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Andrew Garfield Opens Up About Possible Same-Sex Relationships

Friday Feb 9, 2018

Oscar nominated actor Andrew Garfield was recently profiled by Out magazine, where he discussed starring on Broadway's AIDS drama "Angels and America" and how playing a gay man impacted him personally.

In the interview, the actor also opened up about his own sexual identity.

"Up until this point I've only been sexually attracted to women," he told the magazine. "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," Garfield added. "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."

Nevertheless, the U.K. actor said he still identifies as straight.

"If I were to identify, I would identify as heterosexual and being someone who identifies as that way, and who's taking on this seminal role [in Angels In America], my scariest thought was, 'Am I allowed to do this?'" he told Out.

Garfield came under fire last year and was hit with a backlash for comments he made about preparing for his role in "Angels of America," when it was in London, where he plays a gay man with HIV. When speaking to the media, he explained he watched a lot of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and that he's "a gay man...without the physical act."

"As far as I know, I am not a gay man," he said at the time. "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?"

After a backlash, Garfield said his comments were taken out of context.

"That's of course not what I meant at all," he said. "That discussion was about this play and how deeply grateful I am that I get to work on something so profound.

"It's a love letter to the LGBTQ community," he added. "We were talking about, 'How do you prepare for something so important and so big?' and I was basically saying, 'I dive in as fully as I possibly can.'"

Garfield also said he felt "welcomed" by the LGBTQ community and wanted to serve them as long as possible.

Click here to read the full Out piece on Garfield.


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