The British singer from Years&Years debuted as main character of the AIDS Drama “It’s A Sin” playing Ritchie Tozer, and filming some almost explicit scenes of gay sex.
We might all remember the scene when Ritchie is told that he needs “a good wash” by Ash (Nathaniel Curtis in real life) his lover in the series, just before some rimming.
Talking and reflecting about the relatability of this scene, Olly told GQ “If I can bring anything to the British public, it’s a lesson in anal hygiene. I can tell you I’ll never forget being practically butt-naked with my arse in the air in front of colleagues.”
During the interview, Olly praised intimacy co-ordinator – Ita O’Brien – for being his “lifesaver” as to overcome his fear to film revealing sex scenes, she suggested him to bring more of his “Years&Years” stage presence and gigs to the set.
“So I would sing before the takes, be a little bit of Olly on stage, that was my way of tricking my brain and thinking it was a character. Which, of course, it was.”
Gay men will tear me down.
This was Olly’s “Irrational Anxiety” that gay men would tear him dow for playing that specific character in “It’s A Sin”.
Olly said: “A lot of it has to do with internalised phobias and shame, about how I see myself versus how other people see me. […] What I do know is that I want them to not hate me. And I want to make the community proud. It’s been at the heart of pretty much every decision I’ve ever made. And I don’t know if I’ve always got it right.”
Well Olly, you surely made us proud of you and the way you were able to tell us all such a sad and hard story in a direct, though respectful way.