Richard Armitage casually comes out

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He says he warned his partner about full-frontal scene in ‘Obsession’.

No surprises here: We’re obsessed with Obsession, Netflix‘s new erotic thriller miniseries that has convinced us to always think twice before laying our heads down on a hotel pillow…

As a celebrated neurosurgeon who begins a dangerous affair with his son’s new girlfriend, Richard Armitage makes quite a splash in the series, especially because he lets it all hang out for the role.

Obsession definitely marks a big moment for the English thespian who’s been working in film and television for the past 25 years. He had an unforgettable arc late in the Hannibal TV series’ run, and even showed up in Ocean’s Eight, but Armitage is probably still best known as “dwarf king” Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy.

Speaking of The Hobbit, while those films were in production, rumors began to swirl about Armitage’s sexuality after Sir Ian McKellen let slip that a number of his co-stars were gay, including actors who played “two of the dwarves.” Some folks even thought he and co-star Lee Pace were secretly dating at the time.

While Armitage long kept quiet about the subject and avoided discussing his personal life in interviews (as is his right, we should add!), all the new press around Obsession has inspired him to open up in a new way.

In conversation with Radio Times magazine, the actor reflects on coming out to the people in his life when he was a teen and why he didn’t want to talk about it publicly for so long:

“[Coming out] happened when I was 19–to anybody who mattered–and I was always waiting for that question to punch me in the face, and it never did,” Armitage says. “I thought, ‘Are people being polite, or is it that they don’t want to know?’”

He continues: “I don’t know that I ever wanted to put myself in front of the work I was doing, anything about my family or personal life. I just thought, ‘Let the work speak for itself’.”


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