That makes it just so much easier, and off camera as well," Chris once told James Lipton on .
"There's a lot to be said for that when you're working with someone for 16 hours a day, you better get along when the cameras aren't rolling as well as when it is.
From 1998 to 2003, Meloni portrayed the bisexual criminal Chris Keller on the HBO series Oz.
That’s what makes them happy.’ He just said, ‘Oh, OK,’ and that was it.
It was such a nonissue and it proves the point that once you take everything out of the darkness, once you shine a light on things, it’s not a big deal.” Meloni had a rare opportunity during the time he worked on to hear a number of stories from a generation of gay fans who shared how living in the darkness of a closet had affected their lives.
As we sit at a table near the back of the Universal Hilton’s lobby lounge to discuss his latest role, on Fox’s new comedy Meloni throws back his head and laughs when I ask him what he thinks of homophobic parents who claim same-sex marriage will confuse children. “I remember when he was 7 and he looked at a gay couple who are friends of ours and asked, ‘Are they married?
’ I said, ‘They’re partners and they love each other.
That’s why you need to have a responsible adult around you to guide you through like his mother did and say, ‘You’re not gay. Let’s deal with how you want to operate on that level.’ You can’t ignore these things and pretend like they don’t exist.” It’s a line of thinking Meloni says he applies to his own parenting as he tries to foster an inclusive view of the world in his own children. I think that’s the kind of example, the type of behavior, that’s going to push us forward.