Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Look Back: Dean Armstrong in Queer As Folk

A few nights ago, a night sleep utterly refused to join me in bed, I flicked on the tv. There was an old episode of Queer As Folk I watched for a few minutes before switching to a re-run of The Jeffersons. Some of you may remember I struggled to like QAF in the beginning, especially actor Randy Harrison. Eventually both the show, and Randy, won me over and I have now watched most of the the show's run.

Although the few minutes I caught did not include Blake, it did have me thinking of his character and his battles with both his demons and his addictions. Dean Armstrong was one of my favorite parts of QAF, and as you can see from these images, his beautiful face and sparkling blue eyes are as captivating as ever.

Armstrong in Haven (2010)

Ted was never my favorite character, yet Ted and Blake were one of the show's most complicated, and fascinating couples to watch. The lust, the co-dependence, the need to be needed and their eventual reversal of roles was one of my favorite parts of the show. Blake was so damaged, yet I could not help being on his side and like Ted, wanting to see him come out healthy on the other side of his battles.

There was something hopeful about the character, even when he had nothing. Dean Armstrong was also completely adorable with a smile that won over pretty much everyone... except of course Emmett, who saw right through it.

Although Armstrong continues to act, his major focus the last few years as been his company Armstrong Acting Studio's. Dean and his staff work as acting coaches with many actors and productions. Some of Dean's most well known clients include Nina Dobrev, Miley Cyrus as well as working for a time as an acting couch on QAF. Check out his site to read more about his latest projects. Below, a few memorable Blake moments from Dean's time on Season 1 of the show.


Anonymous said...

I had mixed feelings about QAF. As a whole I hated the show but there were a few things I enjoyed like LIndsay and Melanie. I hated Michael, Brian, Justin, Emmett, and Ted. I've tried watching it a second time just to see if I could appreciate it now that it's been gone for awhile but I hate it more now than I did initially.

Anonymous said...

don't know where you've been, but QAF dealt with a lot of issues that most folks nowadays forget were relevant at the time. Gay-Bashing, Gay Marriage, lots of things folks today now take for granted.

Yea, there are some characters that were rather awful, but if anything, having Debbie in any episode is the best! Wish I had a PFLAG Mom!

It amazes me how far we've come in 16 years, I just hope that we don't go backwards with the next Russian installed prez.