Mark Deklin Plays Gay on GCB
by Sawyer J. Lahr
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Receiving my call one afternoon, Mark Deklin pulls over to the side of the road in his car to park. I commented that he was working on the fly, and he said that’s LA for you. Deklin is the only male series regular on GCB (Good Christian Belles) and playing the gay ex-husband of Cricket Caruth-Reilly in Dallas, TX. The new ABC series starring Kristin Chenoweth, formerly known as Good Christian Bitches, is based on the eponymous book by Kim Gatlin optioned by Darren Star (creator of the HBO series Sex and the City) who attached writer Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias, First Wives Club) to script the pilot. After Starr and Harling were separated from each other during production of the pilot episode, executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts were hired after the pilot to help Harling. Bobby, as Deklin affectionally refers to the writer, has worked closely with him to develop Blake’s character arch including a relationship with a character named Booth Becker (Denton Blane Everett, Lone Star).
The ever-handsome and smiling Deklin has a recurring role on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 as the new husband of Scott Caan’s ex-wife, and the lawyer Kirk Stark on Hot in Cleveland. He is also known for his series regular role on the critically acclaimed, short-lived Fox series Lone Star, in which he starred as Jon Voight’s son, as well as a recurring role on Desperate Housewives in which he played the love interest of Eva Longoria. In addition to his work on the small screen, Deklin has held starring roles on Broadway including roles in “Sweet Smell of Success” alongside John Lithgow and “The Lion King” in which he played “Scar.” Deklin sketched out his character for Go Over the Rainbow before it’s premiere in place Pan Am on Sunday, March 6 at 10/9c.
Full interview available on our sister site Go Over the Rainbow.
Sawyer J. Lahr is Chief Editor of the forthcoming online publication, Go Over the Rainbow. He also writes a monthly film column for Mindful Metropolis, a conscious living magazine in Chicago, IL.
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