HBO's Looking's Raul Castillo Talks About Show Being Compared to Queer as Folk and Girls and Discusses Show's Storylines on Maria Menounos' AfterBuzz TV Network

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Raul Castillo, who portays Richie on HBO's new series Looking, gave an exclusive interview on Extra host Maria Menounos' “aftershow” network, AfterBuzz TV, where Castillo discussed comparisons of the show to “Queer as Folk” and “Girls” and divolges some info on the storylines and character arcs for the season.

HBO premiered a new series last night called “Looking”, which chronicles a group of gay friends living in San Francisco. Raul Castillo, who portays Richie on the show, gave an exclusive interview on Extra host Maria Menounos' “aftershow” network, AfterBuzz TV. The hosts, Scott Moore, Kylie Hodges and Ronnie Jr, interviewed Castillo as part of the network's “Looking” aftershow, where Castillo discusses comparisons of the show to “Queer as Folk” and “Girls” and divolges some info on the storylines and character arcs for the season.

Since the show is brand new, Castillo was happy to explain the backstory of the show, saying, “It was written as a short film by Michael Lannan called “Lorimer” that was originally set in Brooklyn... And they changed it to San Francisco... a great city to explore the lives of these characters.”

In talking about the backdrop of San Francisco, Castillo went on to say, “[The creators] did a great job of incorporating the city throughout the season. You’ll see throughout the story line San Francisco becomes another character throughout the show and the way NYC becomes so integral to a lot of other storylines we’re familiar with, I hope San Francisco will do that for 'Looking'.”

Richie, Castillo's character, meets Jonathan Groff's character on the subway in last night's pilot. When asked about that relationship and particular scene, Castillo states, “It’s so great he has that scene with the doctor Matthew Wilkenson’s character and the date goes horribly wrong and those comments are out of left field. And that’s Patrick’s life and that’s how we find love – when we’re not looking for it. And I was excited about it and I think it’s a very beautifully written scene…. And Jonathan is such a great scene partner and supportive actor and friend and it was such a fun scene.”

Later, Castillo also gave insight into Richie's arc for the season: “I think Richie is one of the most complex character’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing and he’s beautifully drawn and the writers have did such an amazing job of continuing to surprise not only Patrick but hopefully the audience as well revealing things about him in layers and colors that you don’t normally see a lot of times.”

Audiences are already making comparisons of the show to “Queer as Folk” and “Girls”. When asked whether the comparisons are true, Castillo says, “Those are such great shows with loyal fan bases and I think it’s great people are thinking about the show in those terms. I feel confident the show speaks for itself in its own world, and it’s not trying to be anything. It’s just trying to be “Looking”. Our creator Michael Haigh and executive producer Michael Lannan have put a wonderful family together of actors and designers and everybody has worked really hard on it, and I think when you have that level of dedication the work will speak for itself, and it’s amazing to be a part of the conversation when people are comparing it to these shows.”

Links to Raul Castillo's appearance can be found on AfterBuzz TV's website or through these links:
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AfterBuzz TV's Looking aftershow, hosted by Scott Moore, Kylie Hodges, Ronnie Jr and Pat Lambert, airs live Sunday nights and is available for download the next day on iTunes and YouTube. The Looking aftershow is a weekly wrap up show that broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra's Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro's online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans' favorite TV shows, covering shows like The Bachelorette, Real Housewives' franchises, WWE's Monday Night Raw and countless others. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 100 countries. For further information about the network, visit

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