Responding to a question during an NT Platform discussion around his involvement with Gay fantasia Angels in America, Andrew Garfield clarified his sexuality – refusing to rule out a period in his life that could find him in a same-sex relationship.
“I read an interview with Andrew in GT (Gay Times) magazine saying you’ve been locked into this process for a year,” one audience member asked the actor who plays Prior Walter, a character struggling with the reality of battling AIDS.
“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,” Andrew begins – with Gay Times in the audience. “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.”
Andrew later revealed that a certain drag superstar’s show has helped him find 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.”
Alongside great praise for his Angels in America co-star James McArdle – of which the pair play lovers – Andrew cited Angels in America as “the most fulfilling creative experience.”
“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. ”
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