Andrew Garfield identifies as straight, but he’s open to the possibility of being attracted to men.
The 34-year-old actor, who is reprising his role in the play “Angels in America” on Broadway next month, spoke with OUT magazine for their latest cover interview.
Last year, while playing the character Prior Walter on stage in London, Garfield was quoted as saying that he was “a gay man… without the physical act,” causing some controversy.
“I think part of what I was trying to say was about inclusion, and about that openness to my impulses,” the actor clarified in his OUT interview.
Garfield explained that while he considers himself heterosexual, he’s not closed off to the idea of having a relationship with another man.
“Up until this point, I’ve only been sexually attracted to women,” Garfield 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.”
“But, if I were to identify, I would identify as heterosexual,” he added, “and being someone who identifies that way, and who’s taking on this seminal role, my scariest thought was, Am I allowed to do this?”