In his new film “Boy Erased” — premiering this week at the Toronto International Film Festival — Lucas Hedges plays the teenage son of a pastor whose parents send him to gay conversion therapy.
In a new interview with Vulture, the 21-year-old actor opened up about his own sexuality.
“I owe it to this part to speak as honestly as possible,” he said. “In the early stages of my life, some of the people I was most infatuated with were my closest male friends. That was the case through high school and I think I was always aware that while for the most part I was attracted to women, I existed on a spectrum.”
Hedges then talked about the difficulty of coming to terms with a sexuality that is less than concrete.
“I felt ashamed that I wasn’t 100 per cent because it was clear that one side of sexuality presents issues and the other doesn’t as much,” he said. “I recognize myself as existing on that spectrum: Not totally straight, but also not gay and not necessarily bisexual.”
“Boy Erased” also stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, as well as writer and director of the film Joel Edgerton.