Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-04-18
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Thea Gill: Queer As Folk actress finds her voice
by Sarah Toce

facebook twitter pin it stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email

When Thea Gill called me from her oasis in the mountains, the connection was a little shaky, but she was certainly not. The Canadian-born actress best known for her role on the Showtime series Queer As Folk was down-to-earth, gracious, full of energy (regardless of the fact that she was fighting a cold) and extremely welcoming. It was an absolute joy to spend a little bit of time with the iconic personality—even if our conversation was paused in order to redial a few times.

Gill's steadfast commitment to her craft is taking a new musical turn that has her reliving her roots in the theatre. At one point in our conversation, we discussed how the monumental success of Queer As Folk both helped and hindered the 5'8" blonde beauty's career and personal life. With time, distance, spiritual inflection, and patience Gill has once again found her voice. Here, she talks about her new movie, Slip Away, and much more.

Windy City Times: Lovely to talk with you, Thea! How did the project of Slip Away come to your attention?

Thea Gill: You know, it was offered to me and I'd been a friend of Michelle Bonilla's for a couple of years now. We've always had such a lovely interaction with each other. She's such a great lady—highly intelligent, self-motivated and creative. I've always wanted to work with her on something. My part is a small one in the film, but I wanted to be a part of the ensemble. It was very intriguing to me. I was able to have the chance to get up close and personal to Michelle and it was such a treat.

WCT: How was it working with Wilson Cruz?

Thea Gill: He's great! He's such an enthusiastic actor. Every time he's working he's talking and discussing the art of acting. He's an actor who wants to learn more about the art of acting. Also, he's an actor who loves to learn from other actors. A lot of the time we were just hanging out and talking about the film and the subject of Slip Away and our personal stories and intentions. He was such a team player and made everyone feel safe in the environment and in the ensemble to share their personal stories. I loved working with Wilson. He's just a great personality and one of those gentlemen that you know is going to be a good friend. He is very consistent and loyal to his fellow peers and co-workers.

Hal [Sparks] was also in the film and he is always full of energy. He's fun to have on the team. You know, I only had one day on the set so I spent a little bit of time with everyone. That one day I was on the set, though, I had such a fulfilling time. Even though I had such a small part in the film, Michelle never made me feel unimportant or that my part was actually small.

WCT: You mentioned Hal and it was a bit of a reunion for you to work together being that you last shared the screen on Queer As Folk. What was it like working with the hilarious actor/comedian again?

Thea Gill: It was great to work with him again. He's never stopped being Hal! He probably never will! It felt like being back on the set of Queer As Folk at Babylon or something! It was like that when we were on the set together on Slip Away. He's a joker and keeps the set light. I consider him a great pal.

He's just one of those guys where if you ever needed to borrow $100, he'd be there. He's such a dependable and loyal guy. He's a good friend. You know, Hal's an actor, but he really is a stand-up comedian. Sometimes when you're working with him on the set you wonder if he's working as an actor or comedian that day. You know that when you get to work with him, he makes it easy breezy time. He wears different hats and that is what keeps him fresh. I admire him for that.

WCT: Speaking of wearing different hats, you sing as well as act. There is a musical in the works, I hear.

Thea Gill: I'm venturing into song and live stage. I did perform in A Streetcar Named Desire. I played "Blanche" a few months ago and it really whet my appetite for stage performance again. I hadn't been onstage for a few years. I am developing a musical with the great Gail Deadrick and just came out of my first rehearsal with her today. This lady really knows how to twinkle the ivories. She is an exquisite artist. She's worked with Gladys Knight and The Pointer Sisters. I am very excited and lucky to be working my voice with her and discovering sound and musicality with her. My business partner Gina Glass and I are working on this project via our new production company Wonky Girl Productions.

WCT: You are also working on a new film starring Cathy DeBuono (We Have to Stop Now) under Wonky Girl Productions, too, correct?

Thea Gill: Yes, it is called Spitfire and it's based on Gina Glass' novel. It made the top 100 on Amazon and is a beautiful lesbian love story.

WCT: You are in L.A. on a more permanent basis now. What is your main focus at this time?

Thea Gill: I am focusing on my singing at the moment and really trying to spread my wings. It's something that actually helps my acting and it's the key to a lot of freedom that I think I was missing in my artistic life. I am so happy that I have sort of discovered another way to express my art and my different ways of doing art. I always found that even before I started working in television and film, I'd always dabbled in music as more of a hobby.

I sang on a Caribbean cruise in the late 1990s and then I stopped. I lost my voice there for awhile. It wasn't just my singing voice, but also my personal voice. I think that I was frightened because I was expected to talk. I think I needed to sing in order to be able to talk again. I know that sounds strange. Singing opens my voice to confidence when I talk, if you know what I mean. … I am not going to hold back now. I am not going to be hesitant when I speak. I owe that to finding my voice again through singing. I think that had I not re-discovered singing, I could've very easily lost my way in this business.

WCT: When do you feel the loss occurred?

Thea Gill: I think after Queer As Folk ended … there were lots of transitions for me. I moved from Canada to the United States. I went through shifts in my marriage and personal life. I made a wrong turn and I lost my confidence. I think I expected too much for myself. I think that a lot of people were expecting a lot from me and I was not ready yet. I was quite timid and very shy and overcompensated with too much energy.

The singing and music balanced me and sort of calmed and soothed my insecurities. It raised my awareness for myself and opened up doors within me that I didn't even know were inside. That is the power of music. It's healing and elevating on a spiritual level and an intellectual level. Music is math—there's a lot of discipline to music. Even though acting is an art as well, it's a different kind. Being an actor and trying to get work can steal your spirit. I needed to find my resources again spiritually and music helped me do that.

WCT: You know, the people who respect your work will always be there to support you and your ventures.

Thea Gill: That is very nice to hear, thank you. I do wonder sometimes [laughs]…and you never know. You need someone to tell you in order to hear it. There are times when you wonder if the fans are still there or whether or not you've changed too much for them to remember. In a way, you have to fall in order to find the perspective on where the next road is coming from.

WCT: I'm glad you were able to receive that and feel it.

Thea Gill: You're sweet. I so appreciate that!

Find out more about Thea's upcoming film Slip Away at . Follow the actress on Facebook here:!/pages/Thea-Gill-Fans/220465924918.

facebook twitter pin it stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


GLAAD Media Awards honors Spears, Parsons 2018-04-18
Ted Allen talks Dining Out for Life, 'Chopped' and 'Queer Eye' 2018-04-18
NUNN ON ONE TV Ross Marquand on his gay character in 'The Walking Dead' 2018-04-17
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Gay superhero Surge flies onto small screen 2018-04-11
SHOWBIZ Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, comic-book movies, 'Drag Race' 2018-04-03
'Model' winner DiMarco at ISU on March 29 2018-03-28
TV festival takes on 'Roseanne' situation, LGBT themes 2018-03-26
SHOWBIZ Harry Styles, Wanda Sykes, Anderson Cooper, 'Gotham' co-star 2018-03-20
NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Greg Berlanti shows the 'Love' in newest film 2018-03-14
SHOWBIZ 'Glee' reunion, Charlie Carver, Michael B. Jordan, Whitney Houston 2018-03-13
Chicago International TV Festival March 20-22 2018-03-12
LGBTQ Programming At Cinema Chicago's TV Festival 2018-03-07
SHOWBIZ Elton John, RuPaul, Marilyn Monroe, Lena Waithe 2018-03-07
NUNN ON ONE PERFORMANCE Chatting with the multilingual Matteo Lane 2018-02-27
'RuPaul's Drag Race' cast revealed 2018-02-26
SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, Big Freedia, 'Kinky Boots' 2018-02-20
FOOD Out chef Anne Burrell cooks it up 2018-02-20
LGBTQA TV/film critics announce Dorian winners 2018-02-07
NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Mike Farrell channels Chicagoan Miglin in Gianni Versace 2018-02-07
SHOWBIZ Zachary Quinto, gay fitness model, Octavia Spencer, Streisand 2018-02-06
PASSAGES Actor John Mahoney dies at 77 2018-02-05
LGBTQA TV/film critics announce awardees 2018-02-02
Former 'Glee' actor dies at 35 2018-01-30
SHOWBIZ Ndegeocello, Meryl Streep, James Franco, Dolly Parton 2018-01-30
HRC to Honor Betty DeGeneres For Her Decades of LGBTQ Advocacy 2018-01-26
Acorn TV's New British Drama Girlfriends returns 2018-01-26
SHOWBIZ Grammys, Pam Grier, Lee Daniels, Ryan Reynolds 2018-01-23
TELEVISION TV special, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart, tells Lorraine Hansberry's story 2018-01-17
SHOWBIZ Oprah & RuPaul, Well Strung, Obama film, 'Modern Family' 2018-01-16
Showbiz news: Oprah, Jim Parsons, Morrissey, Kristin Chenoweth 2017-12-19
BRUJOS, radical queer web series returns 2017-12-19
Drag Race' queens in Chicago Dec. 21 2017-12-13
Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, 'Queer Eye,' Patti LaBelle, Rogers-Berlanti wedding 2017-12-12
Showbiz news: Ryan Murphy, Mariah Carey, MIssy Elliott, Armie Hammer 2017-12-05
GLAAD releases TV diversity report 2017-11-29
Showbiz news: Armistead Maupin, Wendy Williams, Taylor Swift, 'House of Cards' 2017-11-28
VIEWPOINT Will and Grace 2017: You Can't Go Home Again 2017-11-22
Showbiz news: Nico Tortorella, Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato, Shaun T 2017-11-20
Tambor leaving 'Transparent' after accusations 2017-11-19
Showbiz news: Aguilera, Robbie Rogers, 'Jane the Virgin,' Gal Gadot 2017-11-14

Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.