Andrew Garfield, an outspoken LGBTQ advocate, shared his progressive views on love this week during a Twitter Q&A for IMDb.
“I do believe in love at first sight but I also believe that you would love absolutely anybody if you knew their story,” Garfield responded to a fan. “I also believe that the modern notion of romantic love is seriously misguided and it creates a lot of problems in our modern world.”
“I believe that we need to reevaluate this idea that we have of the nuclear family, this idea that we have of 2.4 children, this idea that we have that it’s Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve,” the 35-year-old Under the Silver Lake star continued. “I believe that it’s possible for all of us to be in love all the time with ourselves and with everyone around us.”
— IMDb (@IMDb) April 18, 2019
Last month Garfield spoke to The Independent about the growing push for more LGBTQ actors to fill LGBTQ roles.
“I understand the complaint,” said the actor, who won a Tony for playing Prior Walter, a gay man living with AIDS in 1980s New York, in the 2018 Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
“I think Tony Kushner put it best. He said, ’It’s illegal for me to ask someone who they fuck in terms of hiring them for a job. That’s none of my business who someone sleeps with. The only question I have as the playwright is, are they right for this character?’ He said that if we only let people play who they are, then it’s the death of empathic imagination. I think that’s beautifully put, and I agree with it.”
He added that he understands “taking such a role means potentially taking it away from an LGBTQ person. The community has suffered so much oppression. As a straight, white male, with so much privilege in this world, I believe my job right now is to pay attention, to listen, and to be an ally.”
Garfield made headlines in 2017 when he joked that he researched his Angels in America character by watching RuPaul’s Drag Race: “I am a gay man right now just without the physical act—that’s all.” He told the Independent those comments were “taken out of context.”
The Amazing Spider-Man alum also addressed his 2013 comments that he wanted to explore Peter Parker’s sexuality in the Marvel films—”So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”—with actor Michael B. Jordan. Garfield later backpedaled during a San Diego Comic-Con panel, calling his comments “tongue in cheek.”
Garfield told the Independent he was “put under a lot of pressure to retract that and apologize for saying something that is a legitimate thing to think and feel. So I said, ’OK, so you want me to make sure that we get the bigots and the homophobes to buy their tickets?'”