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Andrew Garfield Says His Sexuality is All About “Openness”

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Despite the fact that it's 2018, talking about sexuality is still a little taboo. But Andrew Garfield is ready to break down those boundaries. Although he still identifies as a heterosexual male, Andrew says his sexuality is defined by openness, and his words are actually a really refreshing way of looking at the idea of sexual identity.

Last year, the 34-year-old actor came under fire when, during a panel, he said he is a gay man “without the physical act.” The backlash was totally understandable at the time, but now that he's explaining himself a bit more, his approach to his own sexuality is very interesting. In an interview with Out Magazine, he said that he wants to remain open to any impulses he may have in the future, even though he's only found himself “sexually attracted to women” so far.

“My stance toward life, though, is that I always try to surrender to the mystery of not being in charge,” he said. “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.”

It's definitely interesting to think that a person's sexuality might only be one way because they've never run into the opportunity to feel any differently, and while that philosophy may not make sense to everyone, it seems like it's working for Andrew and may speak to a lot of people out there. After all, sexual attraction is usually a very personal subject, and that means everyone tends to see it in their own way. There's something really nice about how inclusive Andrew's approach is.

It also sounds like his role in Angels in America alongside Nathan Lane has been eye-opening for him. In the show, which has already run in London and is set to kick off its American run on Broadway later this month, Andrew plays a gay man who breaks up with his partner under the threat of AIDS. To get into that role would require a lot of openness, so it's no surprise that it's seemed to have led Andrew to discover a few things about himself.

In the same interview, he added, “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?”

Now, we're really curious about what else Andrew might have to say on the subject. More discussion, please?!

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