Kevin Beer and his husband, Dr. Greg Cason, of "LA Shrinks."
How did Greg's being on the show come about?
I think a friend saw the ad and mentioned it to him. Over the years, Greg has done media camera work before in his field, so it wasn't a big stretch. He auditioned, and then he and I auditioned. So of course once they saw me, they had to have him. At least that what I tell him every single day! All in all, it took about two years before it hit the small screen.
The show is really all about Greg's story and his work, which it was supposed to be. My part is strictly the First Lady. So with that said, I knew I was going into it as the quiet, supportive type. What you don't see is my tongue bleeding from biting it. I might be at times supportive, but never quiet. Greg and I have been together for many years and we fight, man, do we fight. But I think what you see on the show is tenderness, and that was accurately represented.
Greg confronted some incredibly difficult personal issues throughout the season. How did you as his partner and you two as a couple deal with these?
It was tough. We've been together for almost 24 years dealing with it, but it's very different watching it. I think the first 3 episodes, I hid my eyes and at one time, I had to even leave the room. Greg's story is very personal and also very universal. How does one deal with childhood abuse? It's Greg way of showing the world with hard work and whole lot of love, you can heal.
I don't think there are middle-aged gay men on TV, certainly not in the movies. I don't think Hollywood thinks it can make any money on us. [It's] sad, if you ask me. But let me tell you, I'm 60 years old and of the times I've been recognized, it's always older gay men who are the ones who thank me for doing the show and say how much it means to them to see someone like themselves portrayed on TV. Which, of course, always makes me tear up and I thank them over and over again, as if they just gave me a million dollars.
As a professional interior designer based in LA, what are your thoughts about fellow Bravo show "Million Dollar Decorators"?
I read it was cancelled, which is too bad. I thought the characters were great. For television, HGTV might just rule the roost in the design department. I'm just not sure. I do know the designers on the show are incredibly talented and very respected here in town. I just ran into Martyn at Trader Joe's the other day, and it turns out Greg went out with Jeffery [Alan Marks] years ago. It's a small big town.
What is every designer's nightmare? Having your doctor spouse host a visual tour of the work you've done, describe the family antiques, and explain the history of architecture and style on national television. You can see why Betty Ford turned to drink!
Have you seen an uptick in your design business from being on "LA Shrinks"?
Not a thing! People think I'm a psychologist now and tell me all their problems.
Without giving too much away about tonight's season finale, can you share your thoughts about your wedding?
Never wear a shiny purple tie and matching handkerchief, ever!
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