Andrew Garfield: 'I am a gay man right now, just without the physical act' .
Andrew Garfield is currently starring in a London production of Angels in America.
While participating in a panel discussion about the play, the 33-year-old actor made some frank remarks about his sexuality.
Asked an audience member:
“I read an interview with Andrew in GT (Gay Times) magazine saying you’ve been locked into this process for a year.
“What sort of resources did you have in terms of resource for research, or did it all just come during rehearsals?”
“As far as I know, I am not a gay man.
He then clarified:
“Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?
“I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony [Kushner, writer of Angels in America] had asked me and maybe if he’d asked me, it was the right thing. It was as about doing honour, doing justice and knowing my herstory.
“The preparation had begun before (rehearsals began) with a lot of my friends. (The play is) As much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is those that passed during the epidemic.”
Garfield later admitted that watching RuPaul's Drag Race has had a profound impact upon him, and even helped him hone in on his character.
"I mean every single series of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I mean every series.
“My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all.”
The actor then spoke about his on-stage lovemaking scenes in Angels in America, with co-star James McArdle:
“It’s the most costly thing on the body and on the soul we’ve ever done personally… and I will say it’s the most fulfilling creative experience I’ll ever hope to have.
“I don’t think it can get better than this in terms of everything. Communion with the audience – us all going through the same things together and how prevalent and how necessary it is to tell this story right now. ”
H/T: Gay Times