Ezra Miller Talks Polyamory, Surviving Abuse, and Johnny Depp Casting in “Playboy” Interview

Not to mention that iconic gender-bending shoot in fishnets and bunny ears.

Ezra Miller posed for a gorgeous photo shoot for Playboy and granted the publication an in-depth interview that covers his understanding of his identity, polyamory, surviving abuse, and his reaction to the controversial casting of Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. The film opens this weekend.

Miller donned the famous rabbit ears, along with fishnets, lingerie, and heels, in a look that is instantly being hailed as iconic. And for good reason.

Miller is no stranger to grabbing attention with his looks, having made headlines for arriving to the film’s premiere dressed as Harry Potter’s owl, Hedwig.

And as powerful as the shoot is, the interview is even more impactful.

Miller expresses his unique personality, displaying the ability to be open and free flowing, while at the same time thoughtful. While toking on an apparently massive and well-constructed joint, the actor waxes philosophical, and smirks to himself as he reveals details not previously shared with other interviewers, or in some cases, it seems, with anyone.

On trusting J.K. Rowling to get the romantic relationship between Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald right:

Knowing that Jo, with that brilliant mind for the ambiguity of people—morally, in terms of how we classify them on a spectrum from good to evil—I knew that she would be interested in exploring.

Miller himself embraces non-conformity and labels himself queer, which he sees as “an umbrella of non-identification.”

On Depp’s casting, despite the allegations of domestic abuse against him by ex-wife Amber Heard:

No, none of us were consulted. None of us knew.

Look, I bring forth my work to this job, and I do the best that I can. I would say that literally every single aspect of my reality, inclusive of a lot of things that are not fine with me, are fine with me. It’s amazing how far the banner of all good can extend.

On polyamory (he calls his group of partners a “polycule,” a portmanteau of “polyamorous molecule”:

I’m trying to find queer beings who understand me as a queer being off the bat, who I make almost a familial connection with, and I feel like I’m married to them 25 lifetimes ago from the moment we meet. And then they are in the squad—the polycule. And I know they’re going to love everyone else in the polycule because we’re in the polycule, and we love each other so much.

On suffering abuse:

I’ve survived abuse for sure, for sure, in a lot of capacities, starting from a pretty young age. There was a close friend who I had a sexual relationship with who really, really turned on me in a violent way. So that Perks [of Being a Wallflower] story was pretty close to home for me.

I’ve been attacked repeatedly in my life—I’ve been attacked by fucking bigots, man. Of course I’ve been in audition situations where sexuality was totally being leveraged. It’s really important to acknowledge the diversity of voices who have experienced this shit, and all genders, all capacities, all types of people. Everyone is victim to it. Everyone is a survivor of it.

Miller says he survived the abuse through art, which he says is “the only thing that I have.”

There is much more worth diving into in the profile of one of Hollywood’s most intriguing and fast-rising stars, including his childhood experiences with discovering Playboy magazines for the first time with a slightly older male friend with whom he was experimenting.

Read the full interview over at Playboy for more. The entire piece is well worth the time.

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