2. The Fred movies and tv series starred Jake Weary (left) as Kevin, first a bully, then a grudging ally who seemed to actually like Fred, adding another layer of gay subtext.
Jake Weary got his start playing Luke Snyder on the soap As the World Turns (2005).
His wealthy father rejects him, but they reconcile when his mother goes into a coma; he is the victim of an attempted murder (not a hate crime) and paralyzed for awhile; his boyfriend is kidnapped and blinded; he falls in love with the doctor who is working to restore his sight.
Standard soap opera stuff.
The latter is a revision of the classic sitcom Three's Company: Brad (Jake), the John Ritter character, must pretend to be gay so the conservative landlord will allow him to share an apartment with two girls. The twist: he really is gay, and in love with his neighbor Teddy (Eddie Cahill).
6. One of the celebrities he interviewed was wrestler John Cena, who is a gay ally. When Darren Young came out as the first openly gay WWE wrestler, he said: "Darren's a great guy..,congratulations to him for actually, finally doing it."
John Cena appeared in the Fred movies as Fred's fantasy Dad. So we're back to Lucas Cruikshank.