The Director and Bearded Lady of ‘The Greatest Showman’ Talk About the Film’s LGBTQ Appeal

The Director and Bearded Lady of ‘The Greatest Showman’ Talk About the Film’s LGBTQ Appeal

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The new film The Greatest Showman is a new musical about the life of P.T. Barnum. The film’s directed by Michael Gracey, and features Hugh Jackman in the lead role. The songs were written by the team who wrote the music for La La Land. In an exclusive clip, Gracey and Keala Settle, who plays Lettie Lutz, the Bearded Lady, talked with us about the LGBTQ appeal of the movie.

Settle sings one of the most powerful songs in the film, “This Is Me.” Even though the film hasn’t come out yet, the song was nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes. And she talks about an even greater honor:

[Drag queens] already have [started incorporating “This Is Me” into their acts]. I saw the first one — they tagged me. I think it was Anisa Love in Columbus, Ohio. And I wept. I was on my way to a gala, and I was watching it. My poor makeup artist could not get it together because I couldn’t get it together. And I went, “I just want to say, I don’t know if you understand this, but this is how I know I’ve made it.” Check. Tick that box off.

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The two also talk about their influences. Gracey cites CabaretAll That Jazz, Mary Poppins and the old MGM classic musicals. Settle talks about how the queer community inspired her and her performance of “This Is Me.”

Gracey also talks about how he was drawn to the project — mainly because Hugh Jackman personally chose him to be the director. Amazing!


Watch the Hornet Exclusive video of Gracey and Settle talking about The Greatest Showman‘s LGBTQ appeal:

And here’s Anisa Love’s performance of “This Is Me”:

The Greatest Showman opens Wednesday, Dec. 20.

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