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All aquiver!

Arrow star Ben Lewis hits the target as he discusses the lack of LGBTQ representation in Hollywood, the effect of being out in showbusiness, and meeting the love of his life — in the toilets at a cinema

Fashion Joseph Kocharian

Ben wears top by Gucci at MR PORTER
Photography Leigh Keily

There is a slight pause as Ben Lewis, of TV’s Arrow fame, grapples with a question that many other selfrespecting gays would sling back an answer to in a heartbeat: what is your drag name? Mine, before you all ask, is Tallulah Talocrural (that’s Latin, look it up), inspired by my alluring ankles. “Fuck!” Ben shrieks. “Can I email the name to you after the interview?” Sure thing, think nothing of it.

The actor, who unwinds from a day’s filming by watching YouTube videos of RuPaul lip-sync battles, briefly dabbled in the world of drag when he auditioned for Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall (2015) — a history-rewriting mess of a movie deservedly pelted with a 10 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“In his version, a white twink threw the first brick [that started the riots] and obviously it didn’t go down well”, Ben says. “I auditioned for the character Orphan Annie, a drag queen with a red afro, and I had a neighbour in LA do my make-up. I thought I was sickening, but in retrospect I looked ridiculous. I went to a Halloween costume shop, bought an orange clown wig, and, of course, they ended up casting a natural redhead [Caleb Landry Jones].”

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On the cover: Looking and Tales of the City star Murray Bartlett Inside: Swan Lake dancer Sam Salter, Ben Lewis, meet the countryside queers, and what’s it like to be gay in Brunei?