Everyone deserves a great love story, and just one of 2018’s best LGBTQ+ films “Love, Simon” offers convention where normally there is none. The film which follows seventeen-year-old Simon Spier treats the gay experience as part of the culture, which turns this conventional film into something revolutionary. Simon is yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.
Whilst the film documents the experiences of this white, middle-class teen we speak to new breakout star that offers a little realness to this gay coming-of-age film. Ethan played by Clark Moore delivers confidence, hit one-liners and is completely unapologetic about who he is, on and off screen.
Images shot by Michelle Gonzales, Styled by Britt Theodora with Hair thanks to Andres (Dreece) Copeland. Fashion thanks to Arcady, Beladora, McQueen, Del Toro, Missoni, Rowing Blazers, Madewell, Theory and Donni Scarves.
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Thanks so much for sitting down and talking to us, first of all, tell us about life after Love, Simon?
Thank you for having me, I’m so honored. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to the film, it’s been so rewarding. In the wake of Love, Simon I’ve been able to contribute to some amazing causes and meet some truly inspiring activists as well as hear touching stories about how the film helped people understand their own identities. I didn’t expect it to provide so many learning opportunities and chances for growth and I’m incredibly grateful.
Can you tell us about your own coming out story, was it in-line with your character and personal LGBTQ+ Experience?
I was fortunate to have a supportive family and school environment when I came out but I know that not everyone shares that experience. I hope Love, Simon provides families with a blueprint for how it could be and reminds us that at the end of the day it’s just important that we love each other and accept ourselves for who we are.
Can you tell us one thing you would pass on to someone dealing with coming out or fighting with their identity?
I would tell them to take their time and encourage them to try leading from curiosity rather than from fear. There’s so much pressure to hurry up and figure out who you are and who you want to be but we all come to understand ourselves in our own time and that’s okay.
As a person of colour it’s so important to tell and show young Black LGBTQ+ Stories that people can identify with. Did you feel any pressure when filming and playing Ethan?
I didn’t think about the significance of the film until the first screening I went to. When I was doing it I just wanted to make sure I was contributing my best work to the film and having fun. Now that I’ve heard from viewers that this film helped them see themselves honestly for the first time, I’m so proud that I was able to be a part of it. I’m also so grateful to our Love, Simon Director Greg Berlanti and everyone who saw the importance in including a wide range of experiences in this story.
Do you feel Love, Simon embodied the full LGBTQ experience and what do you feel was left out?
I don’t think anyone film can represent all experiences of a community but Love, Simon definitely spoke to mine. I hope that this film paves the way for many more stories to be told in the future.
One cause you support?
What’s next for Clark Moore?
I have a couple of upcoming projects that are coming out Fall 2018, so keep an eye out!
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