Lukas Gage refuses to reveal his sexuality amid backlash for LGBTQ roles
Lukas Gage, a Hollywood actor, has stated that he will not succumb to the pressures associated with labeling.
New York Times interview: Gage discusses his film Down Low and the criticisms he received for accepting roles from LGBTQ actors while being open about his sexuality. Gage stated that he feels pressured “all the time” to identify with a certain LGBTQ+ label in his career.
“An agent that dropped me was like, ‘Stop dyeing your hair, stop wearing weird clothes, and pick a lane: gay, bi, or straight. It’s too confusing. I understand representation and voices that need to be heard, but I don’t want to do anything on anyone’s accord but my own.
“Let me do it when I’m ready. And it’s acting. I feel like everyone should get the opportunity to play whatever they want. I’m a pretty open book about most things in my life, but I have a problem with the culture of everyone needing to know everybody’s business and nothing can be sacred. It’s a weird line that I’m still trying to figure out.”
During the interview, Gage also addressed speculation of dating hairstylist Chris Appleton following photos of the duo on vacation in Mexico. He told the outlet:
“If they want to think that, they can. I’m a pretty open book about most things in my life, but I have a problem with the culture of everyone needing to know everybody’s business and nothing can be sacred,” he added. “It’s a weird line that I’m still trying to figure out.”
Gage has played LGBTQ+ characters and/or LGBT-adjacent in shows like ‘White Lotus,’ ‘You,’ ‘Euphoria,’ ‘Love, Victor’ and in movies like ‘Down Low.’ The actor has bared it all too on camera, including one from ‘WL’ where he stripped down for a racy gay sex scene.