Andrew Garfield has opened up about his sexuality, saying that while he identifies as heterosexual, he also has “an openness to any impulses that may arise within me at any time”.
Speaking to Out, Garfield said: “Up until this point, I’ve only been sexually attracted to women. My stance toward life, though, is that I always try to surrender to the mystery of not being in charge. I think most people — we’re intrinsically trying to control our experience here, and manage it, and put walls around what we are and who we are. I want to know as much of the garden as possible before I pass — I have an openness to any impulses that may arise within me at any time.”
He added: “But, if I were to identify, I would identify as heterosexual, and being someone who identifies that way, and who’s taking on this seminal role, my scariest thought was, Am I allowed to do this?”
Garfield recently starred in a Broadway production of Angels in America, which examines gay culture and the AIDS crisis during the 1980s.
The actor also faced a backlash last year when he made headlines by saying, “I am a gay man right now, pretty much, just without the physical act”. He has now told Out: “I think part of what I was trying to say was about inclusion, and about that openness to my impulses.”