Olly Alexander walks into GQ 's photo studio and removes his hat, revealing a shock of brightly dyed red hair. The trio's already put out one incredible album 's Communionpicked up fans like Katy Perryand are now gearing up for their sophomore project, coming this summer and anchored by the just-released "Sanctify"which chronicles Alexander's experience sleeping with and falling for a straight man. Alexander, who's 27, is also known both for his acting work you may have seen him on Skins and for his outspokenness as a member of the gay community his BBC documentary, Growing Up Gayis a phenomenal watch.
It shouldn't be viewed as something sinful. I think the first guy I ever fell in love with was a straight guy at my school, and since then, I've had lots of different relationships. But when I wrote the song I was just newly single and I, again, had this encounter with a guy who was identifying as straight but was not behaving so straight when he was with me.
Olly Alexander gives a powerful and passionate speech about world equality on the Glastonbury Pyramid stage. I personally like to use the word queer, as you can see. And whether we like it or not, history, it really matters.
Few stars in recent years have shot to fame as quickly as Olly Alexander. What makes Alexander's story even more inspiring - and perhaps unlikely - is that he was, for years, crippled by doubts about his own talent, as well as issues relating to his homosexuality, his body and his mental health. In his current life, he is a gay icon, noted for his elaborate costumes and unique singing voice, but his performing style and lyrical content is always informed by the fears that he had before he made it. Speaking recently to ShortlistAlexander explained the situation.
Photo courtesy High Rise PR. Olly Alexander is slightly out of breath when he gets on the phone. Alexander has also been busy as an advocate for mental health and LGBT issues.
The pinnaplasty took 15 minutes and made him feel two things simultaneously. The other thing he felt was a curious shame. Now he wants the rest of the male population to have the same realisation.
Alexander was born in Harrogate, North YorkshireEngland. He obtained the services of an agent when he was 16 while auditioning for a part in UK TV series Skins. I dropped out of school to work around the world, which was amazing.
It's been life changing. This entire process I've felt supported and encouraged to explore an area I feel extremely passionate about, mental health, and what it's like to grow up gay. I am very lucky I have this platform and I'm trying my best to acknowledge my privilege and do some good with it. If this film can help one person, then I will be happy.
Before finding fame in the pop group, the singer carved out a successful career as an actor in a number of movies and TV shows, one of his biggest credits being the film. In it, he starred as Toby Maitland, one of the members of the fictional exclusive all-male dining club at Oxford University, which is seen as a satire of the notorious Bullingdon Club and elitism. When asked about making the movie and playing the role by a fan on Graham Norton's Radio 2 showOlly didn't exactly recall a glowing experience.
In this eye-opening film, young pop culture icon Olly Alexander explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression. He has broken taboos with music videos that celebrate queer identities and spoken openly about his own sexuality as well as his ongoing struggles with anxiety. In the film Olly joins young people on their journeys battling issues that parallel his own - from homophobic bullying to eating and anxiety disorders - and along the way he asks what can be done to address them.