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Kiersey Clemons Represents a New Kind of Queer Actor Hollywood Needs Now

Kiersey Clemons Represents a New Kind of Queer Actor Hollywood Needs Now

There’s a line early on in “Hearts Beat Loud” that epitomizes the current status of Lgbtq representation in film and television. Frank (Nick Offerman), a single dad living in Red Hook with a struggling record store, notices something has been distracting his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) from her nightly studies. “Is it a girlfriend?” he asks, before adding as an after thought, “Boyfriend?” Sam blushes, then brushes him off dismissively. The audience knows what Frank has intuited: she’s been smooching an art student named Rose (Sasha Lane).

Their tender relationship unfolds naturally throughout the film, with Sam’s impending college departure the only obstacle to their budding romance. If this were a different kind of movie, their love might be kept secret from Frank for fear of how he would react, or someone might get cold feet because they’re in denial. There might even be a violent

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