One of the stars of the brand-new sitcom Single Parents Jake Choi has opened up about his sexuality in an interview with Very Good Light. The Chinese-American actor says that it journey to discovering who he really is began when he was cast in a movie titled Front Cover in which he plays an a man who falls in love with a Chinese actor.
“When I auditioned, I was bartending for a gay party for a couple of years,’ he said. ‘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 to tell this for my gay Asian loves,” he told the publication.
While he described himself as straight when filming the movie, he says that he did this due to his upbringing.
“Ever since I was young, all the images you saw around you, or at least for me, was catered towards heterosexuals. Very cis, very heterosexual. I was an athlete. When you’re an athlete everything is hypermasculine and hetero.”
But after playing gay in a film, he was consistently asked about his sexuality and it made him think.
“Am I really living my truth? Am I really free? Am I still kinda, swimming upstream?’ he asked himself. ‘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, shit, 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.”