Boy Erased director Joel Edgerton has offered advice to parents who struggle to accept LGBTI children.
His new movie stars Lucas Hedges as a teen sent to LGBTI conversion therapy camp and Nicole Kidman as his mother.
Asked ‘As a result of making the film, what would your advice be to a parent struggling with their child’s sexuality?’ Joel replied: ‘That love is the path to least resistance.’
The star furthermore added: ’That acceptance keeps a family together. Follow your heart, rather than belief or scripture or other people’s opinion.’
As well as directing and acting in Boy Erased, Joel has appeared in films such as Red Sparrow and The Gift.
‘Boy Erased and Cameron Post, they’re on the same shelf’
Speaking to Gay Star News, Joel also discussed last year’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The critically-acclaimed drama about conversion therapy starred Chloe Grace Moretz.
‘Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, they’re on the same shelf,’ he said. ‘I call it a one, two punch. Anybody that says those two films existing in the same year dilutes something – I point them in the direction of the 50 superhero movies and rom coms that are made every year.’
Boy Erased, which also features Bloom singer Troye Sivan, is released on 8 February in the UK.