Randy Harrison, along with fellow actor Marci Adilman, is the co-founder of a Brooklyn based artist organization called The Arts Bureau. His partner, Simon Dumenco, is on the Board of Directors.
He played Alan Strang, in the 2005 Berkshire Theatre Festival performance of Equus.
He was cast as a young Mozart in the 2006 Berkshire Theatre Festival production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus.
While in high school he studied acting with George Mengert, and voice with Valerie Kennedy.
He said that if Queer as Folk had gone for a sixth season, that he would not have been part of it.
In 2002, he appeared as Sean in the TV movie Bang, Bang, You're Dead.
He is dating journalist Simon Dumenco.
He was raised in Alpharetta, Georgia.
He has a tattoo of a scorpion on his shoulder because his star sign is Scorpio.
In 2004, he played the role of Boq in Broadway's Wicked.
He lives in New York City when not on location.
He is openly gay.
He is 5' 8" (1.73 m) in height.
He has been acting since the age of seven.
He says that he wanted to be an actor after his parents couldn't find a babysitter and had to take him to a production of Peter Pan.
His mother is a thwarted artist.
His only brother and sibling is a bank manager.
His father is a CEO of a paper company.
He is a graduate of Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.
Randy: I think the gay community is split: They either love the show or love to hate it. About Queer As Folk.
Randy: I had actually read about the British show and the character of Nathan. And I said, "They should do an American version. I'd be perfect for that." This was one of the scripts that I felt, I should do this part. It's so obvious.
Randy: After the second call-back and third audition, I knew I had gotten the part. I went back to St. Louis and then back to Atlanta to drop off my stuff before I flew to Toronto to start filming. About getting the part on Queer As Folk.
Randy: I love my parents. Coming out to them was sort of coming out to myself. I educated them, and I wanted our relationship to keep growing. I wanted them to be a part of my life still. I wanted to be able to share with them what I was going through.
Randy: I know that I'm capable as an actor.
Randy: I had been doing summer stock every summer while I was in college. We did a showcase, like most good conservatories do - monologues and things that agents and casting directors come to see. From that I got an agent.
Randy: I guess I had a suspicion of it my entire life without knowing exactly what it was - knowing that there was something different about me, which I attributed to being an artist. At 11 or 12 I started sort of clarifying for myself. It took a while.
Randy: I get a lot of mail from at-risk gay teens. I usually just write back and say, "Thank you."
Randy: I don't want to be Tom Cruise. I'm not after some movie blockbuster career. That's not the kind of work I'm interested in. And frankly, it's not the kind of work I'm ever going to get.
Randy: I don't want to be the center of attention. My posture has changed. I walk with my head down and shoulders slumped. Suddenly I carry myself as if I'm ashamed of something.
Randy: I actually have more respect for people who are in the closet. You end up exposing so much of yourself because you have to talk about your sexual life. You shouldn't have to talk about it.
Randy: I acted all through my childhood. I went to Stagedoor Manor, this big Broadway kids' camp, when I was 9 and 11. I've done two plays a year since I was 6 until I got Queer as Folk.
Randy: Dad said that he was prouder of me than he'd ever been when I came out.
Randy: By the time I came out, that kind of stopped it. The bullying stopped when I claimed myself and proved that I wasn't afraid. A lot of it was when I was hiding when I was younger.
Randy: A lot of my friends are club people. It's not me. It's funny to represent that, because it's not me. I don't fit into a gay club setting. It's just ironic that I represent that somehow.
Randy: It's difficult for me to imagine Justin as a real person. He's so thoroughly a character created for serial television that his behavior, though dramatically justified on Queer as Folk, would register as childish, self-obsessed and absurd if it were displaced into the reality I'm familiar with. How could I be friends with someone who has nervous breakdowns at spilled marinara sauce, assaults high school enemies with small firearms, and has been systematically and repeatedly betrayed, lied to, condescended to, and humiliated by his boyfriend for four years? Were I placed into the TV wonderland of Queer as Folk, on the other hand, Justin and I would f**k once, realize we were twins separated at birth, and try to get our parents back together using elaborately quirky schemes. I'd most like to tell Justin to calm down. Maybe get him into a yoga class.
Randy: What I've learned most while working on Queer as Folk has come really indirectly, less from playing Justin Taylor than from dealing with press, corporations, advertisers, the gay community, and fans of the show. I've learned the necessity of constantly realigning your perspective and the importance of standing up for yourself and being constantly aware that people are going to skew and censor you in order to make the idea of you better represent whatever agenda they've decided you'll promote. And it's all done so matter-of-factly, its such the status quo, that it becomes very simple to accept even though it completely corrodes the soul.