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Boy Erased's Lucas Hedges Opens Up About His Sexuality

Lucas Hedges, star of the film Boy Erased, is opening up about his sexuality.

“I owe it to this part to speak as honestly as possible,” the 21-year-old actor told Vulture about his role in the film and his own sexuality. “In the early stages of my life, some of the people I was most infatuated with were my closest male friends. That was the case through high school, and I think I was always aware that while for the most part I was attracted to women, I existed on a spectrum.”

“I felt ashamed that I wasn’t 100 percent, because it was clear that one side of sexuality presents issues, and the other doesn’t as much,” he continued. “I recognize myself as existing on that spectrum: Not totally straight, but also not gay and not necessarily bisexual.”

Lucas added, “People expect you as an actor to have a voice that’s set in some way, and that’s really not what I am. I’m very much within the conflict and confusion of my own life, still, and I definitely feel a pressure to step up in a way. I prefer to step up in my art, and I don’t entirely know how to in my life.”

If you don’t know, Boy Erased tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

Julia Roberts & Lucas Hedges Star in 'Ben Is Back' - Watch the Teaser Trailer!

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges star in the upcoming Ben Is Back, and you can watch the teaser trailer right here!

The upcoming film will hit theaters on December 7.

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The movie, directed by Peter Hedges, also co-stars Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton.

In the film, 19 year-old Ben Burns (Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

Watch the trailer below!

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Nicole Kidman & Lucas Hedges' 'Boy Erased' Trailer Debuts - Watch Now!

The trailer for Boy Erased, the Joel Edgerton written/directed film with an all-star cast.

Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Cherry Jones, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Joe Alwyn, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Joel, and more star in the film.

Boy Erased tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.

The movie is in theaters on November 2, 2018.

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'Boy Erased' First Look Images Revealed!

The first images from Boy Erased are here!

The upcoming Focus Features film, set to hit select theaters later this year on September 28, debuted a series of pictures from the movie on Tuesday (May 22).

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The movie tells the story of Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

It was written and directed by Joel Edgerton, and based on a memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley.

The movie also co-stars Cherry Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Joe Alwyn, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, Madelyn Cline and Britton Sear.

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Joel Edgerton & Lucas Hedges Debut First Footage of 'Boy Erased' at CinemaCon 2018!

Lucas Hedges and Joel Edgerton flash a smile together while hitting the carpet at 2018 CinemaCon: Focus Features Presentation at Caesars Palace held at the National Association of Theatre Owners on Wednesday (April 25) in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old actor and the 43-year-old actor presented the very first footage of their upcoming drama Boy Erased, which tells the story of the son of a baptist preacher who is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.

“The true conversion is what happens with people’s ideas,” Joel, who directed and plays the head therapist, said onstage (via Variety).

“I’m a very anxious and nervous actor, so I tend to get very paranoid and afraid of scenes before we film them,” Lucas added about working with his parents, played by Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. “I have several memories of Nicole where I just forgot everything, forgot everything about where I was, just looking at her. I’m just like, ‘What’s going on here?’ But not even like, ‘It’s Nicole Kidman.’ She’s my mom, and everything about her centered me… It’s the same with Russell.”

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