November 27, 2023
Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer Apparently Bonded Like Their Fellow Travelers' Characters
Emell Adolphus READ TIME: 2 MIN.
Apparently Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey have more in common with their "Fellow Travelers" characters than they thought.
In the show, the two meet and bond over a glass of milk. But for Bomer and Bailey, it was coffee–specifically at Goldstruck Coffee in Toronto, reported E! News.
"It all started on Cumberland Avenue," Bailey told E! News. And Bomer added, "At Goldstruck Coffee in Toronto." And Bailey quipped back, "We struck gold, with our Cumberland."
A Showtime limited series, "Fellow Travelers" follows Bailey and Bomer's characters cross the decades, beginning in 1950s Washington D.C., at the height of McCarthyism and ending during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
"It was literally the first time we had met in person; we had had a chemistry test on Zoom," said Bailey. "We sat down, and it felt a sort of biblical moment actually, looking back. But at the time, it was just a really nice get to know you. And of course, when you're faced with this extraordinary task of telling these two characters' love story, that's so sort of complicated and nuanced, we just agreed that we'd support each other."
Bomer added, "I knew that Jonny was a tremendous actor. So, a lot of it was just trusting the work you brought to the set that day, and then working opposite a great actor."
He added, "It's just so rare that you get to work on something that's educates you, and also provide you with such an extraordinary challenge as an actor. It was just all the things that you hope for as an actor, that sometimes you get a little bit piecemeal. But to have that and all of that experience in one job was just kind of once or twice in a career if you're lucky–especially when you get this cast and the creatives we had."
In making such an impactful show, the two actors shared that they have bonded for life.
"It's amazing," said Bailey, "to get to know that these characters meet on a bench, sipping milk. And then, from there, this whole thing blossoms. So, we could lean into the characters' experiences and find it in the scenes. And I think by the end of the shoot, we were sort of bonded for life."
Watch "Fellow Travelers" on Showtime or stream it on Paramount+.