Harry Cook in the spotlight again for his brave stance on coming out

March 2015

‘It felt really good – it was a huge weight off my shoulders': Gay actor reveals he decided to come out after featuring in a movie about homophobia

  • Harry Cook came out of closet after featuring in a homophobic movie
  • The Sydneysider, 23, was told he wouldn’t get roles if he said he was gay
  • Drown premieres tomorrow to a sold-out cinema on George St in Sydney
  • Fans can book their own screening through the movie’s website

By LEESA SMITH FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

PUBLISHED: 12:43, 3 March 2015 | UPDATED: 01:23, 4 March 2015

A young actor was inspired to come out of the closet after featuring in a movie about homophobia in Australia.

Harry Cook, 23 from Sydney, was always advised in the past not to divulge that he was gay because it would limit the variety of acting variety roles he would be offered.

But when he took on the role in the movie, Drown, which premieres on Wednesday night and tells of the struggles for gay men in the macho sporting arena, he decided to reveal his sexuality to the world in the form of a YouTube video.

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Harry Cook was inspired to come out of the closet after featuring in a movie about homophobia in Australia

 

Harry Cook was inspired to come out of the closet after featuring in a movie about homophobia in Australia
Drown tells the story of the threat and confusion felt by the local surf lifesaving champion when he has his title taken off him a by a new club member who happens to be gay

 

 Drown tells the story of the threat and confusion felt by the local surf lifesaving champion when he has his title taken off him a by a new club member who happens to be gay
 
The 23 year-old (right) was always told by his agents not to divulge that he was gay because it would limit the variety of acting variety roles he would be offered

 

 The 23 year-old (right) was always told by his agents not to divulge that he was gay because it would limit the variety of acting variety roles he would be offered
Aussie film Drown reveals dangers of homophobia in sport
 

 

 

‘I was always told to keep my mouth shut – it was ridiculous,’ he said.

‘I was told only gay people played gay roles and straight people got all of the straight roles.

‘It’s like saying I can’t play Nemo because I’m not a fish.’

Drown tells the story of the threat and confusion felt by the local  surf lifesaving champion when  he has his title taken off him a by a new club member who happens to be gay.

Although Harry doesn’t play a gay character – the theme of the movie was something that he could deeply relate to as he felt ‘very shady and secretive’.

The defining moment when Harry decided he could no longer live a lie was when he was directly asked if he was gay in a radio interview just after filming finished up just a year ago.

‘I completely shut down and said something like “that’s personal”,’ he said.

‘Then I decided I couldn’t keep living like that – I was lying to myself and not being who I am.’

Although Harry doesn't play a gay character - the theme of the movie was something that he could deeply relate to as he felt 'very shady and secretive' 

 

 Although Harry doesn’t play a gay character – the theme of the movie was something that he could deeply relate to as he felt ‘very shady and secretive’
 
Harry decided he could no longer live a lie was when he was directly asked if he was gay in a radio interview just after filming finished up just a year ago

 

 Harry decided he could no longer live a lie was when he was directly asked if he was gay in a radio interview just after filming finished up just a year ago
 
Australia actor Harry Cook comes out as gay

 

 

So, Harry made the very brave decision to tell the entire world that he was gay through a You Tue video in December 2013.

‘A lot of actors said they applauded my bravery but they could never do what I did which I think is a really sad way to live,’ he said.

‘It felt really good – it was a huge weight off my shoulders because I felt I had been hiding a lot.’

‘Whenever I was asked I would avoid the question and get out of it.’

The response from the coming out video was overwhelmingly positive with more than 70,000 views.

‘They were even talking about it on TV in America – I was shocked how much of an effect it had,’ he said.

‘I just wanted to say this is who I am and thought it was no big deal but I received mind-blowing beautiful responses and only a couple of negative ones but nothing too brutal.’

Harry moved to Los Angeles a year ago to try to break into Hollywood which has made him notice that Australia still has a lot to learn when it comes to accepting homosexuals as equals in society.

‘It’s quite frightening how clear it is now that I have lived here – I knew it wasn’t up to scratch with everybody else – I knew we were lacking a bit when it came to equality but I just didn’t realise how bad it was,’ he said.

‘The U.S. has got 50 states and I think 37 now has got same sex marriage while none of them do in Australia – I think it’s one of the last countries in the western world to be completely against it which I find very sad.’

Drown is showing:

Thursday March 12 – 7pm Event Cinema George Street (Mardi Gras Film Festival)

Wednesday March 18 – Event Cinema Bondi Junction (DROWN’s first TUGG screening)

Saturday March 21 – ACMI Theatre Melbourne (Melbourne Queer Film Festival)

Anyone can also host their own screening of Drown using Tugg.com.au anywhere in Australia or New Zealand and share in the box office with no risk or cost. Details at www.drownthemovie.com.

Harry made the very brave decision to tell the entire world that he was gay through a You Tube video in December 2013

 

 Harry made the very brave decision to tell the entire world that he was gay through a You Tube video in December 2013
Harry moved to Los Angeles a year ago to try to break into Hollywood which has made him notice that Australia still has a lot to learn when it comes to accepting homosexuals as equals in society

 

 Harry moved to Los Angeles a year ago to try to break into Hollywood which has made him notice that Australia still has a lot to learn when it comes to accepting homosexuals as equals in society

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