Jack Falahee is back (and on his back again!) to steam up Thursday nights on ABC.
Sitting pretty! His breakout role in the ABC megahit How to Get Away with Murder has made 26-year-old Jack Falahee a rising star... and Hollywood’s latest sex symbol.
That 5 o’clock shadow and flirtatious smirk have cemented Jack Falahee as the certified heartthrob of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, but his TV fame doesn’t carry much weight with his high-achieving family. “I am the black sheep,” he says. “My sister is an environmental lawyer, one brother is getting his PhD in theology, and my younger brother is this total brainiac—he’s probably going to cure cancer.”
The son of an orthopedic surgeon and a speech pathologist, Falahee, who grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, definitely took an unfamiliar career path. But “my folks were always supportive of my three siblings and me trying our hands at different things,” he says. “And I was always interested [in performing].”
With his family’s support and his own perseverance, Falahee, 26, has landed on one of the most successful series of the past decade. On How to Get Away with Murder, whose second season premiered on September 24, he plays Connor Walsh, a charming and persuasive law student who finds himself in the midst of everything from murder and mayhem to sexual derring-do. His character is openly gay, and portraying him has earned Falahee much praise. “I approached it as, This is my job and I’m going to work at fulfilling my duties as an actor,” he says. “I’m doing my best to portray [Connor] in an honest light. We’re seeing a lot of gay men and women on television. I think the whole landscape is being restructured to accurately portray humans.”
On the other end of the entertainment spectrum, this winter Falahee will be playing a real-life Confederate scout named Frank Stringfellow in the PBS miniseries Mercy Street. “It’s an amazing story about a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, that was turned into a hospital during the Civil War,” he says. “It was really exciting to spend hours in the Virginia Historical Society, poring over the actual letters that [Stringfellow] wrote to his fiancée from the [front].”
As for what’s next, Falahee is content to live in the moment: “It’s a really brutal business, so to get up every day and work with all of my brilliant cast mates and crew—that’s the dream for me. I’m really just trying to enjoy it.”
Where Jack Falahee Hangs Out in LA:
Hood Watch: “I live in Silver Lake, which I really dig. Coming from New York, it’s important for me to walk out of my door and [be able to] go somewhere.”
Good Eats: “I’ve become great friends with Ashleigh Parsons, who runs Alma in Downtown. They’re always doing really cool stuff.”
Fitness Fix: “I started cycling because I’m training for a triathlon, and I discovered Frogtown. It’s a really rad part of town. You can go right off the LA bike path into a bar or coffee shop, put your bike on a rack, and have a cappuccino. That’s pretty cool.”