White Collar star Matt Bomer appeared in Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black‘s one-night-only staged reading of 8, based on California’s Proposition 8, which made same-sex marriage illegal in the golden state. The father of three told The Advocate, “I feel that the generations to come will view this time period in terms of civil rights for the LGBT community as pretty sad and unnecessary. And I know that in my lifetime, everyone American will have the right to legally marry the person they choose and that it will be recognized federally as well as by the state.”
Bomer starred in the play with Cheyenne Jackson, and both attended the after party at Gotham Hall last night (September 19th) in New York City. Bomer did his research before taking on the role of Jeff Zarrillo, the real-life plaintiff. “I called Jeff Zarrillo and we talked about his life during the trial —what he and Paul were going through, and how he was feeling,” Bomer said. “It was important to me that I understand how he felt during the actual trial, which is what I’m responsible for depicting. They had to put up with a great deal of intrusion into their personal lives throughout this process, and they remain undaunted. He was incredibly kind and helpful, and he and Paul are truly brave souls.