In a new interview with Vulture, Ricky Martin states that there’s nothing wrong with open relationships. Martin plays Antonio D’Amico, the partner of Gianni Versace who dated the late fashion designer for 15 years. Their relationship was open, and Ricky Martin claims the portrayal of this in American Crime Story: Versace is important to continue breaking down the stigma associated with these types of relationships in 2018.
“One of the toughest scenes that I shot [was] the first, the interrogation when the FBI is investigating Antonio,” Martin shared. “It was a very excruciating scene for me. I mean, this guy was opening every door that was a secret from Gianni’s and Antonio’s relationship. I’m talking about bringing men into our lives. I’m talking about bringing escorts.”
Miami Times describes that the tension in those scenes is palpable also for the viewer who watches them. They write: “That unease buzzes beneath scenes in which a police officer can barely communicate with D’Amico during questioning because he can’t grasp the concept of two men dating, much less two men in an open relationship. It’s in the word “faggot” written on a public beach bathroom wall.”
Martin says that filming some scenes was challenging, especially since Versace’s family did not support the Ryan Murphy-backed television project.
He says: “That exposure is very heavy, and it can be extremely uncomfortable for me, for the family, but I’m here doing a job, and the story, once again, needs to be told, for people to see the level of unity between these two. The level of commitment after 15 years. The level of security between them and trust between them is so solid.”
“We want to normalize another kind of reality for open relationships,” Martin concludes. “And that’s what we’re doing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong. We’re just two very self-secure men that are completely in love with each other, that trust each other to the maximum level, and here we are.”