Ezra reveals that he identifies as queer in a candid new interview, sharing how his struggles helped him relate to his new film, ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’! Read on for the details.
In a refreshingly candid interview with Out Magazine, Ezra, 19, says, simply, “I’m queer.” “I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I’ve been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them…I do feel that it’s possible to be at this age unintentionally hurtful, just by being irresponsible — which is fine. I’m super down with being irresponsible. I’m just trying to make sure my lack of responsibility no longer hurts people. That’s where I’m at in the boyfriend/girlfriend/zefriend type of question,” he adds.
Ezra admits that both his sexual identity and a speech impediment he had as a child have helped him relate to the book-turned-film’s exploration of the awkwardness of adolescence. “I was trying to kiss boys in school,” he says, and then the best friend he fooled around with turned on him. “He had some macho realization that led him to believe that I was the problem. So I went from having a stutter to being a totally gay little opera singer to being, like, a really confused queer adolescent.”
We applaud Ezra for his honesty.