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Q-and-A with Hung's Stephen Amell

The Gemini Award-winning actor on sex scenes and dealing with women
by Gelo Gonzales | Dec 1, 2011
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Big dicks. That's one of the highlights of HBO's Hung, a comedy-drama series set in recession-stricken Detroit. The show, created by Collette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin is now on its third season. It follows the life of one Ray Drecker (Thomas Jayne), a former high school legend who has fallen on hard times.

Strapped for cash, and cornered without many options left, Ray considers and decides to make use of his last, greatest asset remaining: his epic schlong. With the help of a friend and former flame, Tanya Skagle, Ray becomes a gigolo, and together they start their venture, "Happiness Consultants."

As with all businesses, some competition is bound to pop up to take a portion of the pie. And that is exactly what happens in the show's newest season. Once an associate of Ray and Tanya's, Lenore Bernard (Rebecca Creskoff) breaks off from the pair and sets out to prove that she's the alpha-pimp. She brings in his own prostitute, Jason (Stephen Amell) who becomes Ray's rival gigolo--one who's younger and just as impressive down there. It's going to be a swordfight to the end, we tell you.

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Hung's third season premieres on HBO on Monday, December 5, at 11:55 PM, with two new episodes airing every Monday night after the 10 PM movie. We also got to chat with said rival gigolo, Stephen Amell, who has played roles in The Vampire Diaries and 90210, among a few. Check it out below.

You’re the new gigolo in town, Ray’s competition. In what ways will your character transform the dynamic of the series?
There are lots of things that Jason does that Ray doesn't do. Ray became a gigolo because it was something that he had to do, to support his family. And for Jason, it's just something that he does for fun. So there's a lighter air about Jason that is in contrast to Ray's. When they interact with one another, Ray's sort of serious, and Jason's a little more fun-loving, which I figure adds a fun dynamic to the show. He's just young and relaxed. We do have similar physical gifts on the show though.

From your experience in portraying Jason, what insights or lessons can you share with us in terms of dealing with women?
I think that the show does a really good job at explaining the emotional role that sex has for women. The guise of the show is that you have Ray's character and you have Jason's character and they have this sort of unique, physical gift. But for them to do a good job as a gigolo, they have to do a good job connecting with their client emotionally and it can't just be the physical aspects. My insight there for women is that it's not just about your body, about physicality, it's not about the size of your penis. It's how you relate to them emotionally. And I think the show does a really good job of explaining that.

Mentally, how did you approach the role of a “busboy-turned-prostitute”?
There wasn't that much preparation that could be done because when I got the role of Jason, and even prior to the audition for the character, he didn't really have a backstory. He's new to the gigolo world. So, I just had to try and experience things that I was experiencing, and take the things that were coming to me as naturally as possible. Some of it for Jason is a little bit overwhelming, but mostly, in the early goings, it's just fun. So I just tried to make sure that my character seemed like he was having fun, and that's all I had to do.

You also get to do a couple of sex scenes in the show, which we heard are some of your first in your career. What tips can you give anyone who's about to do their first sex scene?
There's one tip, and only one tip, and that is to get together with the person that you're working with, and try to laugh about what you're going to do. It's inherently awkward by nature. There are different camera setups, and they want your positions very specifically. And if you don't have a good relationship, and you can't sort of look at the person you're working with and have a little bit of a laugh with them, and have a nice chemistry with them, then it's just going to make the whole experience, mechanical, for lack of a better word. So, find your scene partner, get to know them, get to have a little bit of a laugh with them, and it's going to make everything easier.

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