Matthew Wilkas (born April 20, 1978) is an American New York based theatre and film actor, playwright and reality television personality. He is best known for his lead role as Matt in the 2012 feature film Gayby.

Matthew Wilkas
Matthew Wilkas 2010 by Greg Hernandez.jpg
Wilkas in 2010
Born (1978-04-20) April 20, 1978 (age 41)
OccupationActor and playwright
Years active2003–present

Early lifeEdit

He grew up in Camden, Maine with his two sisters. When he was 12, his father died. He later went to Boston University on the theater program because they gave him a student-aid package. He later moved to Hartford, Conn. before moving to New York.[1]

CareerEdit

TheatreEdit

Wilkas co-wrote with American actor and playwright Mark Setlock titled Pageant Play, a satire about the world of child beauty pageants. The play was produced in July 2008 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.[2] and in 2012, he was in the stage production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark replacing main actor Matt Caplan. Wilkas has appeared on stage in a number of acts including Silence! The Musical, The Last Sunday in June, Far and Wide, The Pride etc. He has appeared in the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Huntington Theatre Company, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Sundance Theatre Institute, under the direction of Michael Greif, Anna D. Shapiro, Will Frears, Carolyn Cantor, Mark Brokaw, Nicholas Martin, and Trip Cullman.[3]

In 2019 he appeared in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors as the role of Orin Scrivello.

Film and televisionEdit

His television career started in 2003 with a token role in the TV series Hope & Faith followed by brief appearances in The New Twenty and Ugly Betty. After many small roles on television, in 2012, he had a lead role in the feature film Gayby which debuted at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival.[4] In the film, Matt a comic book store worker (played by Wilkas) and Jenn a yoga instructor (played by Jenn Harris), best friends from college, now single and in their thirties, in agreement with a pact they had made in their youth, decide to have a baby ("gayby") together, even though Jenn is straight and Matt is gay. In 2012, Wilkas and Harris co-won the Award for "Best Acting Ensemble: Feature" during the Ashland Independent Film Festival for their roles in Gayby. The film won a number of other festival awards, named one of the top ten independent films of 2012 by IndieWire, and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. For his performance in the film, Wilkas was named one of Out magazine's "Out100" and one of the Los Angeles Outfest Film Festival's "Five in Focus".[5]

In 2014, Wilkas appeared in Undateable, an American television sitcom that aired on NBC where he was cast as the character Brett, Justin Kearney's gay friend (pilot only).[6] He also appeared in a number of shorts including This Bachelorette Party Sucks and Masc Only.

In 2017, he had a lead role in New York Is Dead, a series that he co-wrote and produced. As Felix, he co-stars with Gayby actress Jenn Harris. Also in 2017, he is appearing in a lead role as X in "Boy Culture: The Series", an episodic sequel to the original 2006 LGBT American drama film Boy Culture. A Kickstarter campaign was launched for the production.[7] The series will also include Darryl Stephens (as Andrew), Matthew Crawford (as Chayce), as well as Stephen Guarino and singer Steve Grand.

Personal lifeEdit

Matthew Wilkas is openly gay. From November 2015 to July 2019, Wilkas was in a relationship with freestyle skiing champion and Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy.[8][9] At the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wilkas kissed Kenworthy before his qualifying run in the men's slopestyle; the kiss was broadcast on live television and was lauded as being a significant moment in visibility of LGBT+ athletes.[10][11] His religious mother refused to meet Gus.[1]

TheatreEdit

FilmographyEdit

Films

  • 2012: Gayby as Matt (lead role in a feature film)
  • 2014: Saint Francis as Greg (TV film)
  • 2014: Top Five as Ryan
  • 2015: You're Killing Me as Andy
  • 2017: The Mummy as a reporter
  • 2017: Island Zero as Titus

Shorts

  • 2010: Gayby as Matt
  • 2010: Curious Thing as Sam [14]
  • 2011: Boys on Film 7: Bad Romance as Sam (in the segment "Curious Thing")
  • 2015: This Bachelorette Party Sucks (lead role)
  • 2016: Masc Only as Ryan Schultz

Television

  • 2003: Hope & Faith (TV series – as pallbearer in the episode "Remembrance of Rings Past")
  • 2008: The New Twenty as a cruise guy
  • 2008: Ugly Betty (TV series – as a waiter in the episode "Bad Amanda")
  • 2009: The Bits in Between as Peter
  • 2014: Looking (TV series – as Benjamin in the episode "Looking for Now"
  • 2014: Undateable as Brett (lead character Justin Kearney's gay friend)
  • 2015: EastSiders (TV series, as Kevin in 2 episodes, "Thick Like a Lotion" and "Sex Therapy")
  • 2017: New York Is Dead as Felix (TV / web series, lead role, as well as co-writing and being executive producer of the series)
  • 2017: Boy Culture TV as X (a sequel of the LGBT film Boy Culture)
  • 2019: Bonding as Rolph
  • 2020: AJ and the Queen as Officer Patrick Kennedy

Other

  • 2018: Brown Rice music video for Natti Vogel[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hicklin, Aaron (29 December 2016). "The Love Portfolio: Gus Kenworthy + Matt Wilkas". www.out.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ Rizzo, Frank (2008-07-07). "Pageant Play". Variety.
  3. ^ Broadway World: Matthew Wilkas biography
  4. ^ Daily Actor website: SXSW Interview: Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas Talk ‘Gayby’, Theater and Watching Themselves On-Screen
  5. ^ MatthewWilkas.com: Bio page
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 21, 2013). "NBC Pilot 'Undateable' Adds Actor". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Kickstarter: Boy Culture: The Series (indie) (gay) (lgbt) (comedy)
  8. ^ Hicklin, Aaron (December 29, 2016). "The Love Portfolio: Gus Kenworthy + Matt Wilkas". Out.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Wong, Curtis M. (July 11, 2019). "Gus Kenworthy Splits From Longtime Boyfriend Matthew Wilkas". HuffPost. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Reilly, Katie (February 17, 2018). "Gus Kenworthy and His Boyfriend Kissed on TV at the Olympics and Fans Are Ecstatic". Time. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Gregory, Sean (February 18, 2018). "Gus Kenworthy's Boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on the Meaning of Their Historic Olympics Kiss". Time. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d Kaan, Gil. "BWW Interview: Matthew Wilkas' BORN TO WIN in Theatre & Love". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  13. ^ a b Meyer, Dan (2019). "Matthew Wilkas and Drew Droege Set to Star in Los Angeles Premiere of Born to Win". Playbill. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Curious Thing - CGiii...for LGBT films, filmmakers & festivals". cgiii.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Gus Kenworthy's Beau Matthew Wilkas Stars In NSFW Music Video With Porn Star Tegan Zayne #PINKBITS #GAYFEED #NSFW". Pink In Our Lives. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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