In Closet Monster,
the feature directorial debut from director Stephen Dunn, Connor Jessup plays a
teenager struggling with his sexual identity and reeling from childhood traumas
of an alcoholic, abusive father and an absentee mother. In this timely story,
which premiered Sunday at Toronto International Film Festival, Jessup manages a
vulnerable performance that has the marks of an actor much older than 21 years
Equally as impressive is his passion for filmmaking -- the
process, the history, the technicality. His second short film, Boy, which he wrote, directed and
produced, and managed to shoot on Kodak film, also premiered here at TIFF.
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The Canadian actor, who appeared in the post-apocalyptic TNT
drama Falling Skies, will add to the
buzz generated at TIFF with a role on ABC’s American
Crime when the Emmy-nominated series returns in the spring.
ETonline sat down with Jessup to discuss his teenage
struggles with identity, filmmaking and Buffy, the talking hamster.