“Let me do it when I’m ready,” the “You” Season 4 star said.
Lukas Gage opens up about the Hollywood label.
The “You” Season 4 and “Euphoria” star said The New York Times that he “always” feels pressured to conform to a certain LGBTQ+ category of sexuality.
“An agent who dropped me said, ‘Stop dyeing your hair, stop wearing weird clothes, and pick a lane: gay, bi or straight.’ It’s too confusing,” Gage said. “I understand the representation and the voices that need to be heard, but I don’t want to do anything but my own volition. Let me do it when I’m ready.”
“And that’s acting,” he continued. I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to play what they want.”
Gage previously responded to a fan who criticized his portrayal of the quirky character in “The White Lotus.” Gage responded on social media: “You don’t know my alphabet” at the time.
Now Gage continues the conversation.
“I’m a pretty open book about most things in my life, but I have a problem with the culture that everyone has to know everyone else’s business and nothing is sacred,” Gage told the NYT. “It’s a weird line that I’m still trying to figure out.”
The “How to Blow Up a Pipeline” and “Road House” remake actor also revealed that he “gets a lot of backlash in my DMs” for his weird on-screen sex scenes, with viewers calling it “so disgusting.”
“It makes me angry because I don’t want to throw away anyone’s delicacy.” But a lot of people have a hard time separating the actor from the character, and then all of a sudden people come up to me at Starbucks and ask (if the scene was real),” Gage said. “People forget that it’s just an appearance.”
In “You”, Gage’s character requested a shower of gold, which reminded him of the anilingus scene in “The White Lotus”.
“With this scene and in ‘The White Lotus,’ I didn’t do it to be sexy, I did it for comedic value. I didn’t think it would be warm to people,” Gage said The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year. “But I wanted to go as far as possible. It can’t be half rims or half gold shower – although we used a water machine with yellow food coloring.”
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