Actor/singer-songwriter Ben Platt sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to talk about his career (he’s only an Oscar away from being an EGOT) and his new album Sing To Me Instead. Platt has used the videos for the new album as his way of coming out as gay publicly for the first time.
Platt praised Ellen for being “inspiring” to him in talking about his own sexual orientation, which he recently began discussing for the first time.
Said Platt: “I have never had the opportunity in my work or in my art to discuss my sexuality or my relationships and so to have an opportunity to do that through something personal and through a piece of work has been really wonderful and I have to say I grew up a really big fan of yours and of your stand-up and was very inspired by you because you’re always, in the way that you discussed your sexuality and your relationships it became part of the art and part of what makes you so funny and…that was really inspiring to me.”
“I’m honored,” said DeGeneres.
Said Platt of being more open about being gay: “It’s exposing in a new way and I’m trying to show different parts of myself. [The fans] have been really wonderfully supportive. Hopefully we’re past the time where it has to be this whole giant announcement and it can just be part of who you are….”
“That’s what it should be,” replied Ellen. “It should just be like, ‘oh we happen to know that that person is gay and that should be it.”
“I’m very single. We can mention that,” added Platt, who went on to talk about his new role in Ryan Murphy’s The Politician on Netflix.
Platt later performed his new single “Temporary Love”.
Ben Platt rolled out a fourth track from his forthcoming album Sing To Me Instead on Thursday night.
The track, “Temporary Love”, features a video directed by Nick Lieberman with gay and straight couples interacting in a house full of empty rooms as Platt sings about losing love and finding love that lasts.
Sing To Me Instead is out on March 29.
The videos for the first two tracks in the trilogy co-starred actor Charlie Carver and with the second track’s release, Platt shared talked about the fact that he is gay for the first time publicly. The video for the third track came with a music video starring dancers Rudy Abreu and Effie Tutko.