Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Russell Tovey Talks Art and Sexuality

Russell Tovey lands colorfully on the cover of the Attitude May 2021 issue. The out star of Looking and Years and Years reflects on queerness as a force for creation ahead of the release of his new book Talk Art: Everything You Wanted to Know About Contemporary Art But Were Afraid to Ask.

In the new issue Tovey shares what it was like working through his feelings of having a crush on a man:
"I was doing a TV show and I was desperately in love with this much older actor and had such a crush on him, and I didn’t think anyone knew", Russell recalls of coming to terms with his own sexuality. "I thought I was hiding it very well, but I wasn’t.
"This older actress took me for a walk along the beach where it was filming and explained to me that I might be gay. She said, 'If you are, that’s great; if you’re not, that’s fine. But you might be.' It felt like, oh, that’s an option. That is something I can possibly be. That’s what these feelings I’m having are."
WATCH: Russell Tovey reveals the queer artists that have shaped his life and career.

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