If you somehow still haven’t heard, Love, Simon is the first major studio rom-com with a gay teen character at the center—and Matt Bomer wants to make sure people actually see it. Along with husband Simon Halls, the 40-year-old Magic Mike star bought out an entire afternoon screening today for fans in his hometown of Spring, Texas.
“This is an important movie, and a really good one,” Bomer wrote on Instagram. “I know you’ll love it so come watch for free this Sunday!”
Bomer has spoken in interviews about struggling with his sexuality in a conservative Christian home where he wasn’t allowed to watch “secular” TV shows. “One of the ways I learned how to act, really, is by having secrets, and having to function as a kid in a public school in suburban Bible Belt Texas,” he told Out last year.
I loved this movie so much (and not just because of the title), and I’m so happy that a generation of young people will have this to watch and realize that #loveisloveisloveislove❤️ Please support this important film- check out the @glsenofficial website for listings around the country. @gberlanti @lovesimonmovie #lovesimon
But he’s not the only celebrity spreading the Love. The groundbreaking movie’s director, Greg Berlanti, and husband Robbie Rogers also bought out screenings this weekend in Kentucky and Mississippi.
“@robbierogers and I have been so emotionally affected to the reactions to @lovesimonmovie and to supporters hosting screenings that we have decided to buy out two theatres,” Berlanti wrote on Instagram earlier this week. “We have partnered with local LGBTQ organizations in Jackson, MS and Louisville, KY. Our hope is that young LGBTQ people in these cities that might not have the opportunity to see Love, Simon now will have the chance.”
So my husband David (@dbelicious) and I enjoyed @lovesimonmovie so much, we wanted to pay it forward. Others are doing this, and I’m so on board. So we bought out a screening at a theatre in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM for this Sunday afternoon. It’s free, and a great chance to see this wonderful film. Hope you can make it! Swipe left for details.
Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka bought out a screening this afternoon for fans in Harris’ hometown of Albuquerque.
“How I wish something this brave, powerful, and confident existed when I was struggling with my identity,” wrote Harris, who said he was “moved to tears” by the film, “but how super awesome that a new generation will get to lead by this example.”
@robbierogers and I have been so emotionally affected to the reactions to @lovesimonmovie and to supporters hosting screenings that we have decided to buy out two theatres. We have partnered with local LGBTQ organizations in Jackson, MS and Louisville, KY. Our hope is that young LGBTQ people in these cities that might not have the opportunity to see Love Simon now will have the chance. Thank you everyone for your support. Scroll for more info. #lovesimon #pflag
Meanwhile, Kristen Bell bought out a Love, Simon screening this afternoon in Minneapolis.
“There are so many important stories that don’t get made,” the Good Place star posted. “I am so grateful this one did. I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this movie—I just have a huge crush on it and I’d like to share the love.”
Love, Simon is a KNOCKOUT. There are so many important stories that don’t get made. I am so grateful this one did. ❤️I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this movie—I just have a huge crush on it and I’d like to share the love. Minneapolis, please enjoy a screening of Love, Simon this Sunday on me. :) Enjoy!
Are you feeling the Love in your hometown?