THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE MIGHT BE A BIT ENIGMATIC AT FIRST GLANCE. OBVIOUSLY BRENDAN HEALY IS NO GIRL. BUT STILL THE TITLE IS FITTING BECAUSE IT WAS THAT TRIPLE MENTIONING OF GIRLS THAT CHANGED BRENDAN’S LIFE DRAMATICALLY AND EVENTUALLY BROUGHT HIM WHERE HE IS RIGHT NOW. A SELF ASSURED, SUCCESSFUL AND SEXUAL MAN, CLOSE TO HIS FORTIES, AND FULL OF CONFIDENCE FOR HIS PERSONAL FUTURE.
Originally from Montreal, Brendan Healy began his career as an actor, appearing most-notably in Peter Hinton’s production of Greg MacArthur’s Girls! Girls! Girls!, presented at the 2001 TransAmériques Festival. It was then that Brendan met Richard Maxwell whose company, the New York Players, is considered to be one of the most influential alternative theatre companies in Manhattan. It was this meeting, right after his performance in Girls! Girls! Girls!, that made Brendan decide to pack his stuff and move. Brendan went to New York where he interned under Richard Maxwell and where he decided to dedicate himself to directing.
When Brendan Healy was a young man he experienced a bit with nude modeling and doing some porn. His pursuits in the theatre however led him to other things. However, recently he found himself drawn to the strange excitement of that kind of work again: “I am pushing forty and feel the best that I’ve ever felt. I have reached a new level of confidence and comfort with my body. I’m having the best sex in my life – my sex drive is as high as ever but I am more adventurous and curious in sex.” Sure, as we get older life throws you all kinds of things and challenges. In Brendan’s case it was the death of his father, his own battle against testicular cancer and a difficult break up with a long-term boyfriend. But with all these road bumps comes resilience, strength and a deeper appreciation for the privilege of being alive. “When I look at recent pictures of myself naked, or being intimate, I can see qualities in me that weren’t there before. I was always waiting to discover the kind of man that I was going become. Now, I can see him.”
Brendan Healy relocated to Toronto over a decade ago where he established himself as a central figure in the city’s theatre scene and his work has been presented across the country. Having arrived in this respectful and successful position, Brendan once again wanted to experiment with something that would take him out of his comfort zone. And so he got in touch with photographer Chris Teel and set up a shoot that displays him as the sexual, desirable man he is. “Chris is awesome. He is a very organic photographer. He works with what’s around him. He responds to whatever you give him. He puts you at ease. You feel like you can just be yourself. He offers suggestions but they never feel totally out of left field or inauthentic. It’s a very natural kind of flow.”
Brendan looks forward to the next phase of his life as a gay man. "I can feel that, as sexual being, I am transitioning into more of a fatherly role. And I like that. I feel that I have stuff to offer other guys that I didn't have before. I can take care of people in way that I couldn't before. But, at the same time, I also feel an increased ability to be open and receive more from other people. Growing older has taught me how to be vulnerable. This has made my life deeper and more joyful and it has made me into a better person." -BM-
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