Billy Eichner Reveals He Confronted Homophobia in Early Profession

Billy Eichner is the artistic drive behind “Bros,” a comedy a couple of screenwriter who’s assigned to write down a homosexual rom-com, however winds up starring in a single. Not solely does Eichner star within the film, however he serves as a cowriter and government producer as nicely. The movie is the primary queer romantic comedy from a significant studio to characteristic a completely LGBTQ+ solid.

It is taken Eichner a very long time to get to this place in his profession, although. In a Sept. 26 interview with Conan O’Brien, Eichner revealed that in his early days of performing, he discovered that whereas producers seen his expertise, he felt that homophobia finally held him again. “It was all the time, ‘We do not know what to do with you otherwise you’re very New York.’ And plenty of occasions, in each overt methods and refined methods, I used to be despatched the message that I used to be simply too homosexual,” he mentioned. “I used to be being brazenly homosexual on stage. I used to be speaking about homosexual intercourse. Now everybody’s speaking about homosexual intercourse, however that is 2003.”

Nevertheless, he mentioned the web ended up serving to him out. “What occurred was the web got here alongside, and I put my movies on-line, and after a short while, they went viral and really viral, and I used to be capable of level to all these individuals within the trade and say, ‘Hey, I am not too this or too that. These movies have thousands and thousands of views’ . . . I wanted these numbers to level to and say, ‘I’ve proof that I am not this little area of interest factor that you simply assume I’m as a result of I am homosexual.'”

At 44, Eichner says he feels his profession has bridged a spot between two very totally different eras for queer individuals. “I am form of on this attention-grabbing halfway level between a technology of LGBTQ individuals and homosexual males, particularly, who actually noticed the world change. After they grew up it was such a repressed time. Numerous them in all probability cannot even think about the world that we reside in right this moment, regardless that there are nonetheless issues and we’re nonetheless preventing for our rights, nonetheless — the evolution is admittedly exceptional. Then you’ve got a youthful technology now . . . of LGBTQ individuals and Gen Z queer youngsters . . . however they stepped into such a special world.” This evolution, he mentioned, has “so much to do with the web.” He added, “I am form of weirdly perched between these two generations.” As for “Bros,” he mentioned, “I wished the film to talk to that.”

“Bros” shall be launched in theaters on Sept. 30.

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