Choi said he made determinations about his sexual orientation after his first “transformative” role playing a gay man, in a film called Front Cover.
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Said Choi: “When I auditioned, I was bartending for a gay party for a couple of years. 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,” Choi told VGL. “Now, I identify as fluid.”
He 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.”
Choi also blasted cis straight actors who won’t play gay: “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.”