Ezra Miller, the star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Crimes of Grindelwald, came out as queer in Out magazine in 2012. Now the actor who plays the Flash in the DC movie universe has clarified that, for him, “queer” means not identifying as either binary gender.
“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,” Miller told The Hollywood Reporter.
Miller, 26, is currently featured on one of THR's four covers in conjunction with the publication’s 25th annual Next Gen issue.
The actor first landed on viewers’ radars in the all too evergreen 2011 indie We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which he played Tilda Swinton’s disturbed son who commits mass murder at his school. But he cemented his fandom with LGBTQ people by playing gay in the beloved film based on the young-adult novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
Miller came out in Out the same year Perks was released
“I’m queer,” he said at the time. “I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular."
While Miller has thus far only played the Flash in the ensemble Justice League movie, the actor will make history as the first queer actor to play the titular lead in a superhero movie when Flashpoint is released in 2020.
Beyond his sexual and gender identity, Miller also spoke with THR about toxicity in Hollywood and his experience with sexual harassment at the hands of an unnamed director who tried to ply him with wine and the promise of fame.
“They gave me wine and I was underaged,” Miller said. “They were like, Hey, want to be in our movie about gay revolution? And I was like, No, you guys are monsters.”
Regarding the #MeToo movement and the reckoning for perpetrators of sexual violence, Miller praised survivors and those calling out rape culture (particularly in Hollywood).
“It’s a great fuckin’ age of being like, You know what? That shit’s unacceptable. And it’s amazing for a lot of us to watch. Cause, like, we all knew it was unacceptable when we fucking survived it," Miller said. "That’s what Hollywood is. I thought we all knew we were sex workers.”