“That was my dick, Gus.” Gus has simply jumped up onto Lee Tempo’s lap and unintentionally pawed on the actor’s manhood. (Gus is Lee Tempo’s enthusiastic black retriever, by the way in which.) “I hoped this text can be about how well-mannered my canine was,” Tempo jokes.
It’s comprehensible, Gus. Over the previous few months, there’s a good probability you could have stumbled throughout a picture of the 42-year-old actor within the wild (i.e., on Twitter or Instagram) both from his personal ever-increasingly in style Instagram account or at September’s Met Gala sporting a Thom Browne suit-shorts combo and abruptly felt a scorching flash. “I’m conscious,” he says, smiling about turning into the thing of our collective on-line lust. “I don’t perceive how the web works. I really assume persons are trolling me.” Or is the star of Apple+’s new sequence Basis trolling all of us? “Who’s trolling who’s the query. However I assume that’s what you submit your self to on the web: a mutual troll fest,” he says. “I assume I’m trolling again and that’s enjoyable for everybody concerned.”
Sore balls apart, Tempo and I are having fun with a late afternoon Central Park hold with Gus in tow. Tempo is a doting canine dad to year-and-a-half outdated Gus, who he received after his final canine, Pete, handed away in early 2020. “I’m like a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder,” says Tempo of his shut bond with Gus (he additionally has a cat named Macho). “There was a few three-year time frame the place I didn’t have a canine and I used to be depressed.” As we go dad and mom with strollers and joggers on this heat October afternoon, he clips Gus’s leash onto his belt, retaining the pup from wandering too far. “He’s awfully good-looking,” Tempo brags. “If you see him out within the subject and dealing, he’s received this nice excessive step.”
Photograph: Sara Messinger
The “subject” is definitely Tempo’s farm in upstate New York — which you already know if you happen to comply with him on Instagram, which you do — the place the actor moved in 2010. For the primary two years, he lived with out warmth and electrical energy in a house he constructed himself and would ask neighbor Jessica Lange to make use of her bathe. “She’s one of many coolest,” he says of the American Horror Story actress. The actor has since bought Lange’s residence and now even has his personal tractor that his Texan father helped him select. “For some time, we planted wheat and corn and sunflowers,” he says. “Now we put it to hay as a result of I journey a lot. I plant plenty of bushes. I’ve tree tasks yearly.” And he’s devoted to increasing his upstate abode. Tempo laughs, “If I can get a couple of extra seasons of Basis, I’m going to place a fence up and get as many animals as I can.”
It’s all very Outdated MacDonald, aside from the Met Gala half. For this yr’s Vogue-sponsored occasion (Tempo’s second), he sat at Browne’s desk alongside Pete Davidson, Erykah Badu, and Mj Rodriguez. “Truthfully it was a reasonably chill night time,” Tempo says. “I didn’t exit after due to COVID. However one of the best a part of the night time was getting a burger after.” Nonetheless, being within the orbit of Rihanna was fairly cool. “She was solely about ten toes away from me,” he reveals. “I used to be like, ‘There she is. The queen is right here.’”
Tempo spots an open bench with a view of the Freedom Tower within the far distance and sits down. Together with his lengthy hair swept behind his ears, printed Prada camp collared shirt and Oakley sun shades, Tempo is giving off Jeff Spicoli–meets–Johnny Utah vibes. In actuality, Tempo grew up in Texas (with stops in Saudi Arabia and New Orleans because of his father’s oil-business work) after which moved to New York to attend Juilliard. Central Park is the place he spent his weekends in school. He lived on Amsterdam at 77th Road and would get stoned and wander the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork. One among Tempo’s freshman-year roommates was Anthony Mackie, which makes what he says subsequent really feel much less schmaltzy, extra matter-of-fact. “I’d say I realized the vast majority of the way to do my job from watching my classmates,” Tempo says. “It was such a good time for me to be on this little incubator and watch all these extremely gifted individuals.”
Whereas his Instagram fandom is simply reaching boyband-level standing, Tempo has been working steadily for almost 20 years. After making his big-screen debut within the 2003 movie Soldier’s Woman, Tempo starred within the TV sequence Pushing Daisies and Halt and Catch Hearth, each of which earned loyal cult followings. Roles adopted in a few of Hollywood’s greatest franchises, like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Daybreak (Half 1 and Half 2) and Guardians of the Galaxy. On the latter two special-effects-laden movies, Tempo and his co-stars engaged in dance-offs in the course of the great amount of downtime. “I misplaced the Guardians one,” he admits. “However we soundly received the Twilight one.”
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After enduring an exhausting run because the closeted Joe Pitt within the 2018 Broadway revival of Angels in America, Tempo gravitated towards doing one thing slightly extra enjoyable. Tempo says Foundation, primarily based on Isaac Asimov’s novels, is the largest mission he’s ever been concerned in — the primary season’s areas embrace Eire, Germany, Malta, and the Canary Islands. His character, Brother Day, is an imperious and boastful chief of a futuristic empire at a crossroads. Brother Day wears an outfit that may solely be described as a blue-armored caftan and orders executions with a flick of a finger. “There’s type of a camp enjoyable to this — there HAS to be,” says Tempo. “You possibly can’t play this abstraction of inherited energy or the patriarch in cost and never assume it’s slightly bit humorous. Emperor of the galaxy? It’s humorous.”
Regardless of the casualness of his Instagram feed — a mixture of outdoorsy stuff (Look, it’s Lee in a canoe!), Gus pics (Take a look at that cute canine!) Met Gala pics (Take a look at his calves in these Thom Browne shorts!), and tame thirst traps (Take a look at these again muscular tissues!) — Tempo has been a notoriously personal actor in interviews. The grid, he says, permits him to parse out his life by his personal guidelines. “My feeling about it now’s I select to not reply questions on my life,” Tempo tells me. “I select to point out issues as I need to. That feels to me applicable within the twenty first century. I really assume it’s type of enjoyable.”
Tempo’s rumored associate, primarily based on America’s nice detective, The Web, is Thom Browne exec Matthew Foley (each are tagged in one another’s Instagrams). He prefers to not determine Foley, however Tempo persistently refers to “we” when speaking about life on the farm. Then, I discover a gold wedding ceremony band on his left hand and ask about it. He playfully feigns shock. “What? No! How did that get there? Gus, are you aware something about that?” It’s at this second that Tempo asks that we stand up and stroll, looking for shade and maybe escape. His jitteriness towards talking about his private life turned a speaking level in 2018 throughout press for Angels in America. He was requested about his sexuality in a W Journal interview and mentioned he discovered the query “intrusive.” It then led Tempo to come back out as “a member of the queer neighborhood” on Twitter (with the assistance of a Missy Elliott GIF) after which in a New York Instances profile. “I simply don’t really feel like I owe anybody an evidence about who I’m or what I do,” he says. “I imply discuss a farce, like 12 occasions I learn ‘He’s come out!’ [Laughs.] I’m not hiding. I’m dwelling and I all the time have been.”
Because the orange glow of the solar begins to fade, we head towards the Western fringe of the park to half methods. Tempo will pack up for Eire quickly for season two of Basis and sadly depart Gus behind. However he’s gotta get again to work as a result of he has a transparent plan for his future … or no less than the way forward for the farm: “Cows. We’ll get that fence up. Put up a barn. I would want a correct barn for these cows.” The fence and barn will likely be good spots for future thirst traps.
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