In a recent interview with People, the star cast of Love, Simon — Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, and Nick Robinson discussed the emotional weight of their latest movie and what the actors hope audiences and LGBTQ youth.
Garner and Duhamel play parents to high school-aged teenage Simon (Robinson) struggling to tell his dear ones that he’s gay.
The 22-year-old Robinson said, “I hope that it’s inclusive, first and foremost.” The teen continued, “That people feel respected, represented as much as they can and that it is a fun way to spend a couple hours.”
The 45-year-old Garner touted the movie’s entertainment value and emotional core: “We want to be entertaining. We want anyone who sees it to have a good time, and they should.” She went on to say, “I think it’s a really fun comedy that anyone should connect to.”
The three actors revealed one of the many reasons they all wanted to be a part of Love, Simon is because the film is a universal coming-of-age story, giving the message of acceptance.
The 45-year-old Duhamel said, “So many times these movies are heavy-handed in some way or preachy, I never felt that from this.” He continued, “I think that that’s really why it works. I think that if there’s a message, it’s that it’s not that big of a deal if you’re lesbian, gay, straight, trans, whatever, you’re still a human being. We don’t have to make a huge deal of it. What I love about this movie is it’s not heavy-handed, it’s light and at the end of the day we’re just human beings, trying to exist.”
Garner added, “To me, if I could say something that I hope that a teenage kid who’s struggling with whether to come out, what they’re feeling, I hope that they see this and don’t stay alone in their head.” She continued, “I hope they find somebody, whether it’s Blue [Simon’s email confidant and crush in the film], whether it’s their mom, whether it’s a friend where they let themselves talk about what’s going on, because that’s the scariest thing when you’re alone with yourself in your head, especially for teenagers, that can be a big big wide dark place.”
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