Greg Berlanti’s heartfelt coming-of-age story Love, Simon arrives in theaters this week. I was lucky enough to watch an early screening and to say I loved it would be an understatement. I laughed, I cried and experienced every other emotion in between. Love, Simon is the first romantic comedy backed by a major studio to center on a gay teen. Definitely check it out this weekend and support it.
Joey Pollari is one of the stars in the film. He plays Lyle, a potential love interest of the titular character. The 23-year-old actor recently sat down with The Advocate to talk about his sexuality. Though he’s been out to his friends and family since 18, the former Disney star hasn’t talked about it in public until now. “I think all my friends and family knew on some level. I think maybe two people were shocked.”
“The only part that was difficult was me coming out to myself. And I think that is the most difficult coming-out,” he said. His supportive mother had been “waiting for a very, very long time” to hear her son speak those words. “My mom knew. She laid hints for me everywhere,” he said, recalling conversations they had in the past about acceptance of gay people.
Pollari is best known for his role as Tyler in the Disney XD film, Skyrunners. His other credits include the second season of American Crime and Major Crimes.
For more of his interview, head over to The Advocate .