One of the most interesting aspects of “The Playboy Club’s” premiere last Monday night (Sept. 19) was bunny Alice (Leah Cudmore) and her husband Sean (Sean Maher) being closeted homosexuals and members of the Chicago chapter of the Mattachine Society.
“We dive right into this closeted life. This big charade that two people are playing, who are pretending to be happily married heterosexuals,” says Maher. “We see them at home, we see them discuss and strategize different elemtnts of the charade they’re playing.”
One of the biggest problems for Alice and Sean is Sean’s parents, who come into town in this upcoming episode.
“My parents come into town and we’re sort of thrust into this happily married couple putting on this show for the parents. One of the funniest things that comes up is my mom asks when are we having grandchildren,” Maher says. “Then there’s a whole other twist because my father actually gets a key to the club, which of course is mortifying to my wife and I cause they don’t know she’s working as a bunny.”
It is also Sean’s father who helps nudge Sean in a new direction, career-wise.
“My character is a speechwriter, but he’s working a
little more small potatoes than he would like and after some egging
from his father, who is not nearly as impressed with his son’s work as
he could be, I see Nick Dalton at the club and approach him and pitch
myself as his campaign manager because I do have a ton of experience in
that field and I do think he can win. So I give him my card and hope
for the best and he hires me,” Maher divulges.
And Sean’s character will also be having bit of a personal life too.
“I am in an longer-term relationship with a man, as opposed to Alice who hasn’t sort of set all that up yet,” says Sean, of “Grant.” “He comes on in the third peiosde and he’s instantly helping me out with the Mattachine Society.”
Overall, Maher is just happy about the great storyline being written for himself and Leah as his wife Alice.
“I really love what Chad has been writing for Sean and Alice. What I loved, especially about tonight’s episode, is we laugh at the situation a lot,” says Maher. “It’s a terrible way to live, to be closeted, to always be worried about bieng found out. To live this double life is really trying. The way he writes brings some lightness and humor to it, which is what you need. It can’t always been serious. And the actors who play my parents, it was so delightful to play on this episode.”
“The Playboy Club” airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.