Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Manchester by the Sea), has earned an Oscar nomination and a lot of attention for his acting bona fides.
But the 21-year-old has mixed feelings about his newfound fame, which has many trying to figure out how he should be categorized in any number of ways. Hedges tells Ellen DeGeneres on her titular show Tuesday, that he simply can’t be categorized—especially when it comes to his sexuality.
"I was fortunate enough to be raised — I went to a progressive, liberal arts school for my whole life," he said.
Hedges continued: "In sixth grade, I had a health teacher, and he presented the idea of sexuality existing on a spectrum. It’s not really that you exist 100 percent one thing and 100 percent the other. From that moment on, I always identified myself as existing within that spectrum. I see it as something that’s more fluid. It’s just not as black and white."
The conversation is timely: Hedges can next be seen in Boy Erased, which also features Nicole Kidman. The film is based on a coming-of-age memoir of the same name by Gerrard Conley about a boy (Hedges) who is forced into gay conversion therapy by his family and his church (Kidman plays his mother).