in this piece at Vulture but it feels a little gross to separate his quote about his sexuality from the entirety of the piece and just focus on that - invasive, somehow. And yet here we are! He has the gay conversion drama Boy Erased coming out soon and so it's of note, in its little way. I'm not of the mind that actors need to be gay in order to play gay (although I do get the gist of the argument, about openly gay actors needing more chances to show what they can do, too) but all the same I am always curious if they are gay! And so here is what Lucas had to say when the subject comes up at Vulture:
"Hedges knows that since he’s starring in Boy Erased, people will ask him about his own sexuality. “I owe it to this part to speak as honestly as possible,” he says. “In the early stages of my life, some of the people I was most infatuated with were my closest male friends. That was the case through high school, and I think I was always aware that while for the most part I was attracted to women, I existed on a spectrum.”
He remembers a sixth-grade health teacher describing sexuality as a broad range where many people may fall in some difficult-to-define space between straight and gay. “I felt ashamed that I wasn’t 100 percent, because it was clear that one side of sexuality presents issues, and the other doesn’t as much,” he says. “I recognize myself as existing on that spectrum: Not totally straight, but also not gay and not necessarily bisexual.”
Hedges envies people who can speak about such things with more certainty. “People expect you as an actor to have a voice that’s set in some way, and that’s really not what I am,” he says. “I’m very much within the conflict and confusion of my own life, still, and I definitely feel a pressure to step up in a way. I prefer to step up in my art, and I don’t entirely know how to in my life.”"
I know it's not up to me to out a label on him and this is probably going to make me sound every year of my age but I really don't see what the problem is with the word "bisexual." It's a perfectly fine word, and describes a perfectly reasonable thing (a great one, even!) to be, and that seems to me to be exactly what he is describing? But I guess it'd be exhausting, being described as Bisexual Lucas Hedges from here on out, like that's your new first name. So be whatever you wanna be, Lucas. I'll keep watching you be it.