Youthful Reflections

Everyone has different things to be thankful for, and some of those things stem from childhood.  Last week, auteur Ryan Murphy revealed that his parents did not exactly embrace his homosexuality.  “I went to my junior prom and the next day my parents took me to a psychiatrist to cure me.  Thankfully, I had a really good shrink, who at the end of our several sessions called my parents in and said, ‘You have a choice here: You can try and change him and lose him, or you can accept him and love him.’”  Ryan channeled that into his film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom, which hits Netflix on December 4th.

Sexy Ryan Phillippe had a bad experience after making history as the first gay teenage character on a soap opera (One Life to Live).  But he wasn’t applauded by everyone.  “I mean, this was 1992, and I was playing a gay teenager and I was in a Christian school.  They weren’t happy about it.”  Reception at home wasn’t much better.  “I thought my parents were going to disown me.”  I can’t imagine what they thought of 54!

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