Matt McGorry is an American actor and social activist. He won the hearts of his fans and critics with his role as Correctional Officer John Bennett in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (OITNB). He is also known for his roles in 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 acting, he made his acting debut at the age of nine, appeared in the theatre, and performed magic, an act that kept him busy until his youth. He attended a theater high school, the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in New York, and then enrolled at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Before his time on the silver screen and before his fame, Matt worked as a personal trainer and fitness expert for nearly a decade. He also worked as a competitive bodybuilder and participated in powerlifting competitions. In his prime, he could lift 576 pounds and be featured in various media including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, and Life & Style.
Matt was cast in his first movie, Thursday, in 2006 as lead actor Grey Malcolm and debuted five years later, in 2011, in the ABC daytime soap One Life to Live on TV. In 2013 he was thrust into the spotlight when he was cast as John Bennett in the original Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. His character was received with enthusiasm by fans and critics alike. The following year, he won a regular series in the ABC drama series How to Get Away with Murder, building on his success in Netflix drama. In 2014 he was also cast for the indie drama How He Fell in Love.
He has also appeared in other works; in guest roles, as a regular, and even as the leading actor. His other films include Ratter (2015), Step Sisters (2018), Say My Name (2015), Loserville (2015), Afghan Hound (2010) and on television One Life to Live (2011), Public Morals (2015), Royal Pains (2012), Gossip Girls (2012).
In addition to his appearances as a bodybuilder and actor, Matt McGorry is known for his interest in feminism, a concern he took on after discovering the meaning of the term in 2015. He is a self-proclaimed feminist and has an interest in various social issues. In a similar vein, he is committed to the equality of marriage and advocates #BlackLivesMatter.
He has received mixed reactions for his stance from both women and men, although it has in no way deterred him from his beliefs.
Matt McGorry Dating, Is He Gay?
The fame comes with the preceding controversies and always leaves the celebrity as a model with his words. Matt is no exception.
Not only does he have a torn body, the result of his years of bodybuilding, he also has a pretty face to balance the equation. Add to his on-screen fame and support for feminism and the LGBT community, it doesn’t sound far-fetched to think the actor is gay. He grew up in Chelsea and said he grew up in his community alongside gays. Furthermore, he calls himself an honorary gay, thus questioning his sexual orientation.
In an interview, he also said that he is not really good with girls and gets strange when he talks to women, but that does not give us the right to judge a man’s sexual preferences, does it?
These clues may indicate that he is gay, but Matt McGorry has not said anything about it. So we can’t accurately state his sexual orientation until he gives us a clue. He hasn’t been seen with a partner, gay or otherwise, and seems focused on his career.
Matt McGorry Wife, Girlfriend
Matt was cast in How He Fell in Love, but in reality, doesn’t seem to have fallen in love yet. He said he doesn’t fall in love easily and gives priority to a strong connection over many connections with different people, especially with his friends.
His OITNB fans have a different opinion anyway. They had a little difficulty seeing the thin line between fiction and reality. He played Daya’s intimate lover in the original Netflix series, in which he left his lover with his unborn child in the third season of the series, an act that many viewers have not forgiven him for. The fans continued to identify with him as John Bennett, the fictional prison guard, rather than Matt, the actor, a fact that he did not give in when he repeated it.
Daya was portrayed by Dasha Polanco. The two may have formed a friendship, as the above picture shows, but that’s all that makes up their relationship, as it seems they are just – co-stars.
Matt McGorry Height, Weight
Matt has managed to develop a great body from his years of bodybuilding, combined with the right nutrition. He has maintained a bodyweight of 83 kg and is 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) tall.