Jeremy Pope Shares How Pride Month Helped Him
With the release of Netflix’s Hollywood, the entire world’s eyes are on Jeremy Pope. His breakthrough role on Ryan Murphy’s show will be opening many doors for him. Recently, he shared how Pride Month and attending pride parade has helped him to stand on his own.
Two-time Tony nominee, Ryan Murphy brought him to spotlight with Netflix’s Hollywood.
In 2018, Jeremy Pope made his Broadway debut with Choir Boy where he played Pharus Jonathan Young. The very next year, he bagged another Broadway role of Eddie Kendricks in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. For his performances, he became the sixth actor to be nominated for Tony Award in two categories in the same year. It was also the time when he met Ryan Murphy who was casting for Hollywood. During their meeting, Murphy offered Jeremy Pope the role of Archie Coleman, an aspiring screenwriter.
While talking about that meeting, Pope said:
“We talked and he told me about the revisionist history aspect, and what he wanted Archie to be. I remember I asked him, ‘Are there going to be people that look like me on the other side of the table? Are there going to be people in the writer’s room, are there going to be people that are directing that are in this family?’ I hadn’t worked with Ryan so I didn’t know how he liked to work.”
Recently, Jeremy Pope shared how Pride Month has helped him find his way in life.
In the Netflix show, Hollywood, Jeremy Pope plays an openly gay screenwriter, who goes on to have a relationship with Rock Hudson. While Rock Hudson is based on the real-life actor, their relationship is fictional. In the 1940s, Hollywood was not accepting openly gay relationships. For Pope and all the LGBT community, it is important to have such representation on shows like Hollywood. While talking about his experience of attending Pride Month march three years ago, he said:
“I loved seeing everyone just out and about and recognizing the community and the power and it’s all built on love. It’s like who doesn’t want that? You just walk in the streets and hugs and high fives and rainbows and colorful things and great music.”
Furthermore, Jeremy Pope said:
“A bunch of us are all trying to get creative and find ways to still be in support just so we can feel the love because that’s one thing I walked away with when I did my first pride, was I felt so much love and support. And it helped me stand on my own. So if anything, let’s try to find a way to give that and to share that during this next month.”
After the success of Hollywood, Pope will be seen on the next season of Ryan Murphy’s Pose.