elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Matthew Montgomery & Steve Callahan

Steve Callahan (born August 8, 1967) grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he received his B.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University. 

After winning Best Supporting Actor at the Tampa International Gay Film Festival for the film Nine Lives, Steve has become a regular on the gay film circuit. He was last seen on screen starring in East Side Story, winner of the 2009 GLAAD Award. He also appears in Christmas comedy Make the Yuletide Gay from Guest House Films and the suspense thriller Pornography.

For the past three years, Steve has played Judas Iscariot in the Off Broadway revival and International Tour of Terrence McNally's play "Corpus Christi". The play has received international acclaim, including winning the Dublin Ireland Theatre Festival.

Currently Steve has a series regular role in the web series "WeHo" (written and directed by Nic Arnzen) as Gunther, the not so bright, sexually ambiguous personal trainer. 

On the set of Pornography he has met Matthew Montgomery. Steve Callahan and his real-life partner since 2007 Matthew Montgomery have played lead roles together in Rob Williams's film Role/Play.

1) East Side Story was one of the nicest gay themed comedy I have ever seen, and probably I can leave out even the gay themed, it’s a nice comedy point. So I was really happy to see you again in a cameo in Make the Yuletide Gay and now the news of the upcoming role in Sticke Figures. I read in your profile that for the past three years you were in the cast of Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi. So both cinema and theatre, West Coast against East Coast… what world do you prefer?

For me, it is really the project. I have been fortunate to be a part of some incredible projects recently. I love making movies, but I'd have to say that right now my heart belongs to "Corpus Christi" (http://www.108productions.org/CorpusChristi.html). I play Judas Iscariot and it is such an incredible role and such an amazing piece of theatre. This June will mark four years that I have been a part of the show.

Courtesy of Steve Callahan. Matthew Montgomery & Steve Callahan on the set of Role/Play (©15)
On the set of Pornography Steve Callahan has met Matthew Montgomery. Steve Callahan and his real-life partner since 2007 Matthew Montgomery have played lead roles together in Rob Williams's film Role/Play. After winning Best Supporting Actor at the Tampa International Gay Film Festival for the film Nine Lives, Steve has become a regular on the gay film circuit. He starred on screen in East Side Story, winner of the 2009 GLAAD Award. He also appears in Make the Yuletide Gay and Pornography. Matt and Steve married on March 21, 2015, on their 7th anniversary.

2) As usual one of my question for an actor is: what is your acting background and how was your entry in the show business world?

I graduated with a degree in Theatre from Ohio State and came out to Los Angeles to pursue acting immediately after.

3) Have you always wanted to be an actor? And in the future? Do you see yourself in front of the camera or maybe in some other role in the movie industry?

I love to act. I've always wanted to be an actor, ever since I was a young boy. So far I don't see myself getting involved behind the camera. I have such huge respect for great writers and directors.

4) I know that being handsome is not essential to be a good actor, but I can’t not notice that you are a very handsome man ;-) and in a very good fit form. And I believe that it’s also a necessity for your role in Corpus Christi (sorry I didn’t see it). How many hours of your day do you spend taking care of yourself? What is your typical day schedule?

lol. You're very sweet. My boyfriend is an incredible cook and I definitely eat healthier since he came into my life. And we try to go to the gym every day if our schedules allow it.

5) Can you tell me something more about the web series "WeHo”, when and where can we see it online?

"WeHo" is a hilarious spoof of soap operas. It was written and directed by Nic Arnzen, who is also my director on "Corpus Christi". Nic is truly a genius; he is a brilliant writer, director and actor. He is currently editing the web series together and trying to sell it. Episode one is on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhPQG_RIyUk)

6) What will be your role in Sticke Figures?

I can't wait to start filming "Sticke Figures" (www.StickeFigures.com)! Matthew has written such an incredible story and we are in the process of putting together a fantastic team to bring the story to life. I play Brian Matocha, a nurse taking care of Matt's character's father, who becomes a potential love interest for Matt. I truly believe that "Sticke Figures" is going to make an amazing film and I'm so proud of Matt and excited to be a part of it.

7) Other than Sticke Figures, what are your future projects?

I was in a suspense thriller called "Pornography" (http://www.pornographythemovie.com/). I am continuing as part of the International Tour of "Corpus Christi". My website is www.SteveCallahan.com and I'll be updating dates of the tour as we confirm them.

8) In different sources on the net, I found reference to you as an “out” actor; not only that, your boyfriend is a public figure like you. How easy is it to be under the spotlight of the media? Don’t you have the feeling that the light of the stage never switch off?

My boyfriend, Matthew Montgomery, is the greatest guy in the world. I am so ridiculously lucky to have him in my life. We have a wonderful life together and I couldn't ask for anything better than coming home to him every day. Life can get kind of crazy, but our life at home is so much fun and really special.

Thank you Steve for the nice interview, it was a pleasure to "chat" with you!

Matthew: I was a long time lover of Gay-Themed Movie, when I was enough grown to choose my movie, it was the time that in Italy were airing Jeffrey, Trick and Priscilla. Then I managed to see in VHS (yes, I’m that old!) The Boys in the Band, Maurice and Torch Song Trilogy. Then, truth be told, less and less movies started to arrive in Italy and I was not yet skilled in English to see a movie in original language. When I was, I started to browse for new movies, like Big Eden, Shelter and Latter Days, and one of my friend told me about Gone, But Not Forgotten. It was quite a discovery since the men in it, not only were gay, but the sex between them was romantic and yes, also visual. I still remember a scene in front of a fireplace. Matthew Montgomery was one of those actors (and if you are wondering from the pictures I chose to post, if Matthew is always naked on the set ;-) no he is not, but you know that I’m a loser for a sweet and romantic sex scene!), and that was, I believe, his first gay character; from that moment on, he has done several movies, moving from comedy (Long Term Relationship), to drama (Back Soon), to horror (Socket), to mystery (Pornography), to romance (Redwoods), always giving a different perspective on a modern gay man. Obviously he did also other movies ;-).

1) I read you are born and bred in Texas, but if I’m not wrong, you are now living in California. When did the moving happen? I suppose it was for work related reasons, did you leave Texas with something solid in front of you or you journey to adventure?

I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. Most of my family is still down there in that part of the country in fact. But I left Texas when I was around 16 or 17 actually. It’s a bit of a long, dramatic story, but the short version is that I moved up to Michigan where I finished high school in a small town, Cass City. It’s where my mother was living at the time, and it really gave me a chance to assess what I really wanted to do next. I always knew that when I finished high school, I’d either move to New York City or Los Angeles. When I was a child, I highlighted the roads on a U.S. map that I would have to take in order to get there. I was a very ambitious and determined kid. I knew what I wanted, and that was that. My deciding to originally come to LA came down to something of a coin flip so to speak. I intended on moving to New York, and going to college there actually. But it didn’t work out for a number of reasons, and I had a great opportunity instead to move to Los Angeles and attend school there, so I thought about it for about a minute, and made the decision to move. I’d never been to Los Angeles before I moved. If it wasn’t for my financial aid for school, I literally would’ve been broke and homeless. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to think very far ahead - one of my flaws (or gifts) I suppose. (Laughs). I just figured I’d get here and everything would work itself out. And eventually it did. I left Los Angeles for a short year and a half break, and couldn’t take it and so I came back. I missed the attitude and traffic too much. That was when things really started to turn around for me and I was able to start planting the seed for a career as an actor, something I’d wanted to do since I was young enough to still be wetting the bed.

2) I really love all your movies, both as actor than producer; they always have a feeling of "family". The characters are believable, the setting always so classy (I so love all the beautiful houses you filmed in). How is the selection process? Do you search for stories or the stories search for you?

Probably a little of both if I had to take an honest guess. I’ve been fortunate enough lately that I’ve had some filmmakers contact me directly about their projects. I review the script, talk with them about it and make a decision. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still auditioning. The majority of the work I get is through the old fashioned audition process. A casting notice comes out. I read about it, and read about what the film is about, what the themes are, what the characters are like, and then submit myself to them. Auditioning is a pain in the ass but it really does keep you on your toes and reiterates a sense of reality about the business. But one of these days, I’d love to be able to say, "Do you know who I am?!"

3) Coming back to the setting, how do you manage to always have so beautiful houses to film in? Sometime they seem to come out for an AD magazine (Back Soon, 3-Day Weekend, Redwoods, even the parents house in Make the Yuletide Gay).

I have no idea who David Lewis had to sleep with to get the location for Redwoods, but it’s absolutely breathtaking. There’s so much of it that you don’t get to see in the film, which I guess is good considering you’d end up forgetting about the actors talking in the same frame. Being in the Redwood country was so much more effective creatively, as an actor, rather than shooting in a studio set, or cheating the location somewhere else. The area is just as gorgeous as it looks. With the three Guest House Films´ movies (Back Soon, 3-Day Weekend, and Make the Yuletide Gay), I really have to give credit to the co-founder and other producer of the films, Rodney Johnson. He’s always the one who finds these incredible houses. It’s like he’s got gaydar, but for houses.

4) When I’m planning a movie night with one of yours I’m in a happy mood, since I know that I will see a good comedy (even if sometime there is a "sad" happily ever after ending...); for me it’s essential, I really love comedy, and I think that finally also in the gay-themed movie world we are starting to find it. Actually it’s not a trend only in the movie industry, it’s something also in the publishing world: we are moving from the angst young adult stories to the happily ever after ones. It’s a moving you planned, or that you followed?

I guess that means you haven’t seen my latest film, Pornography. (Laughs). That movie is anything but a happy movie. In fact, I always tell people it’s a bit of a mind fuck. Most walk out wondering what planet they were just on. It’s one of the reasons I loved making the film so much, because it was bold and unapologetic. It’s original. I agree that I do think it’s important to provide our community with positive and reinforcing or affirming stories and themes, but dark can be just as wonderful in a different way. If the film is done well, of course. Any movie that sucks, just sucks. But yeah, I hear that a lot from people, that they really love the happier and funnier movies that I’m involved in. It’s a great feeling to know that I’m putting a product out there that makes people feel all warm and fuzzy.

5) And now the classical question: what are your plans for the next future? Projects? Expectations? Some life changing decision?

Sticke Figures. It’s a film I wrote and will star in, and we’re hoping to get the rest of the funding to actually push it into production. There’s been much support for the film, including support from distributors, which is fantastic considering we haven’t shot a single frame yet. The other day I got an email but a film festival already wanting to program the film for their festival. It’s amazing to hear so many people cheering the project on. It’s a story that surrounds an openly gay artist, Joe Sticke, who is battling painter’s block as well as a drinking problem, and gets a phone call that his ex-girlfriend from his home town has passed away and left him in the will. When we returns to his home town, he finds out from the lawyer that he’s been left with custody of a seven year-old girl, Maria, who he’s reportedly the father of. So as he’s waiting for the paternity test results to come back, he figures out what it means to be a father when he reconnects with his own. It’s a very sweet story, and if you know anyone with a big bag of money, have them give me a call. I’d love to get the film in the can soon. People need to see it. I’m also in a film that I’m shooting at the end of January which is directed by Robert Gaston, called Flight of the Cardinal. Also, David Kittredge’s Pornography comes out on DVD in the Spring of 2010. And finally, I’m in the international tour of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi, which we’re probably going to be putting up for a four-week run in London in March and April. So, basically, I’m really busy. Somehow though, I always find time for Facebook.

Matthew Montgomery, Houston born, Corpus Christi raised, Texas-bred Actor, Producer, Artist.

With an artist father as a role model Matthew Montgomery was immersed in the art world at a very young age. With surroundings consisting of his father’s gallery as well as his father’s friends who were also actors, film makers, artists, and writers, inspiration was not hard to come by. As a child he was known to put on elaborate puppet shows as well as skits and in depth reenactments of movies and cartoons. With a step mother who would watch nothing but black and white movies, Hepburn, Brando, Stewart, and Gable were household fixtures to his upbringing.

It wasn’t until age eleven that Matthew got his first taste of being center stage in a 6th grade production of E. B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” which sparked his interest in theatre. This led to a high school rendition in which Matthew went from side character to lead in Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” as Frank Butler.

Fueled by the thrill of the spotlight Matthew went on to study theater at U. S. C. under the guidance of Eve Roberts. Within his first year he was nicknamed “The Wonder Freshman,” as he was able to gain leading or supporting roles in nearly every theatre production that went on throughout the course of his studies. He was also able to gain a leading role in the main stage production of Landford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch,” which at the time was unheard of as freshmen weren’t allowed in main stage productions at U. S. C.

From there he went on to study at Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where during his stay there obtained a role as Johnny Eck in the zombie short “Reign of the Dead,” which followed the George Romero zombie saga. With Hollywood being the center of the film industry, Matthew set off to California.

Beginning with his first feature film role as Mark Reeves in the Festival Favorite “Gone, But Not Forgotten,” which played in over thirty film festivals around the world and was “Top Ten Best Seller” for TLA Video for 2003 and 2004, Matthew began his career in Independent Film Cinema with a bang. He went on to star as Marx in Daniel Lee’s “Journeyman,” a resolute Iraq war veteran who drifts in and out of the main character Anna’s life by way of rescue. “Journeyman” went on to receive Third Place Feature Film in the Twin Rivers Multimedia Film Festival in Asheville, North Carolina.

Following “Journeyman” Matthew went on to co-produce and star as Glen Phillips in Rob Williams’ gay romantic comedy “Long-Term Relationship,” the quirky but rocky tale of Glenn’s love for a conservative gay republican southern boy. Real life trials of a relationship are put to the test in this multiple award winning independent film, awards including “Second Place Best Actor” and “Best Feature” at multiple film festivals. Acquired by here! Films and Regent Releasing, “Long-Term Relationship” was released worldwide in November of 2007.

Directly after, Matthew again co-produced and stared in Rob Williams’ second feature for Guest House Films’ “Back Soon” as Guillermo ‘Gil” Ramirez, a former drug dealer faced with the reality of his mortality through his own momentary death experience that leads to a bittersweet temporary possession by the spirit of Adrienne Foster, deceased wife of co-lead character Logan Foster. Sparks and attraction emerge, breaching the worlds of the here and now and the great thereafter. This film won the Alternative Spirit Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2007 and has since been acquired by TLA Releasing and Limelight Pictures for a DVD release scheduled for April 2008.

In 2007 alone, Matthew starred in three feature films, produced two, and made a cameo appearance in another. Already slated to star in his next feature in January 2008 as Michael Castigan in the psychological thriller, “Pornography – A Thriller,” (directed by David Kittredge), Montgomery is also in development of two other features scheduled for a 2008 shoot in conjunction with Guest House Films LLC. In addition, March of 2008 has been scheduled as the worldwide DVD release of “Socket,” starring Matthew as Craig Murphy in this gay sci-fi thriller.

Montgomery has allowed the development of a multi-faceted career with the emergence of his production company, Proteus Pictures. It’s doors will open with Matthew’s first feature, “Sticke Figures,” the story of a struggling artist from Chicago who returns home to a small town in Michigan after the death of his ex-girlfriend, only to discover that his inheritance is much more than he bargained for, and wears a dress. With his acting described as “stellar” by TLA Releasing, it’s assured that Matthew will continue to break into new ground in the film industry. Gary Kramer of Gay City News says, “Montgomery embraces his role, projecting the complexities of his character.” Matthew Montgomery has been involved in over 12 films and with a growing roster is one to surely be on the look out for on the red carpet soon. (Bio written by Jessica Pena)

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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