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The Carries Diares - Season 1 Finale - Brendan Dooling Interview

TVLINE | Walt’s storyline has really stood out, both because of your performance and the thoughtful writing. What response have you been getting?
From the people that I meet face-to-face, family and friends, to the fans on Twitter, everyone really, really loves Walt’s storyline, how the arc has progressed and how it’s not a typical gay character in primetime television. The response has been really heartwarming. It’s not just the silly stuff like, “Oh my God, Walt is so hot.” It’s like, “Oh my God, Walt’s story, I’m actually connecting with it.” And it’s really nice. I won’t say that it’s surprising because, obviously, I’d hoped for something like this. But to the degree that I’ve gotten [feedback] throughout the entire season, I couldn’t have expected it.

TVLINE | There’s clearly a lot of care put into it.
Yes. [Executive producer] Amy Harris always said from the very beginning that she feels near and dear to Walt. And I do, too. It’s sort of fitting that I would play this role, because I grew up with friends in the same position. Now I’m trying to do them proud.

TVLINE | What’s next for Walt on this journey of self-discovery in the finale?

He finally asserts himself. He puts his foot down, and he says, “All right, I am in control of this.” I think everyone’s going to be excited to see that. I certainly was when I first read the script. There’s a bit of a leap of faith for him in the season finale because things don’t really go his way or according to plan. So he needs to improvise. He puts himself out there on the chopping block, which is very brave.

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