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Adam Devine Talks Thirsty Gay Following, Being a ‘Bear Cub’

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Even now, Adam Devine just wants to dance with some bodies. So, as Josh in Isnt it Romantic, the comedian known for flexing his funny-guy chops in Comedy Centrals Workaholics (which he also co-wrote) and ABCs Modern Family, keeps the love strong with Pitch Perfect co-star Rebel Wilson in their new self-aware anti-rom-com. With assists from a satirical gay sidekick (Brandon Scott Jones of NBCs The Good Place) and Whitney Houston and Madonna musical numbers, the film also stars, of course, Liam Hemsworth as the man of everyones dreams though, in this case, the unconscious literal one that Wilsons Natalie falls into.

During a recent call, Devine spoke about his bear-cub identity, tactfully tackling LGBTQ storylines and the popularity of his penis on gay blogs.

Charming rom-com, Adam, but wheres the movie where you end up with the gay sidekick?

(Laughs) Maybe thats the sequel.

Thats the movie Hollywood needs to make next.

Yeah, you might be right.

In your version of that movie, what guy would play the sidekick you fall for?

I mean, Liam. If Im a gay dude, I want the hunk. Im goinhunky!

You get to a do a Whitney and Madonna musical number in the movie. Do you know enough gay men to know that these women are gay icons?

I do, yeah. Ive got a good handful of gay friends and they keep me abreast of whats hot in the gay culture: Whitney, Britney Spears also. We shouldve done a Britney Spears tribute.

What was your earliest exposure to the LGBTQ community?

I guess my cousin came out as gay and I was much younger than him and that was the first time that I knew anyone who was gay. He came out to the family and then we all knew, and then youd see him at holidays and stuff and it was cool. Youre like, Oh, I love my cousin, hes the man, and he’s a great guy.It normalized the whole thing.

Do you hear from LGBTQ fans on Twitter?

Yeah, I do sometimes. Ive been told that Im a bear cub, so Im not a full-on bear. I think Im too tiny, so Im a bear cub is what my gay buddies tell me.

You dont seem to have enough body hair to be a bear cub.

Well, Im not afraid to scape. I manscape. And I think thats important. I dont want puffy t-shirts, thats the issue. Thats the reason I do it.

You dont want hair lumps.

Yeah, I dont want weird puffs around my nipples from my hair, so I gotta maintain.

Your role in Game Over, Man!, particularly your full-frontal scene: What did that do for your gay following?

(Laughs) I noticed some fan blogs, and Im like, Oh, cool, a fan blog, theyre spreading the word,and then Im just like, Oh, its very gay and its just every naked photo Ive ever taken.

So by fan blog you mean GayTube.com?

Yeah, basically. Im not sure if thats the one, but yes.

If you go to an Adam Devine story on an LGBTQ website, youll likely find some guys in the comments crushing on you. One gay commenter noted your role on Modern Family and that your brand of adorkable is one he finds sexy.

I love it.

How often does that interest from gay men translate to real life? Do guys hit on you?

No, I dont think so. I mean, I have a girlfriend. I think its known that I dont go that way. But, admittedly, gay guys dont care – they swing for the fence. I think straight guys need to learn something from the gay community. Theyre so afraid!

Is the first gay thing you did in your professional life an episode of The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman called Dykes Like Usor does your pro-gay history go back even further?

(Laughs) I guess that is the first thing!

Tell me about that experience.

You know, I dont even remember – I had such a small part on that show. (Creator) Laura (Kightlinger) cast me in it and she was just really cool and great. We ended up casting her as a MILF who uses me for sex on Workaholics and it turns out I cant handle it. Its too much. I cant handle everything shes giving me.

Regarding your role in Pitch Perfect, Rebel once told me: I think most of the Treblemakers, the boy band, are gay. What about that scene where theres, like, nine dudes in a hot tub naked? Thats totally gay.Can we explore this? Is it gay for dudes who love a cappella to be in a hot tub together?

If they are f*cking each other it is. But just to sit in a hot tub, that could go any which way!

How does kissing Rebel compare to kissing Zac Efron?

Weirdly, same amount of lip gloss. (Laughs)

Cherry?

Vanilla! Boysenberry! With Rebel it lasts a little longer; with Zac it was one brother kissing another brother, so it wasnt a sensual kiss in any way.

In an episode of Workaholics called Gayborhoodyou and your buddies inadvertently end up in Palm Springs for a Pride party that you dont know is a gay Pride party and you guys pretend to be threeway gay.Did that episode get you invited to more gay parties?

(Laughs) With Workaholics we really prided ourselves on tackling issues but not really tackling the issues. And we really wanted to make ourselves the butt of every joke. I remember that day this casting director was coming to set and he wanted to meet me. It just so happened to line up on that episode that he was gonna come to set. Everybody was so worried and my manager was worried and theyre like, We wanna cancel. We wanna do it another day. We dont want him to get the wrong impression of you as an actor,and Im like, Its a funny episode and were the butt of every joke here. Were the idiots.And then he came on set and he was like, This is the funniest episode of television Ive ever seen.

The episode was also well-received by critics. Did that surprise you?

It honestly didnt because gay guys are cool as hell and they get it and they understand whats funny and whats offensive. I think you cant be offended by everything and you have to have a sense of humor about things. I wasnt surprised that the gay community has a sense of humor. It meant that were doing something right and that people understand what were trying to do, and that were not just out to be shock comedians, or were not crude for crudes sake. It all comes from a good placeand I think the shock was that it came from us. Like, people on the outside looking in, you probably wouldnt think that wed be the guys to deliver that sort of message. But hey, turns out we are!

For that episode, how was it determined that you look more like a bottom?

Oh, I think in the writersroom thats what happened. (Laughs) I dont know how or why. I think my ass is kind of on and poppin, so that mustve been it.

In general, how conscious are you of finding the balance between what can pass as gay humor and what can be perceived as offensive to the LGBTQ community?

We all have gay friends, and if you think maybe they could take this the wrong way – we dont want to alienate anyone or make anyone feel like theyre not in on the joke then you just check in with your gay buds and say, like, Hey, what do you think of this? Is this funny or is this weird?People arent afraid to tell you the truth if youre upfront and honest with them.

Jumping back to Isnt It Romantic, Im glad to see the movie is inclusive and theres a fun gay sidekick, but Im gonna hold you to this rom-com where you and Liam are romantic leads.

(Laughs) Ive got the idea for the spinoff!

You can credit me, but also you dont have to because after Love, Simon I just want our community to have more rom-coms with lead characters who happen to be gay.

Im with you. Where its not something that is kept in the closet or that anyones ashamed about. Its just loud and proud. I like that idea.

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