Fans may have become familiar with Lucas Hedges through his breakout role in the 2016 movie Manchester by the Sea. But before he was known for his role as Patrick, he already had several acting credits to his name.
Through his incredible acting talent, Lucas Hedges has become one of the most well-regarded young actors of today. That said, this is how the now-25-year-old star has made a name and fortune for himself.
The Successful Acting Career of Lucas Hedges
For starters, Lucas Hedges is the son of the writer and director Peter Hedges. He debuted in his father’s movie, Dan in Real Life, in 2007; from there, the rest is history.
He was seen in the movies the Moonrise Kingdom and Arthur Newman, followed by Labor Day, The Zero Theorem, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill the Messenger and Anesthesia.
Come 2016, he did Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. More and more projects came his way like Boy Erased, Ben is Back and Mid90s.
He also graced the small screen with the TV series The Slap.
Lucas Hedges has shown great acting skills in every work he does. No wonder he has also received awards and nominations.
He won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2018 and earned an Academy Award nomination in 2017.
He is well compensated and has now amassed a net worth of $3 million, per Celebrity Net Worth.
Lucas Hedges’ Breakout Performance in Manchester by the Sea
The role of Patrick has been Lucas Hedges’ trademark role after showing an incredible performance in Manchester by the Sea.
From there, he seems to follow in his father’s footsteps and earns an Oscar nomination.
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The movie tells the story of a 16-year-old child who ends up in the care of his broken uncle, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), after the sudden death of his dad. The two are forced to overcome traumatic events in their lives as they learn to cope with the loss of the man who connects them together.
Despite his young age, Lucas Hedges has shown incredible acting beyond his years. Hence, receiving a nomination from a prestigious award-giving body is no surprise at all.
Lucas Hedges as an LGBTQ Community Ally
Lucas Hedges has already portrayed a homosexual teenager in two of his movies, Lady Bird and Boy Erased. His roles as Danny and Jared are said to be two of his most prominent roles, per Cinemablend.
In an interview with Vulture, he revealed he felt a connection to these two characters, awakening his true feelings when he was just a teenager who was confused if he was straight or gay.
“I felt ashamed that I wasn't 100 percent, because it was clear that one side of sexuality presents issues, and the other doesn't as much. I recognize myself as existing on that spectrum: Not totally straight, but also not gay and not necessarily bisexual.”
So, when The Advocate asked if he was an ally or a member of the LGTBQ community, he said he was the former.
“I'm hesitant at the same time to suddenly lump myself in with [the LGBTQ] community because… I don't feel as though I've been challenged in the same ways that members of the LGBTQ community have been in their lives.”
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