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 2019-06-05
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Kit Williamson on 'Mad Men' and Logo TV's 'EastSiders'
TELEVISION/WEB Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Terri-Lynne Waldron

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Kit Williamson is an actor, director, writer and producer who is the force behind Logo TV's web series EastSiders. Williamson also joined the cast of the current (and sixth season) of Mad Men. Despite his success, the Jackson, Miss., native makes education a priority and is currently studying for his MFA at UCLA. Williamson opened up about his role on Mad Men, the importance of education and creating multilayered gay characters on-screen.

Windy City Times: Describe your character on Mad Men.

Kit Williamson: It's a recurring character this season and I play Ed Gifford, the copywriter. Ed really wants to do a good job and he's an anxious kind of guy. You see that in how he acts in a lot of the meetings in terms of really trying to go over with good ideas but failing pretty miserably. He's easily overwhelmed and surrounded by geniuses.

WCT: Will you be in season seven?

Kit Williamson: I don't know. They keep everybody a little bit in the dark about what's going to happen episode to episode.

WCT: You are currently attending UCLA studying for your master's of fine arts in playwriting. Why is it important for you to continue your education?

Kit Williamson: I view education as a life-long pursuit. The life of an actor is an inconsistent thing creatively and you can go months and months without any sort of real creative outlet and your life is auditioning and that's the norm. It's pretty rare that anybody gets to work consistently. Even very successful people have long stretches where they are just pursuing work. And I wanted something to ground my creativity. It's really important that my creativity is something that I'm in charge of and I wake up in the morning and decide whether I want to do creative work as opposed to wait for somebody to hire me.

WCT: When will you be completing your master's?

Kit Williamson: I'll be finishing in the fall of 2014.

WCT: You are the creator, star, producer and director of the Web series EastSiders on Logo TV. The show is about the aftermath of infidelity of a gay couple when Thom (played by Van Hansis) cheats on Thom, your character. What inspired the show?

Kit Williamson: I wanted to explore a gay couple with a really complicated relationship. When you see gay characters on TV, they are depicted as idealized versions of a relationship because people want to support positive representations. While I am all for that, I think that it is important that gay people are allowed to participate fully in storytelling traditions.

I wanted to explore flawed gay characters and see them struggle trying to be better people and I wanted their sexual orientation to be incidental to that struggle. We're seeing more and more depictions of gay characters now and I think we live in an exciting time where people are actually turning to television and the media more than it's ever been. People look to film and TV as something that is reflective of the rest of the world.

WCT: You raised $25,785 on Kickstarter, which funded episode three through episode nine. How proud were you of reaching that goal?

Kit Williamson: I was so excited that people responded in the way that they did. We actually met our initial goal of $15,000 in just four days. We were really going to shoot this on a shoestring budget with everybody volunteering their time and all of our equipment donated and that was going to be $15,000. We ended up really being able to increase the production value of the show and shoot it for $26,000.

WCT: You talked about doing a comic book of EastSiders if you raised $25,000.

Kit Williamson: We will make an announcement about all of that in the coming months. We just need to focus on getting the series finished and out there. We starting airing the episodes on Logo while we were in post-production on the second half of the season, so we've been doing this as fast and that is as humanely possible.

WCT: You made the show specifically for the Web. Would there be too many compromises if you had made it for TV?

Kit Williamson: I think that there are always going to be compromises when you are working with a network or studio because you have a boss. In this case, we shot the entire season independently so I was my own boss. I'm not a lone wolf though and one of the reasons that I got into filmmaking and theater is because I love the collaborative process, meeting new people and putting our heads together to make something cool.

WCT: After the success of Queer As Folk, did you think that there would have been more gay-themed series?

Kit Williamson: That show broke a lot of ground and I think that we are in a time now where an LGBT story does not just have to be a story for gay audiences or a story about being gay. That's an exciting thing for me as a writer because I really enjoy writing about gay characters and putting gay characters in my stories. I feel like you don't get boxed in quite as easily and that is exciting.

WCT: Will there be a second season of EastSiders?

Kit Williamson: We're still formulating what the best approach would be to a second season if we do one. It has to feel right, first and foremost. I don't want to do it just to do it, I want to do it because the characters need to continue the story. As far as financing goes, we are keeping our options open and seeing what opportunities are out there. It's tricky for an LGBT series because there is not really a financing model in place so almost everything is financed differently.

For more info on Kit Williamson visit . For everything Mad Men, visit and to watch episodes of EastSiders go to

facebook twitter pin it 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.


Gay News

'U.S. v. Windsor' airing June 10 2019-06-07 - The World Channel is set to helm the broadcast debut of this multiple award-winning documentary To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor ...

Gay News

Smollett not coming back to 'Empire' 2019-06-05 - Embattled actor Jussie Smollett will not be returning to the Fox show Empire for its sixth and final season, USA Today reported. Show ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jane Fonda, Lee Daniels, Lady Gaga, 'The Babadook' 2019-06-04 - Jane Fonda said she suffered a nervous breakdown during the first season of Grace and Frankie because she felt "triggered" by her character's ...

Gay News

JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE Foxx releases items, talks recusal 2019-06-03 - On May 31, the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx released more than 2,000 pages of documents related to the ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Cirque du Soleil, 'Downton Abbey' film, Mathew V, Whitney Houston 2019-05-28 - The producer of Cirque du Soleil and Dan Lin's Rideback have made a deal to develop feature films based on the stories and ...

Gay News

Wendy Williams talks snacks, LGBT pride 2019-05-27 - Talk-show personality Wendy Williams dropped into the Sweet & Snacks Expo in Chicago recently, thanks to her partnership with SNAX-Sational brands. She was ...

Gay News

Judge orders Smollett files to be unsealed 2019-05-24 - Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins, on May 23, ordered the case file in the now-defunct prosecution of openly gay Empire actor ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Matt Bomer, Megan Rapinoe, Tom Ford, MTV Awards, EBTG 2019-05-22 - Out actor Matt Bomer stars in the movie Papi Chulo, out June 7, a press release noted. The plot focuses on a newly ...

Gay News

WORLD Lyra McKee, controversial billboard, George Clooney, Chilean school 2019-05-22 - The detective leading the investigation into the murder of LGBT journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry has called on the gunman to hand himself ...

Gay News

Laquan McDonald doc '16 Shots' out June 14 2019-05-14 - Showtime Documentary Films announced it will premiere the new documentary 16 Shots, from Oscar-nominated director Richard Rowley ( Dirty Wars ), on Friday, ...


Copyright © 2019 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      Post 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 publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.