Ben Platt Loves Enjoying Queer Characters

There is a main motive why Ben Platt signed on to Prime Video’s “The Folks We Hate on the Wedding ceremony.” “I used to be actually hungry to play a queer character and, particularly, a homosexual character and to get to play one thing very near my very own expertise and my very own age and my very own demographic,” he tells

Within the new comedy, Platt performs Paul, the youngest sibling of three. He and his sister Alice, performed by Kristen Bell, are resentful they must journey throughout the pond for the marriage of their seemingly excellent half-sister Eloise (“The Rings of Energy”‘s Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Their mom, performed by Alison Janney, simply needs all of them to return collectively, however Paul and Alice deliver their baggage with them — with main penalties. The film relies on the 2016 novel by Grant Ginder, with a screenplay from “Bob’s Burgers” writers Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux.

Platt first learn the script within the midst of the pandemic. “It was in the course of a time the place I feel all of us had been craving some pleasure and a few heat and one thing to flee into,” he explains. “And I discovered that studying the script actually felt that manner; it was a much-needed breath of contemporary air of one thing foolish and ridiculous and likewise heartfelt. And I additionally simply liked the character of Paul.”

Enjoying a homosexual character, he says, was “relieving.” “While you’re enjoying characters who aren’t queer, there’s, like, a complete toolbox that you need to maintain a lid on as a queer actor,” he explains. “After we get to play queer characters, you possibly can burst it open and simply use all of these instincts, and that tone of humor, and the connections that we really feel to these relationships. And so I simply felt actually in my very own pores and skin getting to try this.”

Plus, he says, a whole lot of queer tales aren’t informed by queer actors, and he is grateful to combat that development. “However past that, I feel there’s a whole lot of homosexual and queer tales which have a whole lot of trauma and despair hooked up to them, understandably so as a result of this group’s handled a whole lot of that over time,” he provides. “It is so great to see a queer story that the queerness shouldn’t be inherently the subject material. It is simply . . . a part of the narrative and the tapestry of the characters, and [it] simply occurs to be that one of many members of this household is a queer particular person and his relationship is a queer relationship.” The film handles that relationship with “a whole lot of humor,” however the relationship itself isn’t the joke. He provides that director Claire Scanlon was actually good at listening to Platt and Karan Soni, who performs his boyfriend, so they might deliver “authenticity” to the connection but additionally humor whereas nonetheless ensuring everybody felt “tremendous protected” through the extra risqué scenes.

The subject of the film — weddings — is fairly well timed for Platt, who simply turned 29, as effectively. “I am in that zone proper now the place all my pals are getting engaged and getting married,” he says. “And I am form of in that age group, notably as a result of I am a Jew.” He provides, “It makes you’re feeling like an grownup in a very scary manner.” A few of his pals are on the brink of head down the aisle proper now, like his finest pal, Beanie Feldstein.

“I am simply thrilled that you recognize that lots of people are discovering the lids to their pots,” he says. “I even have my companion, Noah, who I actually love,” he provides of boyfriend Noah Galvin. “Sometime we’ll most likely do this, too.”

“The Folks We Hate on the Wedding ceremony” streams Nov. 18 on Prime Video.

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