you'll find a Classic Matthew Rush Gallery, and a gallery of Matthew's
most recent photos. There are links to the official Matthew Rush web site
as well as a three hour interview that Queer-America.com did in Sydney
, Australia where he competed and took a bronze medal in the Physique
competion during the Gay Games in 2002..
Click any thumbnailed photo below for a full size photo of Matthew
Matthew Rush was born on September 22, 1972. His real name is Greg Grove and he's from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
He is also a bodybuilder and personal trainer under his real name. He has competed at the Gay Games in Amsterdam and Sydney, Australia.
He is the son of an African-American father, and a German mother, who raised him as a single parent. He grew up in the small town of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. When he was in high school, he wanted to be a professional clown, and auditioned for the Ringling Brothers Clown College. He was also involved in weight training and lifting, and had to choose between becoming a clown and spending nine months of the year on a train, or go on with the weight training. Because of the results he had achieved in seeing his body change and grow by weight training, he decided to keep going in weight training.
In a 2002 Queer America interview, Rush says he grew up with superhero comics and TV shows, admiring the power and beauty of heroines such as Linda Carters Wonder Woman and the fraternity of super-groups like the Justice League. In his adult life, Rush finds that he still relates to the alter-ego aspects of the superhero myth as he has had to split his identity between mild-mannered Greg Grove and the virile porn star Matthew Rush.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology. After graduation, he worked in the cruise industry as a personal trainer, but soon moved to Columbus, Ohio to work as a personal trainer. He was approached there by an agent for Falcon Video, and was signed to an exclusive contract. He is currently enrolled at Gettysburg College where he is a freshman.
As a porn star, he is under exclusive contract with Falcon Studios, a leading producer of gay porn movies. He appears as the top man in his videos, but in Taking Flight Part 2, Rush is the "bottom" guy for the first time (on camera).
From 2002 to 2005, he acted in a travelling stage production of Making Porn, directed by fellow porn star Blue Blake. He also appeared in the stage production, 10 Naked Men in 2004.
He has had relationships with fellow porn stars Zak Spears, Rob Romoni, Jake Ginelli, Parker Williams and Joe Foster. Matt is currently dating Ethan Kage.
As of the fall of 2005, he has relocated with his lover to Fort Lauderdale, FL.
is well known for his large penis, which is circumcised and measures
nine inches. His erect penis was molded and is now a sex toy.
Queer-America's Matthew Rush InterviewQA: Hi Matthew! Since you've made a point of travelling to Sydney as GREG GROVE and competing officially as Greg, let's talk about how Greg differs from Matthew Rush and how they're similar?
Thursday, November 7th 2002
Altamont Hotel, Sydney, Australia.
MR: It's like I have two lives - you've got Greg and you've got Matthew. When I'm Greg I know that I always have Matthew by my side, no matter where I go. Greg is pretty much your shy guy type person who will sit back and observe and watch. Matthew is the limelight. He will get up and will take charge and he will do the things that Greg would never do. So the two world's co-exist and there is no happy medium.
QA: You don't fight each other and overlap into the other?
MR: No. They never really overlap at all.
QA: First of all Happy Birthday! What was the date?
MR: September 22nd. The big 3-0!
QA: Was that good for you?
MR: It was a milestone, a little milestone. I'm stopping, I thought I was going to stop at 29, but I'm stopping at thirty, no more birthdays after this. (LAUGHTER)
QA: Are you an adult now?
MR: I've been an adult since 25 or so. You know once out of school you hit the adult world. Some people don't, but for me it was time to give it up. The child that is... and become an adult, as much as I hated it. It was a conscious decision.
QA: Did anything in particular precipitate it?
MR: You know there are little life experiences here and there that kind of forced me to see some light, like living in Miami for a year... getting caught up in that whole scene, the party circuit scene in Miami was something else!, and I said OK, time to grow up and take charge and be an adult now. That was after school.
QA: Where did you go to school
MR: I went to Penn State. Bachelors in Exercise Physiology. It comes in handy for personal training.
QA: What career did you imagine you'd have while you were in school?
MR: When I was in school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. When I was in high school I was dead set on being a clown, and I auditioned for the Ringling Brothers Clown College but at the time I was also involved in weight training and lifting. There was a choice I had to make. It was either become a clown and spend nine months of the year on a train, or go on with the weight training with the results I had achieved over the past ex amount of months and continue on with what I was doing and seeing my body change and grow by weight training. I decided I definitely wanted to keep going in the weight training department.
QA: Looking back now, are you glad?
MR: Yes and no. The decision I made to stay in the weight training and do the personal training and go to school, while it has been very positive, I still would like to know what it would have been like if I had made the other choice. Would I be happy, you know?
QA: You talked about putting on costumes the other night, you and friends. Had you ever thought about what kind of clown you would be?
MR: Yes I kind of wanted to be the happy, wild, lucky out there clown that everybody liked.
QA: You stated in an interview once that you were a geek in school. What were you like in high school?
MR: I lived in a rural area. There weren't a lot of people my age to play with, to interact with as a child. Up until going to high school I couldn't really associate with anybody else because I didn't know a lot. You know the TV was my friend, and comic books and everything else.
QA: You said that you retreated into comic books and television. Of the comic books, you have been quoted as reading the super hero comics, and you even said that when you were young your ideal, the super hero you most wanted to be, was Linda Carter as Wonder Woman. What characteristics of Carter's character did you want for yourself?
MR: I don't know what it was. It was always the women superheroes that I could identify with, whether it was Linda Carter or Jamie Somers as the Bionic Woman or even Deidra Hall and Deborah Winger, I loved their shows as a kid. I don't know what it was about them that they were just women, yet they were strong and they were powerful and somehow I grasped that. I wanted to be like that, I wanted to be just as strong and powerful as they were.
QA: While you were growing up which were your favourite television shows?
MR: Oh there were a ton of them. There was a show on TV that was a series than ran for a few seasons. It was called V. It was about space aliens, who were lizard type creatures but they disguised themselves as humans and they ate mice and frogs and they came and they took over planet earth. It was pretty cool, it was my favourite show. I watched that religiously. There were a lot of cartoons too. Superheroes, the Super Friends, the Justice League. I wanted to be part of the Justice League, I didn't care how or what, I wanted to be normal kid by day and save the world at night, sort of thing. Throw on my spandex and go for it.
QA: Do you still get that feeling?
MR: I think it would be great. I would love to do that. Actually I do that with my Greg and Matthew thing. Like I'm Greg by day and Matthew by night. So its kind of like living in the super world. But neither one of us is saving the world, but we get to be different people in that sort of super hero thing.
QA: Which one do you think has the chance to save the world?
MR: Well lets just say Matthew would have sex with everybody in the world if he could and Greg would possibly be the one to save it.
QA: Do you keep up with any television shows now? Do you watch any of the gay shows on network or cable television?
MR: Oh I do. I watch like Queer as Folk, Will and Grace.
QA: Would you like to appear in a Queer as Folk episode?
MR: Well yes I would. I think it would be cool to appear. Who knows one of these days you might just see me on Queer and Folk.
QA: Which character of QAF do you most identify with?
MR: That would have to be Michael because he reminds me a lot of myself. Now as an adult and as a kid he collects the comic books and has opened up his comic book store and what have you. And he's a big kid, that's why I like him and identify with him more than anybody.
QA: Any ambitions to be an actor?
MR: You know what, I don't know. It's just one of those things. I'm going to be dabbling in the play 'Making Porn' and I've got the role of Jack and we'll be starting out in San Diego in December. So that's going to be a taste of real acting. It's funny and it's definitely off beat, which is what I like and it's another way of letting people see another side of me that they don't get to see otherwise. Blue Blake is directing the play at this point. We do San Diego and then we do LA, but I'm not exactly sure when.
QA: This play is called 'Making Porn'. What term do those of you in the industry use for your films? Do you call them porn? Or adult films?
MR: I personally don't call it porn. I call it adult films, but a lot of guys will use porn when describing. You hear everything, you hear adult movies, you hear porn, you hear, whatever.
QA: What interested you in doing a stage project?
MR: I really never considered stage production, but I was in New Orleans for Southern Decadence and I just happened to run into Blue Blake who said he was going to produce a play 'Making Porn', and who said I would be great for this part of Jack. I went OK why not. So they sent me a copy of the script and the video and I thought hey this is easy, I can do this. So everything is pretty much a go. Jack is a straight man who is a struggling actor. He's married and he can't really make it in the normal acting world so to speak. So he tries his hand at gay porn and he kind of likes it. And then he goes on to question his true sexuality. It's set in the 80's when AIDS played a big part in gay porn, so it's pretty cool, pretty exciting. The character Jack is an interesting character.
QA: What interested you in work in the adult film industry?
MR: I actually never really planned on getting into the adult film industry. I have a friend of mine who used to work in the Falcon office, Bill van Barkwen, and when I first moved to Columbus, Ohio a scout for Falcon had approached me at a bar. I thought I can't, I would never make a video. That's just not me, I would never do it. But I was introduced to Bill van Barkwen at the bar at the time and we kept in contact and five years later the gym that I was working at as a personal trainer closed and I thought that this was a chance for me to get out of Columbus, for me to move on to bigger and better things. I wanted to move to California and needed the money to do so and contacted Falcon, not really wanting to do film, but more questioning. Eventually we chatted about doing movies. So they flew me out and I did 'an Alone With', which is like an audition sort of thing where you masturbate in front of the camera to see how well you do. I had no idea what was in store. I was scared shitless. I was never an exhibitionist. So I did it and they offered me a contract. And I said sure, only with the intention of doing maybe two or three movies and getting out of it. I never dreamed that it would ever come as far as it has. If you had told me two years ago that I would be sitting in Australia doing an interview I would have laughed in your face.
QA: Regarding Making Porn do you know which theater in San Diego, because Queer-America.com would NOT MISS opening night!
MR: I don't know to be honest, I have Blue's e-mail, or you could e-mail me and I could find out the information and let you know.
QA: I know from your comments in several interviews about boyfriends you have made it clear that you are gay. When did you first understand that aspect of your sexuality? You said you came out at 19.
MR: Oh I was probably ten, eleven, twelve when I realized that I was a little different and I noticed I had an attraction more for boys or for men and all the rest of my friends were experimenting with girls. I didn't want to do that, I was more interested in men. I was in denial, I wanted to be like everybody else. You know, I didn't want to be different. But now I'm glad I'm gay, I'm happy to be gay. But back then it was very hard for me to come to terms with, so I just kind of, I didn't experiment. I had no sexual contact until I was 19 basically.
QA: Was that a positive experience? What was it like? You've got two brothers, you mom and step dad. Was your family supportive of your coming out? You were 19.
MR: My Mom told me when I was about 16 that I was gay, so before I even accepted it myself. I said no you're crazy, but when I did come out it was like 'see I told you'. Even in college I was so naïve to any gay activity or anything that had to do with homosexuality, period. I didn't participate in any gay or lesbian type functions, I just did my thing and left it at that. I wasn't active sexually. When I moved to Miami it was a whole different world. There were gay people galore and it was a way to find myself and who I was and experience things without being close to family and friends.
QA: Though you've kept your personal life out of the limelight, you've been very open in the gay media about your sexuality and your relationships, even about the sex within your relationships. Some of your fans likely have not come out. What would you say to them?
MR: To anybody who hasn't come out I know for me it was a weight that was lifted off my shoulders - like a ten ton weight had been lifted when I came out. I could be me, I didn't have to hide anymore. This is who I am, and you are going to hate me or like me. It wouldn't matter whether I sleep with men and women, this is me and this is who I am. So if you are having difficulties coming out, your friends will still be your friends and your family will still be your family. It will be a big relief. You just have to accept it like I did. Accept what you are and who you are and start living. That's what life is all about.
QA: You've been quoted as saying that for a person inside the gay adult industry it is easier to have a relationship with someone who is involved in the business. May I ask whom you have had relationships with?
MR: Zac Spears and Joe Foster, both great guys. I love them both.
QA: But your current boyfriend is not in the industry, right?
MR: He is an escort, and a lot of the guys who are in the industry do escort, but he's doing 'an alone with' as we speak for Falcon so I am sure he will be in the industry very soon. But it is a lot easier to date somebody who is very comfortable with themselves and who also can separate work from the relationship that you have with each other. When I go to work and shoot a scene, I don't experience the love, the feelings or the emotions that I do with my boyfriend Dale. You just don't experience that with another model.
QA: What do you seek in a relationship? What is important to you? What do you want out of a relationship?
MR: Basically just someone who is open, who's honest, who's committed in a relationship. Someone who wants to experience life as a couple.
QA: In previous interviews you've been very open about your sexuality, including what you do in bed. You said in an interview that although you will only top in films, in your personal life you are versatile. Many gays demean those individuals who bottom for another man. Yet you are very clear that this is something that you do with someone you love. What do you think that versatility brings to your personal relationships?
MR: Obviously being in the industry you have to be one of two things. You have to be a top or a bottom. And being a top in the industry, the person that I am involved with will only get to experience the bottoming part. He's the only person that I will share that with. Because my life is pretty much an open book that is the only thing that I have left sexually that nobody has seen or can experience except for the person I am seeing. To me that's important, especially in the industry, to have something sexually that's sacred to you and your partner. That other people don't get to experience.
QA: Like America in general where 60 percent of all marriages end in divorce, gay relationships have had a bad rap for not lasting. What do you think is necessary for a gay relationship to last?
MR: You really have to compromise in what you will and will not do. A lot of gay couples have open relationships, and that's fine if it makes your relationship work to bring in a third person. So fine so be it. Whatever you do, if you truly love the person that you are with, you will try to do anything to make the relationship work. And whatever that is, then do it by all means as long as the two of you can agree upon it and make it work.
QA: Do you think gays should have the legal ability to marry?
MR: Oh definitely
QA: Would you want to marry?
QA: Much has been discussed in the gay media about gay families and the many gays and lesbians who are having or adopting children. Have you considered whether you would want children?
MR: Oh definitely. I want to have children whether it be adopted or my own biological children. I would love to, and I think the media hype on gay couples raising children is wrong. There are so many children out there who are in family situations where they are abused or they don't have the love. If you can find two people who are willing to give a child love, I mean come on.
QA: Let's talk about your career. What are the benefits of being a Falcon exclusive?
MR: Being a Falcon exclusive there are definitely some perks. The trip to Sydney was a perk, but to be honest even if I wasn't a Falcon exclusive I really wouldn't want to work with anyone else, because Falcon really does take the time to take care of their models, they promote them well, they treat us well and I've known a lot of guys who have worked for other companies and they say that Falcon does treat their models a lot better than some of the other companies that they've worked for. Falcon is very professional.
QA: Does Falcon provide a monthly salary plus benefits?
MR: They pay by film. If you sign on as an exclusive you have a contract every year, you re-sign every year and get a signing bonus, and each year you get more money per scene or whatever. Like I just recently signed a lifetime exclusive contract which really doesn't mean a whole lot, it just means I won't work for anybody else and will continue to stay with Falcon for as long as I choose to be in the industry.
QA: Does Falcon grant benefits to domestic partners?
MR: I would like to say they would but I don't know if they do or not. That's a good question I had never really thought about it.
QA: Many professional actors in Hollywood such as Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford and Rosie O'Donnell use their status to campaign for political candidates and push specific issues. Do you think your celebrity status places any responsibility on you to speak out on gay issues?
MR: Oh definitely
QA: Would Falcon have any problem with your doing so?
MR: To be honest I don't think they would.
QA: Do you keep up with political issues that affect the gay community? Are you politically active?
MR: Yes. There are certain issues, especially the gay and lesbian issues, in which I am very active. Anything political as far as government and stuff like that I have my own opinions. One thing I try not to do is not discuss politics and religion with people off the bat because it is just not a good thing.
QA: Do you know any porn stars that have used their celebrity to campaign for candidates or issues?
MR: I am sure there would be a lot of people who would be interested. Off hand I don't know anybody really as I am still kind of getting to know people in the industry.
QA: If you were to use your celebrity to promote candidates or issues, what would you campaign for?
MR: The issue of the partner benefits. Like Health Insurance is very important to me. Again adoption, gay couples adopting is very very important to me. There are so many issues out there, but those two in particular. EQUAL RIGHTS PERIOD!
QA: What changes would you like to see for gays in the United States?
MR: Every time I leave the United States, I see that people are more liberal in other places. Like here in Australia it seems like you can be gay and nobody cares. It's not an issue. Just going through the city and seeing all the Gay Games flags and the athletes walking around with everyday working straight business people who happen to be in the area. Just striking a conversation with taxi drivers who are straight, they like think its cool to participate, you're an athlete and it doesn't matter. Whereas in the States it doesn't seem we have enough of that. That's sad. It's amazing here to see same sex couples holding hands. In the southern cities of the States you could do that but in Columbus, Ohio, nNo, and that's my home town and I hate to say that. Even though it does have a huge gay population, it's really something that I am still not comfortable with - you know walking down the street hand in hand with my boyfriend. I would love to be able to do that. Here it is just such an amazing feeling to see gay and not gay people together mixing, and it's not a big deal.
QA: Professionally, you have identified yourself as a porn model rather than an actor or even star. What is the difference?
MR: I'm just a typical guy who does porn. I'm a model. Being in the porn industry is something you can't take too seriously. You have to have fun with it. I have seen a lot of guys come into the industry and lose their identity so to speak. And I think a porn star, if you want to use that term, is someone who is grounded and knows this career is something that is not going to be a long lived career. You're at the top until the next pretty face comes around and then the next day you could be gone.
QA: You've also said you would like to move from performing in front of the camera to working behind the camera. What is it about directing that interests you. Why do you think you would be good at directing?
MR: Just because I've seen what goes on on the set, I'm very observant of direction and the behind the scenes stuff. I have my own ideas about what I would like to see in porn. I'd like to take it to, not so much a new level, but a different level.
QA: You've worked with both Chi Chi LaRue and John Rutherford. Are their approaches to getting a scene filmed different?
MR: Actually no, they are both very good directors and both are unique in what they do. Chi Chi knows what she wants and she will tell you, she is very vocal. If she likes what she sees she will go for it. Her energy is good and you can feel that when you work with her. John is the same way, although he is more kind of 'well lets just see what happens first naturally with the models'. But he has a way of making you feel very comfortable in the setting. When I first came aboard, John directed my first movie, Bounce, and I was nervous. I had no idea what to expect and he was very professional and told me to relax.
QA: You've used the phrase "special fraternity" in reference to those you've worked with in the adult film industry. What did you mean by that?
MR: It's kind of like being in a fraternity where you are among your peers and colleagues and each one of them can be so different, personality wise or whatever, but you always have that common ground that you make adult movies and it's a little family where you would have an aunt or uncle, because everybody's so different that way. Personality wise. But yet the common thing that holds us all together is that we do movies.
QA: Once a film has been released, do you read reviews? Do they have any impact on you?
MR: Yeah. I have to admit, it's probably something I shouldn't do but I do.
QA: Many people still criticize bathhouses for the continual spread of AIDS. Do you think this is true?
MR: I am not a bath type person but as long as you are safe and you practice safe sex, you know more power to you.
QA: You have commented that you adamantly disapprove of barebacking videos. Why do you think many gay men are having unprotected sex?
MR: I honestly think it's like for the thrill of it. To kind of like having sex in public, like if you get caught - there's always that chance of getting caught. Of course it's wrong, barebacking is something that is frowned upon and I think people just do it because it is frowned on.
QA: Do you know any persons in the industry who have become infected through their performances in front of the camera?
MR: To be honest no I haven't. Most of the people that I know that are positive within the industry have been positive and I don't know of anyone who has contracted anything.
QA: Have you had any personal association with AIDS or AIDS education?
MR: I've been lucky, I haven't had a lot of people, friends or acquaintances die of AIDS. But I do have friends who are positive and at first it was a death sentence, but now its not. Being HIV is not like it used to be - it used to be a death sentence. Now because of modern medicine, you can live a normal, healthy life, which is awesome.
QA: You've been quoted as saying you enjoy your public appearances greatly. What is it that you like about appearing in front of an audience?
MR: Having the ability to meet people, meet the fans, meet other actors. I am just a people person and I love to hear people's thoughts, opinions and ideas. So that's the best part of being in the public eyes. Going to wonderful places like Australia and meeting all these awesome people.
QA: I know you post your touring schedule on your web site Matthew Rush.com. There is some buzz on the bulletin boards that you will be appearing in my home state in Austin, Texas on the 15th November. Is this a firm date?
MR: Yeah I don't have my schedule in front of me but that will be the weekend after I get back. I get back on a Monday. I work with different agents and bookings and due to misinformation I was scheduled to two places at once but I think that we have got it worked out that I can appear at both places;, just on different nights.
QA: Well, with that said, Id like to ask about a couple of particular films you have made. One of your films, Splash Shots III gained some controversy after it circulated that some of the filming was done on 9/11. Had you already heard about the terrorist attacks before you went to the set?
MR: Most of the production was shot before 9/11 and my scene was actually shot the day before 9/11. After 9/11 we didn't work for a couple of days, just not knowing exactly what was going on in the world. I got the news, and was the first person in our group of people, it was 6 in the morning. I was all finished with production and stills and everything and I was supposed to go home that day and my friend who was supposed to pick me up at the airport called me up and says 'you're not coming home today because we are under attack'. And of course I am still asleep and when I heard we are under attack, all I could think of was alien attack. I turned on the TV and it was right after the first plane had hit, and I remember calling everybody's room and saying you've gotta get up and turn on the TV. Here's what is going on. So we all gathered in one room and we all watched the second plane hit and the buildings fall. I can just remember that it was awful being so far away from the east coast, you know away from family and friends. I cried when the buildings collapsed and then remember thinking how am I every going to get home. I think that was on everyone's mind - how are we all going to get home. I know it took me eight days to get home and I got as far as Detroit and then I had to drive from Detroit to Columbus.
QA: Did production work continue on 9/11?
MR; No there was no production on 9/11. That was very false circulation. I think it was like some typographical error that said it was shot on 9/11. I know, because I was there. Most of the production, most of the scenes were done. The only things people had were stills which were just photo shoots.
QA: The whole country was affected that day. How do you think 9/11 has affected the gay community?
MR: I think it impacted everybody. We were all in some way shape or form affected by it. I don't think it particularly struck one group harder than other.
QA: Another of your films Aftershock is all about leather and leather sex. You were quoted as saying that performing your scene in that film changed your perceptions about leather in real life as well as professionally. What specifically did you learn about leather, leather scenes or yourself personally from that experience?
MR: Leather can be sexy. I was never really exposed to the whole leather scene before and I never really got the full feel of it. I can see how it can be a person's fetish, how someone can get into it. It's kind of like a role playing, dominating sort of thing. I just felt powerful, like hey.
QA: You've attended the International Men of Leather (IML) gathering in Chicago, right? How many times? What did you think of it? What draws you to leather?
MR: I've only been to IML once, and I've only been to the Folsum Street Fair - I've been to that twice now - and they are leather themed, and you know it's interesting. It's a whole different crowd of people, and they're are interesting and they come from all aspects of life. You know different occupations and whatever. It's neat and a cool thing. Before I guess it kind of scared me because I didn't know a lot about it. Because I didn't know a lot about I it kind of frightened me as you are always given the image of whips and slings and just beating. But its not all that bad, and that does happen but there are more subtle aspects of it too. The feeling was nice. It was kind of a tough manly feeling which I thought was cool and sexy.
QA: Of course, to date your films have emphasised your awesome bodybuilder's physique. I understand that you competed in several bodybuilding contests. Which ones were those?
MR: Oh I've done Musclemania, I can't remember when I did that. 99, 2000. Superbodies, the same thing. I've completed in various local shows in Ohio and state shows in Pennsylvania.
QA: Did you place?
MR: Yeah actually I won Pennsylvania State back in 98 or 99. It was my way up to national level. Competing is so taxing and a very political sport, like any other sport I'm sure. And it's what you do and who you know are basic things when it comes to body building.
QA: As a personal trainer, I know you create and follow diets to build muscle and reduce body fat, yet you said in one interview that the surprising thing people might learn about you is that you eat Frosted Flakes for breakfast every day. Is that part of a healthy diet for a bodybuilder?
MR: I've eaten Frosted Flakes since I was five. No, it's not part of a body builders diet, but I think if you are a clean eater and you allow yourself to cheat, well by all means cheat. I do it in moderation. I have a bowl in the morning and maybe a bowl at night, but about the most harmful thing in that is the sugar, and I honestly don't eat a lot of sugar to begin with. So that is what I miss.
QA: What sort of diet regimen do you recommend to your clients?
MR: Depending on what they try to do and what they are doing. A lot of my clients come in and they are so gung ho on that high protein no carbohydrate diet. It's like that will work, but it will only work for a short amount of time. The biggest key is that if you just balance your diet right with the right amount of carbs, protein and fats. You know it's not really a diet, it's just modifying your eating habits. Depending on the person and what they are trying to do. Like if a person is heavier and they want to lean down, of course you want to keep their starchy carbohydrates, like breads and pasta, lower and their fats lower. I'm not saying eliminating them completely but eat them in moderation basically. There's the key factor in all diets.
QA: What would you say to your fans that want to work towards developing their own bodies?
MR: You've got to get to the gym, you've got to be committed and that's the big thing, finding the time. A lot of people I talk to say oh I don't have time to do this, I don't have time to do that, blah, blah, blah. You have to make time. If you can take an hour every day and just go to the gym and work out and be conscious of your diet you can start changing your physique.
QA: Of course, here in Sydney youve competed in the Gay Games as well as working on a new film. Have you completed filming?
MR: Filming completed yesterday. The sex scenes are done, and there is a little bit of dialogue that needs to be shot over again. But other than that it's pretty much done. The film focuses around Matthew Rush.
QA: I understand that location shooting is being done at Berry, a small town south of Sydney famous, of course, for its berries and spectacular beach and cliff formations.
MR: Chris Wymer is directing this movie and he's the one who found these out of the way places.
QA: Whats the video about?
MR: It's something that has never been shot in an adult film I guess. It's kind of documentary style. I was a little leery about it because its the first movie that has surrounded me as Matthew. It takes Matthew to Sydney to compete in the Gay Games. The actual filming was done at the contest. And then because my ex, Joe Foster, lives here as well, there was a reuniting sort of thing as well worked into the script. And we shot it in different sequences. We didn't shoot it in the order we normally shoot it in, so I am kind of anxious to see how the final product turns out. In the movie Matthew is coming down to compete in the Games and to see his ex, and basically that's all he's really worried about, and then along the way he does get side-tracked by a couple on the beach. And of course he runs into Trent, Jake Andrews, who is working out in his gym at the same time and a little thing happens there as well.
I pretty much tried to get all my own actual workouts in in the morning prior to shooting so when the sex scenes did come I wasn't distracted in my workouts by the filming's scenerio. It started off in the gym and then the swimming pool and hot tub and then back in Jake's hotel room. We actually shot it in a private apartment complex where the director lives. He has a full gym facility in his building and a pool and everything.
There is a happy ending. Matthew and Joe were reunited and I don't think Matthew had any anticipation of having sex with Joe. But Joe surprises Matthew at the end with a trip to the country, Berry, and having a long weekend there. It is romantic.
QA: Getting away from Matthew, are you a romantic Greg?
MR: Yeah, kind of. I am sort of old fashioned in a way. I like romance. Though I think it has largely gone from relationships. I like holding hands, kissing, cuddling. That sort of things. I definitely like to give gifts, and I like to give them more than to receive them. I think that romance has totally, I don't say its died, but there should be more of it. It is a part of my life, Dale is very romantic as far as little gifts here and there, which I love. I'm such a sucker for that and doing nice things. Cuddling.
QA: What prompted you to compete in the games?
MR: My workout partner and I had a bet going at one time in the gym. We were to reach our fitness goals within a certain period of time and whoever was furthest from their fitness goals was the loser and the winner had to decide what to do. Well my partner lost the bet and I told him he had to compete in a body builders contest and we decided that he would do the Gay Games. And I started thinking to myself that I had never done the Games either and I would love to do them. I was just going to come down and support him and then I thought about it more and more and wanted to compete. Just do it and have fun with it. See what happens. And that's what we did, trained for it, came down. And then Falcon got wind of me coming down here and they said lets shoot a movie. And I thought OK, I'll work while I'm there and you guys pay. My partner, Troy, took the bronze in the Novice Tall Class. We each shared the same which is good. I'm glad he did well, he put 110% into it and did a good job.
QA: What do the judges look at in judging a bodybuilder?
MR: There are three things: muscularity, symmetry and the podium routine.
QA: Here in Sydney competition groups were divided based on height rather than on weight.
MR: I'm so for it. I didn't have to worry about coming in at a certain weight, especially if I had come in say like 192 or whatever and you have a guy who is 5'7'' who's 192, of course he's gonna look bigger because his muscle bellies are shorter and mine are going to be longer. So I would much rather go up against a guy who is my height and kind of like my muscle structure than to go up against someone who is 6' tall.
QA: In addition to the mandatory poses, a competitor poses to their own choice of music to show personality as well as their best attributes. What was the music you chose?
MR: The music was "I Believe" from James Bond's "Golden Eye".
QA: And, of course, both in prelims and the evening finals, the Sydney Physique technical staff mis-cued your music not once but twice. How did that affect you?
MR: By that time I had totally forgotten the routine. So I went out and I waited because once I got out there and I got distracted, I'm the type of person that when something stupid like that happens I start to laugh. And I keep thinking about it and thinking about it. I did a little dance off the stage. Actually I'm kind of glad that it happened because I was really nervous when I stepped on stage as I hadn't done it in two years, so it helped break the ice and break all the tension that I had. So I thought OK now this is all fine and I'm going to go out there and give it my all.. whatever happens, happens, and what doesn't happen, doesn't happen.. It was a good energy. I could hear the audience and it was all just having fun. I really didn't care how I placed in the contest. Having the ability to come to Sydney and to compete in the Gay Games as a gay athlete was more important.
QA: And, Gregg, I want to pause here to compliment you. Ive seen several contests, some large ones in the states, as well as the Physique contest at Gay Games V in Amsterdam, and more often than not the crowd and the judges do not agree. You were highly popular with the audience (the largest majority of whom do not know you as Matthew Rush). Anyway, the crowd was surprised, as I think you were, at your (3rd place) finish.
MR: I was surprised as I felt in my head I had placed myself higher. I knew the guy that won the gold was my main competition, my main competitor. And even though I know that I didn't come in at top condition like I normally would for a normal show because of my work schedule, I was a little surprised at the result. But then I thought well I have had my fifteen minutes of fame already and, you know what there guys have worked their butts off to come here, and to get here, and by all means just to be on stage with these guys too is an honour. Because they have put their time and sweat and everything into it, like I have. I know exactly what it takes, and they did it. They competed and they had done something that a lot of people wouldn't do. It takes a lot to get up there and do a little pose and show off your hard work in the gym.
QA: Yet I watched as in a split second your face recovered immediately and you projected that winning smile of yours and congratulated the other medallists. Though I know there is disappointment in not achieving a gold medal, was your experience in competing in the Gay Games satisfying?
MR: Oh yes I was happy. Like I said it was just being here and being counted as a gay competitor - it was awesome!
QA: What do you think of the concept of the Games? Will you be in Montreal?
MR: Yes I will go to Montreal. I probably won't compete but I definitely want to go to just be a part of it again. Because it's amazing.
QA: And a final question on this topic: Will you continue competitive bodybuilding?
MR: Oh yeah I will. Doing this contest just kind of relit the fire again. Yeah, I'll do it again. I don't know when but I want to do it again.
QA: Of course your career prior to the adult film industry was and continues to be closely related to the bodybuilding circuit since you are a personal trainer in Columbus, Ohio. Which gym do you work out of?
MR: World Gym
QA: What do you enjoy about personal training?
MR: Having the ability to make others reach their fitness goals and to be able to assist them in getting there is an amazing feeling. Because I know what it's like. I have walked in their shoes when I was 130 pounds skinny little kid. That's why I hit the gym. To see a body transform into something different, something better is an awesome feeling. To be able to help these people achieve that it's so cool.
QA: What kind of clients do you get?
MR: Oh I've got clients all ages, sizes and men, women. They are so dedicated and it help's me in my own workouts, when they come into the gym and I'm having one of those days when I don't feel like being in the gym. I 'm tired, and I don't want to see a weight, and my clients come in and do it, and then I certainly can and I have to because I am the trainer. I've gotta do this.
QA: Are any of them seeking Matthew Rush rather than Gregg Grove?
MR: No, my clients I have now have been with me for years, long before the Matthew Rush thing. Even when I do pick up new clients they couldn't care less. A lot of the clients I pick up are gay so a lot of them do know about Matthew. Some of them don't know.
QA: You find satisfaction in personal training - how about the adult film industry?
MR: Really it's an awesome feeling when someone recognises you and they
recognise your work and they might come up to you and say "you know I am a fan of yours" or there are a number of things people will say, and it's always nice to hear that. I do film and you meet so many interesting people and it's a lot of fun, I enjoy meeting people, and I enjoy travelling.
QA: There has been some continued comment about your working on the West Coast and living in Ohio. You once said you didnt want to leave the Midwest, Are you rethinking that?
MR: When I was dating Zac Spears I was thinking about moving out there. I had always wanted to move to California some place, whether it be LA or San Francisco or San Diego or wherever, but now that I'm out there so much I like coming back to Columbus. It's not that I wouldn't live there but now that I have experienced a lot of California, I don't have to live there now. I like just visiting and doing my thing out there when I need to and coming back to Columbus.
QA: Where will you live on returning to the states? When do you leave Sydney and do you go back to Columbus?
(And this inquiry is because we have a package of items that we discussed earlier and we'd like to bring them to Columbus and deliver them personally if thats okay with you?)
MR: Sure! I return on the 11th to Columbus. We get there on Monday and we will be there until Thursday or Friday and then I'll head out again to Texas and then the White Party. I believe Providence is in there before Miami.
QA: After a personal appearance at a charity event in Cherry Grove, A Night of Porn for local AIDS organizations, one interviewer said that you posess the physique of a God on which is the face of the all American clean scrubbed boy next door. In fact, he summed you up as saying you are the perfect Madonna / Whore fantasy! Do you think that description apt?
MR: (after much laughter) No, I don't see that. Because I don't see Matthew Rush, he's non-existent when I look in the mirror. And as I said before, I see the 130 pounds skinny boy. But looking strictly at Matthew, I guess he would be fantasy/whore.
QA: How do you see yourself, the handsome boy next door?
MR: No I just see myself as a normal person. If I were to see myself at the bar I wouldn't pick myself up. I really wouldn't. I don't even know if I would talk to me.
QA: How would YOU describe the persona that is Matthew Rush?
MR: Matthew is all about fun, all about having a good time and he's all about getting laid. He's a big ham really. He's bold, he's daring and he knows what he wants. If there is some guy that he finds attractive he will get that guy. That's just how he is. Where as Greg is just the total opposite. Greg sits back and stares and admires and keeps to himself. You would find Greg in the corner - when we go out to a bar, I like to find my little spot that's not like full on people and I people watch. I stay there and talk to my friends or whatever. If I make my way to the dance floor, it's like on the outside of the dance floor somewhere. Greg is shy to an extent, easy going, just an average person.
QA: And absolutely last, is there anything that you have never been asked by an interviewer that you wished you had? Is there anything you would like the world to know either about the person Gregg Grove or the persona Matthew Rush?
MR: Well, just if you see me out or whatever, I'm very approachable, come up and talk to me, I don't bite.
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