Star of HBO Max's The Flight Attendant Says His Character Taught Him to Be Loud, Queer and Excellent

Someone who is catchy, passionate, fun and full of life is who Griffin Matthews is. The Dear White People star is now on HBO Max's latest TV show The Flight Attendant and he shows no signs of not continuing to be who he is and the actor and accidental activist he chooses to be. With this new show now streaming, Griffin is honored to be a part of a cast that pushes boundaries, misbehaves and in his words "entertains the hell out of us!" Not only is Griffin a successful multi-hyphenate actor, but he is a husband, a father and someone who pushes the narrative about the beautiful complexities of Black men.

Who is Griffin Matthews? What is your purpose in this industry?

I’m a husband, a father, a multi-hyphenate actor, writer, director and an accidental activist. When you push the boundaries it’s very difficult to feel like you’re a part of the “in-crowd.” I rarely feel “in.” I mostly feel like I’m pushing boulders up hills. Fighting to be seen. Fighting to be heard. Fighting for a seat at the table and cutting my hands up trying to build my own. But when I have succeeded in getting a foot in the door, I feel like my purpose is to push the narrative about the beautiful complexities of black men. We are soft. We are loving. We are queer. We are fem. We are fathers and husbands. Skinny and thick. We are intelligent. We are everything!

How does it feel to be a part of The Flight Attendant? How has your role in Dear White People prepared you for this role?

No one could’ve known that our show would premiere in the middle of a global pandemic. It’s proven to be such a gift because everyone is home and no one can travel. So people are desperate to escape the monotony of their lives (myself included)! The Flight Attendant is right here, ready for your escape. I feel so lucky to be a part of the HBO Max family. We’re