In an in-depth interview with The Guardian’s Alice Wignall, John Barrowman recently discussed sexuality, lifestyle and being a role model as well as working an awful lot.
Mainly though, the purpose is to promote the BBC documentary series The Making of Me, whose makers asked three celebrities to use scientific testing, psychology, brain science and genetics to investigate the origins of their defining characteristics, with each given their own show. Vanessa Mae investigates why she is musical, Colin Jackson why he is fast, and Barrowman finds out why he is gay.
The interview itself is a shining glimpse into the world of John Barrowman, and touches upon some of the things he learned make the show.
I like the way it ends, though.
"I’d love to be a hero and that’s why I love playing him, because he is a hero. But then, funnily enough, people have written to me and said I am their ‘hero’" – he says the word with self-deprecating verbal air quotes – "because of standing up for what I believe in".
John Barrowman’s edition of The Making of Me airs BBC One, July 24