Alan Cumming Guest Stars In The Season Finale Of "The Outs"

The Outs, a critically-acclaimed and crowd-funded web series about friends, lovers and exes in Brooklyn, is wrapping up with Alan Cumming guest starring in the finale episode. Adam Goldman, the show’s creator, spoke to BuzzFeed via email about the finale and how The Outs got started. posted on

How did Alan Cumming get involved with The Outs?

Adam Goldman: Alan found the show out in the wild and tweeted about being a fan. We were obviously over the moon. When you look at the work he’s done, for me it’s just ‘Classic, classic, classic.’ Romy & Michelle and Titus and X-Men 2 are three of my favorite movies. Ever. I’m not fucking around here. I was in gay nerd heaven.

It turns out, incidentally, that he is an incredibly warm human being and we got coffee and we got along swimmingly, so when he wanted to get involved it seemed like a natural fit. We didn’t want it to feel like “And here is The Outs: Alan Cumming Edition!” so we found a way for him to fit into the story. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

What was it like working with a veteran actor like Alan?

Leading up to the shoot Sasha (who plays Oona and lives with me) and I were freaking out. How do you give notes to one of your idols? But obviously this was not his first rodeo so really it was just about letting Alan and Sasha play together on set. The scene is so deliciously awkward by itself. I think he had fun playing an exaggerated, grumpier, sluttier version of himself, too. Which funnily enough is how I would describe Oona in comparison to Sasha.

The Outs has such a devoted following. How’d the series get started?

Initially, after our first, relatively small Kickstarter campaign, nobody paid much attention. But once we put out our second episode people kind of caught on and realized that we were trying something that, at the time, was relatively rare: we wanted to make a show online that looked and sounded and felt like something you could watch on TV. Also we were (and are) about as ‘indie’ as you can get, budget-wise.

In Hollywood if you shoot something for a few million dollars they call that a “microbudget.” We made The Outs for about $25,000, and I think there’s something appealingly scrappy about that to people.

Please, please don’t tell me this is the last we’ll be seeing of The Outs. Any idea on what might be in the works?

We’re trying to keep the creative team behind The Outs together for another project that we’ll be starting this summer, and I’m really excited for that. Stay tuned.

As for the future of The Outs, I don’t want to rule anything out. I have so much affection for these characters, and if there’s a way to keep telling stories about them I’d love to make it work. Here’s hoping.

9. Here’s the final episode of The Outs

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/63027663.

You can watch the whole series here.

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