In Single All the Way, Philemon Chambers turns on holiday cheer and turns off LGBTQ stereotypes

Chambers and Michael Urie in Single All the Way.


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Single All the Way, billed as Netflix’s first gay vacation romantic comedy, is the kind of movie co-star Philemon Chambers wished he could see when he was growing up as a young black gay man.

“There’s no negative connotation – you see people for people, and that’s one of the things I wished growing up that I saw, because every time you saw a queer character portrayed on TV there, there was always some kind of negative stereotype or it was at its lowest, “Chambers said in an interview for CNET’s I’m So Obsessed Podcast series.

“I hope that with our film, some people who may never meet a gay man can find empathy and learn from the film itself,” he adds. “These are a lot of people’s truths, and [the story is] represented in such a positive way. “

Written by Chad Hodge and directed by Michael Mayer (27 dresses), Single All the Way, which premieres December 2, features Chambers alongside LGBTQ actors Michael Urie and Luke Macfarlane, and veteran comedy actors Kathy Najimy and Jennifer Coolidge. Chambers plays Nick, who claims to be in a relationship with his best friend, Peter (Uriah), who doesn’t want to show up single once again at his family’s vacation reunion. But then Nick must find out what his true feelings are for his best friend when Peter’s mother (Najimy) sets up a blind date with her son with his dashing trainer (Macfarlane). Coolidge plays the role of Peter’s aunt.


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If that sounds like a familiar plot for a romantic comedy (with a feel-good ending), it is. And that’s the whole point. Chambers says he’s proud that Single All the Way just presents a story about families and people trying to find love. “The reason I think this is such a groundbreaking project isn’t just because it’s Netflix’s first dive into the LGBTQ rom-com community, but because this project is so filled with joy.”

Chambers, who was inspired to be an actor after watching The Lion King as a child and Robin Williams in Ms. Doubtfire, also told me about the positive changes he’s seeing in diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. entertainment. He tells me that Harry and the Hendersons is one of his favorite movies – “because Bigfoot, because I love Bigfoot so much”. He is also obsessed with meditation, which in part became an antidote to life during the pandemic.

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