worth it to be able to play the role of Lynn, an entrepreneur involved with the decades younger Dom (Murray Bartlett).

Bakula describes Lynn as a ‘survivor’ who he has been honored to play.

‘He was there when the AIDS crisis began. He lost his friends. He lost the love of his life basically,’ the actor explains. ‘He became, I think, relatively pragmatic about life and kind of matter-of-fact about it, and I think he gave and gave and gave a lot of his soul energy away.

‘I think he saw something in Murray’s character, in Dom, that reminded him of the past, of his real, true love and at the same time, there’s a part of him that can only go so far anymore, if that makes sense.

‘It’s not that he’s dead inside. He’s still got a lot of passion and a lot of life, but he’s mature, and he’s seen a lot, and a lot of what he’s seen wasn’t good and yet, that community that went through that and survived that time and stood proud and strong and tall and held people as they died and all of those things, they’re amazing, amazing people. I think of him in that light, and it was an honor to get to play someone like him.’