“Being gay is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” – Russell Tovey

“Being gay is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” – Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey has said he believes being gay is the best thing that has ever happened to him and his career.

The British star has spoken out against the idea that coming out can destroy an actor or actress. He will star in The Pass, a film about a Premier League footballer wrestling with his sexuality, which is out on 9 December.Russell_Tovey_Pass_1

“I think growing up, I absolutely tried to become hyper-masculine,” Tovey said. “I think when I was younger, I was a lot freer. So I related a lot of that side to Jason, to his pretence.”

The 37-year-old apologized last year for what many assumed was ‘internalized homophobia’. He said if he had gone to drama school, he would have ‘pranced around’ and ‘could have been really effeminate’. He said sorry and that it was ‘never [his] intention’ to offend.

“I was never tortured about being gay in the way that Jason is,” he explained, adding he realized his sexuality at 14. “I was watching the film Beautiful Thing on TV. My mum came in and I turned it off and when she went to bed, I turned it back on. I remember thinking ‘OK, that’s it’. It was like someone had put their hand on mine and said ‘there you go’. It’s a love story with a happy ending. It’s good to have role models and now there are many more.”

Tovey will be returning to London to star in the National Theatre’s production of Angels in America next year, playing a ‘repressed homosexual’ Mormon.

“Honestly, it’s the best thing that ever happened to me, being gay,” Tovey said. “It’s made my career.”

Check on the trailer of The Pass below:

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  1. Mandy
    November 27, 07:50 Reply

    Ok I want to see this film!!! The body on that black guy ???

    • teeboi
      November 28, 10:25 Reply

      Mind You, He’s A Nigerian ooo,

  2. ambivalentone
    November 27, 10:08 Reply

    I got a nasty hard-on viewing those crotches. Oh well *skulks off to pornhub*

  3. Bain
    November 27, 10:59 Reply

    is there a surgery …like an “earjob”… if there is…this tovey guy needs it.

    • Delle
      November 27, 15:32 Reply

      Nawa o. The things we queers pin-point shaa ???

  4. bruno
    November 27, 13:16 Reply

    finally, gay movies with an actual production budget… this joins moonlight on my must-see list… and for really gay european footballers need to start coming out already… its 20 fucking 16.

  5. Daddie
    November 27, 14:03 Reply

    Yeah yeah… Easy for you to say. Sports, football especially is homophobic by default, you would think no one will care if a popular player comes out, but u will be shocked how the decision will affect his career.

    • shuga chocolata
      November 28, 14:30 Reply

      Exactly my thought.
      He better wake up ⬆ and smell the coffee ?.

    • IBK
      November 29, 08:08 Reply

      Straight people aren’t typecast when they play straight roles.. Are they?

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