Sexy actor and activist Wilson Cruz arrived in Atlanta earlier this month to shoot for a new Fox show and prove that even at 40, those abs have never looked better.
It's little wonder then that we first caught a glimpse of Cruz last week at LA Fitness on 5th Street in Midtown. After all, that's the gym of choice for sexy actors (Joe Manganiello), weather hunks (Rob Marciano) and reality TV hotties (Rodiney Santiago).
Cruz's latest stint in Atlanta started Aug. 1. But he's no stranger to the city. He's been here to celebrate GLAAD, which now employs him as its Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships. Now, he's in Atlanta as gay Nurse Kenji shooting for the new Fox show "Red Band Society."
Sexy in scrubs? You bet. And Wilson teases that those might come off sometime this season.
Safe to assume Kenji is a gay character?
WC: Yes, at my insistence. This is GLAAD at work. We need more gay characters on TV. We need more LGBT characters of color on TV. I won’t spoil the other thing that we need more on TV of because that’s coming later, but there were certain things that I thought that we had a real opportunity. There were certain stories and topics that we could cover through Kenji and Margaret loved these ideas. We’re incorporating it into his history into the show.
With production on the show going full tilt, Cruz is worried about balancing his time in Atlanta with his GLAAD gig.
You’re going to be shooting in Atlanta. How is that going to change your life because you’ve been so entrenched with GLAAD these last few years?
WC: We had an event recently over at Fox and I got to introduce Sarah Kate Ellis, our president of GLAAD, to Margaret Nagle and now they’re like fast friends. So, they are committed to making it work for both of us. I’m going to be flying in and out of Atlanta while I’m filming, which will be interesting.
My concern is this, I don’t want to be mediocre at either job. I’m committed to being the best at everything that I do. The minute I feel like I’m not able to give 100 percent, then something’s going to have to give. Sarah Kate said if that means that I have to go back onto the board of GLAAD and do my work from there that’ll make it easier that’s a possibility. But I think we’re going to try and make this work as long as we possibly can. I just took on a new role at GLAAD recently. I’m the director of entertainment industry partnership so it’s a little easier. It’s more focused. I get to work directly with the studios and the networks and the agencies on how GLAAD partners with them in order to do our work better and help them to do their work better. I’m committed to doing that work and I’m committed to still being an artist. I’m so, so privileged and lucky that I get to do both. I don’t know how that happened but it did.
But beyond his TV work, he's made time for workouts in at least two gyms – LA Fitness and gay-owned Gravity (photos below).
And for reuniting with gay actor turned restaurateur Mitchell Anderson (photo below). The pair worked together during the last season of Fox's "Party of Five" in 2000.
Cruz has also made time to remember Whitney. After shooting wrapped last week, Cruz made it to Jungle on Saturday for DJ Chris Cox's Diva-Rama Whitney Houston Tribute Party. He partied in his tank top with fitness trainer Griff King (bottom photo left) and certified hunk Rick Twombley (bottom photo center), who managed to leave his swimsuit bulge at home.
The tank top proved too restrictive for Cruz, who later stripped it off and showed that abs aren't just for twentysomethings. (Cruz is 40.)
[Top and bottom photo by Russ Youngblood; middle photo by Richie Arpino via]