Andrew Garfield: ‘Maybe I’ll Have a Gay Awakening Later in Life’

Andrew Garfield: ‘Maybe I’ll Have a Gay Awakening Later in Life’

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Oh, Andrew Garfield, we love you. Though he’s straight, Garfield shows what it is to be a good ally. He’s comfortable kissing men — just ask Ryan Reynolds or Stephen Colbert — and he’s generally been in our corner.

Garfield’s currently starring in the National Theatre Live production of Angels in America. Though a United Kingdom-based production, the National Theatre Live program broadcasts their productions in movie theaters around the world.

While doing press for Angels in America, Garfield was asked how he found his character, Prior Walter. Garfield said:

“As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?

I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony [Kushner, Angels in America author] had asked me and maybe if he’d asked me, it was the right thing. It was as about doing honor, doing justice and knowing my herstory.

The preparation had begun before (rehearsals began) with a lot of my friends. (The play is) As much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is those that passed during the epidemic.”

We love that Garfield addressed issues of representation in his response too, and who gets to tell what stories. And, well, his response about how while he doesn’t think he’s gay is pretty mature too.

Garfield also shared a bit of his inner fanboy. He says that during his only time off, he’d watch nothing but RuPaul’s Drag Race. That shouldn’t be too surprising, though, given that he’s Lip Synched for his Life before:

Angels in America appears in movie theaters around the world on July 20 (Part One: Millennium Approaches) and July 27 (Part Two: Perestroika). You can find your closest theater via National Theatre Live‘s listings.

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