Lucas Hedges is taking over Hollywood, starting with three big films this fall.
The 21-year-old actor is featured in a new profile for GQ, in which he opens up about his quick rise, and starring in the films “mid90s”, “Ben is Back”, and “Boy Erased”.
“Boy Erased” has gotten particular attention for Hedges’ portrayal of a gay teenager whose religious parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, send him to gay conversion therapy.
“The reason I wanted to do ‘Boy Erased’ is because it’s about challenging the world around us and challenging the boundaries that they put on us,” Hedges told GQ. “Whether that’s something as small as putting nail polish on your fingernails or the bigger freedom to express yourself sexually. It was a movie that taught me a lot about conviction and standing up for myself.”
In an interview with New York Magazine last month, Hedges spoke about his own sexuality, explaining, “I recognize myself as existing on that spectrum: Not totally straight, but also not gay and not necessarily bisexual.”
As Hedges told GQ, revealing his fluid sexuality was a big moment for him.
“It feels like a relief for me to put words to something that is complex and feels like it honours my own experience,” he said.
“The concept of sexuality existing on a spectrum was introduced to me in sixth grade. That’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. I can only imagine what the sixth-graders now are being exposed to.”
Playing characters who go through such real and difficult experiences is important for Hedges.
“It’s easier for me to be like, ‘Oh, it’s not about whether or not I’m a good actor. It’s about how can I be of service to this person [I’m playing],'” he explained. “It’s about something much more important that goes way beyond my own sense of ego and self.”
Fans of the young actor also got excited about the photos of Hedges included in the profile, which feature him lounging at a bowling alley.