'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Star Ezra Miller Comes Out as Gay

Ezra Miller doesn't just play a gay character in the much-anticipated adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower; he is willing to admit he's gay in real life as well.

The handsome young actor, who was critically heralded for his performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin last year, came out in an interview in the upcoming issue of Out magazine.

"I'm queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I've been trying to figure out relationships, you know?" Miller, 19, told Out in the September issue. "I don't know if it's responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we're ready for them."

The philosophical teen explained that society makes young people think they should be constantly looking for true love.

"The romanticism within our culture dictates that that’s what you're supposed to be looking for. Then [when] we find what we think is love -- even if it is love -- we do not yet have the tools," he continued. "I do feel that it's possible to be at this age unintentionally hurtful, just by being irresponsible -- which is fine. I'm super down with being irresponsible. I'm just trying to make sure my lack of responsibility no longer hurts people. That's where I'm at in the boyfriend/girlfriend/zefriend type of question."

In Perks, which is based on writer-director Stephen Chbosky's own coming of age novel, Miller plays Patrick, the closeted stepbrother of Emma Watson's free-spirited high schooler Sam and older mentor to the protagonist Charlie (Logan Lerman).

The movie's themes hit home for Miller, who says he was often ridiculed in school.

"I just want kids in all situations to hold on," he said. "A lot of [adolescence] left me wanting to end my own life, just give up. It feels like the whole world -- because it is. It’s your whole world. But, man -- life is a really, really cool ride. It's really amazing the type of sh-t you can get up to if you endure."

Perks of Being a Wallflower hits theaters Sept. 21.

 

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