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'American Horror Story's' Dylan McDermott On Nude Scenes: 'It's All Me'

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The 50-year-old actor says body doubles aren't his thing and his gay audience is "all good" in a new interview with The Advocate.

American Horror Story star Dylan McDermott definitely gives actors half his age a run for their money. At 50 years old, the star still turns heads and reveals that he’s very comfortable performing nude scenes for his role as patriarch Ben Harmon on the FX show.

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“I knew going into it that there was nudity and that a lot of people would be watching, so I knew I had to be in really good shape,” McDermott tells The Advocate in a new interview.

“I’m no fool, so I hit the gym and watched what I ate,” he continues. “Actually, when I first got the role, production called me and asked, ‘Who’s your body double?’ I said, ‘Oh, hell no. It’s going to be all me, baby.’”

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McDermott also talks about his gay fandom, working with showrunner Ryan Murphy, and his dream gig.

On whether he hurries into a bathrobe or “let's it all hang out” between takes:

“I’m probably somewhere in the middle. When I’m in the role, in the moment, I’m comfortable. After they yell ‘cut,’ I don’t need to put my balls in someone’s face.”

On whether he gets hit on by gay men:

“Oh, yeah. Honestly, I’m cool with everyone, and people pick up on that. I’d say, ‘I’m not gay, but it’s all good.’ It’s kind of like going to Paris when you don’t know the language; some Americans get into trouble over there, but I’m just like, ‘Sorry, I don’t speak French.’”

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On working with Murphy:

“I believe that Ryan Murphy is a genius. His instincts remind me of Andy Warhol. I recently went to the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, and you can see a lot of echoes of Andy in Ryan’s work. Like Andy, Ryan’s finger is so on the pulse of culture that he’s ahead of culture. Their aesthetic and their vision of the world are very similar. Ryan is also so unafraid. Most people in show business are so afraid to fail that they don’t take any risks, but all Ryan does is take risks. He puts himself out there all the time, and it’s his bravery that really separates him from everybody else.”

On his dream project:

“I had this idea — I actually brought it up to Ryan Murphy — that I wanted to play Halston. I think that would make a great movie, because his life was so interesting and complex. I was trying to develop that for a while, and Ryan was kind of mulling it over. We’ll see.”

On whether he knew that his 1989 film Steel Magnolias was a major gay favorite:

“No, I had no idea. You have to tell me about it. ... That’s hysterical. I swear to God, I did not know this.”

Read the full interview at TheAdvocate.com. American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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