Few actors in the history of cinema had a more impressive start than Lucas Hedges.
The actor received an Oscar nomination for his cutting-edge role in Manchester by the Sea before moving on to star in two other Best Picture nominees, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Hedges, 21, is likely to have a busy season of awards for the third year in a row with the release of his latest film Boy Erased, and while promoting the story of a teenager sent to a facility that claims to offer conversion therapy, he spoke openly about his own sexuality for the first time.
"I recognize myself as someone who exists on that spectrum: not entirely heterosexual, but neither homosexual nor necessarily bisexual," Hedges said in an interview with Vulture.
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Speaking of its truth: "I recognize myself as someone who exists in that spectrum: not totally heterosexual, but neither homosexual and not necessarily bisexual," said Lucas Hedges (up in April)
New movie: The actor, 21, revealed this while promoting his new movie Boy Erased, which tells the true story of a young man who undergoes "conversion therapy" (Hedges and Nicole Kidman in Boy Erased)
That admission came after he spoke of being attracted to another child as a child and feeling that he was somehow wrong.
He told his mother, who said he comforted him, but soon discovered that it happened again and again.
Hedges, realizing that he was essentially coming out into the world at that moment, recognized the "self-conscious" he was feeling before continuing with his story.
"I owe this part to speak as honestly as possible," said the actor.
"In the early stages of my life, some of the people I was most infatuated with were my closest friends." That was the case during high school, and I think I was always aware that, although for the most part I attracted women, existed in a spectrum. "
Then he confessed that he had struggled to accept that, believing that he had to be definitely a heterosexual or homosexual.
"I felt ashamed of not being 100%, because it was clear that one side of sexuality presents problems and the other not so much," he explained.
Award: Hedges, who received an Oscar nomination for Manchester by the Sea and then appeared on Three Billboards and Lady Bird, said he was also attracted to women (Hedges with Casey Affleck in Manchester)
Mamma Mia: "In the early stages of my life, some of the people I was most infatuated with were my closest friends, which was the case in high school," he explained (Hedges and Frances McDormand on Billboards).
That ambiguity may be part of the reason why he is such an impressive actor, explained Hedges, who suggested that it was easier for him to make decisions about character than real life.
"I'm still inside the conflict and confusion of my own life, and I definitely feel the pressure to take a step forward," Hedges said.
"I prefer to advance in my art, and I do not know completely how to do it in my life".
That seems to be the case in Erased, with The Hollywood Reporter noting in his review that Hedges is wearing the entire show and is alternately frightened, bewildered and defiant. There is not a false note in his performance & # 39;
That praise is even more impressive given that his castmates are Oscar-winning actors Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.
Hedges will also appear on Broadway next month in Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery, the second time he works with his director in Manchester.
That work will unite Hedges, who has worked with artists such as Michelle Williams, Frances McDormand, Julia Roberts and Kidman, with one of the most emblematic women in the industry, Elaine May.