What Troye Sivan Wants You To Know About ‘Boy Erased’

Andie Manahan

November 3, 2018

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After making his mark in the movie industry during his teens, Troye Sivan has been mostly focusing on his music. But while music remains his main passion, he never lost his love for acting – if the right part comes along.

“Acting was kind of on the back burner,” Troye shared with ET.

“But the conversation with any of my agents or anything like that was always, “If the right thing comes around, please send it to me and I’ll have a look.”

And the right part came in the role of Gary in the movie ‘Boy Erased’.

“I got the script and just was punched in the gut by it and just knew that I really, really badly wanted to be a part of it,” he told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show back in September.

Boy Erased is an adaptation of Garrard Conley’s autobiographical book of the same name.

Summarizing the story to ET, Troye says, “Garrard, upon coming out to his parents as gay, was kind of coaxed into going to a gay conversion therapy camp where they were going to try to turn him straight.”

The movie is written and directed by Joel Edgerton and stars Lucas Hedge, Nicole Kidman, Russel Crowe.

Turns out, Troye wasn’t just going to portray Gary. Although the character is based off of a real-life person, he actually had a hand in developing Gary’s character further.

“He [Joel] explained to me that he wanted to rebuild the character from the ground up and figure out the storyline and the backstory,” he recalls to Rolling Stone. “I was excited to do that with him.”

“We decided that he was this kid who got plucked out of his openly queer life in college and put in the camp,” he dishes on his character’s back story.

But, even when he’s stepping in front of the cameras, music is never far from his mind.

He also revealed to ET that he had wanted to do a song for the movie as soon as he found out he landed the role. “It was always my intention. I don’t know if it was his,” he said, referring to their director.

“But I had mentioned it from day one, basically. As soon as I found out that I had got the part, I was like, ‘Also, if you guys need any music at all, I would love to be a part of that.’ So, I pushed and pushed and pushed and I wrote about, like, six songs for the movie, all in all.”

Out of the six songs, he shares that the piano ballad “Revelation,” which he co-wrote with Jonsi of the Icelandic group Sigur Ros, “ended up being the right one.” It also turned out to be a “dream collaboration” for him and is already creating some Oscar buzz.

Troye is beyond excited about his movie.

“One of my favorite things about this movie is there’s no villain, really. It’s just like figuring stuff out,” he shares. He also pointed out how Nicole Kidman’s character inspires a “valuable lesson.”

“You can learn and you can grow and you can change and it’s not too late to make things right with your LGBTQ loved ones. In my opinion, we totally did the story justice and told it in the right way and I was happy with my performance,” he shared.

Troye is not afraid to speak out about being LGBTQ and discuss the issues affecting the community.

Yesterday, he shared a photo with his Boy Erased co-stars on Instagram.

“BOY ERASED starts its release tomorrow. It’s out in NY, LA, and SF and then slowly rolls out elsewhere over the next few weeks,” he began his caption.  My heart breaks for every person who has been through/will go through conversion therapy. It’s damaging, hurtful, traumatic, and has been proven to be ineffective (of course),” he continued to express. “It leads to depression, anxiety, and often suicide, and is rooted in the belief that there is something to fix in LGBTQ people in the first place. Lastly, it’s STILL COMPLETELY LEGAL in 36 states across America.”

“Let’s change that through education,” he urged. “@gayrodcon bravely shared his lived story so that no one else lives it in the future.”

2018 has been an amazing year for Troye Sivan. Earlier this year, he released his sophomore album, Bloom, and embarked on The Bloom Tour. Now, movie Boy Erased will be hitting (selected) theaters starting today!

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During his interview with Rolling Stone, he describes his experience, “I feel really lucky as a creative because everything keeps taking me by such surprise. I could’ve never predicted that making YouTube videos would’ve gotten me signed to a label or that I would’ve gotten back into acting — or even have gotten into acting in the first place! I’m just enjoying the ride and asking myself what feels exciting to me right now. I’m excited to see where I am in five or ten years. I really have no idea.”