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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 Falahee left the post-grad New York struggle behind and found much love in Shondaland as Connor, the sexed-up shady student on How to Get Away With Murder. Cosmopolitan.com talked to him earlier today about his role in TV’s sexual revolution, developing complex characters, and what he hopes to do next.

I don’t dislike Connor, but I don’t trust him. And he’s utterly charming, but sometimes I really want to punch him.
I think there’s a lot of truth to that; I think that he’s morally ambiguous at times, as we all are. I think, too, that we’ve just sort of scratched the surface with these characters. It’s such a huge ensemble cast. You’re meeting people for the first time and getting to know what they’re like … You compartmentalize them and stereotype them, and I think that viewers may think things about Connor and make judgments about him, but I would urge people to, with all of the characters, be open to the possibility that maybe we’re going to learn a lot more about them that will then influence what we think of them as people.

People are commenting that Connor, specifically, is “the face of TV’s sexual revolution,” and Shonda Rhimes has gone on record as saying there are no gay sex scenes, just sex scenes with people in them. What is your take?
I agree. He’s a guy that enjoys having sex and has a lot of it. If you look at Asher [played by Matt McGorry] on the show, he speaks about sex almost constantly, and there’s almost no dialogue about that — it’s just accepted and it’s heteronormative and that’s the society that we live in. It’s interesting and exciting for me to hear people talking about it; that’s sort of the point of entertainment in a way, to spark conversation. I don’t think it’s ever been the objective or the mission for Pete [Nowalk, show creator] or Shonda [Rhimes, executive producer] to spark this dialogue, but it’s just a byproduct of them showing truthful, real people on television. It’s refreshing.

I’m a Midwest boy that went to NYU, in an arts department surrounded by all different kinds of people that identified every which way. It was something that I never thought about growing up, and then when I was surrounded by it, it was there, and it was happening, and it was real. So I said, “Oh! OK.” And I think that not everyone is exposed to that.

You just graduated three years ago and you’re very transparent about how difficult it is to break into acting; what were your three years like between graduating from NYU and landing this job?
My story is pretty similar to a lot of post-grad drama students and artists that are pursuing a career in this industry — filled with waiting tables, late catering shifts, a lot of pouring drinks behind the bar, missing auditions because I couldn’t get someone to cover my shift at the restaurant, and hopping around from job to job, just trying to get by in New York and pay rent.

That is real.
It is very, very real! I read a great article about New York and why the writer was glad she left New York at 24, which is coincidentally right when I left New York. I related on a deep level with the author of that article in that I felt like New York was kind of slowly killing me in a way. It’s a hard place. I think she says in the article that the old saying is that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, and she sort of argues that if you can make it anywhere, why not just go make it anywhere?

A lot of people like to attribute that hardship to character building and something positive, but that’s not always true.
There’s a total romanticization of the city, where you think of Patti Smith and living in Alphabet City and writing poetry and becoming this artist. And I’m like, Welllll … maybe not.

It’s more like, “Oh, someone is definitely going to spit on me today.”
Exactly! Or sweating on subway cars and stressing about restaurant shifts.

Were you a good bartender and server, or were you just like, “I don’t care, this is not what I want to do with my life”?
It was tough. I was not a great bartender, but I did OK. I wasn’t great at being efficient behind the bar, but I was pretty great at talking to people. I was a pretty good waiter. It was painstaking to get me to care about the clientele of some of these places I was working at.

Back to Connor: He is kind of going off the rails lately.
Yeah, Connor is losing it. [Laughs] Eventually we’re going to catch up to the night of the murder, and I’m very excited to see what the writers have in store. I’m not going to lie — oftentimes I just fly through [scripts] to see if I die. But it hasn’t happened yet.

What, in general, would you like to see happen with your career?
This is all so new, and I’m just thankful to be where I’m at right now. You know, I had such a hard time in New York getting in the door in theater. It can be a very incestuous community, and if you don’t have an MFA after your name or [a degree from] Juilliard or some sort of school with extreme pedigree, then you’re just not going to get the audition. So I’m excited to get to see if I can return to theater at some point. That’s definitely on top of the list. And I’m super into animation, so I’ve been trying to break into the voiceover world as well. I would love to voice an animated penguin or platypus at some point.

Well, if it helps, my dog has been trying to lick the phone since you started talking, so I think your voice would translate well from species to species.
There you go!

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