Ezra Miller, Grindelwald star: “We’re in the polycule, and we love each other so much.”
The latest Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, opened this weekend to mixed reviews. Some of the entertainment press is going gaga over the queer poly life of one of its stars, 26-year-old Ezra Miller (he plays Credence Barebone, forced to repress his magical abilities), following a Playboy interview and cross-dressed photo spread.
Pink News sums up:
The US actor, who came out as queer in 2012, told Playboy that he was a “sexual being” who had found satisfaction in a squad he calls his “polyamorous molecule” — or “polycule” for short.
The polyamorous group includes members of his ‘genrequeer’ band, Sons of an Illustrious Father, and others who fit in with the rest of the polycule’s vibe.
The Fantastic Beasts star, who last week opened up about his #MeToo moment at the hands of a director and producer, teared up as he spoke about the heartbreak which had led to him abandoning monogamy.
He explained that he had found fulfilment in the polycule, saying: “I’m trying to find queer beings who understand me as a queer being off the bat, who I make almost a familial connection with, and I feel like I’m married to them 25 lifetimes ago from the moment we meet.
“And then they are in the squad — the polycule. And I know they’re going to love everyone else in the polycule because we’re in the polycule, and we love each other so much.”
The whole article (November 16, 2018).
Here's the Playboy interview, with many wallposter-quality pix:
The Magic of Ezra Miller
Ryan Pfluger / Playboy
Written by Ryan Gajewski, Photography by Ryan Pfluger
You want to smoke?” Ezra Miller asks me on the patio of his West Hollywood hotel room, reaching over to hand me his joint as I dry my tears with my hand. The 26-year-old actor ...one of the film industry’s most fascinating rising stars, has been smoking from the impressive joint since my arrival 80 minutes ago. (It is meticulously rolled.) Upon seeing me cry heavily during our conversation, he decides to share the wealth. ...
Undeniably, this is a moment in time for the energetic, garrulous and highly spiritual Miller, who casually loads his conversations with references to philosophy, history and political theory. ... He has seen his star ascend wildly following his breakout roles in 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and 2012’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. ... For many fans, his wisecracking Flash was the best part of last year’s tepidly received superhero-stacked Justice League....
...Miller, who is attracted to men and women, tears up when he tells me he has experienced a lot of heartbreak. As a result of these failed relationships, he says he has abandoned trying to find his perfect romantic partner, deciding that monogamy isn’t for him. Calling himself a “sexual being,” he instead finds companionship with a group of sexual partners he refers to as his “polycule,” a portmanteau of “polyamorous molecule.”
He says this includes people he’s known for years, such as the members of his band, Sons of an Illustrious Father, along with new people who are deemed the right fit for the polycule. ...
...Miller is proud to be part of what he terms the “Golden Age Part 2 for cinema,” particularly because he sees the former Golden Age as one of pyrite. He refers to pre-Time’s Up Hollywood as “a racist, sexist, rape-culture mess that we still sort of celebrate,” and when I ask about his own experiences, he has a lot to say.
Ryan Pfluger / Playboy
“I’ve survived abuse for sure, for sure, in a lot of capacities, starting from a pretty young age,” he says. “There was a close friend who I had a sexual relationship with who really, really turned on me in a violent way. So that Perks [of Being a Wallflower] story was pretty close to home for me,” he says, referring to his role in the seminal coming-of-age tale of Patrick, who is attacked by the high school football star with whom he is surreptitiously hooking up. [Miller dropped out of high school at 16. –Ed.]
...“I’ve been attacked repeatedly in my life — I’ve been attacked by fucking bigots, man,” he tells me. “Of course I’ve been in audition situations where sexuality was totally being leveraged. It’s really important to acknowledge the diversity of voices who have experienced this shit, and all genders, all capacities, all types of people. Everyone is victim to it. Everyone is a survivor of it.”
...He tears up again when I ask how he persevered. “Art is the only thing that I have,” he says. “If I didn’t have art, I’d be so fucking dead — so long ago, I’d be dead. I probably would have done it myself.” He believes in transformative justice and doesn’t want any of his attackers behind bars, as he doesn’t see prison as making anyone less likely to attack. “The way I see it, I am you, you are me, we dwell in each other, the whole world dwells in you. And anyone can heal the whole world just with parasympathetic magic, using their own body as a cauldron—anyone could do it, just no one has yet. That’s why we’re all still here ‘cause no one’s done it yet, so we’re just waiting.” ...
The whole interview, with video of the photo shoot (November 15, 2018).
● Hollywood Reporter posted a video it made at his farm in Vermont:
It's with their article Ezra Miller Talks Fame, Living on a "Polyamorous" Farm, and His #MeToo Story (Nov. 7):
Heather Hazzan / Hollywood Reporter
Spend a day with Ezra Miller at his 95-acre Vermont farm and you will surmise that the star with two franchises in motion does not really exist. Instead, "Ezra Miller" is just a glitch in a Mandela Effect-simulated reality that the 26-year-old is happy to explain over a spliff.
It's difficult to square the man who tills the land here (blueberries, turkey tail, something called chaga) with the one pulling down seven-figure paydays. ... Barefoot with chipped nail polish and wearing a unicorn costume ("Unicorns are real, did you know that?"), he would rather talk about the ravages of fossil fuels ("fucking dinosaur juice that we keep burning into the heavens") and the "polyamorous" community of friends and spiritual advisers milling about the farm on this brisk day, marijuana smoke wafting, than how he landed that DC tentpole role: "I auditioned," he deadpans.
...Hollywood's warped hierarchy brings out Miller's intensity, but not nearly as much as the subject of climate change. In fact, that line of conversation brings the actor to tears. "Gaia, we don't understand her. We don't understand how powerful she is. We don't respect her rights," he says, shaking. "I'm just an emotional person. I just feel things differently. Yes, I'm crying already in the interview."
Often cited as the first non-hetero film superhero (Ian McKellan's X Man Magneto was a villain), Miller has long identified as queer. "Yeah, absolutely. Which is to say, I don't identify. Like, fuck that," he says. "Queer just means no, I don't do that. I don't identify as a man. I don't identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human."...
● And much more.
|Heather Hazzan / Hollywood Reporter|