Andrew Garfield is currently starring in a London production of Tony Kushner’s theatrical sensation Angels In America, in which he plays the role of gay character Prior Walter – a man who becomes seriously ill after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the 80’s, only to be left with more pain and heartache as his partner – a gay Jewish legal clerk who lives in fear and denial – leaves him shortly after discovering his diagnosis.
In a recent interview, Garfield said that preparing for the role has made him a gay man, but with one exception: “Watching Drag Race is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all.” So, culturally gay — just without all the whole “being attracted to men” thing?
Developing this further, the Hacksaw Ridge actor spoke about what parts within himself led him to take the role of Lewis in Kushner’s gay-fantasia epic Angels In America:
“As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it.
I had to trust that it was the right thing and Tony [Kushner, writer of Angels in America] had asked me and maybe if he’d asked me, it was the right thing. It was as about doing honor, doing justice and knowing my herstory.
The preparation had begun before [rehearsals began] with a lot of my friends. [The play is] as much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is those that passed during the epidemic.”
Angels In America is currently playing now at London’s National Theater.