Chris Meloni on The Sam Roberts Show, April 11, 2014
Roberts: How was the character [Chris Keller] pitched to you?
Meloni: Uh, “Did you wanna play an inmate on this show called Oz?”
Roberts: That was it?
Meloni: That was it. I had no idea. And, you know, I got the third script, and I think it’s the script where I first kiss Lee Tergesen. We make out. And in the first episode, the prior episodes before…. I was like, “Oh my goodness, I think I’m gay. I think so.”
Roberts: So they don’t pitch that to you before?
Meloni: No, they didn’t. And that was alright. And then, so when I got that third script, I looked at Lee and said, “It’s official. I’m gay.”
Roberts: ”For you.”
Meloni: ”And so are you, ‘cause you kissed me back.”
Roberts: ”And you like it.”
Meloni: Yeah, he does.
Roberts: You both liked it. It was obvious to me.
Meloni: Both when the camera is rolling and when it’s not.
Roberts: That’s what I mean about staying in character. It’s important.
Meloni: Got it.
Roberts: It’s important. Do you? Because I always hear that when people are on a movie set, and they’re playing opposite a woman, they kind of have that thing where they fall in love a little bit. Does that happen with Lee Tergesen, a little bit?
Meloni: Oh, we fell in love.
Roberts: A little bit, right?
Meloni: Oh, yeah.
Roberts: So, that must make you be like, “Look at this. Two men are in love right now.”
Meloni: Mmm-hmm. To this day.
Roberts: That’s good.
Roberts: That’s beautiful.