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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.

Jack spoke with Hollywood Life and talked about the Oban Whisky campaign and discussed the upcoming season finale of How to Get Away with Murder, describing it as “shocking and sad.”

When it comes to How To Get Away With Murder, you never know what’s going to happen. When it comes to premieres and finales, fans always have to brace themselves. HTGAWM doesn’t mess around. The season 5 finale will air Feb. 28, and HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Jack Falaheeabout what’s ahead and his hopes for season 6, as well as his partnership with Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Jack couldn’t say much about the season 5 finale, but he did tease: “It was a really difficult episode for us to film as a cast, and it’s really shocking and sad, too.”

The show hasn’t been renewed for season 6 yet, but ABC won’t announce the majority of their renewals until May 2019. Connor and Oliver recently got married, and Jack has an idea for a honeymoon. “I’ve been pitching aggressively that the sixth season should start with Connor and Oliver yachting off the coast of Greece, just so they have to fly me to Greece and put me on a yacht for a while. I think that’d be great. The fans would love it,” he said. Hey, we’re here for it. He also has other hopes for a potential season 6.

“Aside from yachting off the coast of Greece, I shadowed one of the directors on set because I would like to direct in the future,” Jack continued. “Whether or not that happens next season remains to be seen, but while I was shadowing I learned a lot about all the ingredients that go into making an episode, and we as a cast, because we don’t know what the endgame is, we always come up with our own ideas. While I was shadowing, I was talking to one of the writers and they liked some of the ideas, so when I go back to L.A. I’m actually meeting to pitch some things because I think there are some crazy twists and turns, and obviously they are working on that, but I’ve come up with some of my own that I think are good. So hopefully some of that gets thrown in there. But I think that it’s going be, especially with how the season ends, it’s going be interesting to see how folks recover.”

This season introduced Gabriel Maddox, and the winter finale revealed that he’s actually the son of Annalise’s late husband, Sam Keating. The Keating 4 has been hesitant to trust Gabriel, especially Connor. “Connor realizes he has this real thing now in his marriage to Oliver, and it’s a good thing,” Jack told HollywoodLife. “When he sees someone on the outside that might threaten that life that they’ve finally created together, I think he gets really protective and gets kind of almost alpha in the back couple episodes with the Keating students and trying to dissuade them from trusting Gabriel here and there.Rome Flynn has done just such a good job with Gabriel, and it’s definitely added a different dynamic, which is cool.”

In addition to HTGAWM, Jack has partnered with Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which recently launched “It’s Pronounced OH-Bin” campaign. The partnership means a lot to him because of his special connection with whisky. Jack explained: “I have been a fan of scotch for quite some time. When I was younger I would always watch my grandpa who recently passed. He was a fan, and he’d have one every now and then around the holidays. And I’d always go up and smell it and was very curious, even though I thought it smelled terrible. Now I love the smell. And when I finally was of age, I think it was Christmas, and he had a bottle that he’d been hanging onto for a long time. And he poured me a glass and just had a nice little conversation and sat there in silence, too. That was my first memory, and then when I lived in New York I was actually bartending to help pay my way through acting school and that’s when I became much more educated about scotch and single-malts, specifically. Coincidentally, Oban quickly became one of my favorites. So when they came to me with the partnership, it just made total sense for me as someone who enjoys it and has a relationship with Oban.”

February 14, 2019
Interviews Oban

Jack spoke with Haute Living and discussed the new Oban Scotch campaign.

How did your partnership with Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky come about? Did they approach you because you have a hard-to-pronounce name or did they feel your character on HTGAWM gelled with their brand?
I’ve been a fan of Oban for many years, so it made perfect sense when the brand approached me with the campaign idea. I couldn’t say no since, like Oban, people have always struggled to pronounce my last name. I understand the frustrations and love the sarcasm and humor in the videos. At the end of the day, what we’re really trying to do is get people to enjoy this incredibly good, craft Scotch whisky.”

In your opinion, when is the best occasion to drink Scotch? How do you enjoy it?
I personally love to drink Scotch around the holidays. My Grandfather is the reason I started drinking Scotch, so I’ve come to really love its character. Oban 14 Year Old and Oban 18 Year Old are my absolute favorites. They each have such particular flavors, so I like to drink them both neat to fully appreciate the taste, but I’d never say no to a single malt cocktail!

What is a secret to drinking Scotch that you’ve learned through working with Oban?
The best part about Scotch is that it really does have versatility – which a lot of people might not realize. You can enjoy it neat at home alone, or in a cocktail with friends – there is no one way to drink it. That’s why I’m so excited for this campaign, to help more spirits drinkers enjoy what Oban has to offer.

If you could drink a glass of Oban with anyone, who would it be and why?
Hands down Hemingway. I’d love to have a glass while he reads “A Farewell To Arms” aloud to me.

If you could drink Oban anywhere in the world, at any hotel or any locale, any restaurant, where would it be and why?
I love going on long solo backpacking trips. Scotland has been on my list for a long time. I’m dying to draft an itinerary where I hike around Scotland and end at the Oban distillery. That’s a dream.

Tell us about your first experience drinking Scotch.
The first time I had scotch was with my grandpa. When I was of age he poured me my first glass and we sat in silence as we enjoyed a fine scotch. It was a fine experience and I hold it dear.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from working with Shonda Rhimes on HTGAWM?
The greatest takeaway from working with Shonda has been that hard work pays off. Shonda is talented and driven but from what I’ve learned is that above all else she is driven. When she wants to do something she gets it done. I admire and respect that, and hope to emulate that.

February 07, 2019
Interviews Oban Videos

Jack has teamed up with Oban for their Single Malt Whisky campaign. Check out a short interview below, and some videos of Jack for the campaign on the Oban Facebook page.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtjEI1ihND4/

FORBES: What got you into whisky?
‘I’ve always been a fan of whisky – particularly single malt Scotch. Growing up, my Grandfather enjoyed the occasional Scotch, and when I was finally old enough, I would have one with him around the holidays. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I definitely have an appreciation for the quality, depth of flavor and character in Scotch, so it is my spirit of choice.’

How do you plan to celebrate International Scotch Day?
‘I plan to celebrate International Scotch Day with a few friends over a glass of Oban! Whenever I have folks over, I enjoy serving drinks and mixing cocktails. I’d say that I definitely know my way around the bar after spending a few years bartending in New York. Growing up in a big Italian family taught me to appreciate the holidays as a time to catch up with family and friends. So, I’ll be doing just that, hosting some friends and catching up over a bottle of Scotch.’

Tell me about your favorite whisky, way of drinking, and overall experience.
‘That’s an easy one. In all seriousness, my favorite whisky is Oban. I do enjoy some blended whiskies and bourbon, but if we are talking about single malts, I particularly love Oban 14-Year-Old since it has this rich sweetness with a smoky, dryness and an incredibly smooth finish. The Oban 18-Year-Old is great too. I enjoy it neat but love that there are so many ways to enjoy whisky. It doesn’t need to be just neat or on the rocks while you are sitting at home. There are some cool craft cocktails made with single malts – whisky definitely has become more social, and I love that.’

Tell me about the “It’s Pronounced OH-bin” campaign, any fun facts or mishaps?
‘The “It’s Pronounced OH-bin” campaign has been awesome – I was so excited to partner with Oban for this, especially since I have been a fan of the brand for so many years. The campaign was inspired by the common mispronunciation of the brand’s name and that is something that I easily relate to. For some reason, my last name always seems to confuse people – and still does. So, when I was approached about the campaign, I laughed and was really excited to do this. The videos are meant to be playful and poke fun at some of the insanely complicated names of single malts that you see in the store. At the end of it all, it is really just about enjoying incredibly, good whisky. I also give people a fun “education” on the side.’

What are some great memories or learning experience working alongside your castmates, like Viola Davis?
I’m very fortunate to be working with a group of outstanding actors. From day one I’ve been motivated and challenged by their talent and professionalism. I truly learn something new each and every day on set.

What’s next for you?
Outside of the show, I’ve been working on a big music project with my best friend Tim Wu (aka Elephante). We’ve been working hard on making it something unique and can’t wait to share it with everyone.

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.