Andrew Garfield Speaks on Sexuality & Being Open to “Any Impulses”
Last July, Andrew Garfield confused the heck out of everyone when he said he’s “a gay man right now, just without the physical act.” Uhh…wut? The Hacksaw Ridge actor was starring as a homosexual man in the play Angels in America at the time, so what he actually meant was that he was method acting in his real life (basically, watching a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race). Now, the 34-year-old is opening up even further about his sexuality.
“Up until this point, I’ve only been sexually attracted to women,” he told Out 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.”
That being said, Andrew doesn’t want to stop himself from following through on any “impulses” he has in the future, including those with men.
He continued, “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.”
The British star says he would, however, identify as heterosexual if he had to label himself and his IRL sexuality was actually a point of concern before he signed on to play a gay man who is diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s in the play.
“Being someone who identifies that way, and who’s taking on this seminal role, my scariest thought was, ‘Am I allowed to do this?'”
And as for that quote about being “a gay man right now,” he thinks it was misinterpreted.
“I think part of what I was trying to say was about inclusion, and about that openness to my impulses,” he explained.