“90210” star Trevor Donovan has fallen victim to the age old print journalism struggle: tone is tough to convey… and can be twisted. Life & Style magazine interviewed Donovan about his “90210” character, Teddy, and ran a story with the attention-grabbing headline, “90210 star Trevor Donovan: Playing a gay character gets me girls!”
It’s certainly the kind of headline that gets clicks.
“It’s been good for me,” Donovan told the mag. “Girls want to challenge it. They kind of assume I’m [gay in
real life] and try to change me back. Of course, I let them!”
Now, Donovan, who is known to his fans for being a jokester, has taken to Twitter to clarify his comments. For him, playing Teddy Montgomery has been a powerful experience that he values for reasons much more important than the attention he gets when he goes out.
“Dear @Life_and_Style,” the actor writes. “Although I appreciate the interview/article, but the headline ‘Playing gay gets me girls’ was an off the cuff, joking around remark, & feel takes away from the real meaning of the discussion/interview, which was the importance of the Teddy storyline and what influence a simple storyline can have & mean to some people.”
He continues, “I grew up in a small town and understand the hopefully positive impact an important story like Teddy’s could have on teens growing up in rural areas. Again, thank you for the interview, but for the record I did not see playing Teddy or ‘Playing Gay’ as a way to get girls, but as an opportunity to embody a challenging role and do it with purpose.”
We love seeing celebs use Twitter to set the record straight — particularly Donovan, who remains one of our favorite tweeters.