It was only in “Gotham” Season 3 when Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, also known as Penguin, developed romantic feelings for someone.
The object of his affections is Chief of Staff Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), who professed his loyalty to the Gotham City mayor in the past episode, titled “Mad City: Anything For You.”
Taylor told the Observer Culture that he is quite happy with this development. As someone who was “fat and gay and doing theater in Iowa,” the actor said the struggles faced by his character are actually similar to those he faced while growing up. “The fact that [Oswald] is having romantic feelings for another man…it still feels a little bit like coming out again,” he said.
“And granted, I don’t think Oswald is gay, per se. But the fact that he’s having romantic feelings for another man, however anyone wants to label that, it still feels a little bit like coming out again. Only on a much, much, much bigger scale,” he continued.
When he was younger, Taylor told Fuse he was bullied heavily, so he definitely understands how Penguin feels.
At the same time, Taylor told Screen Rant that Penguin and Nygma are actually perfect for each other because they’re both outcasts and their personalities complement each other.
“Oswald is more emotional, whereas Edward is very cerebral and they both have lost everyone in their lives,” he said. “They don’t have anyone so [they] come into each other’s lives at the same point, and they really learn to trust each other and to have trust in Gotham city is extremely rare. There is a mutual affection there, I believe, but yeah we’ll see how it goes.”
As for Smith, he said the two definitely have “couple-est” qualities, but what makes their relationship interesting is that they are “two demented people.”
“Gotham” airs every Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.