The actor from TV’s White Collar and American Horror Story, 39, plays Hollywood golden boy Monroe Stahr in Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, now streaming. It’s based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about a young film executive’s rise to power in the 1930s and his clash with a ruthless studio mogul (Kelsey Grammer). How does the series depart from the novel? It’s true to a lot of the central themes and characters, but we get to see a lot more of everything going on in the world and the country at the time. What do you like about Monroe? I love how multifaceted he is. If you’re playing a character, you always want someone who has a lot of different masks they show the world. You were terrific as the psychopathic John Boy in the movie The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Are you interested in more character roles? Anytime I have a chance to throw on an eye patch and black out a tooth, I’m there. I never really perceived myself as a leading man. If I were to have a chance to play a lot of great character roles, that would really be a dream come true. What do you consider to be your biggest achievement? I would say my family. Being married too; I have to include Simon [Halls, a Hollywood publicist] in that. But I would definitely say the kids are the biggest achievement, certainly my first priority. [Bomer and Halls have three children via surrogacy.] Keeping my family first can be a really tricky thing. It means having to say no to some things that you’d really like to say yes to. But I’ve never regretted spending more time with my family.
Why does he believe actors are meant to be “overheard, not listened to”? Go to Parade.com/bomer to find out.