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that the fo­cus on grief and death felt less cen­tral to my life at the time that I was build­ing Ja­son’s char­ac­ter last year. What’s kind of crazy, though, is that for me, nearly a year be­fore I got the call about “Af­ter For­ever” and agreed to come on board for the show, my fa­ther passed away, and I was in the po­si­tion to watch him take his last breath, and, well, in the last episode of the sea­son, view­ers get to see that hap­pen for Ja­son. And even sit­ting in the doc­tor’s of­fice — when he gets that an­nounce­ment — felt so real and im­me­di­ate for me. I’m lucky to be in that po­si­tion, y’know, as some­one who sur­vived and is ag­ing out of the youth I spent in the ’80s and ’90s watch­ing friends and loved ones die, where in­juries now are the re­sult of life well-spent. Oh, ab­so­lutely, but I think it def­i­nitely res­onates with the char­ac­ter. I mean [Mitchell ges­tures to the crutches nearby, ev­i­dence of his pulled ham­string] this is just from play­ing ten­nis, but those first few days, hell, weeks, af­ter, I felt so fee­ble, and so aware of my own mor­tal­ity, too, be­cause of course that’s an in­te­gral and in­evitable part of it. And I def­i­nitely brought those feel­ings and that ex­pe­ri­ence into play­ing Ja­son and em­body­ing that sort of de­cline. Well, it’s ob­vi­ously a ne­ces­sity. I think the preva­lence of blind-cast­ing def­i­nitely helps; there are so many kinds of ac­tors — re­ally ta­lented per­form­ers — who wouldn’t have had the op­por­tu­ni­ties I had when I was ac­tive in the in­dus­try. Even I barely got the op­por­tu­ni­ties I did. When I came out in 1999 at the GLAAD Mu­sic Awards, it was such a strug­gle for me as a gay ac­tor to even get roles de­spite hav­ing in­dus­try friends in higher po­si­tions who were also gay … you know, there re­ally wasn’t that kind of in­dus­try sup­port or even a safety net that I think so many younger ac­tors For sure. “Af­ter For­ever” was nom­i­nated for twelve In­ter­na­tional Academy of Web Tele­vi­sion Awards (IAWTV), and I flew out for the cer­e­mony ex­pect­ing, well, not to sweep the awards [Mitchell laughs], but we walked away with three, which is pretty good, and I was just as­tounded by the amount of amaz­ing tal­ent I saw, and the num­ber of truly in­ven­tive shows. It was such an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I opened MetroFresh and hadn’t ever thought about com­ing back to act­ing. The fact that I can be apart of this at all is so as­tound­ing, and [“Af­ter For­ever”] is def­i­nitely eas­ily di­gestible be­cause of the form, right? We shot it like a movie, like a sin­gle sto­ry­line, and I hope the view­ers feel that co­herency, too. *** You can watch Af­ter For­ever on Ama­zon for free with Ama­zon Prime.

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