Freddie Fox thinks actors who have a more “rounded” experience of sexuality have an advantage in the film industry (Jeff Spicer/Getty for BFI)
Freddie Fox thinks actors who have a more “rounded” experience of sexuality have a “real advantage” in the film industry.
Fox, 31, has been reluctant to define his sexuality, but the actor – who plays Margaret Thatcher’s son in season four of The Crown – has indicated that he might not be straight.
In a 2015 interview, Fox said: “I’ve had girlfriends, but I wouldn’t wish to say ‘I am this or I am that’, because at some time in my life I might fall in love with a man.”
When asked about the quote by The Telegraph, Fox said he doesn’t regret saying it.
Freddie Fox thinks actors must no longer be ‘feasibly heterosexual’ to land leading roles.
“I’m very interested in how the world is changing and how perceptions are changing,” Freddie Fox said.
“If you look at someone like Rupert Everett, he would say that talking about his sexuality really altered the course of his career.
“I think being able to say that you have a more rounded experience as a human being, whether it be through sexuality, or whatever, is now perceived as a real advantage.”
Heroes used to look and sound a certain way which was, you know, muscular, white and male. Heroes now are totally different, whether it be gender or sexuality, appearance, disability.
When asked if he thinks actors must be “feasibly heterosexual” to land leading man roles, Fox said: “I’m pretty sure that it’s becoming no.”
He added: “Heroes used to look and sound a certain way which was, you know, muscular, white and male. Heroes now are totally different, whether it be gender or sexuality, appearance, disability.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the actor opened up about his relationship with his cousin, Laurence Fox, who has faced significant backlash over his views on race and LGBT+ identities. Laurence Fox recently launched his own political party in an effort to “reclaim” British values.
When asked if he shares any of Laurence’s political views, Freddie replied: “Not really. But I respect Laurence’s path. And he must do what he must do. I don’t share that many opinions with him… but I love him very much as my cousin and we do share private time and I care for him enormously.”