During an appearance Thursday on The
Late Show with Stephen Colbert, out singer-actor Troye Sivan
talked about his upcoming film Boy Erased.
Based on Garrard Conley's 2016 book Boy
Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family, Boy
Erased stars Lucas Hedges as Jared, a college student who is sent
to an “ex-gay” camp after he is outed to his conservative
parents, played in the film by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crow. The
film opens on November 2.
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Sivan, who plays Gary in the film, told
Colbert that filming the movie reminded him of his own coming out.
“I remember being so relieved when I
came out to myself because I was like, okay, this is not something
that I can change. It's not something that I have to fight anymore,”
said, adding that young people in “ex-gay” camps are told,
“No, this is not you, you weren't born like this. This is a
God-shaped hole you are trying to fill with these homosexual
“And, imagining being 15 again when I
was sort of at my most vulnerable and having that put back on me, and
being set up with that impossible task of trying to change this thing
that ultimately is unchangeable – it's just one of the most
damaging things I can imagine.”
Sivan added that he hopes the film
speaks to parents about how their reaction to their kids coming out
“can really shape their lives.”
Boy Erased opens on November 2.
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