American actor, Jake Choi has publicly come-out as sexually fluid in a recent interview, saying he has discovered more about his sexual orientation after his first “transformative” role playing a gay man.
During the interview with Very Good Light, the 26-year-old series regular on the new ABC sitcom Single Parents, said he made determinations about his sexual orientation after his first “transformative” role playing a gay man, in a film called Front Cover.
“When I auditioned, I was bartending for a gay party for a couple of years,” Choi explained to VGL.
“I was like, this is reflective of all the friends I have and he’s an amalgam of 10 people I know in one role. I felt a huge responsibility tell this for my gay Asian loves. For Asians and Asian Americans.”
“When I shot the movie I identified as straight – that’s how I was conditioned… Now, I identify as fluid.”
Choi added, “After I did Front Cover, it made me think. A lot. Am I really living my truth? Am I really free? Am I still kinda, swimming upstream? Every day I would think. What does it mean when I’m talking to a guy and connect with him emotionally with intimate energy? Maybe it’s not just sexual but it could be. Maybe, sh*t, I’m attracted to everything.”
“Maybe it’s more feminine or more androgynous. I realized yeah, I’m fluid. It’s not black or white. It’s grey.”
During the same interview, Choi also added his disappointment in straight actors who refuse to play gay characters.
“Being an actor means that you are truthfully reflecting human experiences. Gay people are people, too. Human-beings aren’t defined by their sexuality…As an artist, it shouldn’t matter: you’re telling a story.”