Talking Fendi and Vuitton shop aside, the chat leads to bigger-picture territory: What’s next? And what has been the hardest thing to get used to during his rapid rise to fame?
Regarding the latter question: “The negative side of social media [is that] there’s homophobia. People comment things along the lines of, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you were gay, this ruins the show for me.’ Or they’ll put throwing-up emojis under my wedding pictures.” Doohan is married to producer Fielder Jewett; they attended Milan and Paris fashion weeks together.
Doohan, however, is good-natured. He seems to see and emanate far more positivity than negativity and has forged meaningful memories during his come-up. For one, young fans come out to him, saying he’s helped them. And there’s much more to come: Besides shooting Wednesday’s second season this year, he is reading more and more script offers and juggling what projects to take on. This is another thing he’s acclimating to.
“I’m back to self-taped auditions. I just do them here, in my apartment. I’ve actually turned down a few things. I don’t have a next role locked in yet,” Doohan says. “I feel like, for the first time, I am at a point where I truly have a say in what I do next. So I’m trying to really choose something that feels right, and I’m trying to find a character that is different from what I’ve played so far. It’s scary, though, as someone who has been trying to act for 10 years. All of a sudden, to turn down a job, it feels like a big no-no.”
Wherever he lands, there are no doubt many more red carpets in his future. Does he have a model for best-dressed success?
“Timothée Chalamet,” Doohan says. “He takes big swings and always looks incredible.”
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