The actor and singer spoke with GLAAD’s Anthony Ramous about his upcoming film Palmer. During the interview, Timberlake said he was drawn to the movie because of his personal experience of “being a young boy who was into the arts” and who would be bullied for it.
Palmer is a movie about an ex-convict, played by Timberlake, who strikes up a friendship with a boy who is bullied for playing with dolls and dressing up. The movie also stars Juno Temple and June Squibb and is directed by Fisher Stevens.
Timberlake was asked what the movie taught him about gender expression for young kids. He answered what was “special about what Cheryl [Gurriero, who co-wrote the film] crafted, to begin with — and what we wanted to hold so dear and really try our best to not preach but be the most careful and respectful — is that this is an eight-year-old boy and he likes what he likes”.
Ramos asked Timberlake why it was important for him to be an outspoken supporter of the LGBT+ community. Timberlake responded: “Thank you for saying that. I very much enjoy being an ally, and it’s a true honour anytime someone addresses me that way”.
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