Brian Falduto, so memorable as Billy aka Fance Pants in the film School of Rock (2003), is now speaking about how playing (seemingly) gay a such a young age informed his own coming out ...
Falduto — now a singer/songwriter whose debut EP Love One Another dropped in June 2017 — says it was intimidating to be IDed as the gay kid from School of Rock:
I was very quickly labeled the gay kid from School of Rock once the movie came out, both among peers and strangers. I was in fifth grade and the world was informing me of who I was or how they saw me. My identity wasn’t mine to claim.
I've always wondered about this problem when it comes to kids who play gay or gay-adjacent, a growing category as we segue from young gay characters being taboo to young gay characters being presented with a wink.
Check out a sample of Falduto's country-leaning work here: