Out Star Colton Haynes Set for LGBTQ Comedy for Peacock

Monday January 18, 2021

There is life after "Arrow" for out Hollywood star Colton Haynes, who appeared on that hit CW show over its eight seasons as the masked vigilante Roy Harper / Arsenal. It ended its run last January.

Variety reports that what's next for the 32-year-old actor is a change of pace: An LGBTQ comedy executive produced by "Broad City" co-creator and star Ilana Glazer, who will also direct. Co-starring with Haynes is writer and actor Eliot Glazer, who played Ilana Glazer's brother on "Broad City" and is, in fact, her brother. The pilot was picked up by Peacock.

"The project is titled 'I Run Hot,' " Variety reports. "It follows the unlikely friendship between Eliot (Eliot Glazer), a gay curmudgeon who never quite fit in with the community, and Colton (Haynes), a famous #instagay who can't help but exemplify it."

The role marks the first starring role for Glazer, who previously appeared on "Broad City" with Glazer. His latest role was in the HBO Max film "An American Pickle," alongside Seth Rogen. His other writing credits include "Younger," "New Girl," and "Teachers."

Haynes' other roles include Jackson Whittemore in MTV's "Teen Wolf," "American Horror Story," "Scream Queens," and "The Grinder." He also appeared in the 2017 film "Rough Night," in which Glazer starred.

Haynes came out in May, 2016, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, after a troubling period of anxiety during which he developed an ulcer. One reason for his anxiety was that months earlier he was called out on social media as to his sexuality. "I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn't ready. I didn't feel like I owed anyone anything," he told EW. "I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they're ready, and I wasn't yet. But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said."

While the EW story marked his official coming out, the article stated that "Haynes has been out for most of his life — in high school, to his family and friends, to his cast members, to his Hollywood bosses (like 'Arrow' creator Greg Berlanti, now one of his closest mentors). But as a green transplant in Hollywood in 2006, he wasn't any more immune to the town's well-chronicled discomfort with LGBT identity."