Lukas Gage, a Hollywood actor, has stated that he will not bow to labeling demands.
The actor, who spoke with the New York Times about his upcoming film Down Low, addressed earlier criticism of casting LGBTQ performers while remaining tight-lipped about his own sexuality. In his job, Gage says he feels pressured “all the time” to identify with a certain LGBTQ+ designation.
“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 s.ex scene.