Jason Lewis Talks ‘Half Magic,’ Gay Fans, and the ‘SATC’ Drama

Jason Lewis in Midnight, Texas

 

The chiseled features of Jason Lewis have long been adored by fans the world over. An actor and a model, he served as the face for Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger, while serving leading man to Tiffani-Amber Thiessen in Beverly Hills 90210 and Kim Cattrall in Sex and the City. There’s a reason he earned the title, “Absolut hunk.”

But since his ‘90s acting debut, he’s also revealed that the surfer boy good looks come with an endearing and soulful personality. These days, he can be seen playing a gay angel in a forbidden romance with a demon on Midnight, Texas. And most recently, he stars as quite possibly the perfect dad and love interest in Half Magic, Heather Graham’s directorial debut about three women who channel their feminine energy to overcome the obstacles of a man’s world – and get what they want.

We recently caught up with Lewis to chat about his latest role, the fiction and reality of Hollywood’s toxicity, and the magical elements of the small and big screens.

What was it like working with Heather Graham as both a costar and a director?

She’s such a lovely girl. She’s really confident in what she’s doing and comfortable. It was a fun set.

You’ve mentioned before that you love the magic of Midnight, Texas. Did the magical element of this film kind of resonate with you as well?

Yeah, I think there’s a common theme in the narrative today about the idea of magic being very spiritual and practical, and I love that Idea. I like the story that she put together, that you need a little bit of luck and a little bit of magic in your life. But you also need to act upon things. You need to take action in your life.

The movie depicts a very toxic environment for women in the film industry. How would you explain the importance of having a female-led movie by a female writer/director that’s so blunt about these issues?

I think it’s the whole point of storytelling. And it uses somewhat questionable comedy to make a point. I love that. I think it’s great, because anything to move this conversation forward is a step in the right direction.

 

Jason Lewis stars opposite Angela Kinsey in Heather Graham’s Half Magic.

 

And I know you’ve talked a bit about stepping back from Hollywood yourself. What kind of an experience have you had as an actor?

Mine’s pretty good. I’m pretty good at articulating myself and articulating the space around me. But of course that shit’s out there. Shit’s out there for everybody. I’ve definitely been overwhelmed by it, but I don’t know if I’ve ever suffered. But that doesn’t mean it should diminish my opinion or diminish the fact that people do need to be advocated for. Because whether or not you speak up for yourself, it just shouldn’t be happening. Any tyranny sucks. I try to avoid that shit in my life as much as possible.

You also star in Midnight, Texas as a gay angel.

It’s fun.

You also played a gay character in Brothers & Sisters – and you have a huge gay fan base from Sex and the City. Do you feel a strong connection to them?

I love those people, I always have. I’m a child of the hippie California generation. In this industry, there are a lot of gay people, I’ve always been around gay people. In Brothers & Sisters, I played a person who didn’t know where it was okay for him to exist. I think that’s definitely brought up in Midnight, Texas too, but I don’t think that’s the sum total of what Joe’s reality is – because I don’t know what they’re gonna write for Season Two. But the guy’s also been around for 2,000 years, so, there’s a lot of other things that have weighed on that kind of creature’s mind.

I feel like I have to ask. How do you feel about all the drama that’s been going on around the whole Sex and the City 3 thing?

Honestly, and don’t hate me, but I barely read this kind of shit. I have a hard enough time looking at the media right now. I think that it’s silly. I think everyone should be just a little more grateful.

Do you still have people refer to you as the Absolut hunk?

Every now and then. Not so much that, but they definitely refer to me as Smith.

Well there are worse things you could be known as.

Oh, it’s fine. I like people. It doesn’t bother me.

Half Magic is now in select theaters and on iTunes. Watch the red band trailer below.

 

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