Tell us about Beach Rats...
‘Frankie’s living in the outer-edges of Brooklyn in a hyper-masculine and very traditional environment. He’s part of a very traditional family with constricted exceptions of what you should be as a man, boy or teenager. It dances on the line of tragic sadness and the brink of happiness, but there are moments when he’s just lost in his sexual desires. There’s a lot of like visual metaphors to create that atmosphere that he shouldn’t be [meeting up with men in the middle of the night] but when he’s doing it, he’s happy.’
How did you find the experience?
‘It was a challenge, cos it was an area that I was so unfamiliar with and it was set on outer-edges of Brooklyn, which I’d never been to. There was pressure to do that struggle justice, as I wanted to portray it correctly. It’s not really a coming-out story, which I think is more real and it’s not glamourised, which I think is important.'