Matt Bomer Is Treating His Hometown to a Free Screening of 'Love, Simon'
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Matt Bomer is such a big fan of Love, Simon, he's treating his hometown to a free screening of the movie!
The 40-year-old actor took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that he and his husband, Simon Halls, have bought out a screening of the film in Spring, Texas, so his community can watch the coming-of-age story.
Love, Simon follows a gay teenager who struggles to come out to his friends and family after exchanging emails and falling in love with an anonymous stranger he knows only as "Blue." The film, which was released last week, is the first mainstream gay teen romance movie to hit American theaters and one of the first queer movies to receive a PG-13 rating.
"Please come see @lovesimonmovie in my hometown of Spring, TX for free! @halls.simon and I bought out the whole screening for you," Bomer wrote alongside a post telling people how to get tickets. "This is an important movie, and a really good one. I know you’ll love it so come watch for free this Sunday! #loveislove #hometown #springtx #lovesimon."
"One of the ways I learned how to act, really, is by having secrets, and having to function as a kid in a public school in suburban Bible Belt Texas," Bomer explained. "Subsequently I worked on a gas pipeline with my brother for a while — there were ex-cons with us. It was not an environment where it was safe to be gay."
"Telling your family is a huge, huge deal. I really view my life as divided between the time before I told my parents, and the time after," he expressed. "And the decisions I made, and the life I lived, before and after, are vastly different. It’s night and day."