Today, on March 1, TIDAL is releasing a new video series entitled Teen Fanclub, as part of the TIDAL On Air podcast network. The series includes authors and musicians discussing music, YA books and their intersectionality. The first episode of Teen Fanclub features author Becky Albertalli and actor Keiynan Lonsdale discussing the film Love, Simon, in theaters March 16. Love, Simon is an adaptation of Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
The film follows Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen who is forced to balance his friends, his family, his email pen pal Blue and a blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire high school. Londsdale stars as Abraham “Bram” Greenfeld, one of Simon’s classmates.
In this new podcast, Keiynan Lonsdale discusses his character and the similarities between the film and his personal story coming out as bisexual. He also discusses the importance of YA fiction and, but of course, first love.
Lonsdale — who appeared in the Divergent film series and plays Wally West (aka Kid Flash) in the CW’s superhero series The Flash — came out as bisexual in May 2017 on Instagram.
In his coming out post, he wrote, “I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different … which is just untrue.”
This “Teen Fanclub” podcast is part of the growing TIDAL On Air podcast network, which includes a variety of series hosted by influential names in hip-hop, Latin music and comedy, like Fat Joe, Elliot Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller.
What do you think of Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale and his remarks? Sound off in the comments.
Featured image of Keiynan Lonsdale by Storm Santos for Vulka Magazine