Reichen Lehmkuhl :: beyond the A-List
October in New York City is one of the great wonders of the world -- temperatures are mild, there are many great autumn activities, the summer crowds have left, and the holiday crowds have not yet arrived. With the changing of the leaves comes the fall television season. With over 20 new TV series premiering last month, figuring out what to watch may be a bit overwhelming.
Although I haven’t caught ABC’s No Ordinary Family or NBC’s Undercovers, and I already missed Fox’s Lonestar which was cancelled a couple of weeks ago, I did catch a bit of Logo’s premiere of The A-List: New York. The show weaves together the stories of six gay men striving to live upscale gay lives based on their perception of what makes up New York’s elite gay social scene. Although I was not familiar with the show’s characters - and I consider myself to be somewhat aware of the pulse of New York social life - I was pleased to see a couple of familiar names among the show’s cast. One of my favorites is a very recognizable figure in the gay community: Reichen Lehmkuhl.
Although the show appears to paint a picture of Reichen’s life, the truth is that like all reality shows, including The Amazing Race that Reichen appeared on with his then partner Chip Arndt seven years ago (and which they won), only offer a muted view of the cast members. I reached out to Reichen to catch-up with him and to find out what "else" this committed advocate to the LGBT community was up to besides his featured role on "The A-List: New York." As you will see, there is a lot to Reichen and he is doing important work for the LGBT community.
A-List: a challenge
WK: Before we discuss the various projects you’re involved with, tell me a bit about your new The A-List: New York project.
Reichen: Logo’s A-List is a new television show, a "docu-drama", as they are now called is about six gay guys living in NYC. It’s produced by the producers of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and serves to provide even more drama and fun than the Housewives series. I shot the project for four months and it’s now airing on Logo on Monday nights.
The show was particularly challenging for me because I went into it while starting a new boyfriend relationship with my partner Rodiney Santiago. You get to see the good, bad and the ugly. I’m not a perfect person and that’s evident on this show. I don’t know the answer to every problem or every feeling that I have. That’s on the show too. As long as I remember that no one is perfect, my anxiety goes away about it.
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