Nick Robinson’s Brother Came Out as Gay During Love, Simon Filming

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Nick Robinson plays Simon Spier, a closeted gay teenager struggling to come out to his friends and family, in Love, Simon, which finally hits theaters tomorrow. The film adaptation of Becky Albertalli‘s best-selling YA book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is already receiving rave reviews from critics, probably because it so honestly depicts what life is like for young people scared to be their authentic selves. While Nick is straight himself, he felt a special connection to Simon, especially since his brother came out of the closet at the beginning of filming.

“He came out around the same time that we started filming,” the 22-year-old revealed on The Ellen Show yesterday.

Host Ellen DeGeneres asked if the actor’s involvement in the movie was the reason why his brother came out, but he admitted that he wasn’t quite sure.

“I think that he had been dealing with this for a long time and I think the timing was sort of coincidental,” he said.

Whether Nick’s role as a gay teen struggling to come out of the closet was the reason why his sibling chose to reveal his sexuality or not, it ultimately allowed the boys to connect on a deeper level.

NR explained, “One of the best things that came out of this movie is being able to talk to him and I think that’s the strength of a film like this is it starts a conversation. I hope that it can do that for more people and start a conversation that otherwise may not have been there.”

The Love, Simon star is one of seven children, so we’re sure his entire family also appreciates that the movie was able to start a very important conversation.

Nick previously admitted that he “had a feeling for many years about” his brother’s sexual orientation and was “just very proud of him for taking that step.”

“It just made it closer to home for me telling the story,” he continued. “It felt like we were making something that could potentially help people, which is a good feeling.”

You nailed it, Nick!