‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Tyler Blackburn: ‘I’m Queer’

Stating an intention to be “as happy as possible, as free as possible” going forward, Pretty Little Liars actor Tyler Blackburn came out on Friday in an interview with the Advocate.

Said Blackburn: “I’m queer. I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager. I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”

Blackburn said he has felt pressure to come out as gay or straight because of a stigma attached to bisexuality: “I heard so many things from within the queer community about bisexuality being a cop-out or bullshit or the easy way out or something, and that always stuck with me because I felt the pressure from all sides to have [my sexuality] figured out. And I think for the longest time, I suppressed more of my attraction to men. It wasn’t until my late 20s, towards the end of Pretty Little Liars, that I really allowed myself to go there and not just wonder about it or lust over it, but experience that vulnerability and experience the emotional aspect of what it is to be bisexual.”

Read the full interview HERE.

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‘Rocketman’ Featurette Follows Elton John’s Journey to Icon: WATCH

A new featurette for the upcoming Rocketman follows Elton John on his journey to rock icon.

Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell cover Man About Town magazine and talk about their roles as Elton and Bernie Taupin inside.

Said Egerton of playing Elton: “I have to say, I think when your primary objective is sounding like someone, then you slightly sacrifice a purity of expression and a real humanity. It can become a little bit sterile…and I absolutely didn’t want to do that because this is about illuminating someone’s life and what’s really going on with them…so there’s inevitably a bit of Taron in there because we’re talking about the spirit of someone and about their inner life and their drug addiction, not about the way they move their mouth in an interview.”

Added Bell: “It was very brave material in terms of the way they wanted to do this. In terms of telling this story. The movie spends many decades in Elton’s life, so to do that economically…we’ve used his music and the lyrics of his songs to try and help progress the story. And in some senses it kind of spins off into its own fantasy and its own reality. I felt that if you were going to tell the story of this man we all know…then this would be the way to tell it.”

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Andrew Garfield on LGBTQ Roles Going to Straight Actors: ‘I Understand the Complaint’

During an interview about his new film Under the Silver Lake, actor Andrew Garfield told the UK’s Independent that he gets why people are upset that many LGBTQ roles go to straight actors but agrees with Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner on the issue: “I understand the complaint. I think Tony Kushner put it best. He said, ‘It’s illegal for me to ask someone who they f**k in terms of hiring them for a job. That’s none of my business who someone sleeps with. The only question I have as the playwright is, are they right for this character?’ He said that if we only let people play who they are, then it’s the death of empathic imagination. I think that’s beautifully put, and I agree with it.”

Garfield also added that “taking such a role means potentially taking it away from an LGBTQ person. The community has suffered so much oppression. As a straight, white male, with so much privilege in this world, I believe my job right now is to pay attention, to listen and to be an ally.”

Read Garfield’s full interview HERE.

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