In opening scene shown, Jared (played by Lucas Hedges) stands in his kitchen, apologizing to his distressed parents for breaking up with his girlfriend and being attracted to men. Jared seems to be a well-rounded kid with a bright future — he’s on the basketball team, works at a car dealership, and attends church. Still, his father gives him an ultimatum: attend gay conversion therapy, or move out. Jared chooses the former.
“I’m a very anxious and nervous actor, so I tend to get very paranoid and afraid of scenes before we film them,” said the 21-year-old, an American on set with Aussies who put him at ease. “I have several memories of Nicole where I just forgot everything, forgot everything about where I was, just looking at her. I’m just like, ‘What’s going on here?’ But not even like, ‘It’s Nicole Kidman.’ She’s my mom, and everything about her centered me…It’s the same with Russell.”
Boy Erased is set to be released September 28 in the U.S.