Hayden Christensen and the Gay Aesthetic


As a follow-up to last week’s Hayden Christensen quote about folks speculating that he’s gay, I thought I’d print the entire quote, just for the record.

Hayden tells Vman, when asked about why there’s so much speculation about his sexuality: “To be honest, I think it’s because I encourage it.”

“Because it’s fun, entertaining, and a bit of a joke. Because, who cares what people think? And because I think it’s sort of cool. You see pictures of Bowie wearing eyeliner and looking a little effeminate—to me masculinity is the ability to flirt with the effeminate. I will do things that are a little less masculine. There’s plenty of rumors about every actor everywhere being gay. When people catch a picture of Sienna [Miller] and me, they can speculate, and I don’t do anything to dismiss the speculations because rumors are more fun than reality. The less people know about you as you, the more they believe you as a character. And I guess I was sort of setting myself up with Star Wars, as far as people not accepting me as other things, so I made a point of not doing much press, not letting people know much, just because it helps me as an actor. The people I catually relate to know what I am. I think eventually people will clue in because there’s less I will be able to keep private, but I’ve been pretty good at it so far. So if they want to speculate that I’m gay, let them. Honestly, I enjoy it more when people speculate.”

I also like this shot, taken from the balcony of one of the three Richard Meier residences on Manhattan’s west side. I’m not sure what the chrome barbells signify, but perhaps the mysterious Jedi is pumping up for a walk down to the Christopher Street pier, New York’s infamous (though much less seedy than it used to be) cruising spot. Pure speculation, for his enjoyment of course.