ManCrush: Murray Bartlett
Murray Bartlett is back on our screens in The White Lotus.
The White Lotus is a six-part series from HBO. Bartlett plays the role of Armond – a harried hotel manager at a luxury property.
As the series unfolds, we see Armond descend from assured, capable, sober hotelier to rogue manager, high on drugs stolen from two teenage guests, set on sabotaging a deeply unpleasant honeymooner.
“Armond represents that part of all of us that is like: ‘What the fuck? What are we doing? What is going on?’” explained Bartlett, in an interview with The Guardian. “He’s waking up to the insanity of the nightmare that he’s in and just can’t hold up the public face any more.”
As well as watching Armond relapse into drug abuse – after five years of sobriety – we also get to see Armond proposition the father of the teenage guests whose cocktail of ketamine and prescription drugs he is taking, as well as Dillon, a porter. We get to see Armond rimming Dillon. Armond also takes a dump in a guest’s suitcase.
Who is Murray Bartlett
Bartlett was born in 1971 in Sydney.
He was raised in Perth, Western Australia.
Bartlett began his career in Australia, getting his break in 1993 with a role in popular series Neighbours.
Moving to the US in 2000, Bartlett steadily began to build a career for himself, landing roles in television as well as in theatre.
It was his role as Dom in the series Looking that really got our attention.
Bartlett took on one of the most beloved queer characters when he played Michael Tolliver in the reboot of Tales of the City.
Bartlett talks publicly about his sexuality and identifies as a gay man.