Ben Whishaw Says Coming Out Is Difficult
English actor, Ben Whishaw, who played Q in James Bond film Skyfall, has opened up about his difficulty of coming out of the closet for the time in an intimate interview.
Asked on whether he’d had to come out to his parents, “I did have to. It’s a phrase I’m not entirely comfortable with, but since it’s the only one we have…” Whishaw told The Sunday Times Magazine.
“It’s hard to have a conversation with people you’ve known your whole life about a very intimate thing. It’s massively weighted with all sorts of stuff, whatever the wider world is saying… It’s an intimate and private and difficult conversation for most people.”
The actor, who entered into a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw last year, shared about his experiences when discussing the similarities between the character he plays in his new indie film ‘Lilting’ and his own life.
In the movie, Whishaw plays a gay man struggling to come to terms with the death of his lover and forced to tell the grieving Chinese mother about his relationship with her son for the first time.
On whether he was able to relate to someone who felt they couldn’t come out to their mother, he said: “It is hard, I applaud anyone who does it.
“There is so much tension around doing something like that, that maybe you’re not quite thinking rationally. You can say absurd things because you are in a panic.”
Lilting hits theatres August 8th.