Watch: Cynthia Erivo Reflects on Coming Out

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday September 23, 2022

Oscar-nominated actor Cynthia Erivo is out and proud, and she says the decision to come out gave her creative peace in Hollywood.


Appearing on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Erivo shared that she didn't have "the language" to describe her sexuality when she was growing up. But now, "it's wonderful to just be me," says Enrivo.


"I don't think I had the language to even know what was going on," she said. "It's come much later to me now and it's wonderful to just be me, really," Erivo told host Kelly Clarkson.


She added, "I think it's sort of made space creatively to just sort of let go of whatever I was hiding."


Keeping her sexuality a secret, Erivo said she didn't realize how much energy she was putting into it until she came out.


"And once you take the energy away from concealing something that is so a part of you that you can't hide it," says Erivo. "You can put it elsewhere and make more wonderful things."


Learning how to describe yourself is an important step in everyone's life, she explained.


"I knew something was different, but I didn't know what," the "Wicked" actress added. "What do I call it? What do I say about it?"


Despite assumptions, not every queer person knows they are queer from the very beginning, Erivo shared.


"Most of us do, but we don't necessarily know the language until someone says these are words that you might want to use," she said. "These are expressions you might want to use, here is some space for you so you can speak about yourself without someone else telling you."


Watch Erivo's interview below.