Matt McGorry is an American actor and social activist. He caught the hearts of his fans and critics with his act as correction officer John Bennett in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (OITNB). He is also known for his roles on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and How He Fell in Love.
Matt McGorry Bio
The OINTB actor was born on April 12, 1986 in Manhattan, New York, USA as Matthew David McGorry. With a penchant for performance, he debuted as a performer at the age of nine, acting in theatres and performing magic, an act he was into until later in his teenage years. He attended a theatre high school, New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and then enrolled at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Before his on-screen days and fame, Matt was a personal trainer and fitness expert for close to a decade. He was also a competitive bodybuilder and competed in powerlifting. At his best, he could deadlift 576 pounds and has been featured in several media outlets such as Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, and Life & Style.
Matt was cast in his first film, Thursday as a lead character, Grey Malcolm, in 2006 and made his TV debut five years later in 2011 on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live. In 2013, he was shot into limelight when he was cast as John Bennett in Netflix original series, Orange Is the New Black. His character was met with rave reviews from fans and critics alike. He won a series regular the following year on the ABC’s drama series How to Get Away with Murder, following up his success on the Netflix dramedy. In 2014 also, he was cast in the indie drama How He Fell in Love.
He has appeared in other works; in guest-starring roles, as a regular and even as the lead character. His other film credits include Ratter (2015), Step Sisters (2018), Say My Name (2015), Loserville (2015), Afghan Hound (2010), while on the TV, his credits include One Life to Live (2011), Public Morals (2015), Royal Pains (2012), Gossip Girls (2012).
Besides his bodybuilding gig and acting, Matt McGorry is known for his interest in feminism, a cause he committed to after discovering the meaning of the term in 2015. He is a self-described feminist and has his interest in different social issues. Similarly, he supports marriage equality and speaks out in support of #BlackLivesMatter.
He has received mixed reactions for his stance from both women and men, though it has not in any way, deterred him from his convictions.
Matt McGorry Dating, Is He Gay?
Fame comes with its antecedent controversies and leaves the famed as a specimen with his words always under review. Matt is not an exception.
He does not only possess a ripped body going by his years of bodybuilding, he also has a handsome face to balance the equation. Added to his on-screen fame and support for feminism as well as the LGBT community, it does not sound out of place to think that the actor is gay. He grew up in Chelsea and said he was raised alongside gays in his community. In addition, he calls himself an honorary gay, putting a question mark on his sexual orientation.
He also stated in an interview that he is not really good with girls and gets weird while talking to women, but that does not leave us with the right to judge a man’s sexual preference, or does it?
These pointers may allude to him being gay, nonetheless, Matt McGorry has said nothing in that regard. So, we cannot state correctly his sexual orientation until he gives us a clue. He has not been seen with any partner, gay or otherwise and seems to be focused on his career.
Matt McGorry Wife, Girlfriend
Matt was cast in How He Fell in Love but does not seem to have fallen in love in reality yet. He said he does not easily fall in love and prioritizes a strong connection over a lot of connections with different people, especially his friends.
His OITNB fans have a different view anyway. They had a little difficulty identifying the thin line between fiction and reality. He played Daya’s intimate lover in the Netflix original series, where he abandoned his lover with his unborn child in the third season of the show, an act that many viewers have not forgiven him for. The fans continued to identify with him as John Bennett the fictional prison officer rather than Matt the actor, a fact he has not relented on reiterating.
Daya was portrayed by Dascha Polanco. The two may have established a friendship as evidenced in the picture above, but that is all there is to their relationship as it appears they are just – co-stars.
Matt McGorry Height, Weight
Matt has been able to develop a great body from his years of bodybuilding, combined with the right nutrition. He has maintained a body weight of 83 kg and is 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) tall.