By Madeline O’Connor
Actor Andrew Scott has revealed the feelings of shame he had growing up gay in Ireland.
The actor told music magazine Hot Press that feelings of isolation and shame hounded him as a young man, particularly – referring to the law in Ireland that until recent times criminalised homosexuality – as those feelings were “compounded by a law that backed up that feeling.”
Speaking of anti-gay sentiment he said: “I don’t think that people are intrinsically homophobic, because otherwise we’d have to give up. I think people are ignorant, and there’s a lot of work to do.”
He added that he had never been bullied, or had his sexuality negatively affect his career, and his parents had always been fully accepting of him.
Scott publicly announced his sexuality during an interview with The Independent last November, when he was asked how he perfected his Russian accent for a television role.
He said: “I started looking at Vladimir Putin videos on YouTube. But then Putin introduced anti-gay legislation this summer – so, being a gay person, I switched to Rudolf Nureyev videos instead. It was another Nureyev defection of sorts!”
Andrew Scott’s upcoming movie, Pride, is about a gay rights group which joins forces with a group of striking miners, due for release this September. In it, he plays Welshman Gethin, a middle man between the two groups.
Meanwhile, Scott’s comedic talents can be seen in light-hearted Irish comedy The Stag, which is in cinemas from March 14. See p.15 for more.