Andrew Garfield is about to star in Tony Kushner’s riveting and emotional AIDS drama Angels In America, which opens on Broadway this spring. After a highly-successful run at London’s National Theatre last year, Garfield sat down with Out magazine to talk about his sexual identity.
“Up until this point I’ve only been sexually attracted to women,” he said. “My stance toward life, though, is that I always try to surrender to the mystery of not being in charge.”
“I think most people – we’re intrinsically trying to control our experience here, and manage it, and put walls around what we are and who we are.”
“I want to know as much of the garden as possible before I pass – I have an openness to any impulses that may arise within me at any time.”
However, Garfield did go on to confirm that he identifies as heterosexual. “If I were to identify, I would identify as heterosexual,” he continued, “and being someone who identifies as that way, and who’s taking on this seminal role [in Angels In America], my scariest thought was, ‘Am I allowed to do this?’”
His remarks act as a continuation of last year’s controversy, where he was accused of gay-baiting after referring to himself as “a gay man without the physical act” because of his aptitude for queer culture like RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Addressing those comments once again in his interview with Out, he explained: “I think part of what I was trying to say was about inclusion, and about that openness to my impulses.”
Garfield is preparing to reprise his role as Prior, alongside Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn, when Angels in America returns to Broadway this spring after its 1993 debut.
For the actor, who was first exposed to Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-Prize winning opus by watching the HBO miniseries adaptation while attending drama school, it’s an opportunity, he said, “to be a part of the world spinning forward as much as anyone else.”
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