Adrian Lindayag on being a femme, out, and queer actor

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"The Boy Foretold by the Stars" actor on representation and why his role as Dominic resonated with him. Screencap from UPSTREAM PH/YOUTUBE

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — There’s a lot of pressure resting on Adrian Lindayag’s shoulders. As an out and femme actor, the issues of queer representation partly rests on Lindayag’s performance in “The Boy Foretold by the Stars,” which has been called the country’s first Boys’ Love film. It feels like the Metro Manila Film Fest entry is a culmination of a year that saw queer love turned mainstream, thanks to the various rom-com series depicting LGBTQ+ relationships.

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Lindayag is a theater actor who won PETA’s “HuGot Talent: The Search For The Next Raksta” in 2018 and subsequently appeared as Joel in “Rak of Aegis.” He’s also appeared in T.V. shows “Kadenang Ginto,” “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” and “Oh My Dad.”

“Being an out queer actor was a conscious decision for me when I started doing theater,” he says through a video call interview. “Sabi ko kung hadlang yung pagiging bakla ko sa paga-artista eh ‘di hindi na lang ako mag-a-artista.”

The role in “The Boy Foretold by the Stars” required an openly gay queer actor, and when he learned more about the character Dominic, he was determined to get the role.

He says, “Sabi ko, ‘Direk, sana po ako na lang yung piliin ninyo,’ kasi sobrang nagre-resonate ‘yung character… and message ng pelikula… na it’s possible for young gay boys to see themselves on the big screen falling in love with another boy.”

Watch the whole interview below.

Interview and video by SAMANTHA LEE