Billy Porter talks with Rachel Syme
The New Yorker Festival
About Billy Porter
Billy Porter is an award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright. He most recently appeared in FX’s “Pose,” for which he won the 2019 Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series, as well as in “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” A Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee, Porter also has numerous theatre credits, including the role of Lola in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” which he originated in 2013 and for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as the Grammy for best musical-theatre album. Porter’s pop single “Love Yourself” was released in June.
Rachel Syme writes a regular column for The New Yorker’s Web site on fashion, style, and consumer culture. Her cultural criticism and reported features—which focus primarily on the intersections of women’s lives, artistic production, history, and fame—have also appeared in the Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, New York, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic, among other publications.