Natalie C. Markey

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27 Apr 2013 - 01:00

'Mortal Instruments' star talks playing Alec and the changes of LGBT roles in film. Credits: Sony Pictures
Kevin Zegers talks playing Alec and the evolution of LGBT roles in film

‘Mortal Instruments’ star Kevin Zegers spoke to on how LGBT roles have changed in Hollywood. Zegers will play Alec Lightwood in the highly anticipated “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” due out August 23. Alec is gay and falls for the bisexual warlock, Magnus Bane. However, this is not Zeger’s first time playing a LGBT role. In “Transamerica” he played a bisexual son of a transgendered parent.

On LGBT roles in film:

"It's not as taboo as it used to be," the Canadian star originally from Woodstock, Ontario, says. "It's much more of a generational thing that that is even something that people consider….It used to be like the gay character and they didn't even have to define him any further. They were just like, 'Oh, he's the gay guy'. I think everyone now has much more experience with gay family members and whatever the case may be. Certainly for my generation, it's just not something that's that big a deal anymore."

On playing Alec Lightwood:

"Mortal Instruments is a pretty big movie and the fact that the studio feels comfortable with one of their lead characters being gay is pretty indicative of peoples' opinion towards that sort of thing, which is that you don't really have to make a big deal out of it. It's just sort of is what it is. It's just one of the layers of the characters that I get to play."

"For me, it makes the character more dynamic. There's a lot more to work with and his behaviour and what he does in the film is not defined at all by his sexual preference. In fact, he's probably one of the more bad-ass characters in the movies so it's certainly not something that we played or…it's not something that we needed to focus on. It's just one of the many traits he has."

This is such a great interview (read it here.) I can’t wait to see Kevin Zegers as Alec Lightwood.

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