While it is true that not everybody can meet people and form close friendships quickly, Bowen explained in an interview that Bowen was good at this. Fire Island character, Howie, sets the perfect example. Bowen stated, “Not trying to echo my characters but I feel like there’s this vulnerability that begets closerness and bonding. These bonds can be formed when people are open to meeting you.

It’s not easy, Bowen admits, but it is possible. “We all need” some family in this life.

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