Neal McDonough (Photo: Gage Skidmore)


Jan 14, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

Catholic Actor Opens Up About Being Fired For Refusing To Do Sex Scenes On ABC Show

In an interview with Closer Weekly, Neal McDonough, a Catholic actor known for his performances in “Band of Brothers,” “Minority Report,” and “Desperate Housewives,” opened up about an incident in which his Christian convictions lost him his job on the short-lived ABC’s “Scoundrels” series in 2010.

“It was a horrible situation for me,” McDonough said of his dismissal for refusing to kiss co-star Virginia Madsen or shoot explicit scenes with her. “After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot."

"I am very religious. I put God and family first, and me second," McDonough continued. "That’s what I live by. It was hard for a few years.”

Most of McDonough's 30-year career in Hollywood has been governed by his convictions without issue. Even during his time on the racy hit show “Desperate Housewives,” McDonough refused to compromise “because these lips are meant for one woman.”

“When Marc Cherry signed me, I said, ‘I’m sure you know, but I won’t kiss anybody,’” he recalled telling the “Desperate Housewives” creator. “He was like, ‘But this is ‘Desperate Housewives!’’ I said, ‘I know.’ He paused for about five seconds and said, ‘All right, I’m just going to have to write better.’ And we had a great time.’”

McDonough's unwavering faithfulness to his wife, South African model Ruvé Robertson, has certainly paid off. The couple has five children together ranging from ages 4 to 13, and McDonough says his career “has been phenomenal ever since.”

“Almost 20 years, five kids and just one heck of an awesome life later, to have her as my partner in everything, I’m just the most blessed guy I know,” the 57-year-old said.

“That’s why I go to church every day and say ‘thank you’ to God for everything He’s given me. And most importantly, thank you for giving me Ruvé, because, without her, I most certainly would not be talking with you right now.”

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