John Barrowman believes his star turn in top US TV series Desperate Housewives opened up his appeal to a new generation of fans and, if starring in one of the biggest TV shows of all time is not enough, he has offered his services to another. The 44-year-old actor, singer, dancer and all-round entertainer asked producers if he could appear in musical comedy Glee.
Barrowman, who was appearing on STV’s The Hour, revealed how he became linked to the role of one of Rachel’s gay fathers in Glee.
“I went into Glee, met with them and said I would be interested in being in the show. They said they had followed my career, they know what I’ve done, they love what I do,” explained the Torchwood star.
“The ball is in their court now. Whether it happens or not that’s another story. I don’t sit around and wait so I’ve got to go ahead with other things. But the fact is that I made the move to let them know I’m interested, so who knows? I would love to be on that show.”
Barrowman was widely praised for his turn in Desperate Housewives, where he starred as Patrick Logan for six episodes. The experience also brought with an offer from co-star Drea de Matteo who volunteered to have children with the gay actor, as Barrowman revealed.
“[De Matteo] said she doesn’t like working with other actors and actresses and she said the one thing I love about you John is that you’re yourself, you don’t really change for anybody, you’re down to earth,” said the actor, who was born in Glasgow.
“She said, ‘I’ve heard you want to have a kid. If you ever want to have one give me a call and I’ll have one for you'.”
Barrowman also mentioned that he would be returning to Glasgow to star in the greatest of Scottish traditions – the Panto.