Welcome to Jack Falahee Web! This site aims to be your ultimate online source on all things related to actor, Jack Falahee. He currently stars as Connor Walsh in the ABC legal drama series, How to Get Away with Murder, and as Frank Stringfellow in the PBS period drama series, Mercy Street. Thank you for visiting the site, and check back soon for all the latest news, photos, media, and more on Jack.
March 22, 2017
Gallery Interviews

Jack is featured in the latest issue of FAULT magazine, and discussed the lessons he learnt from the LGBTQ community. I have added some scans into the gallery!

You’ve got an impressive resume – you’ve studied so many different acting methods, what is it about television and the screen that mean you’ve gone down that route?

When I was at NYU I was originally admitted to study musical theatre but when I started hanging out with kids who had grown up with ballet classes and vocal coaches, I quickly realised I was a bit out of my depths. If I felt that way in a class of forty students, then going to an open audition for a broadway show was going to be a nightmare; and it was and I was cut very quickly.

I went to Amsterdam and studied the experimental theatre and then Shakespeare in the States but when I got into television acting, I was really inspired by the technical side of it. I grew up enjoying movies but when I started studying it I became aware of angles, what “the shot” was and just everything that is done to make a screenplay come to life. That really fascinated me and will likely lead to me producing and directing in my future.

What period of Connor’s character resonated with you the most?

Fundamentally he and I are very competitive and also very jealous people – it’s something which I’m personally working on but I don’t think Connor is! I grew up with 3 siblings and 2 brothers who are all wildly brilliant and whilst it was a house full of love, it was also incredibly competitive so I definitely relate to Connor in that way.

When you first got the role, did you think the show would have such an impact?

Frankly, you’re not thinking about that when you’re a struggling actor; you’re thinking about getting a job so you can pay rent and survive so I never really sat down and considered I’d be spending years of my life on the project.

I’m still not over how the much of an impact the show has made and a lot of that is Connor’s character and his importance to fans. It’s emblematic of my straight privilege, but I never thought his character would be so important to the LGBTQ community. When the finale came out and Oliver proposed to Connor, seeing the Twitter reaction was so overwhelming and I was just overjoyed at how meaningful the character is to people.

What are the best lessons you’ve learnt from your fans?

100% opening my eyes to the LGBTQ struggle and I can’t stress that enough. Going into this, it was never written on the page that “Connor Walsh is a homosexual”; so when it came to the first love scene I just thought, “wow this guy is willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead” and now I know that was the heteronormativity in my mind back then that was rationalising this whole aspect of his character. It wasn’t until Pete Nowalk was like “oh no, Connor is gay” that I’ve been really trying to become a student of the history of LGBTQ rights and learning more about the struggle of those in the past and in the present day.  I asked Pete and my friends for a reading list on LGBTQ history because one of my favourite aspects about being an actor is that I’m continually having to learn about things I’ve been very uneducated on in the past. I’ve grown up with friends and family who aren’t straight white males so it was important for me  to do Connor’s character justice. The outpouring of love from the fans was so gratifying and humbling for me. Receiving messages from fans saying “Connor & Oliver helped me come out to my parents” is deeply rewarding and to be any small part of the courage needed to come out will forever be a blessing to me.

Are you comfortable with your sex symbol status?

No! Well, it depends [laughs]. I go back and forth on this, on one hand, it’s a great boost to my confidence but on the other hand, it’s a very vulnerable thing to be. Women live their lives being objectified and reduced to just their bodies every day and it is awful so I’ve been discussing it with the women close to me. I obviously can never understand how women can go through life that way but I can see a glimpse of what that experience might feel like and it’s not a nice one.

Nine times out of ten, it’s all good fun and nice things are being said but that 10% of the time when people disregard my space or my wellbeing is not okay. People tell me “that’s what you signed up for” and I really don’t think it is! I was this chubby, awkward kid and now I’m a sex symbol with the help of great makeup and lighting experts making me look a certain way on tv and magazines.

What drew you to “Mercy Street”?

It takes place during the Civil War, in Alexandria, Va., and the writers and creative team have done an incredible job of sewing together what it really was like. I play Frank Stringfellow, who was a real person. He wanted to fight for God and Virginia and his country. When we were down there, the Charleston church shooting happened, and it made me think that it’s an ongoing struggle that our country still hasn’t reckoned with.

Is working on a period piece more difficult than working on a show in the modern age?

For me, it is almost easier. You have to put on your uniform and you talk in a foreign accent and you’re on a horse and you’re shooting guns. It almost feels more real than when I get in my Prius and drive to Hollywood. Maybe because the horse does half the acting.

What’s it like working alongside Viola Davis?

She’s an idol of mine. When I was at NYU, I saw “Fences” on Broadway with her and Denzel (Washington). Flash-forward a year and a half, and I’m sitting at a table read for “How to Get Away With Murder.” You’re only as good as No. 1 on the call sheet, and she’s been a really fantastic leader.

Is it ever difficult to keep the twists and surprises a secret?

My mom is the one who really presses me for information. That’s the biggest burden I have — withholding secrets from my mother.

Source: Variety

November 14, 2015
Interviews Jack Falahee

How are you and your character similar or different in real life?
“We’re pretty dissimilar to be honest. Connor is much more put together than Jack. We’re both go-getters and work hard, but I was a pretty terrible student to be honest—not like Connor.”

Last night’s episode was pretty steamy. Do you ever watch yourself onscreen?
“I’m like getting sweaty just thinking about it. No, I don’t watch those scenes. They’re pretty awkward to shoot. You’re in front of a big group of people and there are cameras and lights, so it’s a little awkward.”

Have you become comfortable filming those scenes?
“I don’t know that it’s something you can be comfortable with. I encourage you all to have sex or simulated sex in front of fifty people and see how it feels. I don’t know if it gets better, but it’s part of the job. And Conrad [Ricamora] is a buddy of mine, and we get through it. We have a good laugh.”

What do you do afterwards?
“I’ll pretty quickly have a beer and a shot or two of whiskey to just kind of mellow out.”

How has Connor evolved from total playboy to perfect boyfriend?
“I don’t know if Connor is the perfect boyfriend. I think that Connor didn’t think he would fall for this guy, but he did and it’s changed him. He’s much more grounded now, and he has someone that depends on him and that he has to support and take care of. That can change a guy.”

Read entire interview at InStyle.com

September 17, 2015
Interviews Photos Videos

Check out The Wrap’s short interview with Jack during the cover shoot for the magazine’s Fall TV issue. I have also added 10 photos from the cover shoot into the gallery.

“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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March 30, 2015
Interviews Videos

ABC drama’s Connor Walsh talks about his gratitude for the Shondaland series, spending his break cleaning clothes and seeing his family