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September 11, 2015
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The guys of How to Get Away with Murder is featured in the October 2015 issue of Glamour USA. I have added 1 scan and 1 separate outtake to the gallery.

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“I was nervous… It was my first time on a big set, on a network show.. She just said to me, ‘Hey look, less is more. You don’t wanna blow your load too early in the scene,’” the actor tells TheWrap of shooting his first episode with Davis

Jack Falahee entered the first season of “How to Get Away With Murder” with a resume that leaned toward indie movies and teen dramas–but 15 jawdropping episodes of the Shonda Rhimes and Pete Nowalk drama with more than a few steamy scenes later, he’s made his mark as Connor Walsh, a ruthless, duplicitous gay law student interning at Viola Davis‘ firm.

“Going into this, I was just thinking of the work and I didn’t think of it as so groundbreaking,” Falahee told TheWrap. “But seeing the response on Twitter, Instagram, social, and people coming up to me, it’s struck me right between the eyes how important this is. It’s 2015–it’s time for inclusive content.”

What was your favorite buzzy line from “How to Get Away With Murder?”
I think mine that we would all joke around with on set was the line that Connor says in the pilot when he tells Michaela (Aja Naomi King) to “stop acting like a little bitch baby.” I think that’s a pretty great piece of writing.

Connor has been a trailblazing role in terms of being one of the first really strong gay male characters on broadcast TV that also actually has a sex life on-screen. And now “Empire” followed suit as another broadcast TV show with a very strong gay male character. So with all the attention the role has brought to you, do you feel a bigger responsibility as Jack Falahee the actor?
I think that you know at the end of the day, going on to set everyday, I was just striving to do my best work and bring to life this character that Pete Nowalk so beautifully crafted. Really, it’s his doing and his words that are sort of jumping off the page and I think resonating with so many people inside and outside of the LGBTQ community. I think that yeah, there has to be a feeling of like a little bit of responsibility just because, well, I was going into it just approaching the work. I didn’t really think–maybe naively so–I didn’t really think that it was so groundbreaking. Maybe that’s because I don’t watch television or own a television, but just seeing and hearing the response on Twitter, Instagram on social and people coming up to me at restaurants after even just the pilot, it sort of struck me right between the eyes how important this is and to continue the dialogue and like you said, like “Empire” has similar characters and it’s becoming more inclusive on television. It’s 2015–it’s time for us to have inclusive content, you know even with trans characters beginning to show up on “Orange is the New Black” and “Transparent.” It’s time for equal representation and I think Pete and Shonda have for years– it hasn’t really been an agenda, it’s just been a fact that these people exist and should be shown on television.
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“How To Get Away With Murder” wrapped up its first season with a killer twist Thursday night, and a killer confirmation — the series will be returning for Season 2.

Though ABC has not officially announced the renewal, the promo following the freshman finale revealed a new season will debut this fall (watch above).

“Thank god we’ll be back with a whole new season of insanity,” the end-of-episode promo teased.

Creator Pete Norwalk also tweeted that Season 2 is awaiting, complete with a hashtag, after the first season finale aired on the west coast.

It’s no surprise “HTGAWM” will be returning — the Shondaland drama is one of the highest rated new series of the season, only behind Fox’s “Empire,” and ranks as the top-rated 10 p.m. drama in the 18-49 demo.

Plus, Viola Davis, who won the SAG Award for her portrayal as Prof. Annalise Keating, teased a second season on social media earlier this year.

“Onto SEASON 2 BABY!!!!!” the SAG winner tweeted.

ABC declined to comment.


February 04, 2015
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Jack is featured in OUT magazine’s latest issue. I have added his photoshoot from the issue to the gallery! You can read his full interview below!

It all started with ass licking.

“I sort of jumped head first into it,” Jack Falahee says, “or was thrown, I should say.”

On the buzzy new show from TV’s most powerful producer, Falahee was “the gay one.” Two of the ensemble cast’s young law students were played by white guys, and he was the one you didn’t recognize from Orange Is the New Black (the other actor was Matt McGorry).

That’s no knock on his acting — from his first scene, Falahee’s feral charisma is captivating and chilling in equal measure — but initially it seemed like How to Get Away With Murder was simply following Shonda Rhimes’s standard, though admittedly groundbreaking, diversity script. And, anyway, who could see past Viola Davis’s powerhouse performance as the professor-mastermind, Annalise Keating?

And then.

In the debut episode, Falahee’s character, Connor Walsh, charms Oliver, an IT guy whose hacking expertise Connor needs to help Keating win her case. But Connor doesn’t stop once he’s got the intel in hand.

“Turn over,” he tells Oliver, and then runs his mouth all the way down Oliver’s spine.

Hit rewind. Reload that GIF. Send that spazzy tweet, making sure everyone else saw it. That’s what even the most jaded gay viewer I know did.

Sixteen years ago, the original, British Queer as Folk ruffled a few feathers when its premiere on publicly owned Channel 4 featured an even more explicit rimming scene (the devirginization of an underage teen played by Charlie Hunnam, no less). It was soon repeated on Showtime’s version. But on American network TV, in prime time? No one had gone there. Three episodes later, in case you had missed the headlines, they did it again. The object of Connor’s seduction that week was a cute executive assistant, ravaged on the floor of a copy room. A recording device planted on the dazed assistant captured the tryst recap he later offered to an accomplice: “And he did this thing to my ass that made my eyes water.”

One unamused viewer unleashed a firestorm, by tweeting at Rhimes that the show’s “gay scenes” were “too much.” Rhimes — who has more than 800,000 followers — replied forcefully, “There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.” For clarification, she added: “If u use the phrase ‘gay scenes,’ u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia.”

“Maybe I’m naive,” Falahee says, “but I was actually a little surprised.”

Falahee doesn’t own a TV, still borrows his parents’ HBO Go password, and uses his brother’s Netflix account to watch cable shows, which might explain some of his bewilderment at becoming the new poster boy for on-screen gay sex in mainstream media. “I’m glad that it is a big deal — it’s a huge deal — but you don’t think about that when you go to work. On Monday, I have to go and do a bunch of scenes, and I’m thinking about my actions and my goals and objectives — not I’m going to go make a difference.”

The series’ easy, explicit, and egalitarian writing shouldn’t come as much of a surprise — while Rhimes’s Shondaland production company is behind Murder, its creator and showrunner, Peter Nowalk, is himself gay. “I’m hoping it feels messy in the way that life is messy,” Nowalk says. “The fact that we’ve had some gay sex on the show has gotten more attention than any of us expected. For me it’s just equal opportunity.”
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January 29, 2015
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If the first half of How to Get Away With Murder‘s freshman season left you in a state of shock and “aww hell no!,” you should probably brace for more of the same in its final six-episode run (kicking off tonight, 10/9c on ABC).

“It’s this never-ending balancing act — that’s why the writing is so good,” says Jack Falahee, who plays snarky, promiscuous law student Connor. “It’s in that space between absurdity and reality, that line between manic-ness and togetherness.”

We caught up with Falahee — along with co-stars Liza Weil, Aja Naomi King, Alfred Enoch, Charlie Weber and Matt McGorry — to get some teases about how the investigation into Sam Keating’s murder/corpse disposal will play out. We also asked them to consider whether some of the show’s unlikely couples have a chance of a happy ending.

Jack Falahee (“Connor”)
When last we saw Connor, he was spinning a tall tale to ex-love Oliver about being a relapsed drug addict — in order to explain his unhinged behavior on Murder Night. “It’s a pretty big lie. It was very bold of Connor,” says Falahee. “That’s the intriguing part of the second half of Season 1. The writers did a really magnificent job of constructing this web of white lies surrounding the murder plot: How can you maintain the charade of everyday life when you’ve hacked up someone’s charred remains?” Falahee adds that Connor will put a level of commitment into maintaining his addiction alibi, adding, “maybe that lie isn’t that far-fetched for Connor.”


January 29, 2015
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It wasn’t so long ago that Jack Falahee was working as a cater-waiter in New York before he moved to Los Angeles and scored a role as law student Connor Walsh on ABC’s fall breakout drama How to Get Away With Murder. If that wasn’t enough, Falahee in particular has received a lot of attention for his mischievous good looks and steamy gay sex scenes. Vulture caught up with Falahee before he went on set to shoot the final episode of the season. We talked about his favorite scene so far, what we can expect after the hiatus, and his favorite cartoon at the moment.

Viola Davis won the SAG award for Best Actress in a Drama. Are you guys going to be doing anything to celebrate her win?
That was amazing, huh? I hope so. I’m sure the producers have something up their sleeves. We finish the first season tomorrow and we’re having a big wrap party, so it’ll be celebratory as-is.

What’s it like working with her?
She’s been around. She knows what’s up. Even though it’s the first time she’s been No. 1 on the call sheet, she leads so naturally and gracefully. That has been a huge part of the success on set and all of us bringing our best work. The bar is just set so high. And Viola is the first to have a jag at herself for flubbing a line. She keeps it light, which is important because we’re dealing typically with pretty heavy story lines. We have a happy, healthy set, which I’m very thankful for.

You seem really close with the rest of your castmates, too.
We all get along extremely well, which shocks me, to be honest. You get a bunch of actors in the room and you figure a few of them have to be assholes. But I think it’s a testament to Shonda [Rhimes] and Pete [Nowalk]. They flew us out a week early to Philadelphia to shoot the pilot just so all of us youngsters could hang out and get to know each other. From day one, we were romping around the streets of Philadelphia and just having slumber parties with cartons of ice cream.

You’ve mentioned that Connor is someone who uses his mind and his groin but not really his heart. I was hoping you could elaborate on that a little more.
I was talking to a buddy around pilot season last year, about things we quickly do for character work with the little amount of time we have. He said he breaks characters down into the groin, heart, and brain, and that that creates an easy vantage point to unpack the character in an accessible way. I began to approach Connor from this place of the brain and groin, but obviously, as the season has progressed and more has been written about Connor, I’ve come to learn who he is beyond that. So that’s always changing. It’s not to say that Connor doesn’t have a heart or act from that place, but yeah, it was definitely a jumping-off point for me.

Oliver seems like he’s trying to get Connor to use his heart, but he’s not used to doing that. Do you know if we’ll see more of Oliver in the second half?
We might. Obviously, Connor went to Oliver’s place that night, and pedals back, saying that he’s an addict. So we definitely do see them work through that moment, to say the least.

Were there moments during the night of the murder that you thought, Why didn’t Connor just leave?
There were often times where I would wonder why Connor isn’t calling a lawyer or why isn’t he out the door. But I think that Connor also knows at a certain point in the night that he’s been implemented enough that the other students could potentially throw him under the bus. There is this fear that leads to solidarity, and that’s something that the second half of the season explores — how involved each of them are emotionally and legally. How far have these kids dug themselves into their own graves, so to speak. So that definitely flashed across my mind, but there was a point of no return where Connor’s just like, All right, well, I’m part of this now.
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January 29, 2015
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Okay, How To Get Away With Murder fanatics. To quote out law student Connor Walsh, stop being a little bitch baby, because your wait is over — the addictive drama is finally back tonight!

When we last left our group of law students and their teacher/mentor, played by SAG Award winner Viola Davis, we finally caught up to murder night where Annalise Keating’s husband was killed and were left with suspicions that she might have had something to do with it.

In tonight’s episode, we pick up the next morning after the event and we finally discover what the hell happens next.

Of course, one of our favorite characters on the show is gay law student Connor Walsh, played by Jack Falahee. Compared to the other characters on the show, he saw a whole lot of very physical, very revealing action in the first half of the show’s freshman season. Connor was cocky and sexually active in a way that was groundbreaking for a gay character on a broadcast network. However, murder night also brought us a very unsettled and shaken Connor, proving that the sexually magnetic character has many layers– and that Falahee is not a one note kind of actor.

Will the usually confident and self-assured Connor keep it together as the group tries to get away with murder? Is he going to crack and confess all to Oliver (Conrad Ricamora)? Oliver, who started out as merely a way to get information for Connor but later became someone he might be actually be falling for. And how is Falahee dealing with all the attention the show has brought to him?

We talked to the actor earlier this month at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour for all those answers and more.

The Backlot: How would you tease these next episodes we’re going to see, because we know where we left off, Connor was emotionally fragile.

Jack Falahee: Man, it’s going to be really exciting to watch. I feel like the writers have really found their stride at this point in the season. It has been exhilarating to act and perform a lot of these scenes. But, yeah, it picks up right after the murder and sort of launches us right into the aftermath. And a big thing that Pete [Nowalk, the series’ out creator] and the writers explore is how being intertwined in this murder plot affects the relationships between these characters.

So you see a lot of characters coming together, a lot of characters moving apart, alliances being formed, enemies being made. We explore how much Annalise knows about the murder, and Bonnie and Asher have to deal with the consequences of sleeping with one another. Just a lot going on.

Is Connor leaning on anybody, because Oliver’s in his life, but he’s also lied to Oliver. So is he trusting anybody?

JF: Yeah, he is and I think that it’s maybe people we don’t expect. That’s sort of the beauty of it. I think that these characters have transformed so much in the first nine episodes and when the stakes are as high as having committed a murder, there’s really no telling who people turn to in these moments of weakness. We do see at the end of [episode] nine, these characters go to different people’s houses and sort of lean on their significant others. And whether or not any of that withstands the test of time, we’ll see.

Is everybody still vying to be Annalise’s pet, or does that kind of get put aside? I mean, everyone is still in law school.

JF: Right, and I think that’s a huge component of the season is the fact that we are still in school, and that to me has been something that is really interesting to explore from a character standpoint — how do you maintain any sort of facade of your normal life and day to day, given the circumstances? And so, going to class, going to court and working for Annalise becomes difficult.

How would you characterize the relationship with Oliver, moving forward?

JF: I characterize it as complicated.

But we do see them, right? Oliver is around?

JF: We do see Oliver, yeah. Conrad is unbelievable. He’s doing The King and I in New York, so I’m trying to go out and see him in that.
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