Jake Choi, the star of ABC's new sitcom Single Parents, just came out as sexually fluid.
While discussing his acting career and latest role with Very Good Light, Choi reflected on the 2015 film he starred in, Front Cover, where he played a closeted fashion stylist—a role that he says was "transformative."
"Ever since I was young, all the images you saw around you, or at least for me, was catered towards heterosexuals. Very cis, very heterosexual. I was an athlete. When you’re an athlete everything is hypermasculine and hetero. That’s where you think you’re supposed to be and everything else is abnormal and you’re not supposed to do that."
"When I shot the movie I identified as straight – that’s how I was conditioned," said Choi. "Now, I identify as fluid."
Understanding his own sexuality was a process for Choi.
"Back when people questioned if I was gay after the [movie], I was like, ‘no, no.’ But after I did Front Cover, it made me think. A lot." He wondered, "Am I really living my truth? Am I really free? Am I still kinda, swimming upstream?"
"Every day I would think, What does it mean when I’m talking to a guy and connect with him emotionally with intimate energy? Maybe it’s not just sexual, but it could be. Maybe, shit, I’m attracted to everything. Maybe it’s more feminine or more androgynous. I realized yeah, I’m fluid. It’s not black or white. It’s grey."
Now Choi is embracing all of his identity and is excited to represent people who often don't have voices on screen.
"I feel honored to represent groups of marginalized people," he says. "But the representation has to be truthful and real. It has to be authentic. I hope that I can continue playing–and living–that authenticity."
For people who identify as fluid, sexual/romantic attractions are flexible and can change over time, sometimes even depending on the environment they're in. Model/activist Nyle Dimarco and pop star Demi Lovato are just a few of the other celebrities that are open about their fluidity.
Welcome to the family, Jake!
Link in BIO Thank you so much @seoulcialite @verygoodlight for giving me the space and time to open up and be vulnerable for a little bit you’re amazing. “Ever since I was young, all the images you saw around you, or at least for me, was catered towards heterosexuals,” says @thejakechoi in our newest interview. “Very cis, very heterosexual. I was an athlete. When you’re an athlete everything is hypermasculine and hetero. It was only after shooting a movie in which he played a gay character that things changed. “When I shot the movie I identified as straight – that’s how I was conditioned. Now, I identify as fluid. Read more about @thejakechoi, the star of @abcnetworks' newest series, @singleparentstv, on site now. ( @choutoo)