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Downton Abbey's Rob James-Collier Covers 'Out' Magazine

Downton Abbey's Rob James-Collier Covers 'Out' Magazine

Downton Abbey star Rob James-Collier takes the cover of Out‘s February 2013 issue, on newsstands January 15.

Here is what the 36-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On being an outgoing actor: “Most actors are really shy and insular creatures. I’ve just always been a d-ck. [On my first day of acting class] we were doing these warm-up exercises, running around doing crazy things with our voices, and, rather than feeling embarrassed or stupid, I just felt that I’d come home.”

On the original plans for his character: “My agent said, ‘Listen, you’ve got the part that everyone in town wants—he’s a villain, he’s a great role, the only bad thing is that he dies at the end of the first [season]. I gave it 110 percent, and after the first couple of episodes, Liz, the producer, came to me and said, ‘We want you to stay on. Will you?’ And I was, like, ‘F–k, yeah.’ ”

On playing a gay character in season three: “It’s the [season] where we really get to grips with Thomas’s sexuality and the impact that must have had on him, being gay in Edwardian times. If you’re including a gay character, there’s an onus and responsibility to at least show what the impact of the time will be on him, and of him on that time. Thankfully we’ve done that, and I’m so proud as an actor that I’ve been used to tell that tale.”

For more from Rob, visit and catch the season three premiere of Downton Abbey on Sunday (January 6) at 9pm on PBS!

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  • jane

    So handsome & so talented.

  • Mary

    Just curious. Is he gay or does he just play a gay character on DA. He is wonderful as Thomas, the baddie!

  • g

    Not gay in real life. Wife and kid. The English are way less uptight about this stuff than us (Americans)

  • Jerry

    Rob is gorgeous and Thomas is easily my favorite character on the show.

  • Telly

    Never watched this show or heard of this guy, but he sure looks like a total dick.

  • Sam

    I always think Liam when I see him

  • British Latin American

    @g: I agree with you about the difference between American and Britons, but being married with a kid is not automatically proof that he is not gay. That said, I don’t believe he is gay.

  • http://@sherryperkins13 Sherry Perkins

    Absolutely am in love with him. He is smart, sexy, tall, funny. Awesome that you got an interview and thanks for posting. Think I may get in trouble for twitter-stalking him, but it’s all in good fun!