Actor Bradley Lords of ‘Gigolos' talks Tennessee upbringing, Puritan society

Season 5 of the Showtime reality docu-series “Gigolos” winds to a close March 27.  Bradley Lords of Cowboys for Angels, featured on the show, discusses pushing boundaries on television amid societal hypocrisy, his laid-back approach and connecting with Southern hospitality.

How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a good-hearted, all-American guy who cares for others and seeks all that this world has to offer. I believe life is a gift and we must make the very most of every day given to us.

How is your job unique from any other job?
My job is most different in that it is far from a 9-to-5 job and you never know what kind of tasks or people are going to be involved.

How did you come to be on “Gigolos”?
I first worked for the company Cowboys for Angels in which the show “Gigolos” used to showcase the job and the guys. I was asked to join the cast going into Season 4.

What is it like to be naked on TV?
I've never been too shy and since it’s not porn and “all” of me isn't shown then it doesn't bother me much at all.

Do you feel like you’re pushing boundaries with the nudity on “Gigolos”?
I believe our current society is so backwards with nudity on TV, we are definitely pushing some boundaries on the show. It's actually funny to imagine that it is totally acceptable to show violence and mayhem on TV but sexual activity is considered taboo.

How do you feel about that?
I feel that we as a society need to focus on what’s good and natural and open our eyes to what really constitutes something bad. Why is it OK for our children to see people being shot but a naked breast is so horrific?

Do you think that hype surrounding nudity on TV is a specifically American phenomenon?
I feel that we as Americans are among the worst in carrying on in such a Puritan society. European countries for instance don't feel so offended by simple nudity do they?

Do you think there is a difference between plain ole’ nudity and gratuitous nudity? If so, what is the difference?
I think nudity is nudity. Isn't the most important concept that everyone is happy? If both parties are accepting what's going on and no one is damaged from it then why isn’t it ok?

Tell me about a memory you have of East Tennessee. Do you still connect with Tennessee? Where in the world feels like home?
All of my family is still in Tennessee. I can still connect with the good Southern hospitality but my way of thinking is far from old fashioned as theirs is.

What is your favorite part about being on “Gigolos”?
I love that on “Gigolos” we can highlight what people really want in their life. Our society teaches us to live by what they deem acceptable and for people to do what they really want to behind closed doors only. The hypocrisy of our society is astonishing.

What is your favorite part about your job?
I love the opportunity to have people deeply open up to me and feel the satisfaction they receive by knowing they are truly free with me and have nothing to hide. Seeing and feeling someone letting loose and being their true self is not only enlightening but very rewarding.

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