Erza Miller, one of the stars of the acclaimed indie flick The Perks of Being a Wallflower, came out as ‘queer’ last year and explains why he used that word to describe himself instead of gay.
‘It’s generational in the way that that term is newly available in a certain way,’ Miller tells The Advocate in an interview posted today (14 February). ‘I think it feels the most open and inclusive and that’s what makes it apply for me, personally.’
Miller broke out in 2011 in the film We’ve Got to Talk About Kevin after appearing in such television shows as Royal Pains, Californication, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
The 20-year-old’s character in Wallflower was a gay high school student involved in a secret relationship with one of the school’s football players.
But unlike his Wallflower character, the actor doesn’t like refer to himself as gay.
‘I think there are a lot of people who fall on this open spectrum of sexuality,’ Miller says. ‘My friends and I use that word as an all-encompassing banner and for every human being. There should be an ongoing question and investigation of who you love and everything that’s involved with that very tricky and beautiful thing.’