Ezra Miller is one of the most articulate and intelligent young actors in Hollywood, and in a recent interview with the Huffington Post, he proves himself to more than aware of all of the problems existing in society today and the power movies have to change those perceptions.
He talks about being gay-bashed, saying, “One time I was at a show in New York City for a hardcore band. I was wearing a velvet green jacket, and I was doing sort of a swing step, kind of Lindy-hopping in the mosh pit. Then I walked out of the mosh pit, and I was standing in the back of the crowd, someone tapped me on the shoulder, and all I heard was the word, "Faggot." I got punched in the eye.”
However, he adds that Hollywood is slowly opening itself up to gay characters, which will hopefully have an effect on the country at large. He says, “I think it's that all of a sudden the flood gates are open to wonderful, well-written gay characters. These roles are good. No longer is there this long-standing, unspoken reality that playing gay somehow involves the defamation of an actor, or the ruin of a career."
That's definitely true, especially when you consider Miller’s incredible performance in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’. He plays a gay teenager in the movie, but it’s not the type of stereotyped cliché that you usually see in Hollywood movies. Instead, it’s as nuanced and three-dimensional as the other performances in that movie, and in many ways, even better. Most critics mentioned that Ezra Miller stole the film with his brilliant and moving performance, and it seems to signal a movement in Hollywood away from clichés and more towards characters that people can actually relate to.