He's not your typical gay stereotype that some TV shows like to play up.He's on the basketball team, he's had a girlfriend for a time, and I think the show does a good job of portraying the way his character is discovering who he really is"."As actors, it is very challenging and exciting at the some time, and because of this, we have developed a connection.Christos "Chris" Pappas is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by James Mason.Mason was told the character was gay when he successfully auditioned for the role in 2009.He was the second ongoing homosexual character overall, following Lana Crawford's (Bridget Neval) introduction in 2004.Chris departed on 27 March 2015, but made a cameo appearance on 6 November.Bower expected Chris's coming out storyline to receive criticism and some media commentators called it "an obvious ratings grab".Mason and the show's script producer defended the storyline, saying that it was not a ploy to boost ratings and that it explored how Chris's coming out affected the people around him.
He added "I know it's quite a sensitive topic, but I think the difference between his and the last encounters they've had is that we're looking more in-depth into more than just a "gay kiss".And because the guy wasn't pointing his remarks directly at Chris, Lucas didn't understand why Chris was so offended.At first, he didn't have an appreciation of how deep those comments hurt Chris." The storyline divided the opinions of viewers with some understanding why Lucas would not want to confront Warren, while others were on Chris's side.However, Aidan learns about the party from Andrew and he feels "hurt and humiliated" by Chris' actions. Things really seemed to be falling into place with Aidan." Chris ended the relationship because Aidan was not being honest about things.Aidan makes it clear to Chris that their relationship is over and Mason added "That's when the gravity of the situation hits Chris, and he's left in shock. Chris learned that Aidan had been keeping Andrew's epilepsy and his own suspension from the hospital a secret.