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This You Character Is Actually Sexually Fluid, Actor Confirms

This 'You' Character Is Actually Sexually Fluid, Actor Confirms

This 'You' Character Is Actually Sexually Fluid, Actor Confirms

The signs were there all along...

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With all the memes and critical acclaim, Netflix's You is undeniably a hit. Starring Penn Badgley as the murderous "nice guy" Joe, the new season follows the serial killer's move to Los Angeles and the bodies he "unintentionally" leaves in his wake.

But all the characters might not be as heterosexual as they seem. Season 2 star James Scully opened up on Instagram about his character, Forty Quinn, and his fluid sexuality. 

Warning: minor You spoilers ahead!

During a casual Q&A with his fans, someone asked, "Since you’re queer, what made you guys decide Forty would be straight?" 

"We didn’t, and he wasn’t, and he’s not, and he never will be," Scully replied.

Looking back throughout the second season of You, the signs and hints about Forty's sexuality were definitely there, especially with his relationship with Joe evolving beyond just friends. Forty is overly touchy-feely with Joe, and their relationship is filled with phallus-related humor and regular jokes about "tickling balls." When Forty drops off Joe for a "booty-call" with Delilah, he hands Joe a flower and tells him to "Give it to Delilah. And when you f*ck her, you think of me."

Scully clarified those speculations further in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. They ask Scully if there were discussions about making Forty pansexual in the writer's room. 

"There actually was," he says. "I definitely had jobs before where that was a point of contention, but that’s when I was like, 'I’m just not focusing on this.' Then four episodes in, they gave me a girlfriend and I was like, oh cool."

He points out that because Forty's first sexual experience was statutory rape, his sexual relationships aren't exactly the healthiest.

"Because he's still craving affection, he uses sex as a tool a lot," Scully says. "I think Forty would have sex with whoever he decided he wanted to have sex with. And it was nice being able to play the character even if I was realizing retroactively that [he] was sexually fluid where we didn't need to stress that in any way. It was what it was and he was who he was."

I would say protect Forty at all costs, but if you've finished the season...

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!