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DYNASTY’s Rafael de La Fuente Reflects On Being Out and Proud After Conquering His Fears

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CW’s Dynasty just wouldn’t be the fun soap it is without the presence and the performance of none other than Rafael de La Fuente who kills it week after week with his work in the role of Sammy Jo.

In a very touching Instagram post on Wednesday from Atlanta, where Dynasty is shot, Rafael shares where he is at in his life (which is an amazing place) after his struggle with coming to terms with being gay, and how it would affect his chances of garnering work in Hollywood.

Rafael shared: “There was a time when I was so incredibly terrified of being gay and the thought of being out was sooo out of the question because I thought if I dared to be honest and open about who I was, I’d never be able to work as an actor or have a healthy love and family life… I’m currently on set of the show that I’ve been starring in (for 3 seasons now wtf), where I play a GAY character while my gorgeous boyfriend is in my trailer doing some work on the computer.  Ohh, and we’ll be spending Christmas with my family. Happiness and everything you want is on the other side of fear kids. Be bold, be proud, be you.”



Share your thoughts on de La Fuente’s post and if you enjoy his work as Sammy Jo on Dynasty via the comment section below.

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Jamesj75

Kudos to de la Fuente for his inspirational commentary and bravery. His work on Dynasty is indeed a highlight of the show!

Steven
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Steven

Sigh…ok whatever. Am I supposed to feel better after reading this? He’s a celeb in a gay-friendly celeb world. What is there to be scared of? I guess he now wants to be a spokesperson and model for people coming out. Guess what? There’s many of us who have been Out and Proud for decades. You’re no trailblazer.

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Llanviewer717

I know nothing of this actor’s life, family or circumstances. Finding ones personal peace with self is an ongoing part of the human journey. I applaud Rafael’s progress on his journey.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Steven, did you even read the message? He’s saying he was previously scared, not now… and “what was there to be scared of?” you ask… Mr. De la Fuente spells it out for you: He thought it would hurt his career (which does happen to gay actors) and he had family concerns (we don’t know what his family is like). He’s not saying he’s a trailblazer. He’s offering hope to young people that coming out can be positive, even if it’s scary (“Happiness and fear is on the other side kids,” he writes.) Since you’ve been out and proud for… Read more »

Drake
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Drake

Steven, I think you’re missing the point here. Everyone’s journey is different. He’s not aspiring to be a trailblazer. He’s simply celebrating living in his truth. This is significantly harder for men of color for a multitude of reasons. I can relate to his post and draw inspiration from it and I’m sure others from the communities he represents can as well.

No hate no shade
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No hate no shade

Why the hate. True, but the world isnt always gay friendly even for celebrities. Some people still cant land roles in the industry. He wasnt trying to be original, he was trying to also encourage people by talking about his struggle.

Kevin
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Kevin

Why can’t we be glad when someone comes out instead of tearing them down? I swear, sometimes there’s more hate from inside our own community than there is from any homophobe. Congratulations Rafael on living your truth. I love you on DYNASTY.

Hailey
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Hailey

It’s always fantastic to see another positive coming out story, after decades worth of stories citing why you shouldn’t, on pain of rejection, disgust, humiliation, up to and including death. He’s a great actor and such a positive guy. I respect his work and his message.

Deb
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Deb

Good for you! Great character and great show.

LINDA D. KISH
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LINDA D. KISH

Love this, and love him! So glad you are happy and in love! Love you on Dynasty!

Houda Depompa
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Houda Depompa

Jo is my favorite character on Dynasty

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‘Dynasty’ and GH Favorite Emma Samms Marries Simon McCoy

Over the weekend, Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty, and Holly, General Hospital) announced that she has wed former BBC News broadcaster Simon McCoy sharing a very sweet photo.

The couple secretly tied the knot.  Samms and McCoy had just announced they had become engaged a month ago and at the time said they were looking to get married next year in 2022, but apparently things moved much quicker!

With a candid wedding photo, Samms expressed: “Yesterday was a very good day,” and she wrote alongside the image, the hashtag: “#mrandmrs”

McCoy also took to Twitter after seeing all the congrats and well-wishes for the newlyweds adding: “Twitter can be a lovely place. @EmmaSamms1 – my wife – and I are so happy. Thank you for all your kind messages.”

This is Samms fourth marriage.  She also has two children from her previous marriages, Micha and Cameron.

As for McCoy, he was previously married for 14 years to Victoria Graham.  However, the couple split after reports that she was involved in a relationship with his BBC colleague. Jon Gripton.

Share your well-wishes and congratulations to Emma and Simon via the comment section below.

 

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Eliza Bennett Cast as Amanda Carrington on CW’s Dynasty

In the original ABC classic version of Dynasty, Catherine Oxenberg played this key role, which was also played for a time by Karen Cellini, but now comes word that CW’s reboot of the series is adding back into the mix the character of Amanda Carrington.

This time, the British-Carrington will be played by actress Eliza Bennett (MTV’s Sweet/Vicious). And remember, Amanda is the daughter of Alexis Carrington (Elaine Hendrix).

According to TV Line, Bennett will become a series regular and will debut this season and return for season five of the soap.

The log lines for Amanda’s re-emergence in the story share: “The long-lost Carrington relative, born and raised in Europe, arrives on the Carrington doorstep holding a treasure trove of secrets from their past… and hers,  Amanda is smart, confident, and can hold her own against any Carrington who comes at her. By day she’s a savvy lawyer, but by night she’s a bit of a party girl. Ashe has no problem stirring up trouble in a family full of troublemakers.”

So, what do you think about NuAmanda? Excited they have had the character back to the canvas of Dynasty? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ Reveals ‘Who’s In the Casket’ as Original Cast Member Exits

Friday night’s episode of CW’s Dynasty featured the highly-anticipated reveal of which character was being mourned at the funeral in the season-opener flash-forward.

It turned out that original CW series cast member, Alan Dale (Anders) is the one who exited the series, and who’s character died.  And as viewers learned it was not from exactly from an injury to the rib, sustained in trying to protect Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) and Liam (Adam Huber) from kidnappers that actually did Anders in, but from a car accident and the pain of it his injures on his way to see Cristal (Daniella Alonso) in the hospital that sent him to heaven. Meanwhile, Cristal wasn’t doing too well either, as she was undergoing experimental treatments for a brain tumor.

The red-herring of who was actually in the casket led viewers to believe it could have been Cristal, Liam, or Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) and earlier in the season many believed it was Sam (Rafael de la Fuente) or Adam (Sam Underwood), but they later appeared in the flash-forwards of the funeral.

Clearly, Fallon is very devastated by the the loss of Anders.  Earlier in the episode Anders told her, “Nothing’s going to happen to you while I can help it. You’re like a daughter to me.”

Fans took to Twitter on Friday sharing their grief of the beloved Alan Dale being killed-off the series as well with numerous sentiments on the reveal.

So, did you guess it was Anders who was in the casket? Sad to know Alan Dale is off Dynasty? Comment below.

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