Actor/comic/writer and Gaysian extraordinaire Alec Mapa burst onto the theatre scene as B.D. Wong’s replacement in the hit Broadway show M. Butterfly. (He also starred in the touring production that came to Toronto.) Although his career and life collapsed shortly after – when he famously quipped, “I couldn’t get a part in my hair” – he’s since rebounded, scoring recurring über-gay roles in Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.
We’re Funny That Way fans will remember Mapa’s hilarious solo show, I Remember Mapa. He returns to the queer comedy fest Saturday (May 3) with another show. See listings.
Dolly Parton, John Waters, Lily Tomlin, Andrea Martin and Walt Disney.
Favourite pun on your name?
My friends in high school used to call me Phalec.
Worst pun on your name?
Someone in kindergarten said, “Alec Mapa da floor.” It delivers the same amount of hilarious now.
When you were doing M. Butterfly, did you have any idea you’d be where you are now?
Yes. Only it was supposed to happen sooner and without the nervous breakdown.
Which set is gayer, Desperate Housewives’ or Ugly Betty’s?
They’re both pretty queerlicious, but Betty has a transgender character, so I’d say Ugly Betty, but just by a transgender hair.
Where do you keep your GLAAD award?
On the bookshelf next to my autographed copy of Debbie Reynolds’s autobiography, My Life.
Clinton or Obama?
I don’t care if the next prez is a chick, black or a black chick with a dick. We just need to move forward and get that monster out.
If you, B.D. Wong and Rex Lee (Lloyd from Entourage) got into a wrestling ring, who would win and why?
I would frickin’ win in a second. I’m small but I can fight like a tranny crack whore. I’m completely serious.
What are you going to be playing in the new Judd Apatow/Robert Smigel film?
Adam Sandler plays an Israeli operative who fakes his own death to fulfill his secret dream of becoming a hairdresser. I help teach him how.
What did you think of the “You’re so gay...” scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin?
Hilarious. Straight men preoccupied with homosexual panic. That’s pretty gay.
With you, T.R. Knight, NPH and others out, is the Hollywood closet shrinking?
No, but there’s a lot more space for shoes.
You have a husband and dog. Any adoption plans?
Yes. It’s official. I’ve just been adopted by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.