Jack Falahee looks as though he’s just stepped out of a Jay McInerney or Bret Easton Ellis novel. He bears a rather eerie resemblance to the slick cut-glass-cheekbone type that always seemed to end up the Byronic hero in 1980s fiction, the prep-school dreamboat with the dark past and the bright new BMW. This is actually not far from the flawless charmer he plays on ABC’s brooding new legal drama, How to Get Away With Murder. As gay law student Connor Walsh, Falahee manages to come across as simultaneously brilliant, arrogant, manipulative, sexually predatory, and totally irresistible.
“My character is someone who is entirely confident, entirely comfortable with who he is,” says the 25-year-old native of Ann Arbor, Mich., a lock of hair falling just so against his smooth forehead. “Connor is one of those people no one has ever said no to.” Jack Falahee pauses, and his careful, measured delivery — which up to this point has echoed that of his calculating alter ego — suddenly gives way to a warm, wide, thoroughly Midwestern grin. “I am not that guy,” he says, laughing. “I have all the usual quirky insecurities that everyone has. Connor isn’t ever insecure. And that makes him really fun to play.”
Still, Jack Falahee admits he does have at least a few things in common with Connor. “I think he’s come from a supportive family, and I have, too,” he says. “My parents were encouraging when I said I wanted to be an actor. And I don’t know if that’s usually the case.”
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