Interview Michael Kearns
Topics of conversation:
- What became of The Happy Hustler?
- Hollywood homophobia
- HIV/AIDS current epidemic
- Unhappy childhood to happy fatherhood
- Adoption as a gay single man
For nearly forty years, actor-writer-director-teacher-producer Michael Kearns has been a force in the Los Angeles world of art and politics, juggling a mainstream film and television career with a prolific career in the theatre. In recent years, he has concentrated on educating, directing, and producing while still accepting occasional acting jobs (indies The Bridegroom and Absolution).
In 1995, against all odds, Kearns adopted an African-American child as a single HIV-positive man. He presently lives in Los Angeles with his daughter, Katherine, who turned seventeen in August of 2011, and attends the nearby Idyllwild Arts Academy studying filmmaking.
The Truth Is Bad Enough is his long-anticipated autobiography. will be published at the beginning of 2012.
The trajectory of Michael Kearns, professional career,from his happy hustler persona in the mid-Seventies to his internationally acclaimed theater work during the ensuing three decades is vividly brought to life in The Truth Is Bad Enough, What Became of The Happy Hustler?
In the final act, Michael plays the most compelling personal role of his life: the father of Katherine, the daughter he adopted when she was five-months old.
Like its author, The Truth Is Bad Enough doesn't hold back. Known for his blazing authenticity, Michael is a storyteller who traverses from the sexual revolution of the 1970s to the AIDS crisis of the Eighties and Nineties into the Twenty First century's political/social landscape with self-effacing humor, uninhibited sensuality, a parent's love, and the gravitas of historical context.