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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.

Only two episodes in and ABC’s new drama How To Get Away With Murder already has viewers buzzing…especially gay viewers.

The show comes from an out creator, Pete Nowalk (who we talked to recently), and also has an executive producer in Shonda Rhimes, known for her regular inclusion of LGBT characters in her other series, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. And the series is already providing gay law student Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) with a lot to do, whether he’s vying for the attention and praise of Professor/Lawyer Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) or bedding a computer nerd Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) for information.

But what is going on under the surface with Connor and what will we see unfold in the coming episodes? For answers, we talked to Falahee to discuss that intense bedroom crime scene reenactment with guest star Steven Weber as well as whether the actor thinks Connor might be developing sincere feelings for Oliver.

TheBacklot: When a show is just getting started you’re kind of in a little bubble until it actually starts to air. Have you felt a difference now that the show is airing?

Jack Falahee: Totally! On the 24th, the day before the premiere, Aja Naomi King, Katie [Findlay] and Karla and I, we all went out to get a bite after we wrapped. Getting a little corny, but we wanted to celebrate and toast to our last night while the show was just ours before putting it out into the universe. But it’s been really exciting sharing it with everyone.

In the beginning of the episode we do one of the flashbacks where they’re in the woods and you say, ‘stop acting like the a little bitch baby.’ How much fun did you have saying that line as many times as you probably did when shooting?

It’s amazing. I think that was actually the second line in the audition. The scene that you saw [in last week’s episode], was actually carried over from the pilot and then we went back [for episode 2] and did it with the added dialogue that you hadn’t seen. I remember being in the audition and it was such a blast coming out guns blazing in the read for the audition and saying ‘Stop acting like a little bitch baby!’ It was a lot of fun.

Maybe that’s what clinched you getting the role because you said it so well.

That’s it! Maybe that sealed the whole thing.

As we’ve seen so far in the show, Annalise has become more connected to Wes. We’re actually seeing her have a lot of scenes with him at this point. Is there a point where maybe Connor’s going to get on her radar just a little bit more?

Yeah, I think so. I think that they’re all vying for the approval of Annalise and I think that Connor– being the gunner that he is– is trying quite desperately at times to get that from her. I think moving forward we’ll definitely see that relationship unfold a little bit and whether or not he gets her approval and how that affects his relationship with the other students.

Are we going to see Connor connect with one of the other students more than the others?

Yeah, as the series progresses we see different students connect or not connect with one another in interesting ways. It’s fun in certain episodes, since we’re working for Annalise, Frank (Charlie Weber) or Bonnie (Liza Weil) are delegating tasks to us too. Sometimes we get paired off and so we’re forced to work more closely with another student.

Tell me about the scene that you had to shoot with Steven Weber where he’s basically acting out the murder in bed with Connor. I saw some people online saying Connor was getting into it but I also thought I saw some fear in his eyes. How did you actually play that scene?

Yeah, when I was prepping for the scene I sort of toyed with both. On the day, Bill D’Elia, who directed, allowed me to play with both options. We shot some where Connor’s sort of enjoying the idea of it and then others where he’s more freaked out. I think that there’s definitely this negotiation of like, ‘oh, this is sort of erotic but at the same time this is sort of demented.’ But yeah, it was definitely a really fun scene to shoot and Steven Weber knocked it out of the park.

Connor’s gotten a lot of action in just two episodes. He’s doing pretty well as far as the bedroom!

[laughs] Yeah, not bad.

Tell me about Connor’s feelings for Oliver at this point. It seems like maybe there are some feelings developing. Is Connor surprised with what he feels for this guy?

For sure. I think that initially Oliver is information and he has something that Connor needs and wants in order to do well academically, but Connor also wants something else from Oliver. In the pilot Oliver says, ‘I’m the only one that emails’ and Connor replies, ‘I want this too’ and that’s true. He wasn’t just doing it for the information. I think he actually wanted to hook up with this guy and he saw something there.

I think, like the other characters, Connor is very much a creature of appetites. He is a very sexual being, and I think that he might find himself hung up on some other emotions surrounding the relationship [with Oliver]. It kind of catches him off guard and we saw a little bit of that in episode two. I think viewers might have a fun time seeing how he navigates that going forward.

Do you think Connor is somebody that believes in love… or is capable of love?

You know, that’s interesting. I think he definitely is. In actually working on the character Pete [Nowalk] and I sat down and thought for a long time about whether or not Connor’s been in a relationship, if he’s ever been in love. He’s young and he’s obviously someone who has always been very focused academically and professionally, and I think that sometimes clouds the arena of love and relationships for some of us. And so, I think that while he might put up this façade that is resilient in just achieving his maximum professionally and academically in his career, I think people might be surprised at how he’s doing otherwise.

We found out a lot more about Wes in the second episode. Is it safe to say we’ll find out more about Connor in the coming episodes?

Yeah, definitely. The writers got to play with the idea of moving the focal point onto certain students per episode. So, while each episode deals with all of these different narratives and relationships and storylines I would say that going forward there are episodes that are maybe a little bit Michaela-heavy or Connor-heavy or Asher-heavy or Laurel-heavy so you begin to see and learn a little bit more these kids and what makes them tick and why they act the way they act.

You talked a little bit about kind of doing some work on just Connor’s relationship past. What do you know about his family life and where this guy comes from?

Yeah. We’ve definitely all been thinking about that. That was something very early on. I remember when we arrived in Philadelphia, Pete had each of us individually sit down with him and Michael Offer, the director of the pilot. You jump head first into shooting the pilot and he really wanted it to feel like it was a collaborative process in developing a little bit about the character’s backstory, to better serve us as the actors going into it. That was one thing we actually discussed— since Connor’s a young gay man, I think it’s important to consider what sort of family life he’s come from.

Pete was very firm in saying that Connor comes from a family that’s very accepting and has always accepted him for who he was. And it was a probably a family where it wasn’t necessary for Connor to come out. That’s my take on it, but I think that he definitely comes from a supportive family, an affluent family, a successful family, an academic family. But, yeah, that’s something that’s been considered, and it would be very cool to me to see the Walshes pop up here or there.

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