While “House of Lies” primarily revolves around Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) and his professional life as a management consultant, his home life is just as important to the character. When not traveling for work, Marty comes home at the end of the day to his father Jeremiah (Glynn Turman) and son Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.).
Roscoe, in particular, is a unique character you normally don’t see on TV. While many might dismiss the cross-dressing youth as gay, that’s not the case. “What I like about playing the role is you can’t put a push pin in him,” Leonard tells Zap2it. “He isn’t gay or straight. He’s Roscoe.”
Playing a sexually ambiguous character is a responsibility Leonard takes pride in. “There’s a lot of kids who don’t really know what they are yet, so I feel like a role model for them,” he says. “Also with a great, incredible actor like Don Cheadle playing my father and adults watching the show, the personality that I have with Marty, that’s special.”
As for what Roscoe’s up to in Season 3, it looks like there is a new lady in his life. Bex Taylor-Klaus (“Arrow,” “The Killing”) will guest star as Roscoe’s girlfriend Lex. Of the pairing, Leonard says, “I think they’ve fit us together very well, personality-wise.”
It’s going to be a big year for Roscoe when “House of Lies” Season 3 premieres Sunday (Jan. 12) at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.