It is still unknown whether Taylor Zakhar Perez is gay, bisexual, or straight in real life as he has not revealed anything about his sexuality.
Taylor Zakhar Perez is an American actor who recently starred in the film adaptation of Casey McQuiston's bestselling queer love novel as Alex Claremont-Diaz, who is bisexual. The plot of the show follows the story of Alex who has a big dispute with Britain's Prince Henry, and when they are forced to reconcile for a royal wedding, they fight incoherently and end up throwing the wedding cake.
To avoid an international incident, they must engage in a public relations maneuver that portrays them as the best of friends. That phony relationship soon turns into a full-fledged love affair between Alex, who is bisexual, and Henry, who is gay and in love.
Since the release of the show, people have been curious to know about Taylor Zakhar Perez's actual sexuality and wonder if is he gay in real life. Well, here is what we've discovered.
It’s Unknown Whether Taylor Zakhar Perez Is Gay, Bisexual, or Straight in Real Life: He Has Yet to Clarify His Sexuality!
Taylor Zakhar Perez (@taylorzakharperez) may be playing an LGBTQ+ character in Red, White, and Royal Blue, but the actor has never openly revealed his sexuality whether he is gay or straight in real life. However, he has always been a fervent supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, as he previously stated in an interview with Sharp magazine:
Going from trans rights to gay rights to people of colour’s rights to all of it, I’m here for all of it, however they need it. As I’m meeting more and more people, my only intention is to bring love, kindness and support.
We're unsure if Taylor Zakhar Perez is gay.
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The rumor about Taylor Zakhar Perez's sexuality all began after he portrayed Alex Claremont-Diaz, the bisexual son of Ellen Claremont, in the film adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s hit queer romantic novel. However, the 31-year-old actor later discussed in an interview with Newsweek that working with director Matthew López and the importance of accurately portraying Alex's sexuality. The Kissing Booth's star explained,
From the beginning, there was an enormous weight on my shoulders, making sure that we were accurate with representation and accurate with character portrayal. I think it’s so easy for an actor to phone it in, I’ve seen it. That’s why I took it upon myself, knowing how important this film is for many communities.
Taylor Zakhar Perez Has Spoken Out About the Stress of Portraying an LGBTQ+ Role in Red, White, and Royal Blue!
When the first Red, White, and Royal Blue book was released in 2019, it quickly became a cult LGBTQ+ favorite, becoming a New York Times bestseller and earning a Goodreads award. The casting of Jessica Jones actor Aneesh Sheth as secret service agent Amy in the film adaptation has also increased trans visibility.
Fans have attentively watched Matthew López's adaptation, noting any differences between the novel and the film. The filmmaker, for his part, recently told PinkNews that he wanted to emphasize to audiences that Alex is a bisexual - not gay - figure.
Meanwhile, bisexuality has always been underrepresented in popular media, with even LGBTQ+ favorites like Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives falling victim to clichés.
Taylor Zakhar Perez recently talked about the struggle portraying LGBTQ+ characters.
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This is why Taylor Zakhar Perez claimed he spent the entire time filming thinking about the LGBTQ+ community while attempting to appropriately portray his character's sexuality. The actor explained,
Alex’s arc as a character who has only dated women in the past – maybe a couple of guy hook-ups – to not liking Henry, to getting kissed by Henry then having a relationship, the different degrees of comfort that [he] starts to have, this needs to be represented in a proper way. It’s up to me, because I feel like it really is Alex’s film, his journey. I felt it was up to me to make it happen.
Fans of the novel will recognize that this is more than just a love story. Alex and Henry enjoy a very healthy s*x life, according to López. The team employed an intimacy coordinator to guarantee the sex sequences were genuine. Regarding illustrating Alex and Henry's relationship, Perez remarked,
We were hypersensitive to making sure everything was properly represented and properly accurate, even down to the sex scenes. With our intimacy co-ordinator, those conversations were borderline funny because we were talking so seriously about a kiss.