Out Actor Luke Evans: We Need to See Queer Stories Onscreen

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

Queer stories aren't just for queer audiences, openly gay British actor Luke Evans argued in comments to Yahoo UK about his movie "Our Son," a domestic drama about gay dads divorcing that co-stars Billy Porter.

"A gay couple [can] deal with the same thing as a straight couple down the street have dealt with, and understanding that relatability in universal stories can be told from so many different walks of life [is important]," Yahoo UK quoted the 44-year-old "Good Grief" star as saying.

"There's so many stories to be told," Evans added, "and I felt this one was the first time I'd ever seen it from that point of view as well."

"'Our Son' puts a spotlight on the highs and lows of parenthood, examining how different parents can be with their child," Yahoo UK detailed. "Gabriel [played by Porter] is a doting father, always there for Owen no matter what, while Nicky [played by Evans] is the breadwinner with a stricter approach to his son as he feels they shouldn't coddle him."

When Gabriel seeks a divorce, "they try to navigate the split in the least damaging way for their son, Owen (Christopher Woodley)," the article added.

"I think we are very responsible for delivering stories that haven't been told to audiences to allow them to see into other people's worlds," Evans opined, before going on to say that stories showing the experiences of LGBTQ+ people and their families "need to be told, and I think that it just should be common. I think we are seeing way more queer stories in the mainstream entertainment platforms, and that's very important."

Added the "Beauty and the Beast" star, "Society is full of so many different kinds of people, all going through very, very similar things. And we need to see that presented and represented on our screens, and on stages, in television and film."

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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